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Even Dead, Really Nasty Pets Are Still ... Um ... Trouble

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 7:02am

Living with a pet is usually a pleasure, but now and again, it isn't. Fate hands you the wrong animal, but it's your animal, so what can you do? You try to love it. This tale of a boy and his parrot is a hard case. Even on its way to parrot heaven, it creates trouble.

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How American Food Companies Go GMO-Free In A GMO World

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 2:41am

Many American food companies, responding to consumer demands, are looking for grain that's not genetically modified. It turns out that non-GMO corn and soybeans aren't hard to find. Years ago, grain traders set up a supply chain to deliver non-GMO grain from US farmers to customers in Japan.

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Glacier Blamed For Sinking Titanic Pushing More Ice Into Ocean

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 4:03pm

According to a study, Jakobshavn is now by far the fastest moving major glacier in the world, surging forward at the rate of 150 feet per day.

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Undermanned And Limited, Chemical Safety Board Confronts A Crisis

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 3:00pm

The lead federal agency investigating the West Virginia chemical leak is one that most Americans have probably never heard of. The Chemical Safety Board is an independent body, modeled after the National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates plane crashes and the like. But critics say that the Chemical Safety Board is understaffed, underfunded and takes too long to finish its investigations, and that its non-binding recommendations are often ignored anyway.

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Can It Be? Pigeons, Geese And White-Tailed Deer Were Once Rare

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 7:46am

Carrier pigeons went. Dodos went. Buffalo nearly went. But here's the surprise. Three of the weediest, everywhere-ist animals we know (the common pigeon, the white-tailed deer and Canada geese) — they almost went too! Everything, it turns out, is fragile.

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WATCH: Breathtaking New Video Of Felix Baumgartner's Record Jump

Sun, 02/02/2014 - 10:25am

The skydiver who set world records for the highest and fastest jump, plunged from 24 miles up and broke the sound barrier on his way down.

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Sap Discovery Could Turn Syrup-Making Upside Down

Sun, 02/02/2014 - 9:57am

For centuries, people thought sap had to flow down a tree's body through a spigot at the bottom. But researchers have discovered that sap can flow upwards, too, which allows syrup production from much younger trees, and could even turn maple syrup into a row crop.

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Shadow Seen! Groundhog Predicts 6 More Weeks Of Cold

Sun, 02/02/2014 - 6:43am

Punxsutawney Phil, the most famous of the nation's prognosticating rodents, is reported to have seen his shadow, indicating no early coming of spring.

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At Least 14 Dead In Eruption Of Indonesian Volcano

Sat, 02/01/2014 - 3:10pm

Mount Sinabung had been active for months and the latest eruption occurred only a day after authorities, believing the worst was over, allowed thousands of evacuees to return to their homes.

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Punxsutawney Phil Vs. The Farmers' Almanac: Who Do You Trust?

Sat, 02/01/2014 - 2:00pm

We want to know who you turn to for an accurate weather forecast: is it the groundhog, the Farmers' Almanac or the nerds with supercomputers?

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Men Filmed Toppling Ancient Rock Formation Are Charged In Utah

Sat, 02/01/2014 - 7:38am

The Scout leaders videotaped themselves as one of them pushed over a Jurassic-era sandstone pillar at Utah's Goblin Valley State Park.

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State Dept. Delivers Unwelcome News For Keystone Opponents

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 3:00pm

The U.S. State Department made a much-anticipated announcement on the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday. Its report finds that while the heavy crude oil that the pipeline will carry from Canada is dirtier than regular crude, stopping the pipeline won't keep that crude in the ground. There are other ways besides the pipeline that will likely keep the heavy crude business afloat. This decision won't please opponents of the pipeline, nor does it give the go-ahead to the project. Secretary of State John Kerry and eventually President Obama will make that decision.

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U.S. Issues Keystone XL Pipeline Environmental Review

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 2:20pm

The report concludes that the production of Canada's tar-sand crude, which causes more greenhouse gases than other forms, won't be affected if the pipeline moves forward.

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Is Too Much Privacy Bad For Your Health?

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 11:00am

Health IT expert John Wilbanks explores whether the desire to protect privacy is slowing research, and if opening up medical data could create a wave of health care innovation.

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Australia OKs Dumping Dredged Mud In Great Barrier Reef Park

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 9:45am

The dredging operation is part of a plan to expand a coal port in Queensland. Environmentalists have warned that dumping sediment could kill off delicate corals, but park officials said dredging would be "subject to strict environmental conditions."

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A Hunk Of Planet Dissolves Before Our Eyes

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 7:03am

It's been there for thousands, maybe tens of thousands of years — a huge, solid, endless mass of white ice. Then, all of sudden ("It's starting, Adam," says an onlooker) there's a crack, then another, and whoosh, an immense field vanishes — splits, splits again, and right before your eyes (you've got to see this) sinks into the sea. This is how ice leaves our planet.

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Scientists Come Close To Finding True Magnetic Monopole

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 4:00am

Magnets have a north pole, and a south pole. But electromagnetic theory says there should be a bit of matter that is unipolar, that is either north or south pole, but not both. So far the search for the real magnetic monopole has been fruitless, but now physicists at Amherst college have created a synthetic magnetic monopole, something that provides hope that the search for the real thing will ultimately succeed.

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What's The Problem With Feeling On Top Of The World?

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 4:00am

Research explores the consequences of boosting self-esteem when it is not justified. When self-esteem is artificially boosted, it reduces performance and effort — as people seek to protect the fragile gain in self-esteem by withdrawing from effort and the risk of failure. When self-esteem is diminished without justification, people appear to work harder to retrieve lost feelings of self-worth.

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Researchers Watch As Our Brains Turn Sounds Into Words

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 3:00pm

To understand speech, the brain has to quickly recognize the sounds used to form words. Researchers say that process involves groups of highly specialized brain cells that respond to individual sounds produced by the human vocal tract.

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Changing Climate In Argentina Is Killing Penguin Chicks

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 3:00pm

The world's largest breeding colony of Magellanic penguins is seeing unprecedented deaths among young birds. A scientist who has spent 30 years studying the penguins says that climate change is to blame — triggering, among other things, more heat waves and wetter storms that kill fledglings.

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