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A Daughter Of Coal Country Battles Climate Change — And Her Father's Doubt

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 4:36pm

In southwestern Pennsylvania, collapsed mining and steel industries led to economic and environmental downturn. A divided father and daughter work to find common ground to save their hometown.

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Yahoo Warns More Users That Their Private Information May Have Been Stolen

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 11:34am

The company warned some users that their accounts may have been accessed using forged cookies in connection with a previously disclosed hack in 2014.

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Crop-Protecting Fungicides May Be Hurting The Honey Bees

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 8:00am

Bees have been dying in unprecedented numbers. A new study has found that fungi-destroying chemicals may make it harder for bees to metabolize their food. And if they can't get energy, they can't fly.

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Germ History: Milkmaids Inspire Vaccines, But The Germs Keep Coming

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 5:38am

After milkmaids helped discover vaccination, we spent the next 150 years learning how to keep ourselves safe from germs. By the 1960s, we thought the battle was finally over. If only!

In West Bank, Israeli And Palestinian Archaeologists Both Lay Claim To Heritage

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 3:41am

The military's archaeology unit conducts excavations but keeps some information about the digs secret. "This approach raises suspicions," says an Israeli archaeologist who favors greater transparency.

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Broad Institute Wins Big Battle Over CRISPR Gene-Editing Patent

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 6:31pm

CRISPR technology is already worth billions of dollars, investors say. This ruling seems to affirm the biggest piece of the pie goes to the Broad, over patent rival University of California, Berkeley.

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For Food Manufacturers, 'Sell By' Labels May Have Reached Their Expiration Date

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 4:21pm

Those "expiration" labels on packaged food may confuse consumers and dupe them into throwing good food in the trash. Two major food industry associations want to change that and are proposing reforms.

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Another Big Health Insurer Loosens Rules For Covering Addiction Treatment

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 12:35pm

Doctors treating people addicted to opioids often need approval from insurers before giving drugs that ease withdrawal. The delay can be risky for patients. Insurers are starting to come around.

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The Trump Presidency's Potential Impact On Climate Change

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 12:24pm

ProPublica senior reporter Andrew Revkin discusses President Trump's possible cuts to the EPA, as well as the potential impact of pulling out of the Paris climate accord.

Space Poop Problem-Solvers Take Home Cash Prizes From NASA

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 10:37am

NASA was looking for help from the public in solving a very specific challenge: How to deal with poop in a spacesuit. The winners included doctors, a dentist, a product designer and an engineer.

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Feeling Way More Stressed Out? You're Not Alone

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 10:36am

A January poll finds that people's stress levels have spiked since August, with two-thirds of people saying they're worried about the future of the nation.

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Oroville Dam Evacuations Lifted As Officials Say Structure Can Withstand Next Storm

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 10:13am

People who live downstream of the Northern California dam were allowed to return to their homes more than two days after the structure's concrete spillways suffered serious water damage.

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Researchers Examine Race Factor In Car Crashes Involving Pedestrians

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 3:59am

Cars are less likely to stop when people of color step into intersections, a study says. That may partly explain why there are higher levels of pedestrian deaths among racial minority communities.

Don't Think Your Bias Can Boss You Around? David Byrne Says Think Again

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 3:56am

The musician and multimedia artist has created an immersive experience designed to make people aware of their implicit biases. It's called "The Institute Presents: NEUROSOCIETY."

(Image credit: Susana Bates for Drew Altizer Photography/Courtesy of the artist and Pace Gallery)

Scientific Panel Says Editing Heritable Human Genes Could Be OK In The Future

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 11:01am

The National Academy of Medicine and National Academy of Sciences say a long-standing taboo on editing human genes could be lifted — even if the changes can be carried through to future generations.

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Iron Age Potters Carefully Recorded Earth's Magnetic Field — By Accident

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 10:00am

The planet's magnetic field is weakening. Scientists aren't sure why, but studying ancient jars could help them find out. The ceramics provide a remarkable window onto Earth's magnetic past.

(Image credit: Image courtesy of Oded Lipschits)

From Vector To Zoonotic: A Glossary For Infectious Diseases

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 8:07am

The world of infectious diseases has more than a few words and phrases you might want to know more about. We've got definitions for 11 key terms.

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Why Killer Viruses Are On The Rise

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 5:41am

If you think there are more dangerous infectious diseases than ever, you're right. Here's why.

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Hookup Culture: The Unspoken Rules of Sex on College Campuses

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 11:01pm

Research suggests that college students are not having more sex than their parents were a generation ago. But sociologist Lisa Wade says the culture around sex has changed dramatically.

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90 Percent Of Fish We Use for Fishmeal Could Be Used To Feed Humans Instead

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 5:14pm

Currently, one-fourth of all fish caught globally goes to produce fishmeal and fish oil for farmed seafood, pigs and chickens. A lot of it is "food grade" and could be feeding the world's hungry.

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