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Earth's 'Bigger, Older Cousin' Maybe Doesn't Even Exist

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 11:44am

In 2015, to great fanfare, NASA announced a planet discovery considered a milestone in the hunt for another Earth. But now some researchers say it's not clear that this planet actually exists.

From Collards to Maple Syrup, How Your Identity Impacts The Food You Like

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 7:00am

When people are reminded of their cultural roots, the food representing that culture tastes better. Scientists could harness that food and identity association to help people eat more healthfully.

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Can A Cocktail Of Vitamins And Steroids Cure A Major Killer In Hospitals?

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 6:17am

Two big studies aim to rigorously test what could be a revolutionary treatment for a common and deadly disease: sepsis. Many doctors are awaiting the results before changing their practice.

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Massive Eradication Effort Ends Rodents' Reign Of Terror On Forbidding Isle

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 6:32pm

Since humans came to South Georgia Island centuries ago, rats have terrorized rare native birds. But an ambitious project, using some plucky canine aides, has cleared the frigid wilderness.

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Record Heat In The Gulf Fueled Hurricane Harvey's Deluge

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 3:32pm

New research shows how scorching temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico led to massive rainfall when the storm hit last year. The findings also suggest global warming will make the problem worse.

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When Cancer Patients Ask About Weed, Many Doctors Say Go For It

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 3:05pm

About half of oncologists recommend medical marijuana to patients, though most feel ignorant of its proper medical use.

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The Bigger The Mother Fish, The More Babies She Has

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 1:01pm

Plus-sized mamma fish have a size advantage over their petite counterparts: They can produce more eggs, and those eggs produce larger fish. It's a reminder that protecting big fish matters.

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Scientists Warn That Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Could Erupt 'Ballistic Rocks'

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 12:36am

The U.S. Geological Survey says that as magma in the volcano drops below the water table, it could create steam pressure and a sudden eruption that would spew toxic gas and "ballistic rocks."

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'Holy Cow, The Waves Are Glowing!'

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 4:37pm

An algae bloom off the San Diego coast is putting on a brilliant display of bioluminescence that is lighting up the water and drawing huge crowds to marvel at the rare phenomenon.

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California Moves Forward With Plan To Require Solar Panels On New Homes

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 4:12pm

The state is poised to become the first in the country to require the panels on new single-family houses, with a few exceptions. The mandate will kick in as of 2020.

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Google's New Voice Bot Sounds, Um, Maybe Too Real

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 3:31pm

The company touts AI that peppers its conversation with "uh" and "hmm" to imitate the tics of human speech. Many observers took issue with how the bot apparently tricked a human on the phone.

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Tobacco Smoke Residue Can Become Airborne Again Indoors

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 1:43pm

Researchers have found that residue stuck on smokers' clothes, furniture or other surfaces can become airborne and pollute indoor air.

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The Colonel In the Kitchen: A Surprising History Of Sous Vide

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 1:22pm

Cooking food in a vacuum-sealed bag in a hot water bath is the height of haute cuisine. But an ex-Army colonel testing tastier hospital food seems to have had a lot to do with developing sous vide.

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Reporter On New Email Dump That Reveals Secret Inner Workings Of The EPA

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 1:05pm

New York Times reporter Eric Lipton says the response to a recent FOIA request shows that Scott Pruitt and his staff have gone to great lengths to keep the public and the news media at a distance.

Artificial Intelligence Takes Scientists Inside Living Human Cells

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 2:01am

Diseases like cancer involve changes that occur inside a cell — and usually out of sight. A new technology can reveal a cell's inner workings, using inexpensive graphics processors from video games.

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Days, Weeks, Years? Scientists Say Hawaii's Erupting Volcano Has No End In Sight

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 5:04pm

Scientists are closely tracking the eruption at Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano. But there's still a lot that they don't know about the eruption — most notably, when it's going to be over.

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For Babies Of The Opioid Crisis, Best Care May Be Mom's Recovery

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 3:30pm

Early findings on infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome are reassuring, and doctors are optimistic that normal development can continue. Making sure parents are treated for addiction is key.

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Attitude Of Exactitude: How Precision Made The Modern World

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 10:20am

We put a very fine point on it.

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How Prized Bull Semen And DNA Testing Are Reshaping America's Beef Herd

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 10:15am

Cattle ranchers know that making the best steak starts with the genetic makeup of the herd. Now those genetics have taken a historic leap thanks to new, predictive DNA technology.

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Lyme Disease Is On The Rise Again. Here's How To Prevent It

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 4:00am

The tick-borne illness is spreading north and south — about 300,000 U.S. cases a year. As scientists work on better diagnostic tests and surveillance tools, you can take steps to cut your risk.

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