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A CRISPR Way To Fix Faulty Genes

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 3:17pm

This technique for manipulating genes borrows a strategy from the way bacteria fight viruses. It's still experimental, but the possibilities excite medical researchers hoping to tailor treatments.

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Did Neanderthals Eat Plants? The Proof May Be In The Poop

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 2:25pm

Bits of 50,000-year-old poop have provided scientists with clues into what our early Neanderthal ancestors ate. Rather than subsisting on meat alone, the poop suggests they also ate plants.

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A Shocking Fish Tale Surprises Evolutionary Biologists

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 1:03pm

Unrelated lineages of electric fish all use the same small set of genes to create their voltage, a genetic search shows. Maybe the same genes could one day power pacemakers, bioengineers suggest.

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What Not To Serve Buzzards For Lunch, A Glorious Science Experiment

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:48pm

This bird likes livers, kidneys, entrails — anything it can pluck that's freshly dead. But what if you served it ... a painting?

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How To Sell Green Products To The Self-Regarding Consumer

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 6:09am

Research shows narcissists can be induced to make environmentally positive purchases when those purchases are linked to the things narcissists value — prestige, status and image.

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Kandinsky On A Plate: Art-Inspired Salad Just Tastes Better

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:48am

Would a salad arranged like an abstract painting be more enjoyable and valuable to diners than a typical salad presentation? Psychologists set out to find that out.

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Two Glorious Science Experiments: One About Sex, The Other About Lunch

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 6:03am

In the 1760s, an Italian scientist ran a sex experiment that required putting teeny trousers on some ardent male frogs. Hot guys in pants, it turns out, aren't so hot.

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To 'Immunize' Kids Against Illiteracy, Break Out A Book In Infancy

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 4:05pm

The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that parents begin reading to their children early, even to newborns. Professor Susan Neuman, an expert on early literacy development, explains.

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Spineless, And Now Homeless: National Zoo Closes Animal Exhibit

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 10:06am

Invertebrates make up about 99 percent of all species. But they're no longer being featured at the National Zoo, after an abrupt closure.

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Scientists Observe Springtime Changes On One of Saturn's Moons

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 5:33am

On Titan, summer is almost three years away. But in a dark, placid ocean of natural gas, scientists have spotted something that could be the first inkling of springtime.

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Scientists Observe Springtime Changes In Titan's Northern Seas

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 5:33am

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has been monitoring Saturn's moon Titan for 10 years. Cornell researchers spotted some bright spots that might be the first sign of seasons on Titan's lakes.

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How Did The Meter Get Its Length?

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 4:07am

The U.S. doesn't routinely use the metric system. The U.S. government definition of a foot is .3048 meters. But if the length of a foot is based on the meter, what's the length of the meter based on?

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Hospitals To Pay Big Fines For Infections, Avoidable Injuries

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 2:29am

Starting this fall, 25 percent of all U.S. hospitals — those with the worst records for infections and injuries — will lose 1 percent of every Medicare payment for a year.

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Man Floats Free In Hotel Corridor

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 3:56am

Hotel hallways are cramped and narrow, like cages. But Storyboard P won't be trapped. Watch this Brooklyn dancer float toward a fire extinguisher — beauty in tight places.

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Man Floats Free In Hotel Corridor

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 3:56am

Hotel hallways are cramped and narrow, like cages. But Storyboard P won't be trapped. Watch this Brooklyn dancer float toward a fire extinguisher — beauty in tight places.

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Dust Clouds Big Bang Signal

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 4:35pm

A team claiming to have spied the earliest moments of the universe may have actually seen little more than galactic dust.

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Going Against The Grain: FDA Threatens Brewers' Feed For Farmers

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:19am

Breweries have been providing farmers with free or discounted grain to feed their animals for centuries. But a proposed FDA rule intended to make food safer could disrupt that relationship.

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Stephanie Kwolek, Chemist Who Created Kevlar, Dies At 90

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:30am

Kwolek, a DuPont scientist, invented the remarkable fibers — lightweight, flexible and five times stronger than steel — that are used around the world in bulletproof body armor.

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Wrong! Deconstructing 5 Famous History Stories

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 8:46am

You don't question them. You don't doubt them. You hear them so often, you wouldn't know they are lies. Here are five historical "facts" that aren't true. Never were. And now you'll know.

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Where's The Line Between Cheating A Little and Cheating A Lot?

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 7:49am

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely explains the hidden reasons we think it's okay to cheat or steal. He says we're predictably irrational — and can be influenced in ways we don't even realize.

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