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Holiday Gas Prices Lowest In Four Years

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:29pm

The national average for regular is $3.45 per gallon, down from an all-time high of $3.83 per gallon over the Labor Day 2012 holiday.

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An App Can Reveal When Withdrawal Tremors Are Real

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:20pm

You probably haven't thought about whether your phone could help diagnose alcohol withdrawal. Well, it can. An app for doctors measures tremors and may help tell if someone's faking it to get drugs.

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Study: Kids In Orphanages Can Do As Well As Those In Foster Care

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:13pm

Policymakers worldwide have been calling for countries to get rid of institutions for orphans and abandoned children. A study out of Duke University offers a different perspective.

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In Praise Of Being Bored

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:04pm

Boredom is increasingly a thing of the past. We've got devices to fill up every instant. Some people say baseball is boring. But maybe its popularity is in the fact that it allows us room to be bored?

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Real Vanilla Isn't Plain. It Depends On (Dare We Say It) Terroir

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:02pm

There's no such thing as plain vanilla — at least if you're talking about beans from the vanilla orchid. Whether they're from Tahiti or Madagascar, vanilla can be creamy, spicy or even floral.

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