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No Hunch Here: Richard III Suffered From Scoliosis Instead

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 6:20pm

Shakespeare described the 15th century British king as "deformed, unfinish'd," and a hunchback. A 3-D model of his spine reveals that Richard had developed severe curvature of the spine as a teen.

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Scientists Find Africa's Longest Migration: Zebras' 350-Mile Trek

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 3:35pm

Large mammal migration in Africa has generally been hindered by the subdivision and fencing of land. But this one remains possible because it takes place in a unique, multi-country wildlife corridor.

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Conservatives, Environmentalists Found Common Ground In Cap And Trade

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 3:27pm

Ambassador C. Boyden Gray, former White House counsel to George H.W. Bush, assisted in the development of the cap-and-trade system. He talks to Robert Siegel about how the system evolved over time.

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States Say Cutting Down On Carbon Was Easier Than Expected

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 3:27pm

Next week President Obama will unveil his plan for the first nationwide program to control greenhouse gas emissions from the electrical power sector. States that have already started to control such emissions say it's not as hard as they thought it would be. They've ended up exceeding their goals, largely because of abundant natural gas, which burns more cleanly than coal.

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You Can Thank 150 Different Compounds For The Sweet Smell Of Bacon

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 8:22am

The smell of frying bacon can rouse us from the deepest sleep. If you've ever wondered why, and how that works chemically, the American Chemical Society has a video for you.

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Thriving Towns Are Good News For A Parasitic Worm

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 3:32pm

The worm causes a debilitating intestinal disease called schistosomiasis. And the parasite is spreading rapidly because of an economic boom along the shores of East Africa's Lake Malawi.

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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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