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Gene Linked To Alzheimer's Poses A Special Threat To Women

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 4:43pm

Scientists have figured out one reason why women might be more vulnerable to Alzheimer's. A risk gene doubles women's chances of getting the disease but has minimal effect on men.

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For All You Need To Know About The Blood Moon, Ask Mr. Eclipse

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 3:01pm

Audie Cornish speaks with Fred Espenak, scientist emeritus at NASA Goddard, also known as "Mr. Eclipse," about the lunar eclipse that will happen Monday night.

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Why Babies Cry At Night

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 1:51pm

Maybe she's not just hungry. One scientist thinks the chubby bundles have a devious plan: Making a mom exhausted delays the arrival of another brother or sister.

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Modern Medicine May Not Be Doing Your Microbiome Any Favors

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:17pm

In Missing Microbes, Dr. Martin Blaser argues that the overuse of antibiotics, as well as now-common practices like C-sections, may be messing with gut microbes.

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Getting Enough Vitamin D: More Than Milk And Sunshine

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:26am

New research finds that people with low levels of vitamin D are more likely to die from cancer, heart disease and other illnesses. Nutrition professor and author Marion Nestle explains.

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There's A 'Blood Moon' Eclipse Tonight, But Will You Be Able To See It?

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:03am

The weather may play havoc with the sky-watching on the East Coast, though much of the Midwest and West ought to get a good view.

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Mind Over Milkshake: How Your Thoughts Fool Your Stomach

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 2:22am

What we think about food may change how our bodies respond to it. Sip what you think is a rich milkshake, and your body acts as if you've had a fatty treat, even if it's really a lower-calorie drink.

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Climate Change Adjustments Must Be Fast And Large, U.N. Panel Says

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 8:40am

Greenhouse gas emissions will have to drop 40 to 70 percent by 2050 — and then drop even more, to nearly zero by the end of this century — a new U.N. report says.

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A Love Letter To Matzo: Why The Holey Cracker Is A Crunch Above

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 3:45am

Plain, dry matzo tends to have a reputation for tastelessness. But Dan Pashman, host of the food podcast and blog The Sporkful, argues that the crunchy cracker is a culinary marvel.

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A Love Letter To Matzo: Why The Holey Cracker Is A Crunch Above

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 3:45am

Plain, dry matzo tends to have a reputation for tastelessness. But Dan Pashman, host of the food podcast and blog The Sporkful, argues that the crunchy cracker is a culinary marvel.

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Making Math And Microscopes More Accessible

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 4:09pm

From popularizing a feared subject to scaling down high-tech tools, here are two examples of experts solving complicated problems with simplicity.

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Gassy Cows Are Warming The Planet, And They're Here To Stay

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 4:06am

Methane from livestock accounts for a huge portion of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, according to a UN report. But reducing global meat consumption isn't necessarily the answer to the problem.

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Gassy Cows Are Warming The Planet, And They're Here To Stay

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 4:06am

Methane from livestock accounts for a huge portion of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, according to a UN report. But reducing global meat consumption isn't necessarily the answer to the problem.

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Total Eclipse Of The Moon Next Week Throughout North America

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 3:11pm

The lunar eclipse peaks late Monday or early Tuesday, depending on your time zone. It begins a so-called tetrad of 4 eclipses occurring roughly 6 months apart.

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When Is Bottled Air Worth $860? When It's A Work Of Art — And Protest

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 3:00pm

A jar of fresh air from southern France, bottled by a Beijing artist, was sold at auction in China for $860. AP correspondent Didi Tang says it's one of many works of pollution protest art in China.

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South Texas Oil Brings Boom — As Well As Pollution's 'Toxic Soup'

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 3:00pm

While the South Texas oil boom has meant a flood of cash and people to formerly impoverished communities, there have also been serious repercussions — namely, rampant air pollution.

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Ebola Drug Could Be Ready For Human Testing Next Year

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 3:00pm

There's no treatment yet for the deadly viral disease, but several approaches are in the works. At least one experimental drug seems effective in monkeys. Next step: safety tests in people.

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This Jet-Lag App Does The Math So You'll Feel Better Faster

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 9:35am

When it comes to resetting your biological clock, calculus can help. Mathematicians say they've found a faster way to adjust to time zone changes, and they've used it to drive a smartphone app.

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What's It Worth For A Breath Of Fresh Air? In China, About $860

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 4:06pm

A Beijing artist who collected a jar of air from Provence, France, sold it at auction "to question China's foul air and express dissatisfaction."

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A Peek Beneath A Mummy's Wrappers, Powered By CT Scanners

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 3:08pm

John Taylor, the curator at the British Museum, discusses how CT scans and imaging are used to discover information about mummies.

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