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Ancient Landscape Is Found Under 2 Miles Of Ice In Greenland

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 11:01am

A revelation goes against widely held ideas about how some glaciers work, and it suggests that at least parts of Greenland's ice sheet survived periods of global warming intact.

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So This Is How They Do It! Zebras Getting Stripes

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 10:03am

The pink on a flamingo? Stripes on a zebra? Spots on a giraffe? All explained. Simply. Elegantly. Oddly.

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One Scientist's Quest To Vanquish Epileptic Seizures

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 3:37pm

Ivan Soltesz studies epilepsy in mice, but says children with chronic seizures are his inspiration. He's closing in on a way to quell the seizures with light — and without drugs' side effects.

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Pipeline Put Off, As Keystone Review Is Indefinitely Extended

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 3:08pm

It looks as though the "comment period" for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project will be extended, delaying a decision past the November elections.

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Japan Says It Will Temporarily Scale Back Whale Hunt

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 1:02pm

After a U.N. court ruling last month ordering Japan to halt whaling in Antarctic waters, Tokyo said it was reducing its target catch to just 210 animals.

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'Completely Unique': Cave-Dwelling Female Insects Have Penises

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 7:34pm

A team of international scientists have found four species of insects with reversed sex organs. The females' anatomy may have to do with their need for nutrients that only males produce.

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Even Chimps Know That A Firm Bed Makes For Quality Sleep

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 5:31pm

A new study looking at the nests made by chimpanzees in Uganda found that they prefer a type of tree that gives them a firm and secure sleeping platform.

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Got A Hobby? Might Be A Smart Professional Move

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 2:46pm

Workers who have a creative outlet outside the office are more likely to be creative problem solvers on the job, a study suggests. Oh, and they have more fun.

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Scientists Spot A Planet That Looks Like 'Earth's Cousin'

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 2:01pm

Kepler-186f is almost the same size as Earth, and it orbits in its star's "Goldilocks zone"-- where temperatures may be just right for life. But much is unknown because it's also 500 light-years away.

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Chili Say What? Linguistics Help Pinpoint Pepper's Origins

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 1:52pm

It turns out the first chili peppers were grown by humans in eastern Mexico. And it's not the same region where beans and corn were first grown, according to new ways of evaluating evidence.

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First Embryonic Stem Cells Cloned From A Man's Skin

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 1:14pm

Scientists based their technique on the one used to create the sheep "Dolly" years ago. These cells might one day be useful in treating all sorts of diseases.

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'Why Am I Dead?' He Never Asked. Here's The Answer He Never Heard

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:39pm

Man goes in for a routine hip operation. In the corner of the operating room, there's a young med student watching. When things go wrong, she tries to make sense of what she sees.

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Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds'

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 2:30am

Scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to promote seeds that can be freely shared, rather than protected through patents and licenses. They call it the Open Source Seed Initiative.

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Sichuan Pepper's Buzz May Reveal Secrets Of The Nervous System

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 2:25am

The Sichuan peppercorn that makes our mouths tingle activates the same neurons as when our foot falls asleep. Scientists are hoping the connection unlocks clues for how to turn those neurons off.

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On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow: A Guide To Speedy Vegetables

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 3:54pm

Impatient gardeners don't have to wait for summer to harvest salad fixings. A surprising variety of crops will bring homegrown produce to your table in as little as three weeks.

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New Fossil Takes A Bite Out Of Theory That Sharks Barely Evolved

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 3:41pm

A 325-million-year-old fossil find shows that the gill structures of modern sharks are actually quite different from their ancient ancestors.

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The Ultimate Animal Experience? Losing A Memory Quiz To A Chimp

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:34am

You've swum with dolphins, ridden camels, stalked tigers. Now, try taking a memory test with a chimp — and losing. It's fun, humbling and mind-boggling.

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T Rex To Reveal Itself At The Smithsonian

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 2:42am

Scientists at the Smithsonian are set to unpack something rare that the National Museum of Natural History has never had before — a nearly complete skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex.

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Risks Of Popular Anxiety Drugs Often Overshadowed

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 4:21pm

Benzodiazepines like Xanax and Valium are among the most widely prescribed drugs in the U.S. Patients and addicts often mix them with prescription painkillers — sometimes to deadly effect.

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For A Fast Track To Blossom, Just Send Some Seeds To Space

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 3:00pm

After spending eight months on a Japanese space expedition, a cherry pit that's now four years old has mysteriously blossomed six years before it was due.

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