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Weak Brain Connections May Link Premature Birth And Later Disorders

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 3:04pm

Brain scans found abnormally weak connections in the brains of premature infants may make them more prone to develop autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other emotional disorders.

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Suing A Nursing Home Could Get Easier Under Proposed Federal Rules

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 2:30pm

Many families must sign a binding arbitration agreement when a loved one is admitted to a nursing home, pledging not to sue if something goes wrong. But proposed rules would ban that requirement.

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Don't Bug Out! Ebay Auction Lets Bidders Name New Moth Species

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 6:01am

Proceeds go to the Western National Parks Association, which hopes the naming rights will "break the stigma against the moth."

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How Do You Find Plutonium? Go To Nuclear Inspector School

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 3:25am

A nuclear agreement with Iran hinges on the work of nuclear inspectors. Here's a close-up look at how they train to do their job.

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Q&A: What Machines Can Learn From People And We Can Learn From Them

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 5:25pm

Should artificial intelligence mimic human behavior? The executive in charge of developing future generations of IBM's Watson tackles that and other questions about the limits and powers of AI.

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Historic Chemistry Lab With Links To Thomas Jefferson Discovered Behind Wall

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 3:38pm

The "chemical hearth," dating back to the 1820s, was unearthed by workers doing renovations on the Rotunda at the University of Virginia. It is thought to be one of very few such labs still surviving.

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Sexual Harrassment Case Shines Light On Science's Dark Secrect

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 3:33am

Renowned astronomer Geoffrey Marcy resigned Wednesday after it became public that he sexually harassed students for years. Researchers are asking why so little is done to stop harassment in science.

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Hunter-Gatherers Don't Get More Sleep Than We Do, Study Finds

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 3:27pm

A new study shows people living in hunter-gatherer societies don't get any more sleep than people in the more modern world, despite living without TVs, computers, cell phones and other electronic distractions.

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Distant Pluto Comes To Life

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 2:18pm

When a probe skimmed past the dwarf planet in July, researchers expected to see a cold, dead world. New results published today show that Pluto is an active place.

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Up Late? Looks Like Our Paleo Ancestors Didn't Sleep Much Either

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 12:19pm

It's tempting to think that our forebears got lots of blissful snooze time. But modern-day hunter-gatherers aren't getting more than 6.5 hours a night, researchers say. And that's without smartphones.

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States That Declined To Expand Medicaid Face Higher Costs

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 9:13am

The 22 states that didn't ease Medicaid eligibility under Obamacare cover a much smaller percentage of their low-income residents than other states do and have seen their costs rise more.

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Backyard Beekeeping Approved In Los Angeles

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 7:12pm

"To bee or not to bee, that is the question. But there is no question. We must have bees," City Councilman Paul Koretz said.

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How Long Can Ebola Linger In The Semen Of Male Survivors?

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 4:59pm

New research finds that the virus can be present far longer than expected — and that there could be a continuing risk of transmission through sexual contact.

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Dietary Supplements Send Thousands To ERs Yearly

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 4:02pm

More than 23,000 Americans end up in emergency rooms each year after taking dietary supplements, an analysis shows. Most cases are linked to weight-loss products or energy-boosting supplements.

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University Of Vermont's Ban On Bottled Water Backfires

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 3:16pm

The University of Vermont banned the sale of bottled water on its campus in 2013 to cut down on single-use bottles in the waste stream. But the number of plastic, single-use bottles being shipped to campus went up, and students ended up using more single-use bottles and drinking less healthy beverages out of them. Now the university is trying to figure out how to balance sustainability and nutrition in on-campus beverage sales.

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Mississippi River Basin Gets A Grade Of D+

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 3:01pm

A group that measures river basin health cited the poor condition of infrastructure such as locks and dams, among other things, on what it says is the world's fourth-largest watershed.

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New Hubble Images Show Jupiter's Great Red Spot Is Still Shrinking

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 12:31pm

But, using images from the Hubble Space Telescope, scientists have learned the great storm is putting up a fight because it is now shrinking at a slower rate.

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Study May Ease Drinking Water Worries About Fracking

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 4:14am

A new study of drinking water in areas where fracking is used to extract natural gas found that contamination is not common and it probably did not come from deep underground.

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Experiment Tests If Teacher-Student Relationship Helps Performance

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 4:14am

A study measured the performance of kindergartners who either had close or distant relationships with their teachers. It found that students reminded of close relationships solved problems faster.

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In The Classroom, Common Ground Can Transform GPAs

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 11:03pm

The Hidden Brain podcast explores the connections between students and teachers. It turns out finding things in common between pupils and instructors could be a tool for closing the achievement gap.

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