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The Ancient Art Of Cheese-Making Attracts Scientific Gawkers

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 4:52am

In England, cheese-making is an art stretching back hundreds of years. But recently, scientists have become interested in the microbes that make the country's artisan cheeses so tasty.

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The Ancient Art Of Cheese-Making Attracts Scientific Gawkers

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 4:52am

In England, cheese-making is an art stretching back hundreds of years. But recently, scientists have become interested in the microbes that make the country's artisan cheeses so tasty.

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Can A Smell-Emitting Fork Alter How We Savor Flavor?

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 1:05pm

Flavor is a combination of taste and aroma. So can a scent-emitting fork trick our brains into thinking we're tasting something, when we're only just smelling it? The Salt team tests it out.

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How A Tilt Toward Safety Stopped A Scientist's Virus Research

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 2:27am

The U.S. government has stopped some experiments with dangerous viruses, saying the risks need to be reconsidered. Key work in one scientist's lab have been halted.

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Security Agents Often Miss When Passports Don't Match Faces

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 5:09pm

The people checking travelers' passports aren't great at catching fake or stolen documents. One solution might be to screen the screeners and only hire those with a talent for recognizing faces.

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What Does A GOP Majority Mean For Environmental Policy?

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 3:35pm

Melissa Block talks to New York Times reporter Coral Davenport about the impact of a GOP majority Congress on environmental policies.

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Battle Lines Drawn After Texas Town Bans Fracking

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 3:20pm

Residents of Denton, Texas, voted Tuesday to ban hydraulic fracturing in their city. It's the first time a city in the state — where energy is king — has voted to ban fracking. State officials have already filed lawsuits to try and overturn the ban.

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Astronomers Glimpse Distant Planetary Nursery

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 3:01pm

Images produced by a giant radio telescope array in Chile's Atacama desert show a nascent star and what's thought to be its solar system in the process of being born.

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How Boy Bits First Came To Be

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 2:34pm

Certain birth defects in male children are on the rise, and nobody knows why. Scientists say basic research into how external genitalia evolved in reptiles and rodents might offer a few clues.

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Innovation: Harness Could Allow Dogs, Humans To Communicate

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 11:38am

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a dog harness, equipped with speakers and vibrating motors, that could be used in search and rescue or to improve dog training.

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Discovery's Man-Swallowing Snake Stunt Stretches Credulity

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 9:24am

The channel promises to air an episode featuring a man in a protective suit who is swallowed alive by a giant green anaconda.

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Republican Sweep Highlights Climate Change Politics In Alaska

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 2:26am

GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is set to head the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. It can be easier for her oil-reliant state to adapt to the changing climate rather than address its causes.

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America's T. Rex Gets A Makeover

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 2:23am

Discovered in Montana in 1988, the Wankel T. Rex is prize find — a nearly complete skeleton, now bound for display at the Smithsonian, in Washington, D.C. But first, those old bones need some work.

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How Much Is That MRI, Really? Massachusetts Shines A Light

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 3:20pm

A state law now requires insurers to reveal prices of their medical tests, and the variation is amazing, bargain hunters say. An MRI of the back is $614 at one place; $1,800 at another.

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From Blue Bleach To Hazmat Hacks, Students Take On Ebola Challenges

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 1:39pm

College students excel at thinking creatively under pressure. Now they're designing tools to confront the challenges of Ebola, including friendlier-looking protective gear and diagnostic aids.

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Why Your Brain Wants To Help One Child In Need — But Not Millions

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 2:30am

Donations to fight Ebola are lower than expected. One psychologist thinks the reason may be the impact of hopelessness. A really big problem makes them less likely to give.

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Researchers Tap Web Chatter To Figure Out Who's Sick

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 3:59pm

With the help of online data, doctors and public health officials are tracking the spread of illnesses and predicting where they might strike next. The analyses also provide clues for prevention.

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Let's Clear This Up — In New York City, There's Only 1 Rat For Every 4 People

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 3:15pm

Audie Cornish speaks with Jonathan Auerbach, a PhD student in statistics at Columbia University who endeavored to get a better estimate of the New York City rat population.

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Alvin: The Little Submarine That Could

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 6:54am

The first research submarine capable of carrying passengers to and from the seafloor, Alvin has spent some 50 years plumbing the ocean's depths.

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Falling Oil Prices Make Fracking Less Lucrative

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 2:23am

As oil prices dip, controversial and relatively expensive production methods, like oil sands and fracking, have become less profitable. Some drillers are already cutting back on plans for more wells.

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