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Solar Eclipse Wows Parts Of Europe, Middle East And Russia

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 9:28am

The eclipse, total in some areas far north and partial for many others, lasted about 2 1/2 hours and was visible from South America To Asia.

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No Pain, No Scientific Gain: One Man's Quest To Quantify Bug Stings

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 4:05am

How much does a bee sting hurt, exactly? How about a bullet ant bite? To help find an answer, an entomologist has built an index ranking insect stings — after getting stung over a thousand times.

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The Man Who Measures The Pain Of Insect Stings

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 4:05am

It may still feel like winter for many of us on the East Coast, but today spring is officially here. That means flowers, gardens and bugs. One man couldn't be happier about the return of the insects — especially the ones poised to sting.

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Watch Your Back, Kale. Kelp Is Gunning For The Veggie Du Jour Title

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 5:22pm

With a little help, scientists say that seaweed growing along the Maine and New Hampshire coasts could become the "kale of the sea." The first step is teaching chefs and consumers how to enjoy it.

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Fossil Collection Calls Berkeley's Clock Tower Home

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 3:44pm

Why are 20 tons of fossils being stored in the bell tower at the University of California at Berkeley? A look into the world's only paleontological collection that has its own carillon.

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'Looks Like Laury' Shines The Power Of Friendship On A Failing Mind

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 2:29pm

When actress and writer Laury Sacks started losing words fast, her best friends, who happened to be filmmakers, captured her experience. Looks Like Laury, Sounds Like Laury shows how they reached her.

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Cramped Chicken Cages Are Going Away. What Comes Next?

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 10:31am

The results are in from a long-running study of three different ways to house egg-laying chickens. It found that more hens survive in cages, and cages are cheaper. But consumers prefer cage-free eggs.

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Scientists Catch Up On The Sex Life Of Coral To Help Reefs Survive

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 2:35am

It's all in the timing. Biologists haven't been able to breed embryos of the rare, pillar coral in the lab because it's been tough to catch the creatures in the act.

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Why Is U.S. Insulin So Expensive?

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 2:06am

The hormone that controls blood sugar among diabetics is one of the oldest medicines used today. But more than 90 years after its discovery, a low-cost version is no longer available in the U.S.

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How Malaria In The Brain Kills: Doctors Solve A Medical Mystery

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 4:53pm

A child stricken with the deadliest form of the disease can quickly fall unconscious and die. A doctor in Michigan has dedicated her life to figuring out how this happens. At last, she has the answer.

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The Dangerous Distractions Of Spring Break

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 4:09am

Does Spring Break cause an increase in traffic fatalities? There's new research that may give parents and students pause.

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SXSW Debuts Robot Petting Zoo For A Personal Peek Into The Future

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 2:15am

Robots are coming — in fact they're already here. One exhibit at the South by Southwest interactive festival lets visitors get up close and personal to our future overlords.

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Do TV Cooking Shows Make Us Fat?

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 2:12am

Women who cooked the meals they saw prepared on television weighed more, on average, than those who simply watched, a study shows. The findings challenge the notion that home cooking is always best.

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Breast-Feeding Boosts Chances Of Success, Study In Brazil Finds

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 5:34pm

A study with more than 3,000 babies found those who were breast-fed had slighter higher IQ test scores, stayed in school longer and earned more money as adults.

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Four Tropic Cyclones At Once: How Unusual Is That?

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 4:26am

Four tropical cyclones have been sweeping through the western Pacific and the Indian Ocean. One slammed into the island nation of Vanuatu. Having four cyclones at once is rare but not unheard of.

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Are Humans Really Headed To Mars Anytime Soon?

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 2:17am

Public passion is all well and good, but it will take more than big talk to get to Mars by 2025, space specialists say. Even several rockets-worth of cash won't easily solve the technical challenges.

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Clues To Autism, Schizophrenia Emerge From Cerebellum Research

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 5:15pm

The brain's cerebellum helps shape thinking and emotion, as well as physical coordination, research shows. Could stimulating that part of the brain help ease some aspects of autism and schizophrenia?

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Vaccination Gaps Helped Fuel Disneyland Measles Spread

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 12:15pm

The quick rise of measles infections in the wake of cases reported among Disneyland visitors underscores how even a small dip in vaccination rates can allow the virus to spread.

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A Man's Incomplete Brain Reveals Cerebellum's Role in Thought And Emotion

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 2:08am

Jonathan Keleher is one of a handful of people known to have lived their entire lives without a cerebellum. His experiences are helping scientists show how this brain structure helps shape who we are.

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How Far Has The Health Of Moms Come Since 1995?

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 6:03am

The rate of women worldwide who die in childbirth has dropped by more than 40 percent over the past two decades. But does this rosy global health statistic overstate the extent of change?

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