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Your Nose Knows Which Foods Are Fattiest

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 11:24am

Low-fat ice cream just won't cut it for you? Maybe it's your nose telling you it's not the real deal. Researchers have found that people can actually smell differences in dietary fat in food. It's an ability that might have helped our ancestors find the best foods to survive on.

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Your Nose Knows Which Foods Are Fattiest

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 11:24am

Low-fat ice cream just won't cut it for you? Maybe it's your nose telling you it's not the real deal. Researchers have found that people can actually smell differences in dietary fat in food. It's an ability that might have helped our ancestors find the best foods to survive on.

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Popular Testosterone Therapy May Raise Risk Of Heart Attack

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 9:14am

Men who take testosterone supplements double their risk of heart attacks, a study finds. That was true for men over 65 and for younger men with heart disease. Testosterone supplements have become increasingly popular as a way to counter flagging libido.

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Popular Testosterone Therapy May Raise Risk Of Heart Attack

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 9:14am

Men who take testosterone supplements double their risk of heart attacks, a study finds. That was true for men over 65 and for younger men with heart disease. Testosterone supplements have become increasingly popular as a way to counter flagging libido.

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The Starling That Dared To Be Different

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 7:03am

There they are, up on the power line, side by side by side by side by side. Starlings, each one like the other — rubber-stamped birds, a mob (or murmuration) of indecipherably similar critters, always the same, sitting or flying. But wait! What if there's such a thing as an Exceptional Starling? I think I've found one (or maybe ... four!), hiding in a video.

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Asteroid Belt Holds Clues To Era Of Swinging Planets

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 2:30am

New research shows that a planetary reshuffle might have shaped the asteroid belt.

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Much Of North Dakota's Natural Gas Is Going Up In Flames

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 2:28am

Drillers pumping oil on the Great Plains are also producing a lot of natural gas. But the state doesn't have the infrastructure to transport or store it, so much of that gas isn't being sold — it's being set on fire.

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Adult Obesity May Have Origins Way Back In Kindergarten

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 3:00pm

Overweight kindergartners are much more likely to be obese by eighth grade compared to their normal-weight peers, a study finds. The solution may be for women to avoid gaining too much weight during pregnancy, researchers say, as well as helping kids get exercise and eat healthy foods.

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Neanderthal Genes Live On In Our Hair And Skin

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 2:44pm

Scientists know that a small percentage of humans' genes came from Neanderthals. But they were surprised to find that one-fifth of Neanderthal genes are in modern humans living today. That includes genes associated with diseases including Type 2 diabetes, Crohn's disease and lupus.

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A Milk Mystery: Did Gloomy Weather Make Us Love The Stuff?

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 1:14pm

The latest twist in this evolutionary whodunnit has us questioning whether the lack of vitamin D from the sun played any role in our complicated, sometimes dangerous, love affair with milk. New DNA analysis of ancient farmers from sunny Spain suggests that this theory may have gone sour.

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How Industrial Chemical Regulation Failed West Virginia

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:36pm

For Charleston Gazette reporter Ken Ward, the recent chemical spill — and sometimes confusing information authorities have provided about the risks to citizens — reflects longstanding regulatory failures in the state. He says West Virginia has "basically ignored" recommendations for stricter oversight.

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A Little Acid Turns Mouse Blood Into Brain, Heart And Stem Cells

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 12:20pm

Japanese scientists say they've figured out a fast, easy way to make the most powerful cells in the world: embryonic stem cells. The magic ingredient? Something akin to lemon juice. So far it's still unknown if the method would work with human cells or could be used for medical treatments.

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Ancient Plague's DNA Revived From A 1,500-Year-Old Tooth

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 1:59am

When you hear the words bubonic plague, the Black Death usually comes to mind. But the first plague pandemic happened 800 years earlier, when the Justinian plague wiped out nearly a quarter of the world's population. Scientists have decoded the bacteria responsible, which had roots in China.

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On The Plains, An Oil Boom Is Transforming Nearly Everything

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 1:55am

Black gold is bringing thousands of big-money jobs to the once-sleepy North Dakota plains. But the flood of people has also meant a spike in crime, overflowing schools, infrastructure that's strained to the limit — and towns that longtime residents barely recognize.

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China's Jade Rabbit Rover May Be Doomed On The Moon

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 3:23pm

Chinese officials recently announced the rover was experiencing mechanical difficulties, and now observers believe its done for. But the thirst for more moon missions may be spreading in China.

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Entrepreneurs Looking For 'Windfall' Cash In On Climate Change

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 12:57pm

A new book explores the ways melting Arctic ice yield new shipping channels, new oil and gas resources — and potential profits. Journalist McKenzie Funk delves into the "booming business of global warming" in Windfall.

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Stricter Autism Criteria Unlikely to Reduce Services For Kids

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 1:59pm

Researchers say changes rolled out last May are likely to have a bigger effect on government statistics than on the care of the nation's children. Still, advocates worry that narrower definitions could lead to a loss of coverage for some children.

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You'd Think We'd Have Baby-Making All Figured Out, But No

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 12:30pm

Many women don't know when they're most likely to get pregnant each month, and some think certain positions will boost the odds, a survey finds. There are also big gaps in knowledge about risk factors for infertility and birth defects.

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Soil, Weedkillers And GMOs: When Numbers Don't Tell The Whole Story

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 11:08am

Numbers don't lie, but they can sometimes tell a misleading story. Three times in the last week, we came across farm statistics that painted a picture not quite backed up by facts on the ground.

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Soil, Weedkillers And GMOs: When Numbers Don't Tell The Whole Story

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 11:08am

Numbers don't lie, but they can sometimes tell a misleading story. Three times in the last week, we came across farm statistics that painted a picture not quite backed up by facts on the ground.

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