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After Alzheimer's Diagnosis, 'The Stripping Away Of My Identity'

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 4:04pm

Greg O'Brien talks about how his life has changed in the five years since he was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. "More and more I don't recognize people," he says.

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Why Do We Love Football So Much? Theater Tackles Tough Questions

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 4:31am

A play based on interviews with former NFL players, their families and fans digs deep: What's so fun about a sport that devastates bodies and brains? And what if it can't be made safer?

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Why Do We Love Football So Much? Theater Tackles Tough Questions

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 4:31am

A play based on interviews with former NFL players, their families and fans digs deep: What's so fun about a sport that devastates bodies and brains? And what if it can't be made safer?

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By Impersonating Her Mom, A Comedian Grows Closer To Her

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 3:39pm

Human relationships are entanglements, and those connections often aren't clear to us at all. When Maria Bamford impersonated her mom, she realized what she loved about her — and about herself.

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Jeremy The Koala, Rescued From Australian Brushfire, Goes Home

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 11:36am

The animal had suffered burns to his paws in the blaze that swept through the Adelaide area earlier this month. After a full recovery, he has been released back into the wild.

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Could This Virus Be Good For You?

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 3:17am

Scientists studying HIV and Ebola have noticed another virus hitching along for the ride in some blood samples. Now they're trying to figure out whether the lurker helps the body fend off disease.

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Scientists, General Public Have Divergent Views On Science, Report Says

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 4:26pm

A Pew Research Center study shows that the two groups disagree most strongly on the safety of GM foods, the use of animals in research, climate change and human evolution.

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Food Industry Drags Its Heels On Recyclable And Compostable Packaging

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 3:56pm

A new report from two environmental groups reviewed the recyclability and compostability of packaging from 47 food companies. It found few examples of companies that have prioritized waste reduction.

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U.S. Scientist Jailed For Trying To Help Venezuela Build Bombs

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 8:30am

Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni, 79, was sentenced to five years in jail after he told FBI agents posing as Venezuelan officials that he could design and supervise the building of 40 weapons.

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Companies Wanting Immediate Sales Should Pass On Super Bowl Ads

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 4:03am

Researchers asked this question: Is a company better off spending big money for a Super Bowl ad or buying several spots for that same amount of money at a less expensive time of the year?

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Rare Fox Takes A Walk In The Park, And Yosemite Staff Cheer

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 6:28pm

It's been nearly 100 years since a sighting of a Sierra Nevada red fox was documented in Yosemite National Park, according to park staff.

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Charles Townes, Laser Inventor, Black Hole Discoverer, Dies At 99

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 5:25pm

Physicist Charles Townes died Tuesday. He was a key inventor of the laser and won the Nobel Prize for his discovery in 1964. But his career didn't end there.

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Coffee Horror: Parody Pokes At Environmental Absurdity Of K-Cups

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 5:24pm

The market for single-serving coffee pods is dominated by Keurig's K-Cups. But they aren't recyclable, and critics say that's making a monster of an environmental mess. Meet the K-Cup Godzilla.

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Florida Health Officials Hope To Test GMO Mosquitoes This Spring

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 4:28pm

The British firm that developed the strain of mosquito says it has already tested the insect in tropical countries and found it can reduce populations of disease-carrying mosquitoes by 90 percent.

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India Grows, Russia Shrinks: Mapping Countries By Population

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 1:33pm

A cartogram posted on Reddit shows what the world looks like if you scale countries by their population. Watch out China! India is catching up with you.

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Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 1:03pm

New research shows that teenagers' brains aren't fully insulated, so the signals travel slowly when they need to make decisions. Neuroscientist Frances Jensen, who wrote The Teenage Brain, explains.

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Why Dump Treated Wastewater When You Could Make Beer With It?

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 10:06am

An Oregon company has developed a high-tech process for turning sewage into pure drinking water. Now it's asking the state for permission to give its recycled water to a group of home brewers.

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Studies Critical Of Bilingual Benefits Often Shelved Because Of Bias

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 4:14am

A host of studies and popular reports tout the cognitive benefits of being bilingual. Is that because being bilingual has mental benefits, or because the science is biased?

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Obama Administration To Allow Drilling Off Southeastern Atlantic Coast

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 3:10pm

The Obama administration announced on Tuesday that it will allow oil companies to drill off the southeastern Atlantic Coast. The move will also restrict access along parts of Alaska's coast.

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Beef Packers Block Plan To Revive Growth-Promoting Drug

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 10:30am

Beef processors continue to block efforts to bring back Zilmax, a drug that makes cattle put on weight faster. Is it because they're concerned about animal welfare, or beef exports?

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