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Investment Fund Pours Cash Into Cleaner, Greener Fish Farming

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 5:43pm

Aqua-Spark is the world's first investment fund for sustainable aquaculture. So far it has bet on an alternative fish feed that could take pressure off the oceans and a tilapia farm in Mozambique.

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Atomic Scientists' 'Doomsday Clock' Ticks Forward

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 3:23pm

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Science and Security Board is warning that "the probability of global catastrophe is very high" unless quick action is taken.

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Finding Crime Clues In What Insects Had For Dinner

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 3:18pm

Forensic scientists can find crime-solving evidence in the tiniest details, such as the insects that arrive at the scene to feed on the decomposing corpse.

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Maybe Early Humans Weren't The First To Get A Good Grip

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 2:45pm

The opposable thumb you use to hold a pencil was long thought to be a defining aspect of humans. But an analysis of finger bones suggests stone tool use by pre-humans — perhaps 3 million years ago.

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X-Rays Open Secrets Of Ancient Scrolls

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 2:38am

Scientists have used a particle accelerator to read ancient scrolls without unrolling them. The breakthrough could potentially be used to decipher hundreds of texts.

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Rare And 'Horrific': Frilled Shark Startles Fishermen In Australia

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 8:32pm

The frilled shark's roots are traced to 80 million years ago. Its prehistoric origins are obvious in its primitive body; nearly all of the rare animal's closest relatives are long extinct.

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Why Some GMO Foods Don't Have Genetically Modified DNA

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 5:13pm

It may surprise you to learn that some processed foods made from GMOs — say, canola oil, for example — don't actually contain any genetically modified DNA or proteins.

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E-Cigarettes Can Churn Out High Levels Of Formaldehyde

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:03pm

Unexpectedly high levels of the carcinogen were found in an analysis of the vapor from e-cigarettes, researchers say.

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Scientists Give Genetically Modified Organisms A Safety Switch

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 2:03pm

By making E. coli dependent on an artificial amino acid, scientists hope to show that engineered organisms can be safer and more useful for industrial processes like drug production.

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Scandium Middle Man Is A Rare Guy Selling A Rare Element

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:02am

Our Planet Money team has a story about a man who realized at the time, that he was the only person in the world with his job. It was a job selling something, almost no one wanted.

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After Congressional Green Light, Scientists Begin Hemp Studies

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:02am

Scientists are studying how hemp might be used in the electronic, medical and manufacturing industries. Because the plant's been illegal for decades, it's been difficult to do research on its uses.

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Montana Governor Declares State Of Emergency After River Oil Spill

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 3:26pm

As much as 50,000 gallons of oil has spilled into the Yellowstone River in Montana. Those who live in surrounding cities have been told not to drink tap water. In 2011, more than 60,000 gallons of oil spilled in the same river.

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BP Back In Court For Final Phase Of Gulf Oil Spill Trial

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 3:26pm

The third and final phase of the civil trial against BP opened on Tuesday. The last segment will determine the amount of fines BP will pay in the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Scientists Say The NFL's 'Deflate-Gate' Isn't All Hot Air

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 3:26pm

Two scientists say the New England Patriots could have gained some advantage from deflating a ball in Sunday's game. But was it worth the risk?

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How Your Food Gets The 'Non-GMO' Label

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:48am

Demand for foods certified as GMO-free is ballooning. Increasingly, it's conventional companies that want to earn the label. Here's how a company gets into the non-GMO game.

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Origin Unknown: Study Says Blast Of Radio Waves Came From Outside Our Galaxy

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 1:36pm

Scientists call them "fast radio bursts," or FRBs, mysterious pulses of radio waves coming from far, far away. Researchers in Australia say they've observed one in real time.

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New Justice Department Environment Chief Takes Helm Of Gulf Spill Case

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 3:03am

John Cruden returns to the department as litigation over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill intensifies. He'll also defend Obama climate change rules and try to protect wildlife while in the post.

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Why Ants Handle Traffic Better Than You Do

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 2:34am

Ants don't show road rage. In fact, some research shows they rarely get into traffic jams, able to maintain a steady speed even as their numbers swell. Can physics explain it?

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One Scientist's Race To Help Microbes Help You

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 4:46am

Moving the American Gut Project to a biotech hub like San Diego may speed the jump from basic research to real treatments. At least that's microbe tracker Rob Knight's plan.

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Are Stripes A Zebra's Cooling System?

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 6:30am

Scientists say they are closer to knowing how, or rather, why, the zebra got its stripes. It's an answer that would impress even Rudyard Kipling.

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