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Look Up! Astronomer Details Upcoming Trifecta Of Celestial Activity

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 3:23pm

First, go outside, then look up! There's a trifecta of celestial activity Friday night, says astronomer Jackie Faherty, plus another sky watching tip.

EPA Staff Pulled From Alaska Summit After Trump Team Orders

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 3:23pm

The White House transition team told about half of the Environmental Protection Agency officials scheduled to attend an Alaska climate and environment conference to stay home. The EPA cites travel costs, but some of those kept away live right in Anchorage.

1,000 Years Ago, Corn Made This Society Big. Then, A Changing Climate Destroyed Them

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 9:41am

The Mississippian American Indian culture rose to power after 900 A.D. by farming corn. Now, new evidence suggests a dramatic change in climate might have led to the culture's collapse in the 1300s.

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Can The Internet Help You Get The Right Diagnosis?

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 7:49am

Doctors told Jen Brea that her symptoms were psychosomatic, so she filmed herself and turned to the Internet for guidance. She describes how her online community helped her find the right diagnosis.

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When Does Medicine Leave Women Behind?

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 7:49am

Men and women experience some diseases differently. Doctor Paula Johnson says this is alarming — because most treatments were designed for men, not women.

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What's Race Got to Do with Medicine?

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 7:49am

Doctors often take a patient's race into account when making a diagnosis--or ruling one out. Professor Dorothy Roberts says this practice is both outdated and dangerous.

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Is Pain A Symptom Or A Disease?

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 7:49am

Doctors are often puzzled when pain lives on after the underlying cause goes away. Medical professor Elliot Krane explains why it can makes sense to think of chronic pain as a disease.

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What Happens When You Have A Disease Doctors Can't Diagnose?

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 7:49am

Jen Brea's doctors thought her fatigue and neurological symptoms were psychosomatic — but she knew that wasn't quite right. She shares her journey to find the right diagnosis.

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A Forgotten Group Of Grains Might Help Indian Farmers – And Improve Diets, Too

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 1:00pm

Once a staple in India, millets have fallen out of fashion in recent years. Now, faced with water shortages, one Indian state is re-introducing these drought tolerant cereals to people's diets.

(Image credit: Courtesy of L.Vidyasagar)

In Studying Sick Fish, Scientists Trace History Of Fevers

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 11:11am

Carp are a major food source, but they've been plagued by viruses. Scientists now say they have a simple solution. And along the way, they hit on an ancient commonality between fish and people.

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While Others Saw Refugees, This German Professor Saw Human Potential

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 11:01am

Carmen Bachmann, a professor in Leipzig, is building an online network to help political refugees who are scientists or social scientists connect with professional peers in Germany — their new home.

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When Man's Best Friend Is The Worst At Truffle Hunting

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 6:14am

Truffles are a culinary delicacy that sell for big bucks — and some dogs have long been bred specifically to sniff them out. But could any old dog be trained to pick up this lucrative new trick?

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How Biases Affect Stock Analyst Predictions

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 4:13am

Research shows that financial analysts have biases in things like gender and names when it comes to evaluating companies.

Video: From Measles To Syphilis, How We Created The Golden Age Of Germs

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 11:01pm

Ten thousand years ago, many of our deadly human diseases didn't exist. What happened?

Crab Teases Anemone, Anemone Splits In Two, Crab And Anemone Live On

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 4:05pm

Researchers have found the first known case of one animal, a boxer crab, stimulating another animal, a sea anemone, to reproduce asexually.

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Newly Discovered Gecko's Giant Breakaway Scales Help It Flee Predators

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:55pm

This species is a master escape artist. It's extremely fast. It can lose its tail and grow a new one. And most unusually, it can shed its huge scales to get out of sticky situations.

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An All-You-Can-Eat Buffet: Bald Eagles Prey On Farmer's Chickens

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:21pm

Picture an organic farm, with thousands of free-range chickens roaming wide-open land. Now picture it from above, from the vantage of a soaring bald eagle. It's an all-you-can-eat buffet.

'It's Just A Mess.' New Orleans Residents Clean Up After Tornadoes

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 10:53am

Tornadoes injured dozens of people as they moved through southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday. In New Orleans East, the National Guard was helping clear streets of debris and downed electrical wires.

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'Edutainer' Hans Rosling, Who Taught Us About The World, Has Died

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 10:50am

With facts, toys and good humor, the Swedish doctor and statistician helped people understand what numbers tell us about the world.

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Army Corps Of Engineers Grants Easement For Dakota Access Pipeline

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 3:29pm

The Army Corps of Engineers has granted the final easement needed to finish the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, according to a court filing Tuesday.

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