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

2 hours 6 min ago

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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Home-brewed Morphine Is Just Around The Corner

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 5:10pm

What if microbes could ferment sugar into narcotics, like the way yeasts make beer? That day is quickly approaching. This week scientists report all the steps needed to make morphine in yeast.

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FEMA To Require States To Assess Climate Change Risk In Disaster Plans

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 3:28pm

Several U.S. senators are accusing the Federal Emergency Management Agency of injecting "unnecessary, ideological-based red tape" into the disaster preparedness process. The agency is requiring states to deal with climate change in their disaster plans as a condition for federal disaster mitigation grants.

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Eyes In The Sky: Styrofoam Drones Keep Watch On Rainforest Trees

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 3:28pm

The autopilot toy planes, equipped with cameras, help conservationists detect illegal logging and mining earlier in the remote parts of the Amazon basin.

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As States Ready Disaster Plans, Feds Urge Them To Consider Climate Change

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 3:28pm

Several U.S. senators are accusing the Federal Emergency Management Agency of injecting "unnecessary, ideological-based red tape" into the disaster-preparedness process.

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Plan Bee: White House Unveils Strategy To Protect Pollinators

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 11:35am

The national strategy addresses the alarming decline in honeybee populations. It calls for more bee habitat and more research into ways to protect bees from disease and pesticides.

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They're Going Door-To-Door In The Amazon To See Why People Get Sick

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 2:24am

In one of the most remote parts of the Peruvian Amazon, researchers are in midst of a extensive health census. The study could be key to figuring out the impact of mercury used in illegal mining.

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Urban Farmers Say It's Time They Got Their Own Research Farms

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 5:07pm

The University of the District of Columbia is the only land-grant university in the U.S. with an urban focus. It's studying how to grow food in raised beds, hoop houses and even a shipping container.

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