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Aspiring Craft Brewers Hit The Books To Get Science Chops

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:35am

As the craft beer industry grows, so are options for learning to brew. More colleges are now introducing degree programs to teach the art and science of beer-making.

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Doctors Test Tumor Paint In People

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 2:45am

A modified venom from scorpions that carries a dye into the brain and makes tumors glow has cleared its latest hurdle. But will this attempt to improve brain surgery work in humans as well as animals?

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Many Obamacare Policyholders Face Tax Surprises This Year

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 3:52pm

Depending on the size of the subsidy they got, some will get a bigger refund than expected and others will owe taxes.

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Calif. Farmers Gulp Most Of State's Water, But Say They've Cut Back

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 3:40pm

Farms in California use as much as four times the water consumed by cities and towns. Now farmers are on defense after the governor decided to mostly exempt them from new, sweeping water cutbacks.

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Is It Time To Resurrect The Brontosaurus?

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 3:40pm

More than a century ago, the Brontosaurus was deemed too similar to the dinosaur Apatosaurus. Recent research finds there is enough difference between the two creatures after all.

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Breast Milk Sold Online Contaminated With Cow's Milk

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 4:03am

We're not talking about just a smidge. Roughly 10 percent of samples tested contained at least 10 percent cow's milk. Doctors say the diluted milk could be dangerous for babies for several reasons.

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NASA Battles Rising Sea Levels To Protect Kennedy Space Center

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 4:14pm

Sea level rise is beginning to affect the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. A protective dune not too far from the launchpads has collapsed.

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Go Ahead, Little Goat, Eat Some Poison Ivy. It Won't Hurt A Bit

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 3:08pm

Amazon's getting into the rent-a-goat business (for weed chomping). After all, goats are great at wiping out unwanted plants — even poison ivy. How do they do it?

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Will A Transplanted Hand Feel Like His Own? Surgery Raises Questions

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 3:01pm

A 20-year-old man born without fingers on one hand hopes a transplanted hand will give him more confidence. He knows the risks of such a visible transplant, but says, "It's something I always wanted."

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Tracking Your Own Health Data Too Closely Can Make You Sick

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 1:05pm

Why not get bloodwork done a few times a year, as some celebrities advise? Because too much testing can lead to false positives, abnormalities that don't threaten health, and to unnecessary treatment.

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When Did Humans Start Shaping Earth's Fate? An Epoch Debate

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 3:22am

Some scientists suggest calling the era we live in the Anthropocene, to denote the time when humans came to dominate Earth's fate. But did it start with farming, the atom bomb or other event?

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Will Turning Seawater Into Drinking Water Help Drought-Hit California?

Sun, 04/05/2015 - 5:28pm

During its last major drought, Santa Barbara built a desalination plant. It was never used. Now it's being reopened, but critics say desalination is costly, energy-intensive and may harm marine life.

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LHC, Which Confirmed The Higgs, Goes Back Online After 2-Year Hiatus

Sun, 04/05/2015 - 9:16am

The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland, underwent a number of upgrades, including a doubling of the energy with which it can smash protons together.

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Brief Eclipse Dazzles Skywatchers

Sat, 04/04/2015 - 7:10am

The third in a set of four lunar eclipses that began a year ago and will finish in late September could be seen from the U.S. East Coast to Asia.

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California Faith Groups Divided Over Right-To-Die Bill

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 4:03pm

Many Christian denominations officially oppose legislation that would legalize medically assisted suicide. But some individual churches, pastors and congregants are lending support to the cause.

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Cambridge University Unearths Medieval Hospital Cemetery

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 3:29pm

Cambridge University has unearthed one of Britain's largest medieval hospital cemeteries, containing more than 1,000 human remains. NPR's Audie Cornish and Melissa Block talked to the leader of the dig, Craig Cessford, about the new findings.

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Get Ready For The Third Installment In The Lunar Eclipse Tetrad

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 3:06pm

Weather permitting, a "blood moon" eclipse — the penultimate in a four-eclipse cycle — can be seen in its totality by those living on the U.S West Coast.

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Men And Women Use Different Scales To Weigh Moral Dilemmas

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 1:52pm

Would you kill a young Hitler to prevent World War II? Men are more likely to say yes, a study finds, while women weigh the moral cost of murder along with lives saved.

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Drug-Resistant Food Poisoning Lands In The U.S.

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 3:52pm

Travelers are bringing a nasty bacterial disease to the U.S. and spreading it to others. The bacteria cause bad diarrhea and are tough to treat because they're resistant to the top antibiotic.

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Searching Online May Make You Think You're Smarter Than You Are

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 8:52am

Googling that fact can make insufferable know-it-alls even more sure of their superior abilities, a study finds. The mere act of searching seems to boost faith in one's knowledge.

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