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A Peat Bog As Big As England, And A Rare Glimpse At Earth's History

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 3:06pm

Dr. Simon Lewis of the University of Leeds has discovered a vast peatland in a remote part of the Republic of Congo. The bog covers an area the size of England and is thought to contain billions of tons of peat. Scientists say that investigating the carbon-rich material could shed light on 10,000 years of environmental change in this little-studied region.

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Rumors Of An Intergalactic Explosion Are Greatly Exaggerated

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 12:18pm

For a few hours Tuesday, cosmic storm chasers thought they'd detected a huge explosion in the Andromeda galaxy.

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A Little Bird Either Learns Its Name Or Dies

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 11:29am

Names are useful. We use them to catch someone's attention, to talk about them. Do animals create names for each other like we do? Yes, turns out. Here's a crazy example, with a dastardly back story.

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Research: Children Of Judges May Influence Court Decisions

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 5:40am

It's been suspected that judges are swayed by their personal beliefs and affiliations. An analysis found that judges become more likely to rule in "pro-feminist" ways if the judges have daughters.

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Malaysia Makes Public Satellite Data From Missing Jetliner

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 4:01am

The release came in response to pressure from families, who have been mistrustful of the official investigation. What do the documents show, and where are they in the search for the missing plane?

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WATCH: Otters Play The Keyboard At National Zoo

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 4:33pm

As part of the zoo's animal enrichment program, otters and orangutans take up musical instruments.

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Hybrid Trout Threaten Montana's Native Cutthroats

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 4:09pm

Climate change in the West is luring rainbow trout to higher elevations, where the fish are mating with native cutthroats, genetic evidence shows. Biologists and anglers worry cutthroats could vanish.

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Peat Bog The Size Of England Discovered In Congo Republic

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 3:06pm

The previously undiscovered expanse of ancient, partially decayed vegetation, could cover as much as 80,000 square miles.

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Military Plans To Test Brain Implants To Fight Mental Disorders

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 1:07am

The research project would place electronic devices in the brain in an attempt to combat post-traumatic stress, depression and other problems that have plagued many veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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The Blind Woman Who Sees Rain, But Not Her Daughter's Smile

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 3:07pm

When Milena Channing was 29 years old she was blinded by a stroke. But the injury left her with connections from her eyes to the part of the brain that detects motion.

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A Young Woman Falls In Love With Everything

Sun, 05/25/2014 - 6:03am

Wherever we look, we see the same shapes, same forces, same elements in the universe. In this gorgeous animation, Xiangjun Shi describes what it's like to see with the eyes of a physicist.

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'TED Radio Hour': What We Fear And How To Fight It

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 6:47am

TED Radio Hour host Guy Raz examines what makes us afraid. He spoke to retired astronaut Chris Hadfield about the scariest day of his life: being shot into space.

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If Local Farms Aren't Local Enough, Buy From The Rooftop

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 5:38am

Urban farmers are experimenting with growing food right near or even inside the grocery store. But it's not yet clear whether customers will value that degree of freshness over other options.

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Organic Kitty Litter Chief Suspect In Nuclear Waste Accident

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 3:24pm

The release of plutonium at a New Mexico nuclear dump may have been caused by a bad purchase at the pet shop.

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Uncertainty Swirls Saturday's Predicted Meteor Shower

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 3:16pm

Alan MacRobert of Sky and Telescope magazine says that Earth on Saturday may pass through relatively dense streams of debris, resulting in a vivid display of shooting stars — or it won't.

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California's Drought Isn't Making Food Cost More. Here's Why

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 3:01pm

California produces most of America's vegetables and nuts. Yet there's little sign the drought there is creating food shortages in the U.S. because farmers are rationing water and draining aquifers.

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Sushi's Secret: Why We Get Hooked On Raw Fish

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 11:42am

We love raw seafood but can't stand uncooked fowl or pork. Why? A big part of it is the effective lack of gravity in water, a scientist says. Weightlessness gives fish muscles a smooth, soft texture.

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Tonight's New 'Giraffes' Meteor Shower Could Be A Great One

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 11:28am

Astronomers say an all-new meteor shower could put on a show for much of the U.S., starting as early as 10:30 p.m. ET Friday. The Camelopardalids shower is named after the giraffe constellation.

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How Do You Deal With Fear Versus Danger?

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 8:10am

Astronaut and retired colonel Chris Hadfield discusses how to prepare your mind for the unexpected, and the worst.

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Overexposed? Camera Phones Could Be Washing Out Our Memories

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 4:07pm

When you snap lots of photos, psychologists say you're subconsciously relying on the camera to remember the experience for you. And your memory, they say, may suffer because of it.

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