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More Evidence That Parents' Ages Could Influence Autism Risk

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 1:13pm

A large, international study found that kids born to older parents had higher rates of autism. Having a teen mom or parents with a large gap between their ages also increased the autism odds.

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Like Us, Chimps Go Bananas For Booze

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 12:39pm

Scientists have spotted chimpanzees routinely sipping palm wine from trees in Guinea. The study supports a theory that our common relatives evolved the ability to digest alcohol millions of years ago.

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Retailers Use Time To Their Advantage; More Impulse Products Sold

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 4:03am

Retailers have learned that the more time consumers spend in a store, the more likely they'll make impulse purchases. Stores are adapting the "shopping experience" accordingly.

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Costs Of Slipshod Research Methods May Be In The Billions

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 4:43pm

Up to half of all results from biomedical research laboratories these days can't be replicated by other science teams. Why not? Myriad flubs slow progress in the hunt for cures.

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Monsanto, Angling For Global Pesticide Dominance, Woos Syngenta

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 3:08pm

The world's biggest seed company wants to buy the world's biggest pesticide company, Syngenta. Syngenta is playing hard to get, but a veteran industry executive says the deal may happen.

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To Beat Insomnia, Try Therapy For The Underlying Cause Instead Of Pills

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 11:19am

A review of the medical evidence finds that therapy can break the cycle of chronic sleeplessness by addressing the anxieties that cause many people to stay awake.

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Smoking Pot Interferes With Math Skills, Study Finds

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 4:04am

Researchers studying the effects of marijuana faced an obstacle: they couldn't create an exact control group. But a change in drug laws in the Netherlands offered a perfect laboratory.

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As MERS Outbreak Surges, Genetic Tests Show Virus Hasn't Mutated

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 7:38pm

So the spread of the Middle East respiratory syndrome in South Korea is probably due to other factors, such as a delayed response to the outbreak and poor infection control at hospitals.

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Solar Sail Unfurls In Space

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 4:14pm

A nonprofit has successfully tested technology that could one day be used to explore the solar system on a budget.

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Online Health Searches Aren't Always Confidential

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 3:41pm

Searching a medical issue on the Internet seems harmless enough, but one researcher found that online medical searches may be seen by hidden parties, and the data even sold for profit.

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Pitmasters Embrace New Barbecue Truth: Rested Meat Is Sublime

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 3:37pm

How to rest a pork shoulder, a beef brisket or rack of ribs to keep it moist hours after it comes off the pit? Restaurants now use warming units, but DIY home warmers are just as good.

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NASA Sends 'Flying Saucer' On Its Way To 120,000 Feet Above Earth

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 2:34pm

A giant balloon is carrying the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator to an altitude of 120,000 feet. Then it'll go even higher before heading back down.

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Do Creativity And Schizophrenia Share A Small Genetic Link? Maybe

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 10:18am

The notion goes back to the ancients — that minds given to flights of fancy are on the healthy side of a spectrum that includes what we today call psychosis. An Icelandic gene study offers new clues.

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Drought-Friendly Recipes Kick Up The Flavor — And Cut Back On Water

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 8:46am

An LA chef and his partner are cooking up recipes using ingredients that require less water to grow and cook with. They want to get us thinking about the resources that go into growing our food.

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Lost Posture: Why Indigenous Cultures Don't Have Back Pain

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 2:25am

There are a few populations in the world where back pain hardly exists. One woman thinks she has figured out why, and she's sharing their secrets. Have Americans forgotten how to stand properly?

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What Makes Algorithms Go Awry?

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 4:27pm

Every time you "Like" a Facebook post, among other things, you help provide data to an algorithm. But algorithms, like the humans who design them, aren't foolproof — and can reflect bias.

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Both Sides Claim Victory Over EPA Fracking Study

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 6:26am

The Environmental Protection Agency has found no evidence that fracking has let to widespread, systemic pollution of water. Correspondent Jeff Brady tells NPR's Rachel Martin what the report means.

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Once Feared, Now Celebrated, Hudson River Cleanup Nears Its End

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 4:15pm

General Electric is entering the final year of a billion-dollar cleanup of PCB-contaminated water. The project was once controversial — now, even some early critics are asking for it to be continued.

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For New Mexico's Chiles, The Enemy Isn't Just Drought But Salt, Too

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 6:34am

Farmers in New Mexico are worried about the future of the state's most beloved crop: green and red chiles. They're increasingly relying on salty groundwater, which damages the soil and the crops.

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Schools Say Ciao To Plastic Lunch Trays, Hello To Compostable Plates

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 5:48am

Six of the nation's largest school districts are ditching polystyrene lunch trays in favor of compostable plates. The hope is that they'll incentivize cities to build more composting facilities.

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