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Clock-Making Texas Teen Visits White House For Astronomy Night

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 8:00am

After Ahmed Mohamed was arrested, he received thousands of messages of support – including one from President Obama, who tweeted, "Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House?"

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Do We Have Less Sympathy For People Facing Things We've Overcome?

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 4:00am

Who's going to be more empathetic to a problem you're confronting — someone who has never been through it, or someone who has been through it themselves? Our intuitive answer to this question is often wrong.

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Monkeys Pick Coconuts In Thailand. Are They Abused Or Just Working Animals?

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 5:58pm

Animal advocates were outraged after discovering videos of leashed monkeys working as coconut pickers. But monkey trainers and scientists say it's common practice, and doesn't count as abuse.

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Drought-Stricken California Prepares For Strong El Niño Winter

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 3:38pm

In parched California, water managers and emergency management officials are preparing to move from one extreme to another with predictions of a "too big to fail" El Niño winter ahead.

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Rare Yellow-Bellied Sea Snake Washes Ashore In Southern California

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 3:38pm

A yellow-bellied sea snake washed ashore in Ventura County, Calif., Friday. It's the first reported sighting of the species in Southern California since 1983. Now it's joining the collection at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

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NASA To Publish At Least A Dozen Daily Images Of Earth From Space

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 3:36pm

The photos come from a camera on a satellite, once called "Goresate" after former Vice President Al Gore who initially proposed the project in the late 1990s.

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Weak Brain Connections May Link Premature Birth And Later Disorders

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 3:04pm

Brain scans found abnormally weak connections in the brains of premature infants may make them more prone to develop autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other emotional disorders.

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Suing A Nursing Home Could Get Easier Under Proposed Federal Rules

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 2:30pm

Many families must sign a binding arbitration agreement when a loved one is admitted to a nursing home, pledging not to sue if something goes wrong. But proposed rules would ban that requirement.

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Don't Bug Out! Ebay Auction Lets Bidders Name New Moth Species

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 6:01am

Proceeds go to the Western National Parks Association, which hopes the naming rights will "break the stigma against the moth."

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How Do You Find Plutonium? Go To Nuclear Inspector School

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 3:25am

A nuclear agreement with Iran hinges on the work of nuclear inspectors. Here's a close-up look at how they train to do their job.

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Q&A: What Machines Can Learn From People And We Can Learn From Them

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 5:25pm

Should artificial intelligence mimic human behavior? The executive in charge of developing future generations of IBM's Watson tackles that and other questions about the limits and powers of AI.

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Historic Chemistry Lab With Links To Thomas Jefferson Discovered Behind Wall

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 3:38pm

The "chemical hearth," dating back to the 1820s, was unearthed by workers doing renovations on the Rotunda at the University of Virginia. It is thought to be one of very few such labs still surviving.

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