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Georgian Jars Hold 8,000-Year-Old Winemaking Clues

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 3:09pm

Scientists have found evidence of ancient winemaking in Georgia, a country which prides itself on its vino. It's the earliest trace of viniculture using wild grapes similar to those used today.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the Georgian National Museum)

Slow And Upbeat EPA Response To Hurricane Harvey Pollution Angers Residents

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 2:34pm

Hurricane Harvey caused industrial facilities to release an extra 5.98 million pounds of air pollution. Some people who live and work near the plants are frustrated with the federal response.

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Security Firm Says Extremely Creepy Mask Cracks iPhone X's Face ID

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 1:26pm

A video shows the Vietnam-based Bkav apparently bypassing the feature. Apple has touted the function as secure since it was unveiled in September.

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What Makes Wagyu Beef Smell So Good? Science Explains

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 12:13pm

The Japanese beef is considered a luxury, with plenty of fat and its super-soft texture. New evidence could explain what's behind its sweet smell.

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Um, Uh, Huh? Are These Words Clues To Understanding Human Language?

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 8:38am

Tiny filler words in human rapid-fire conversation hold the key to understanding how language is unique, according to a new book. But anthropologist Barbara J. King raises some questions.

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Brain Scientists Look Beyond Opioids To Conquer Pain

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 3:47am

The search is on for opioid alternatives that can block pain without causing addiction. One promising candidate: snail venom.

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In D.C., Brain Science Meets Behavioral Science To Shed Light On Mental Disorders

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 4:51pm

The Society for Neuroscience meeting is taking place in Washington, D.C., this weekend. Researchers there are focusing on how to find the biological underpinnings of mental disorders.

3-Plus Tons Of Supplies Headed To International Space Station After Virginia Liftoff

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 9:18am

The Sunday launch of an Antares rocket from Wallop Islands has some 7,400 pounds aboard. The rocket was developed by private firm Orbital ATK, which conducts supply missions for NASA.

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The Answer To Life, The Universe — And Everything? It's 63

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 7:57am

Over time, the expansion of the cosmos and the passage of light has unlocked 63 orders of magnitude to us, each one a new opportunity for novelty and complexity, says guest blogger Caleb Scharf.

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iPTF14hls: The Star That Won't Die

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 6:52am

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Iair Arcavi, postdoctoral fellow in astrophysics at UC Santa Barbara, about the strange behavior of supernova iPTF14hls. This star doesn't seem to want to die.

Pittsburgh's Microgrids Technology Could Lead The Way For Green Energy

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 12:11am

Pittsburgh wants to become a model for cutting edge energy supply. Researchers in the city are planning a network of microgrids.

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Scientists Start To Tease Out The Subtler Ways Racism Hurts Health

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 7:07am

The biological effects of lifelong exposure to racism or other sorts of discrimination can be complicated, scientists say, but likely tap into the same mechanisms as other types of chronic stress.

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Terra Incognita: 'The Planet Factory' And 'The Undiscovered Islands'

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 6:00am

Two new books about unreal islands and yet-to-be-real planets have much to tell us about what human beings want to know when we look around at the world — life is uncertain, and our fears need maps.

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Mysterious Radioactive Cloud Over Europe Hints At Accident Farther East

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 1:05pm

Ruthenium-106, an artificial isotope, was detected in early October and is now gone. European safety officials say it poses no health risk to residents and that it might have come from Russia.

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Certain And Confident: Predicting The Future In A Climate-Changing World

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 8:39am

The Climate Science Special Report, released by the White House last week, is a valuable read — it's a primer on how science works when it overlaps with the need to make informed bets on our future.

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In The Age Of Legalization, Talking To Kids About Marijuana Gets Tougher

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 4:01am

Now that recreational marijuana use in California and other states is legal for adults and marketers are ramping up ads, youth drug educators fear that kids may think its safe for them to light up.

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Researcher Says Aaron Hernandez's Brain Showed Signs Of Severe CTE

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 8:40pm

Hernandez enjoyed a brilliant career on the football field and displayed a remarkable self-destructive streak off the field.

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Algae Toxins In Drinking Water Sickened People In 2 Outbreaks

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 3:16pm

In Ohio, more than 100 people got sick in 2013 and 2014 when municipal drinking water was contaminated with toxins from algae blooms in Lake Erie. The CDC says these are the first known instances.

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Algae Toxins In Drinking Water Sickened People In 2 Outbreaks

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 3:16pm

In Ohio, more than 100 people got sick in 2013 and 2014 when municipal drinking water was contaminated with toxins from algae blooms in Lake Erie. The CDC says these are the first known instances.

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Monks For A Month: College Kids Give Up Talking — And Technology

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 9:34am

Students in this "Living Deliberately"' class embrace asceticism and challenge stereotypes of college kids who can't put down their cellphones, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.

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