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Still Thirsty? It's Up To Your Brain, Not Your Body

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 12:00pm

Thirst is what compels us to start hydrating. Now scientists have found a brain circuit in mice that seems to switch off thirst when they've taken in enough fluid and before it gets dangerous.

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Biometric Data And The Rise Of Digital Dictatorship

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 10:42am

As historian and author Yuval Harari suggests, market forces and investor greed will keep moving the data revolution forward. But there are balancing forces to this onslaught, says Marcelo Gleiser.

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Researchers Haven't Found A Single Endangered Right Whale Calf Yet This Season

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 8:00am

"The right whales are at a point where more are dying than are being born," biologist Clay George says. "That's just not sustainable long-term."

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The Rise Of Yeast: How Civilization Was Shaped By Sugar Fungi

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 7:00am

Without yeast, bread wouldn't rise and beer wouldn't foam. As Nicholas Money's new book, The Rise of Yeast, points out, it leaves its mark on other foods, too, including coffee, and even chocolate.

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Send In The Clones: Barbra Streisand Reveals Fluffy Canine Copies

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 5:30am

In an interview with Variety magazine, the legendary singer/filmmaker dropped a bombshell: Two of her three coton de tulears are clones of a favorite canine who died last year.

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Though Prices Aren't As High As Before, West Texas Enjoys Oil Revival

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 4:03am

The U.S. is on track to surpass Saudi Arabia and Russia next year to become the world's biggest oil producer — pumping out more crude than at its peak nearly half a century ago.

German Court Will Let Cities Ban Some Diesel Cars To Decrease Pollution

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 5:20pm

A German court has ruled that cities may bans diesel cars in order to bring down emissions levels.

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Pregnancy Rate Might Predict Future Recessions, Researchers Suggest

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 5:05pm

Conventional wisdom holds that fertility rates go down in response to an economic downturn. But a new study found that conception rates begin to drop before a recession actually begins.

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Children's Publishing House Takes Food Literacy Literally

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 1:48pm

Teaching kids how to eat healthfully and appreciate the cultural diversity of food begins with getting books about these themes into their hands, says Readers to Eaters' founding publisher.

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Can Nuclear Power Plants Generate Artistic Inspiration?

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 9:19am

"Nuclear" artists see motivating muses where others see only grey buildings, drab fences, and white steam piping out of concrete cooling towers, says guest commentator Vincent Ialenti.

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Scientists Predict King Penguins Face Major Threats Due To Climate Change

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 4:47pm

The researchers say the problem is their primary source of food is moving further away from places where the animals can breed. They're likely going to have to swim farther for their dinner.

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How A Skeptical Rancher, Aided By An Outdoors Brand, Turned Climate Friendly

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 7:00am

It took a bit of arm-twisting to get on board because of previous encounters with environmentalists. But now, partnered with The North Face, the ranch sustainably produces wool for outdoor clothing.

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Lost Art Of Bending Over: How Other Cultures Spare Their Spines

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 4:01am

No, we're not talking about squatting. We're talking about a way to bend over that's nearly disappeared in our culture. And it could be one reason why back pain is so common in the U.S.

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Pediatricians Call For Universal Depression Screening For Teens

Sun, 02/25/2018 - 11:03pm

The nation's leading group of pediatricians has updated its guidelines for tackling teen mental health issues. One recommendation: Annual depression screening for all adolescents 12 and older.

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No Downturn In Obesity Among U.S. Kids, Report Finds

Sun, 02/25/2018 - 11:02pm

The childhood obesity epidemic rages on in the United States, with a big surge among the youngest kids, according to the latest government data.

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The Underwater Damage Left Behind After Hurricanes

Sun, 02/25/2018 - 7:14am

After hurricanes hit St. John's hard last fall, the island's coral reefs were badly damaged. Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with marine biologist Peter Edmunds of California State University Northridge.

When Wildfire Smoke Invades, Who Should Pay To Clean Indoor Air?

Sun, 02/25/2018 - 7:14am

Public health agencies are set up to regulate air pollution from cars, trucks and factories. Wildfire smoke presents a different set of threats, prompting some of those agencies to rethink priorities.

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French Food Waste Law Changing How Grocery Stores Approach Excess Food

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 4:28pm

Two years ago, France introduced a law to force supermarkets to donate unsold food to charities and food banks. Skeptics called it unworkable at the time, but there are signs the effort is succeeding.

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Montana Wildfires Provide A Wealth Of Data On Health Effects Of Smoke Exposure

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 7:08am

Last summer's wildfires handed scientists a rare chance to study effects of smoke on residents. Most previous work had been on wood-burning stoves, urban air pollution and the effects on firefighters.

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Sometimes We Feel More Comfortable Talking To A Robot

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 7:08am

Artist Alexander Reben wants to know whether a robot could fulfill our deep need for companionship. He created a robot named BlabDroid that asks people to share their raw emotions and deep secrets.

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