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New Virus Related To Smallpox Is Found In Republic Of Georgia

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 9:46am

Two men have been infected with a virus newly discovered in dairy cattle, scientists say. The disease causes blisters on the hands and arms, and other symptoms similar to those caused by smallpox.

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Experimental Technique Coaxes Muscles Destroyed By War To Regrow

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 8:13pm

By surgically transplanting material from pig bladders into the injured legs of several men, doctors prompted muscles to heal by growing and nurturing fresh, healthy cells.

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Nino's No-No: Justice Scalia Flubs Dissent In Pollution Case

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 5:06pm

It's more than embarrassing when a Supreme Court justice makes his decision based on facts that he's gotten wrong. The court has corrected the record, but the slip has stuck among legal cognoscenti.

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Facing Execution Drug Shortage, States Struggle To Get Cocktail Right

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 3:00pm

A botched execution in Oklahoma is only the latest issue since states started having trouble obtaining the drugs used to execute inmates. They've been trying new combinations and new drugs, which often had never been used before for that purpose.

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Widening Sanctions On Russia Rattle Some In Western Oil Industry

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 3:00pm

The latest round of sanctions against Russia has created a lot of uncertainty for U.S. and European oil and gas companies. They're growing concerned that another round of sanctions could target Russia's energy sector, jeopardizing Western oil companies' activities there.

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Smiting The Mite To Save The Bees (And The Crops They Pollinate)

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 2:07pm

A government scientist says that to help keep more bees from dying we need to focus on helping beekeepers fight the varroa mite. But some groups say pesticides are just as problematic.

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A Whale Of A Problem: Town Faces Threat Of Exploding Carcass

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 1:17pm

The town of Trout River in Newfoundland has a bloated, methane-filled, 80-foot blue whale carcass on its beach, and people are concerned that it might spontaneously combust.

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To Get Help From A Little Kid, Ask The Right Way

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 11:08am

Asking preschoolers to be helpers is more effective than asking them to help, a study suggests. The noun-based approach works with adults, too, psychologists say, but don't take it too far.

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Innovation: A Gadget That Scrambles The Egg Inside The Shell

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 5:48am

This new kitchen tool promises to scramble egg whites and the yolk to create delicious culinary creations, and save you from washing a whisk. A soft cradle keeps the egg from breaking.

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Concerns Raised Over Exporting Liquefied Natural Gas

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 4:05am

Environmental groups that have mired the Keystone XL pipeline in delays now are focusing on LNG export terminals. They say opening up exports of natural gas will hasten domestic hydraulic fracturing.

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Mom's Diet Right Before Pregnancy Can Alter Baby's Genes

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 4:14pm

Vitamin deficiencies near the time of conception change which genes get turned on during early development, scientists find.

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High Court Ruling Revives Law Against Out-Of-State Pollution

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 3:03pm

The Supreme Court is upholding a major EPA air pollution rule. The rule seeks to rein in pollution from power plant smoke stacks which can make the air in downwind states unhealthy. Researchers say the rule finally addresses a disconnect between the science of air pollution and the laws that had tried to clean it up.

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Farmers And Frackers Wrangle For Water In Shadow Of Calif. Drought

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 3:03pm

California's drought has developed an interesting relationship between farmers and oilers: California oil wells produce more water than oil, and Chevron filters that water and sells it to a local water district. Interest in the technology is growing in the Central Valley, but high costs and uneasy relations between oil and agriculture might get in the way.

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Plants Talk. Plants Listen. Here's How

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 1:33pm

Animals bark, sing, growl and chat. Plants, one would think, just sit there. But it turns out that plants bark, growl and chat as well. Here's how they do it.

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To Survive A Tornado, First Run To Shelter, Then Grab A Helmet

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 11:41am

In a tornado, debris flung by high-speed winds can cause deadly injuries. A sturdy shelter is the best protection, but even lying in a ditch may save your life. Or putting on a bike helmet.

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What's The Secret To Pouring Ketchup? Know Your Physics

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 10:04am

Many restaurants still serve ketchup in glass bottles, but they make it hard to get the right amount onto your plate. A video explains how the problem lies with the physics of the condiment itself.

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Between Farmers And Frackers, Calif. Water Caught In Tussle

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 3:00pm

California's extreme drought has drawn battle lines over who gets water and who doesn't. As KQED's Lauren Sommer reports, fracking and farming are vying for freshwater in California's Central Valley.

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To Save A Satellite, Former NASA Guy Takes Crowdfunding To Space

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 3:00pm

Keith Cowing discusses his campaign to save an old 1970s NASA spacecraft from becoming space junk. ISEE-3 is a satellite that was once used to monitor space weather, but it's been unused for decades. NASA doesn't want to spend the money to bring it back to life, but Cowing and his colleagues are determined to do it. If they can raise $125,000 on a crowdfunding site called RocketHub, Cowing says they'll contact ISEE-3, wake it up and put it back to good use.

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Got Gas? It Could Mean You've Got Healthy Gut Microbes

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 12:43pm

Passing gas, in some instances, may be a sign that you're kicking your gut microbes into action. And that means they can help keep you healthy, says one scientist.

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Fire-Setting Ranchers Have Burning Desire To Save Tallgrass Prairie

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 2:33am

In eastern Kansas, ranchers burn the prairie every spring to bring back grass for grazing cattle. Environmentalists celebrate those fires because without them the delicate ecosystem would disappear.

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