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Brush Yourself Off And Try Again: An Invention Story

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 2:28pm

Inventing even the simplest product is a fraught process. Mike Davidson and Mike Smith have learned that lesson the hard way as they seek to change the way teeth get cleaned.

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Your Zip Code Might Be As Important To Health As Your Genetic Code

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 12:27pm

Health care forms increasingly ask about more than just medical history. That's because doctors are beginning to understand that a patient's stress, and how and where they live, influence health, too.

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South Texas Fights Tuberculosis One Blood Test At A Time

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 12:21pm

Texas has one of the highest rates of TB among U.S. states. A sweeping effort is underway, largely funded by Medicaid, to diagnose and treat people who don't know they harbor the lung infection.

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Technology Gets Under The Skin

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 6:43am

Last week, a Wisconsin company offered its employs the option to have a chip inserted into their bodies in an effort to help them navigate the workplace. Alva Noë asks: What's the big deal?

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Scientists Aim For Better, Cheaper Tests For Alzheimer's

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 6:27am

The goal is to find accurate, painless tests that can help doctors diagnose Alzheimer's early and track the progression of the illness and any response to treatment. A few tests seem promising.

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The Archaeologist Who Hunts For Stolen Art

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 4:07am

Christos Tsirogiannis, a forensic archaeologist, explains to Ailsa Chang how he persuaded U.S. authorities to seize an ancient Italian vase from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Uncovering A 'Little Pompeii' In France

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 4:07am

Archaeologists in France have discovered the well-preserved ruins of a Roman town, whose inhabitants appear to have fled to avoid a fire — leaving their belongings and household objects behind.

Saving Vultures With Nepal's 'Vulture Restaurant'

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 4:07am

A unique conservation attempt is underway in Nepal to save vultures that have nearly been decimated through much of South Asia over the past few decades.

Vermont Medical School Says Goodbye To Lectures

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 3:57pm

The University of Vermont's Larner College of Medicine is planning to phase out lectures by 2019. The dean behind the effort says lectures aren't good at engaging learners.

(Image credit: Andy Duback/Courtesy of Larner College of Medicine)

White House Reverses Effort To Delay Obama Ozone Regulations

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 3:35pm

The Trump administration has reversed its effort to delay implementation of an Environmental Protection Agency regulation lowering acceptable ozone emissions, a major component of smog. The reversal comes after 16 states filed a lawsuit saying the delay was unlawful.

Study Suggests Artificial Light Deters Nocturnal Pollinators

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 1:01pm

Scientists in Switzerland used mobile street lamps to light up patches of cabbage thistle. They found that nocturnal pollinators, such as beetles and flies, mostly stayed away.

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Do You Have What It Takes To Be NASA's Next Planetary Protection Officer?

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 12:28pm

The job posting has elicited headlines about how the space agency is seeking a person to defend Earth from aliens. But it's really more about microorganisms than little green men.

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Animal Images In Prehistoric Rock Art: Looking Beyond Europe

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 7:25am

Animals are depicted in rock art in more than 100 countries, not just in the famous "painted caves" of Europe. Barbara J. King talks to an archaeologist with a global view of human meaning-making.

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The Gulf Of Mexico's Dead Zone Is The Biggest Ever Seen

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 3:58am

A record-setting "dead zone," where water doesn't have enough oxygen for fish to survive, has appeared this summer. One major cause is pollution from farms.

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Earthquake Shakes Central Oklahoma, One Of 7 In 28 Hours

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 3:22am

An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 4.2 hit Wednesday night. Earthquakes used to be rare in Oklahoma. Scientists say they're linked to the disposal of wastewater from fracking.

(Image credit: U.S. Geological Survey)

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