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Florida's Legislature Quits Early, At Impasse Over Medicaid Expansion

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 2:54am

Meanwhile, Gov. Rick Scott sued the federal government Tuesday, accusing it of coercing Florida to accept the expansion, or lose funding for other health programs for the poor.

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How Newbie Gardeners Can Safely Grow Food On Urban Land

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 10:54am

More and more city dwellers are trying their hand at urban gardening. Most know to be wary of lead in their soil, but fewer are aware of how to avoid other types of contaminants.

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Geologists Warned That Huge Quake Could Strike The Himalayas

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 4:15am

The earthquake that struck Nepal over the weekend was hardly a surprise. Geologists have known for decades that tectonic plates underneath Nepal were capable of creating a devastating earthquake.

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Big Aftershocks In Nepal Could Persist For Years

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 4:27pm

Saturday's magnitude-7.8 quake released stress that was building for 150 years, scientists say, and it reshuffled tension to nearby faults. There's a 50-50 chance of a strong aftershock within a year.

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Maybe You Should Rethink That Daily Aspirin

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 4:23am

A small dose of aspirin taken regularly can help prevent a second heart attack or stroke. But too many healthy people are taking the drug for prevention. And for them, the risks may outweigh benefits.

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Solving Crimes With Pollen, One Grain Of Evidence At A Time

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 4:19pm

Dallas Mildenhall is one of the world's few forensic pollen experts. He recently identified a rare, mutated pollen grain that helped police crack a murder case in his native New Zealand.

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Hubble's Other Telescope And The Day It Rocked Our World

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 6:33am

Amid this week's hoopla celebrating the Hubble Space Telescope, don't forget the clever astronomer for whom the space scope was named. In the 1920s, he changed our sense of ourselves and the universe.

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These Animals Might Go Extinct Because No One Wants To Eat Them

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 5:47pm

Many species have gone extinct because humans hunted them into oblivion for their meat. But there's another group of animals that are endangered because we've lost interest in breeding them.

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What's That Smell? The Beautiful Tree That's Causing Quite A Stink

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 4:00pm

Once embraced by cities for its beautiful white flowers, disease resistance and ability to grow just about anywhere, the Callery pear is now considered a nuisance due to its smell and invasive nature.

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California Cities Struggle To Meet Water Conservation Targets

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 3:22pm

Early next month, California plans to finalize its emergency water conservation plan. Cities are under the gun to cut their water usage from anywhere between 15 and 40 percent.

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Scientists Discover Massive New Magma Chamber Under Yellowstone

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 3:05pm

The newly discovered chamber is 4.5 times larger than the shallow reservoir already known and contains enough partially molten rock to fill the Grand Canyon 11 times.

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CDC Warns More HIV, Hepatitis C Outbreaks Likely Among Drug Users

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 1:19pm

The U.S. epidemic of injected opioid use could lead to more severe outbreaks of HIV and hepatitis C, like those now occurring in Indiana, the Centers for Disease Control And Prevention says.

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To Weather Criticism, It Helps To Think Of The Big Picture

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 9:28am

Negative feedback is supposed to be good for us, but it sure doesn't feel so good. Shifting the context by thinking more broadly helps blunt the sting, a study found. So does embracing change.

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Why Don't Ants Need A Leader?

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 8:11am

The world's largest ant colony stretches over 3,700 miles. It succeeds, biologist Deborah Gordon says, because no one is in charge. They communicate with algorithmic patterns to survive and thrive.

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After 25 Years, The Hubble Space Telescope Still Wows Humanity

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 2:56am

Launched shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Hubble telescope isn't showing its age. Astronomers and other fans hope this old charmer will be useful for many years to come.

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'That's What Hubble Can See': A Tribute To The Space Telescope

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 4:06pm

NPR has this tribute to the Hubble Space Telescope — a parody of Iggy Azalea's "Trouble."

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Hubble Telescope Celebrates 25 Years In Space

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 3:30pm

Friday marks 25 years since the Hubble Space Telescope was launched. Astrophysicist and NPR blogger, Adam Frank, celebrates what it's shown us.

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Couples Counseling Catches On With Tech Co-Founders

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 1:56pm

Friction between close business partners is the reason many startups fail. But increasingly in Silicon Valley, co-founders of companies are turning to therapists before things go south.

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Thoughts Can Fuel Some Deadly Brain Cancers

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 11:13am

A doctor-scientist's long quest to help children with a rare form of brain cancer has led to the discovery that high levels of brain activity can make glioma tumors grow faster.

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Critics Lash Out At Chinese Scientists Who Edited DNA In Human Embryos

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 4:06am

By editing the genes in embryos in the lab, Chinese scientists showed that it's possible to change hereditary traits that cause a blood disorder. But the work also created unintended mutations.

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