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'Why Am I Dead?' He Never Asked. Here's The Answer He Never Heard

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:39pm

Man goes in for a routine hip operation. In the corner of the operating room, there's a young med student watching. When things go wrong, she tries to make sense of what she sees.

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Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds'

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 2:30am

Scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to promote seeds that can be freely shared, rather than protected through patents and licenses. They call it the Open Source Seed Initiative.

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Sichuan Pepper's Buzz May Reveal Secrets Of The Nervous System

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 2:25am

The Sichuan peppercorn that makes our mouths tingle activates the same neurons as when our foot falls asleep. Scientists are hoping the connection unlocks clues for how to turn those neurons off.

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On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow: A Guide To Speedy Vegetables

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 3:54pm

Impatient gardeners don't have to wait for summer to harvest salad fixings. A surprising variety of crops will bring homegrown produce to your table in as little as three weeks.

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New Fossil Takes A Bite Out Of Theory That Sharks Barely Evolved

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 3:41pm

A 325-million-year-old fossil find shows that the gill structures of modern sharks are actually quite different from their ancient ancestors.

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The Ultimate Animal Experience? Losing A Memory Quiz To A Chimp

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:34am

You've swum with dolphins, ridden camels, stalked tigers. Now, try taking a memory test with a chimp — and losing. It's fun, humbling and mind-boggling.

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T Rex To Reveal Itself At The Smithsonian

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 2:42am

Scientists at the Smithsonian are set to unpack something rare that the National Museum of Natural History has never had before — a nearly complete skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex.

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Risks Of Popular Anxiety Drugs Often Overshadowed

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 4:21pm

Benzodiazepines like Xanax and Valium are among the most widely prescribed drugs in the U.S. Patients and addicts often mix them with prescription painkillers — sometimes to deadly effect.

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For A Fast Track To Blossom, Just Send Some Seeds To Space

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 3:00pm

After spending eight months on a Japanese space expedition, a cherry pit that's now four years old has mysteriously blossomed six years before it was due.

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Yearly Homecoming Makes For A Springtime Fish Frenzy

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 3:00pm

Each April, the shad come back to the Delaware River to spawn, and thousands of anglers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania eagerly await them. Celebrating their annual return is a local spring tradition.

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Saturn Might Have A New Baby Moon Named Peggy

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 2:12pm

The Cassini spacecraft spotted a disturbance in the 6th planet's outermost main ring that is thought to be caused by a tiny moon measuring just half-a-mile across.

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Giant South American Bird On The Run In The U.K.

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:06am

The bird, which newspapers say stands 6 feet, can run 40 mph and is "capable of disemboweling a human," escaped last month from a farm in Hertfordshire after apparently being spooked by a local hunt.

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Can It Be? Parrots Name Their Children, And Those Names, Like Ours, Stick For Life

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:07am

"Oh Romeo, oh Romeo," cried Juliet. Being human, she and her boyfriend had names. Is there any other animal that does this? Has names for each other? Oddly enough, yes!

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Voodoo Dolls Prove It: Hunger Makes Couples Turn On Each Other

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 2:25am

To see if low blood sugar sours even good relationships, scientists used an unusual tool: voodoo dolls representing spouses. As hunger levels rose, so did the number of pins.

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Gene Linked To Alzheimer's Poses A Special Threat To Women

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 4:43pm

Scientists have figured out one reason why women might be more vulnerable to Alzheimer's. A risk gene doubles women's chances of getting the disease but has minimal effect on men.

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For All You Need To Know About The Blood Moon, Ask Mr. Eclipse

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 3:01pm

Audie Cornish speaks with Fred Espenak, scientist emeritus at NASA Goddard, also known as "Mr. Eclipse," about the lunar eclipse that will happen Monday night.

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Why Babies Cry At Night

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 1:51pm

Maybe she's not just hungry. One scientist thinks the chubby bundles have a devious plan: Making a mom exhausted delays the arrival of another brother or sister.

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Modern Medicine May Not Be Doing Your Microbiome Any Favors

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:17pm

In Missing Microbes, Dr. Martin Blaser argues that the overuse of antibiotics, as well as now-common practices like C-sections, may be messing with gut microbes.

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Getting Enough Vitamin D: More Than Milk And Sunshine

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:26am

New research finds that people with low levels of vitamin D are more likely to die from cancer, heart disease and other illnesses. Nutrition professor and author Marion Nestle explains.

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There's A 'Blood Moon' Eclipse Tonight, But Will You Be Able To See It?

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:03am

The weather may play havoc with the sky-watching on the East Coast, though much of the Midwest and West ought to get a good view.

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