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Instead Of Staring At Screens, These Kids Stared At Faces

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 12:43pm

A recent study from researchers at UCLA found that kids who spent a week at outdoor camp — away from all electronic devices — got a lot better at picking up emotion in other people's faces.

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Aral Sea's Eastern Basin Has Dried Out, NASA Photos Show

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:57am

"For the first time in modern history, the eastern basin of the South Aral Sea has completely dried," NASA says, citing satellite photos from 2000 and 2014.

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Certain English Errors May Decipher Clues To Dying Languages

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 4:06am

Linguists try to understand the nuances of languages, and how they relate to one another. A computer scientist says the English mistakes of non-native speakers can reveal something about languages.

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European Activists Say They Don't Want Any U.S. 'Chlorine Chicken'

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 2:37am

Most U.S. poultry is bathed in a little chlorine on the way to your plate. But that treatment is banned in Europe. Now "chlorinated chickens" are a sticking point in a trans-Atlantic trade deal.

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Everything But The Squeal: How The Hog Industry Cuts Food Waste

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 11:25am

Large-scale hog operations get a bad environmental rap. But when it comes to processing the animals, the industry is a model of efficiency, making use of every last bit in sometimes surprising ways.

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A Doctor Unlocks Mysteries of the Brain By Talking And Watching

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 2:26am

If you have a problem with your heart or liver, the diagnosis will likely be made by a lab test or medical image. But neurologist Allan Ropper says those tests often fail when it comes to the brain.

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What Drives Abortion: The Law or Income?

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 9:25am

About 5 million women worldwide are admitted to hospitals each year because of complications after an abortion. But the key to stopping these injuries may have nothing to with changing the law.

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2 Ways To Think About Nothing, One Mo' Time

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 4:48am

Let's compare two kinds of nothing: an empty patch of deep space and an empty piece of paper that was once beautiful. There's nothing to see in either. Or is there?

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2 Ways To Think About Nothing, One Mo' Time

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 4:48am

Let's compare two kinds of nothing: an empty patch of deep space and an empty piece of paper that was once beautiful. There's nothing to see in either. Or is there?

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'Courage Unmasked' Turns Symbol Of Cancer's Torture Into Art

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 4:43am

For some survivors of head and neck cancer, the mask each had to wear to guide beams of radiation therapy remains a potent symbol. Some destroy the mask afterward. Others see a new beginning.

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'Courage Unmasked' Turns Symbol Of Cancer's Torture Into Art

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 4:43am

For some survivors of head and neck cancer, the mask each had to wear to guide beams of radiation therapy remains a potent symbol. Some destroy the mask afterward. Others see a new beginning.

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Tiny Spanish Island Nears Its Goal: 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 4:42am

El Hierro, the most remote of Spain's Canary Islands, used to import thousands of tons of diesel each year. Now a new power plant will let the island run entirely on renewable energy.

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India Zooms To Mars Much More Cheaply, But With Trade-Offs

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 7:02am

A U.S. probe cost $637 million to get to Mars; an Indian mission cost about a tenth as much. There are at least a few reasons why, both teams agree — starting with the differing shapes of each orbit.

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GMO Wheat Investigation Closed, But Another One Opens

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 5:14pm

Investigators from the U.S. Department of Agriculture say they cannot figure out how genetically modified wheat got into an Oregon field. Now GM wheat has been found growing in Montana, too.

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N.J. Braces For Future Disasters By Fleeing, And Fortifying, The Coast

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 4:51pm

Federal funds are supporting two different disaster-prevention approaches — coastal retreat, or people leaving flood zones, and coastal defense, or building infrastructure to protect at-risk areas.

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Florida's Manatees: Big, Beloved And Bitterly Contested

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 3:11pm

In one coastal community, some residents are trying to get manatees off the endangered species list. But manatee advocates say the sea cows, threatened by ecotourism, need more protection, not less.

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Everything Dies, Right? But Does Everything Have To Die? Here's A Surprise

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 6:03am

Meet two animals. Both are teeny. Both live in water. Both mature extra fast. But while one dies in about a week, the other — well, prepare to be amazed.

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Everything Dies, Right? But Does Everything Have To Die? Here's A Surprise

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 6:03am

Meet two animals. Both are teeny. Both live in water. Both mature extra fast. But while one dies in about a week, the other — well, prepare to be amazed.

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Supermarkets Waste Tons Of Food As They Woo Shoppers

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 4:09pm

In the U.S., consumers account for the biggest share of waste in the food chain. Demand for stocked shelves and unblemished produce, and confusion over date labels lead to mountains of tossed meals.

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To Predict Nobel Winners, Skip Vegas And Check The Fine Print

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 3:47pm

A careful analysis of the number of times research is cited in subsequent scientific papers can shed light on who is most likely to pick up a Nobel Prize.

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