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Diet Soda May Alter Our Gut Microbes And The Risk Of Diabetes

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 3:47pm

There's a new wrinkle to the old debate over diet soda: Artificial sweeteners can alter our microbiomes. And for some, this may raise blood sugar levels and set the stage for diabetes.

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Europe's Family Tree Gets A New Branch

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 3:47pm

Genetic evidence from ancient humans and modern people suggests that travelers from northern Eurasia moved south several thousand years ago. They stuck around to have kids with early European farmers.

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Multispectral Imaging Could Reveal Secrets Of Martellus Map

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 3:08pm

A team of researchers are using multispectral imaging to uncover hidden text on a 1491 Martellus map, one of the most important maps in history. Lead researcher Chet Van Duzer thinks the discoveries will allow historians and scholars to see just how the map influenced cartography in its time.

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Study Of 'Flexible Brains' May Aid Injury Understanding

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 3:08pm

Physicist Danielle Bassett has been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship based on her work studying the human brain. She talks with Melissa Block about the advances it may lead to.

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Colorado Tries Hard To Convince Teens That Pot Is Bad For You

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:01pm

Do you want to be a lab rat? That's what teenagers are doing when they smoke marijuana, the state of Colorado says. But since hard evidence of marijuana's harms is scanty, it may be a tough sell.

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Top Scientists Suggest A Few Fixes For Medical Funding Crisis

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 3:11am

The answer, this time, isn't simply more cash, says Dr. Harold Varmus, director of the National Cancer Institute. Instead, changing the way research money's distributed might fix systemic problems.

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Meet The 2014 Winners Of The MacArthur 'Genius Grants'

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 11:07pm

This year's winners include a cartoonist, a documentarian, a leader in the legal fight for gay marriage, a saxophonist, mathematicians and scientists, poets, lawyers and advocates.

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Boeing And SpaceX Win $6.8 Billion In NASA Contracts

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 4:52pm

By 2017, the two American companies are expected to take over a job that NASA has relied upon Russia to perform: shuttling astronauts to the International Space Station.

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U.S. To Send 3,000 Troops To West Africa To Aid In Ebola Epidemic

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 3:19pm

On Tuesday, President Obama announced that the U.S. will send more military personnel and resources to Africa to fight the deadly virus.

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When Patients Set Science's Research Agenda, Who Loses?

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 3:11pm

Tired of waiting for a cure for breast cancer, a coalition of activists now leans hard on Congress to steer money to particular research projects. Critics say that approach may miss promising leads.

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Too Few University Jobs For America's Young Scientists

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 2:38am

So, you want to be a science professor? Good luck. Highly educated, relatively low-paid postdoctoral fellows may drive U.S. biomedical research, but they're training for jobs that don't exist.

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Could Ebola Become As Contagious As The Flu?

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:42pm

Currently, Ebola is known to spread only through contact with body fluids. Some people have worried that Ebola could start spreading through the air. But scientists say that's not likely.

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Could Ebola Become As Contagious As The Flu?

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:42pm

President Obama is set to ramp up the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak, in part because of concerns that if the virus continues to spread, it could mutate and become more contagious.

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Key Brain Connection Slow To Develop In Kids With ADHD

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:36pm

A network in the brain that helps control daydreaming seem to be slower to develop in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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Ebola Response Hampered By Limited Air Travel

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:22pm

One of the major barriers keeping aid workers out of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea is limited and unpredictable air travel. Many airlines don't want to have their crews overnight in an Ebola area or send them to a place where they can't get adequate healthcare if something goes wrong.

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European Scientists Choose Site For Rosetta's Comet Touchdown

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:35am

After a decade-long journey to reach Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the ESA says it has found the best spot for a planned November landing.

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The Perfect Summer Peach Wasn't Always So Rosy

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:29am

The peaches we eat today look very little like the first peaches planted. We can thank the Chinese farmers who first domesticated the fruit for kicking off millennia of breeding for perfection.

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Covering Up With The Hijab May Aid Women's Body Image

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 5:04am

A few studies have found that modest clothing is connected with a healthier body image. So a British psychologist looked at whether the hijab protected women against the pressure to be thin.

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Covering Up With The Hijab May Aid Women's Body Image

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 5:00am

A few studies have found that modest clothing is connected with a healthier body image. So a British psychologist looked at whether the hijab protected women against the pressure to be thin.

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Can Looking At Food Photos Make You Feel Full?

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:52am

We know that eating food fills us up. But research indicates looking at photos of food might have the same effect.

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