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How Much Is That MRI, Really? Massachusetts Shines A Light

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 3:20pm

A state law now requires insurers to reveal prices of their medical tests, and the variation is amazing, bargain hunters say. An MRI of the back is $614 at one place; $1,800 at another.

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From Blue Bleach To Hazmat Hacks, Students Take On Ebola Challenges

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 1:39pm

College students excel at thinking creatively under pressure. Now they're designing tools to confront the challenges of Ebola, including friendlier-looking protective gear and diagnostic aids.

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Why Your Brain Wants To Help One Child In Need — But Not Millions

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 2:30am

Donations to fight Ebola are lower than expected. One psychologist thinks the reason may be the impact of hopelessness. A really big problem makes them less likely to give.

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Researchers Tap Web Chatter To Figure Out Who's Sick

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 3:59pm

With the help of online data, doctors and public health officials are tracking the spread of illnesses and predicting where they might strike next. The analyses also provide clues for prevention.

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Let's Clear This Up — In New York City, There's Only 1 Rat For Every 4 People

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 3:15pm

Audie Cornish speaks with Jonathan Auerbach, a PhD student in statistics at Columbia University who endeavored to get a better estimate of the New York City rat population.

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Alvin: The Little Submarine That Could

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 6:54am

The first research submarine capable of carrying passengers to and from the seafloor, Alvin has spent some 50 years plumbing the ocean's depths.

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Falling Oil Prices Make Fracking Less Lucrative

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 2:23am

As oil prices dip, controversial and relatively expensive production methods, like oil sands and fracking, have become less profitable. Some drillers are already cutting back on plans for more wells.

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Invasive Bug Prompts Quarantine In Pennsylvania Townships

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 6:37pm

The spotted lanternfly has officially arrived in the U.S., and leaders in Pennsylvania are hoping it won't be staying long.

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Incorrect Command May Have Doomed Virgin Spaceship

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 3:29pm

On Friday, an experimental space plane crashed in the Mojave desert, killing one of its pilots. Now new details have emerged about what went wrong in the moments before the crash.

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On The Trail To Preserve Appalachia's Bounty Of Heirloom Crops

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 12:46pm

With some 1,500 heirloom fruits and vegetables under cultivation, Appalachia is the most diverse foodshed in the U.S., Canada and northern Mexico. Among them is a beloved corn called Bloody Butcher.

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A Non-GMO Way To Get More, Tastier Tomatoes

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 11:32am

Farmers want tomato varieties that yield more fruit. Consumers want tastier ones. How to resolve that tension? A new genetic toolkit could help growers maximize the best of both worlds.

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New Clock May End Time As We Know It

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 4:04am

Scientists working to create the perfect atomic clock have a fundamental problem: Right now, on the ceiling, time is passing just a bit faster than it is on the floor.

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U.N. Report Warns Of 'Irreversible' Damage To Earth's Climate

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 4:04am

In Copenhagen on Sunday, scientists gathered to issue their latest assessment of the world's climate. Their report is considered the most comprehensive overview of the state of climate science.

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What Time Is It? It Depends Where You Are In The Universe

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 4:04am

Scientists who study time face much confusion. Their clocks show different times — and the problem has to do with the nature of time itself.

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U.N.: End Greenhouse Emissions By 2100 Or Risk 'Irreversible' Damage

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 1:39pm

A new report says that if human-produced heat-trapping gases aren't phased out by the end of the century, there will be "severe, pervasive and irreversible" consequences.

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Standard Time Starts, And The Summer-Haters Celebrate

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 9:27am

Some people have SAD — seasonal affective disorder — in reverse. For these people, today is the best day of the year.

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Co-Pilot Killed In SpaceShipTwo Crash Was Experienced And Steady

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 7:42am

Mike Alsbury, 39, died when Virgin Galactic's prototype reusable space plane apparently broke apart in mid-air over the Mojave Desert during a test flight on Friday.

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Nutritious Acorns Don't Have To Just Be Snacks For Squirrels

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 4:20am

Despite acorns' wide geographic range and long culinary history, very few people eat them. But some fans say they're untapped nutritional resource — if you're willing to do the work to process them.

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Nutritious Acorns Don't Have To Just Be Snacks For Squirrels

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 4:20am

Despite acorns' wide geographic range and long culinary history, few people eat them. But some fans say they're an untapped nutritional resource — if you're willing to do the work to process them.

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Investigation Of Deadly Spaceship Crash Begins In Mojave Desert

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 1:03pm

Federal officials are looking into why the Virgin Galactic SpaceshipTwo crashed in California during a test flight that left one pilot dead.

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