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Could Genetics Hold The Answer To Curing Autism?

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 7:35am

Geneticist Wendy Chung describes what it's like to chip away at the mysteries of autism, and the excitement of uncovering tiny but critical clues.

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Are Microbes The Next Frontier?

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 7:35am

Biologist Nathan Wolfe says the unseeable world of microbes is fertile ground for new discoveries.

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Scientists Name Swamp-Creature Fossil After Mick Jagger

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 6:05am

They discovered signs of a water nymph that lived 19 million years ago. It's called Jaggermeryx naida because in imagining this creature, they were reminded of Jagger by its "mobile and tactile lips."

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Crocodile Meets Godzilla — A Swimming Dino Bigger Than T. Rex

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 6:31pm

It roamed land and sea and snacked on giant fish. The first few spinosaurus bones were discovered a century ago, but destroyed in WWII. A more complete, second specimen reveals a terrifying predator.

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SeaWorld Hopes New Orca Habitats Will Stem A Tide Of Criticism

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 5:27pm

The theme park says a 2013 documentary critical of its captive orca attraction has hurt its bottom line. Now, it's pushing back with a social media campaign and plans for new habitats for its whales.

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Fossil Of 'Jaggermeryx' Found Namesake In Another Stone

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 3:23pm

Scientists have named an extinct pig-like creature with big lips after Mick Jagger. Their findings will be published in the September issue of the Journal of Paleontology.

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Some Things You Can Do In Your Sleep, Literally

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 12:32pm

For those who think there are not enough hours in the day, researchers may have just offered you a solution. The brain can continue tasks even while asleep, a study finds. Texting not included, alas.

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Why The U.S. Chills Its Eggs And Most Of The World Doesn't

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 11:31am

In many countries, eggs aren't refrigerated and they're still considered safe to eat. But in the U.S., we have to chill them, because we've washed away the cuticle that protects them from bacteria.

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Ozone Levels Bounce Back, Showing First Increase In 35 Years

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 9:37am

NASA says that a ban on CFCs enacted in the 1980s has contributed to a 4 percent rebound since 2000 in atmospheric ozone in mid-northern latitudes.

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Souls Tumbling In The Light

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:30pm

Every fall, birds head south and, around Sept. 11, New York sends two beams into the sky. When birds and lights collide, that could mean trouble — but New York is surprisingly gentle.

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Illegal Loggers Suspected In Death Of Peruvian Activist

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 3:28pm

Audie Cornish talks to geographer David Salisbury about his friend Edwin Chota. Chota — the Peruvian activist who advocated that land that was being illegally logged should be given to indigenous groups — was murdered deep in the Amazon jungle on Sept. 1. The murder was not reported until this week because of the remote location.

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The Comeback Of The Endangered Colorado Orange, An Apple

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 1:00pm

The Colorado Orange is no orange; it is an apple, with a unique texture and citrus taste. There's a new effort to bring it and other endangered Colorado apples back from the brink of extinction.

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Built In Better Times, University Labs Now Lack Research Funding

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:03am

When the National Institutes of Health budget doubled, some schools scrambled to build new laboratory buildings. But the funding has declined, leaving institutions struggling to pay for the buildings.

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Love And Sex In The Time Of Viagra — 16 Years On

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 5:00pm

Longer lives means more decades of intimacy. Drugs that help male physiology match desire have affected more than just the body, men who take these pills say.

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When Scientists Give Up

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 3:27pm

They were talented, idealistic risk takers, on the road to what they thought would be important medical discoveries. But when the funding for risk-takers dried up, these two academics called it quits.

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U.S. Gets Middling Marks On 2014 'State Of Birds' Report Card

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 3:27pm

Domestic cats, high-rises and vanishing habitat are taking a toll on more than 33 species of American birds, a comprehensive update reports. Still, wetland and coastal birds are faring better.

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Why Food Pilgrims Will Wait Four Hours For A Taste Of The Sublime

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 1:12pm

Psychology tells us that waiting for an experience can boost our happiness, as can talking about the experience afterwards. That's one reason food pilgrims seem to be queuing up and Instagramming it.

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Scientists Doubt That Meteor Caused Crater In Nicaragua

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 8:35am

Authorities first said the 40-foot crater outside Managua's international airport was caused by a meteor that may have broken off from an Earth-passing asteroid. But scientists are skeptical.

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In Some Jobs, Past Achievements May Work Against Female Workers

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 4:06am

London Business School researchers find that the more competent and accomplished women are, the worse their performance evaluations — when it comes to managers with traditional gender attitudes.

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More Than Half Of U.S. Bird Species Threatened By Climate Change

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 2:33am

According to a study released Tuesday by the National Audubon Society, the survival at least half of the bird species in the United States is at risk.

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