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The Soybean Is King, Yet Remains Invisible

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 3:53pm

For the first time in history, soybeans are about to become America's most widely grown crop. Yet compared to corn or wheat, they remain curiously invisible in American culture.

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Complexity Of Touring With Rosewood Instruments May Soon Be Eased

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 3:41pm

Complex regulations around the material, including a confusing permit process for musicians, may be much easier to navigate after a meeting today in Geneva.

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Health Risks To Farmworkers Increase As Workforce Ages

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 11:10am

As the number of immigrants available for farm work has dwindled in California, many who are left are older, and suffer from health problems related to decades of difficult labor.

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A Tax That Would Hurt Science's Most Valuable — And Vulnerable

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 9:41am

Grad students are the engines of America's scientific and technological prowess — with an amazing return on investment, says professor Adam Frank.

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How Birth Order Relates To Job Success

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 4:04am

New social science research explores the relationship between who becomes a CEO and family birth order. First-born sons are far more likely to be represented among the ranks of CEOs.

The Genetic Divide Between NYC's Uptown And Downtown Rats

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 11:31pm

Fordham University graduate student Matthew Combs studies the DNA of New York City's rats. He found that rats living uptown are genetically distinct from rats living downtown.

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Rare And Mysterious Vomiting Illness Linked To Heavy Marijuana Use

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 3:41pm

For a small percentage of people who smoke marijuana, long term use can make them sick with violent vomiting.California doctors worry they'll see more cases when pot is fully legalized in January.

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Afghan Girls Robotics Team Takes Home A Top Honor In European Contest

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 3:26pm

The team previously made headlines when their U.S. visa was temporarily denied. Now they've won first place in the "Entrepreneurial Challenge" in Estonia, at Europe's largest robotics festival.

Hundreds Of Eggs From Ancient Flying Reptile Are Found In China

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 2:55pm

The fossilized pterosaur eggs and embryos shed light on the Lower Cretaceous creature's development and nesting habits. The cache was found where the reptile was once abundant, dubbed Pterosaur Eden.

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New North Korean Missile Is A 'Monster'

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 1:12pm

Analysts say the North's latest intercontinental ballistic missile, the Hwasong-15, is larger and more powerful than anything it has built before.

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Silence

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 10:20am

Shhhhh.

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Health Insurers Are Still Skimping On Mental Health Coverage

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 9:38am

Behavioral care is four times more likely to be out-of-network than medical or surgical care, a nationwide study shows. That can make treatment unaffordable even for people who have health insurance.

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A Cultural Project In Polynesia Has The Power To Teach Us All

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 9:29am

Polynesia was colonized by the French and, even today, Polynesians are taught more about French history than their own. A new archaeological project aims to change that, says Barbara J. King.

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Working Moms Have Been A 'Thing' Since Ancient History

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 9:09am

Who ruled early farming? Women! Studies of ancient bones show that women's physical labor was crucial to driving the agricultural revolution in Europe.

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Women's Role In The European Agricultural Revolution Revealed

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 4:13am

Studies of ancient bones show that women's physical labor was crucial to driving the agricultural revolution in Europe. These women's upper bodies were stronger than that of elite athletes today.

The Tree That Rocked The Music Industry

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 4:05am

This year, new international regulations on rosewood have reverberated through the music industry, costing tens of millions in lost sales and extra administrative costs.

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Science And The Mystery Of The Mind

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 1:26pm

We are still as ignorant about the "passage from the physics of the brain to the corresponding facts of consciousness" as John Tyndall and his Victorian colleagues were, says Marcelo Gleiser.

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Scientists Move A Step Closer To Making Synthetic Life

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 12:11pm

Bacteria engineered with an expanded genetic alphabet can produce novel proteins, which could lead to the development of new drugs.

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North Korea Launches An Apparent ICBM

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 6:40am

It flew higher — and for longer — than previous tests, theoretically putting the entire continental U.S. within Pyongyang's reach — a capability that the North Korean regime has long sought.

Gene Therapy Shows Promise For A Growing List Of Diseases

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 6:40am

After decades of hope and disappointment, doctors have now been able to treat several different types of genetic conditions by giving each patient a healthy version of their defective gene.

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