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Scientists Publish Recipe For Making Bird Flu More Contagious

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 2:03pm

Researchers ignited a debate three years ago when they changed a deadly flu virus so that it could spread between people. Only five mutations are needed to turn the virus into a pandemic threat.

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Even A Very Weak Signal From The Brain Might Help Paraplegics

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 1:09pm

By electrically stimulating the lower spine in men with paraplegia, researchers were able to get them to initiate movement. The big challenge is how to achieve coordinated motor control.

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Why Do Some Clouds Drop Rain, While Others Don't?

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 5:26pm

With little relief in sight for California's record drought, scientists are trying to learn why some clouds rain and other don't. As Lauren Sommer of KQED says, they're finding surprising answers.

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Banning Traditional Animal Slaughter, Denmark Stokes Religous Ire

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 3:49pm

The country's move to require animals to be stunned before being killed is seen by some as an affront to religious methods of slaughter. But now Jews and Muslims are working together to protest it.

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Pop Stars Are Sippin' On Patron, And Teens Are Bingeing

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 2:52pm

If you know Ciroc and Patron, you may well be listening to a lot of songs that name-check brand-name alcohol. And if you're a teenager, you may be binge drinking a lot more, researchers say.

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Gut-Eating Amoeba Caught On Film

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 2:28pm

Dangerous and impolite: This little guy triggers food poisoning in people by biting off chunks of intestine, chewing on them for a bit ... and then spitting them out.

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Food Scraps To Fuel Vertical Farming's Rise In Chicago

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:14am

As vertical farming takes root in cities around the world, critics fear it's leaving a big carbon footprint. An experiment in Chicago turning garbage into energy aims to prove them wrong.

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What Does Sound Look Like?

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 7:37am

A clever photography trick allows you to see the invisible: the rising heat from a lighter, the turbulence around airplane wings, the plume of a sneeze ... and even sound waves.

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This Pie Chart Is Delicious And Statistically Sound

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 5:51pm

Back 2012, The Salt surveyed readers on their favorite pies during our Pie Week series. Recently, an Australian reader wrote in to let us know she pie-charted our results with mouth-watering real pie.

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The Forgotten Childhood: Why Early Memories Fade

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 4:08pm

Childhood amnesia occurs gradually — and later than you might think, researchers say. Many 7-year-olds have robust memories of experiences from when they were 3 or even younger.

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Why Physicists Are In A Film Promoting An Earth-Centered Universe

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 3:17pm

Scientist Lawrence Krauss says clips of him were "mined" to lend credibility to The Principle, a film he describes as "stupid" and "unbelievable."

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NASA Image Shows Volcanic Island Has Annexed Its Neighbor

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 11:28am

NASA says the Western Pacific island of Nishino-shima has merged with its newly created volcanic companion, forming one larger landmass.

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How Mouse Studies Lead Medical Research Down Dead Ends

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 2:44am

New drugs are usually tested in animals before they're tested in humans. But many of those studies aren't done carefully enough, analysts say. So time and money is wasted, and treatments delayed.

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Play It Again And Again, Sam

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 5:22pm

We're all seduced by repetition, music research suggests — 90 percent of the music we listen to, we've heard before. Beyond music, this bias toward familiarity holds up in every culture. What gives?

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The Future Of Clean, Green Fish Farming Could Be Indoor Factories

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 4:45pm

Aquaculture in the U.S. has lagged because of opposition from environmentalists and people living on the coast. But entrepreneurs say they've found a way to produce fish on land with little pollution.

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