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One More Speed Bump For Your Retirement Fund: Basic Human Impulse

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 5:02pm

Basic human impulses often conflict with saving for retirement. For one thing, people hate losing something — even more than we love winning. Behavioral economists call this "loss aversion."

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Farmers Need To Get 'Climate Smart' To Prep For What's Ahead

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 1:14pm

Climate change will likely hurt food production, raise food prices and increase hunger. But those calamities may not be inevitable, according to a group of international agriculture researchers.

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Smithsonian's Air And Space Museum To Get $30 Million Spiffier

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 12:31pm

Curators say they'll use the big grant from Boeing to better highlight how exploratory flight — from the Spirit of St. Louis to the Starship Enterprise — has transformed the world.

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'Oh, Hello,' Says Andrew, As He Suddenly Grabs You By The Leg Or Neck

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 11:55am

There it is: a wild animal, lurking. Here's Andrew, darting so fast, using his bare hands — and bingo! Suddenly, he's holding the animal. He doesn't use weapons — just his lightning-quick reflexes.

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Good Day Sunshine: Could Morning Light Help Keep Us Lean?

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 9:20am

People who are exposed to light earlier in the day are slimmer, a study finds. That doesn't mean morning sunshine helps people lose weight. But it matches other evidence on light and health.

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Why Anthropologists Join an Ebola Outbreak Team

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 3:58pm

All the medical care in the world won't help if you don't know how to convince the locals to take proper precautions.

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Should We Close Part Of The Ocean To Keep Fish On The Plate?

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 2:28pm

Tuna, swordfish and other migratory fishes are being overfished by vessels on the high seas. A new proposal says we should close these international waters for a few years to let the fishes rebound.

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Map Of The Developing Human Brain Shows Where Problems Begin

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 1:24pm

In nine months the human brain grows from a single cell to more than 80 billion. Mapping how genes are activated gives scientists clues to the origins of mental disorders like autism.

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A State Fossil For S. Carolina Faces Mammoth Obstacle

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:14pm

The state senate is wrangling with amendments to insert language inspired by the book of Genesis into a bill to make the Columbian Mammoth the state's fossil.

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Ethicists Tell NASA How To Weigh Hazards Of Space Travel

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 10:23am

Risks to astronauts on extended missions include vision impairment, weakened bones and radiation exposure. There are also psychological risks from facing danger while being stuck inside a small craft.

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So You Think You're Smarter Than A CIA Agent

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 2:55am

When 3,000 average citizens were asked to forecast global events, some consistently made predictions that turned out to be more accurate than those with classified intelligence.

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Changing The Face Of Astronomy Research

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 2:55am

An apprenticeship program in New York City helps lower-income and minority students break into advanced sciences. For one, the love of the stars was motivation to tackle the tough field of astronomy.

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The List Of Animals Who Can Truly, Really Dance Is Very Short. Who's On It?

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 12:36pm

YouTube is chock full of cats, gophers, dogs and chimps who are supposed to be dancing. But they're not. Biologists say the list of "true" dancers is extremely small. We're on it. But guess who else?

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Fraud Found In Study Claiming Fast, Easy Stem Cells

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 12:20pm

The lead author of a recent "breakthrough study" fabricated the data and is guilty of scientific misconduct, according to a Japanese research panel. The scientist says she will appeal the judgment.

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Becoming More Popular Doesn't Protect Teens From Bullying

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 10:50am

You'd think that the popular kids don't get picked on, but as a teenager's social status rises, they're more apt to be bullied. Increased social combat may be to blame.

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Methane-Producing Microbes Caused 'The Great Dying'

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 5:45am

The world's biggest extinction some 250 million years ago wiped out 90 percent of all living things. What caused it has puzzled scientists, and now they think microbes may have done it.

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How Your Face Shows Happy Disgust

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 4:22pm

Scientists are studying the way we show complex emotions. It turns out we're better at it than was previously thought, mixing and matching basic expressions with sophistication — and consistency.

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Is The Latest Climate Report Too Much Of A Downer?

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 3:37pm

One researcher who participated in the latest U.N. report on climate change says the final product is simply too depressing. Others say the somber tone is justified — but that humans can also adapt.

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International Ruling Puts Stop To Japan's 'Scientific' Whaling

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 3:00pm

Since the world community banned whaling, Japan has continued to permit its fleet to kill whales under the guise of scientific research. The International Court of Justice in the Hague Monday ordered Japan to stop whaling in the Antarctic Ocean. Japan says it will abide by the ruling.

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Japan Must Halt Whaling Program In Antarctic, Court Says

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 8:42am

Japan's government had argued that whales were hunted for research purposes. The International Court of Justice said there wasn't enough scientific research to justify killing hundreds of whales.

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