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Why You Shouldn't Take Your Milk's Three-Week Shelf Life For Granted

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 12:28pm

What the secret to long-lasting milk? A complex system of refrigeration called the cold chain. But in some parts of developing countries, the chain doesn't exist, leaving a lot of milk to spoil.

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Judge Strikes Down Idaho 'Ag-Gag' Law, Raising Questions For Other States

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 4:26pm

A judge ruled Monday that an Idaho law criminalizing undercover investigations of farms is unconstitutional. Seven states have similar laws, but legal experts say they may not stand much longer.

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When Relying On The Sun, Energy Storage Remains Out Of Reach

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 3:26pm

The ability to store energy could revolutionize the way electricity is made and used. But for many utility companies and regular folks, energy storage is still too costly and difficult.

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Straighten Your Hair Without Frying It? Engineers Are On The Case

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 1:00pm

Heat can turn curly locks into a sleek 'do — and can also damage hair permanently. Engineers at Purdue are figuring out how hot is just hot enough when it comes to wielding that flat iron.

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Women, There's A Reason Why You're Shivering In The Office

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 11:13am

Air conditioning standards are based on the needs of a 155-pound man. Researchers say it's time to admit that women don't need to be chilled as much and crank up the thermostat.

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In The Fight Against Tsetse Flies, Blue Is The New Black

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 9:14am

For some unknown reason, the insects that transmit sleeping sickness in sub-Saharan Africa are attracted to the color blue. So scientists think blue flytraps could help wipe out the disease for good.

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So You Flunked A Racism Test. Now What?

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 7:03am

Scientists are working on ways to train our brains away from deeply held prejudices — including hacking your subconscious while you sleep.

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How New Jersey Tamed The Wild Blueberry For Global Production

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 4:49am

In the past 10 years, the global blueberry crop has tripled. Yet the big, round commercial blueberry is a fairly recent innovation. It was created by breeders exactly 100 years ago, in New Jersey.

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Could Your Child's Picky Eating Be A Sign Of Depression?

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 4:30pm

Most young children who are extra choosy about what they'll eat eventually outgrow the habit. But research finds that in extreme cases, the pickiness may be linked to depression or social anxiety.

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Wanted: More Bulls With No Horns

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 3:53pm

Most U.S. dairy cows are born with horns, but most farms remove them. Animal welfare groups say dehorning is cruel. Instead, they want ranchers to breed more hornless cattle into their herds.

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Snail Venom Yields Potent Painkiller, But Delivering The Drug Is Tricky

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 2:30pm

The drug derived from the venom of cone snails must be injected into the spinal column to get beyond a patient's blood-brain barrier and bring relief. But scientists think they may have a work-around.

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Heavy Loads Of Pollen May Shift Flight Plans Of The Bumblebee

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 2:03pm

Foraging bumblebees can pick up nearly half their weight in pollen before heading home to the hive, research shows. All that weight tucked into hollows on their hind legs can complicate flying.

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President Obama Set To Unveil New Power Plant Rules In 'Clean Power Plan'

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 1:10pm

Key elements of the Clean Power Plan include a requirement that would cut the power industry's carbon pollution by 32 percent below 2005 levels in the next 15 years.

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Calls To Cut Off Planned Parenthood Are Nothing New

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 12:22pm

Flashback to the 1980s, when President Ronald Reagan tried to restrict funding for Planned Parenthood. Efforts in Congress have continued since then, with the latest focused on fetal tissue research.

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Obama Aims To Tighten Restrictions On Plants' Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 4:11am

On Monday, President Obama will unveil tougher rules designed to cut carbon emissions from U.S. power plants. If the proposed plan clear legal hurdles, the nation's power grid would face big changes.

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When A Child's Picky Eating Becomes More Than A Nuisance

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 4:11am

Twenty percent of children are picky eaters but most grow out it. Research suggests that picky eating can also be a sign for hypersensitities that can occasionally cause social anxiety and depression.

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How A Scientist's Slick Discovery Helped Save Preemies' Lives

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 3:57am

Sometimes one person's insight transforms medicine. Dr. John Clements is one of those guys. In the 1950s he discovered a slippery lung substance key to breathing, and to the survival of tiny babies.

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Scientists Discover A 6th Taste — And It's Quite A Disgusting Mouthful

Sun, 08/02/2015 - 6:24am

They call it "oleogustus," or the taste for fat. But nutrition scientist Rick Mattes says it's far from delicious. Found in rancid food, it's often an unpleasant warning.

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'Oleogustus' Is The Newly Discovered Taste, And Boy, Is It Bad

Sun, 08/02/2015 - 6:24am

There's a new, sixth taste for humans: the taste for fat. But Rick Mattes of Purdue University tells NPR's Rachel Martin to think less yummy ice cream, more rancid food.

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Winds Of Change? Rhode Island Hopes For First Offshore Wind Farm

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 6:42am

Rhode Island is trying to have more success than a similar project off the coast of Massachusetts. However some residents worry the farm will disrupt the ocean view.

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