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CIA Trainee Washes Out Of Bomb-Detection, Reassigned To Living Room

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 3:56am

The agency says that Lulu, a black Labrador being trained to sniff out explosives, just wasn't that into it.

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For Novelist John Green, OCD Is Like An 'Invasive Weed' Inside His Mind

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 1:34pm

"It starts out with one little thought, and then slowly that becomes the only thought that you're able to have," Green says. His new novel, Turtles All The Way Down, is about a teenage girl with OCD.

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Should College Professors Give 'Tech Breaks' In Class?

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 9:51am

Is it necessary coddling or just good science to give college students breaks to check their phones in class? Anthropologist Barbara J. King takes a look.

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Pickleball For All: The Cross-Generational Power Of Play

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 9:00am

A fun and social game at any age, pickleball is giving older adults — and their middle-aged kids — an extended lease on the benefits of team sports.

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A New Era For Astronomy Has Begun

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 2:02pm

Astronomy is forever changed by the viewing of the collision of neutron stars; we can now watch these processes in many different ways as they run their course, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.

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Computer Learns To Play Go At Superhuman Levels 'Without Human Knowledge'

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 1:52pm

Researchers say they have constructed an AI program that can teach itself to play the ancient strategy game at a level far beyond humans.

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Diabetes Technology Moves Closer To Making Life Easier For Patients

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:49pm

While the technology is moving rapidly, insurance, regulatory, and supply challenges make it harder for patients to quickly access the latest medical advances to manage their condition.

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Invasive 'Devil Fish' Plague Mexico's Waters. Can't Beat 'Em? Eat 'Em

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:35am

The armored catfish erodes shorelines and devastates marine plants — and its numbers have exploded. So researchers, chefs and fishermen are trying to rebrand it by promoting its flavor and nutrition.

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Where Do We Come From?

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:06am

Look in a microscope to find out.

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Scientists Push To House More Lab Monkeys In Pairs

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 3:59pm

Enhancing a research monkey's life by housing it with a pal often doesn't hurt the study, says a researcher who's done it. In her own experience, she says, "it actually helped to improve the science."

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Search Of DNA In Dogs, Mice And People Finds 4 Genes Linked To OCD

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:04am

Scientists looking for genetic factors behind obsessive compulsive disorder looked for clues in the DNA of humans and two animal species. Genes active in a particular brain circuit emerged.

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Astronaut Scott Kelly's Latest Mission: A Book

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 3:58am

After a year in space, Kelly says, writing a book was harder than he thought — but still, he adds, "If I write a bad sentence people are only going to get angry with me. They're not going to die."

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Nostalgia Isn't Just A Fixation On The Past - It Can Be About The Future, Too

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 8:00pm

Is nostalgia an emotion that's bitter, or sweet? Psychologist Clay Routledge explains what causes us to feel nostalgic and how nostalgia affects us.

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Sleep Scientist Warns Against Walking Through Life 'In An Underslept State'

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 2:04pm

"Human beings are the only species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent gain," says sleep scientist Matthew Walker. His new book is Why We Sleep.

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After Hurricane Power Outages, Looking To Alaska's Microgrids For A Better Way

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 1:04pm

Alaska is a leader in microgrids since its remote communities have had to power themselves for decades.

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Studies Skewed By Focus On Well-Off, Educated Brains

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 12:56pm

What does a "normal" brain look like? Something a lot different when researchers make sure that study participants reflect the race, education and income levels of the U.S. at large.

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Astronomers Strike Gravitational Gold In Colliding Neutron Stars

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 9:01am

In an astonishing discovery, astronomers used gravitational waves to locate two neutron stars smashing together. The collision created 200 Earth masses of pure gold, along with other elements.

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Mindfulness Apps Aim To Help People Disconnect From Stress

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 3:55am

Finding inner calm hard to come by? Some people use their device obsession to help them disconnect. The apps aren't a quick fix, therapists say, but might help you stick to a mindfulness practice.

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'Quackery' Chronicles How Our Love Of Miracle Cures Leads Us Astray

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 7:02am

Tobacco enemas? Mercury pills? Ice pick lobotomies? A new book explains how throughout history, miracle "cures" often didn't just fail to improve people's health, they maimed and killed.

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A School For Kids With Autism Copes With Fire's Physical And Emotional Damage

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 6:00am

Dealing with a fire or other natural disaster is hard on anyone, from evacuation to aftermath. And people with physical or developmental disabilities have particular needs, say emergency planners.

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