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How Many Viruses Have Infected You?

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 1:02pm

Most tests for viruses aim to detect only one or two. But researchers can now check a drop of blood for antibodies to hundreds of viruses, tracing the history of a lifetime of infections, old and new.

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Newly Identified 'Hellboy' Dinosaur Sported Unique Horns, Scientists Say

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 11:16am

The new species, a close relative of Triceratops that was discovered in Alberta, Canada, has large horns above the eyes and a crown-like frill.

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Pluto's Moons Are 'Tumbling In Absolute Chaos,' NASA Says

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 6:46am

In the NFL, something that behaves like Pluto's football-shaped moons might be called a wobbly duck. NASA calls them astonishing.

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Chimps Are No Chumps: Give Them An Oven, They'll Learn To Cook

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 1:14pm

That's what researchers found when they gave chimps a device that appeared to work like an oven. The findings add to the argument that our ancestors began cooking soon after learning to control fire.

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Avian Flu Outbreak Has U.S. Bakers Begging For Europe's Eggs

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 12:50pm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it will allow pasteurized egg imports from the Netherlands to alleviate dwindling supplies and higher prices from the ongoing outbreak on U.S. poultry farms.

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Emergency Rooms Crack Down On Abusers Of Pain Pills

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 2:46am

Hospitals in some states have begun tracking the names of patients who show up repeatedly seeking opioids. Denying these patients pills saves hospitals money, but some doctors question the ethics.

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Are The Vaccine Court's Requirements Too Strict?

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 2:45am

Before awarding compensation, the court wants a "preponderance of evidence" that a vaccine caused the injury. Some years the nearly $4 billion fund earns more interest than it pays out in claims.

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Grass Gourmands: A Herbivore Food Mystery On The African Savanna

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 4:20pm

A new study sheds light on a longstanding ecological question: How do so many species like impalas and elephants co-exist when they're all feeding on the same limited foods?

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Report Challenges Environmental Friendliness Of U.S. Pellet Industry

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 3:43pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Washington Post reporter Joby Warrick about how the burning of wood pellets instead of coal has led to increased deforestation in the U.S.

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Report Challenges Environmental Friendliness Of Europe's Pellet Industry

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 3:43pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Washington Post reporter Joby Warrick about how the burning of wood pellets instead of coal in the Europe has led to increased deforestation in the U.S.

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Vaccine Court Aims To Protect Patients And Vaccines

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 2:21pm

It's been nearly 30 years since Congress established a special court to help keep good vaccines on the market and fairly compensate the rare person who has a severe reaction. Who wins these cases?

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The White House Has A New Visitor, And It's Got Feathers

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 1:15pm

Politicians in Washington currently have an actual hawk in their neighborhood.

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Texas Put Brakes On Telemedicine — And Teladoc Cries Foul

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 2:38am

As consulting a doctor exclusively by phone, text or video becomes more popular, the Texas Medical Board moves to restrict these e-visits. Is the real battle over patient safety, money or turf?

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It's Raining Nitrogen In A Colorado Park. Farmers Can Make It Stop

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 4:26pm

Scientists say too much airborne nitrogen from farms is throwing off the ecological balance of Rocky Mountain National Park. So the federal government is hoping weather alerts for farmers will help.

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As Caviar Prices Skyrocket, Sturgeon Poachers Invade Pacific Northwest

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 1:31pm

Global sturgeon populations are collapsing — most notably in Russia, where caviar is known as black gold. That's fueling a market for illegal caviar and driving poachers to the Columbia River.

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Researchers Link Feelings Of Disgust And Ethical Behavior

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 4:08am

Research finds that people respond to feelings of disgust by trying to protect themselves from it — and this can quickly translate into self-interested behavior and cheating.

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Editing The Climate Talkers: Punctuation's Effect On Earth's Fate

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 2:34am

The littlest things — punctuation, precise word choice and grammar — can hold tremendous power in worldwide climate negotiations. This year in Europe, editors get a chance to help make history.

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Planetary Society Regains Communication With LightSail Spacecraft

Sun, 05/31/2015 - 7:14am

The organization launched the tiny satellite earlier this month, but then lost contact last week due to a software glitch.

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At World's Fair In Italy, The Future Of Food Is On The Table

Sun, 05/31/2015 - 6:34am

Vertical farms, food trucks, tropical forests and the supermarket of the future are on display at Expo 2015 in Milan. Exhibits from 145 countries focus on how to feed the planet sustainably.

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Fact-Checking 'San Andreas': Are Earthquake Swarms For Real?

Sat, 05/30/2015 - 4:05pm

Seismologist Lucile Jones discusses how accurate — or not — the plot of this new California earthquake thriller really is. Bonus: Her advice on what to include in an earthquake kit.

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