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Clean Your Grill, And Other Hot Holiday Tips From Alton Brown

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 6:03am

Whether you're barbecuing OR grilling, a meat-eater or a vegetarian, here's how to keep your flavor from going up in smoke this Memorial Day weekend.

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Who Let The Dogs In? We Did, About 30,000 Years Ago

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 12:32pm

A new study suggests that canis familiaris split from wolves much earlier than the 11,000 to 16,000 years ago that was long assumed.

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Covered California Votes To Cap What Patients Pay For Pricey Drugs

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 9:46am

The agency that administers Obamacare in California moved to make expensive medicines more affordable in 2016. In most plans, patients will pay no more than $150 or $250 a month.

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Pipeline Operator: Possibly Months To Determine Cause Of Calif. Spill

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 8:04am

Plains All American, the company that operates the pipeline, says it has yet to uncover the problem. So far, 9,000 gallons of sludge have been removed from a nine-miles stretch of Calif. coast.

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How Could Technology Change The Way We Evolve?

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 7:24am

Medical ethicist Harvey Fineberg says "neo-evolution" is on the horizon. When it becomes easier to eliminate disease through gene therapy, will we change the trajectory of evolution?

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How Do You Make An Elderly Worm Feel Young Again?

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 7:24am

What controls aging? Biochemist Cynthia Kenyon has found a genetic mutation that can more than double the lifespan of a tiny worm, which points to how we might one day significantly extend human life.

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How Do You Motivate Kids To Stop Skipping School?

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 6:36am

A study in an Indian slum tried promising a reward: Improve your attendance, and you'll get a small treat. But for third-graders, sometimes these incentive schemes can do more harm than good.

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Census Reveals Universe Of Marine Microbes At Bottom Of The Food Chain

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 2:55am

The ocean's tiniest inhabitants — including bacteria, plankton, krill — are food for most everything that swims or floats. Now, scientists have completed a count of this vast and diverse hidden world.

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Chew On This: The Science Of Great NYC Bagels (It's Not The Water)

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 3:25pm

Popular myth has long credited New York's soft water for the city's irresistibly crusty, chewy bagels. But the chemistry behind a superior bagel is more complicated.

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You And Yeast Have More In Common Than You Might Think

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 1:06pm

Genetically, at least, not that much has changed in the billion years since you two last shared a relative. Roughly half the 500 genes yeast need for life are interchangeable with the human versions.

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Urban Food Forests Make Fruit Free For The Picking

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:57am

Urban orchards are dropping everything from apples to avocados on Seattle, Bloomington, Ind., Boston and several other cities. Advocates say orchards can have longer lasting impact than gardens.

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Pipeline Operator In Calif. Spill Reportedly Had History Of Infractions

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 6:37am

Plains All American Pipeline had accumulated 175 safety and maintenance infractions since 2006, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

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Avian Flu Outbreak Takes Poultry Producers Into Uncharted Territory

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 2:40am

Avian influenza is ravaging poultry flocks across the Upper Midwest. The virus is "doing things we've never seen it do before," and understanding about transmission is very limited, a scientist says.

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Chipping Away At The Mystery Of The Oldest Tools Ever Found

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 6:13pm

How do you prove a rock was actively shaped and used as a tool more than 3 million years ago? Scientists found a kit of more than 140 artifacts in one spot and say the tools' crafters were pre-human.

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FDA Wants To Pull Back The Curtain, Slightly, On Farm Antibiotics

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:28pm

The Food and Drug Administration wants to know which farm animals are getting treated most heavily. But the FDA's proposal still falls short of the best European data practices.

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Energy Companies Step In To Fund STEM Education

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:26pm

Many public high schools lack funding for STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — programs. Energy companies worried about finding future employees are donating to schools.

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Maine Bill Aims To Make Abuse-Deterrent Painkillers More Affordable

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 3:58pm

Expensive versions of prescription opioids that are tougher to cut, crush and inject are less likely to be abused, legislators hope. But some doctors call the bill well-meant, but ill-advised.

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Pollinator Politics: Environmentalists Criticize Obama Plan To Save Bees

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 2:30am

The White House's new plan to reverse dramatic declines in bee numbers calls for the restoration of 7 million acres of bee-friendly habitat. Critics say the plan ignores a key culprit: pesticides.

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She's Got One Of The Toughest Diseases To Cure. And She's Hopeful

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 2:25am

Drug-resistant tuberculosis is a growing problem. It's spread through the air. It can kill you. And it's incredibly difficult to treat. But a program in Peru shows that the disease can be cured.

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Earth's First Snake Likely Evolved On Land, Not In Water

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 7:03pm

Genetic sleuthing and comparisons of recently discovered fossils with living snakes point to a "protosnake" ancestor that likely had tiny hind legs and lived about 120 million years ago.

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