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Earth Increasingly Looks Lit-Up At Night

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 1:03pm

Over the last five years, global light pollution has increased nearly 10 percent, a new study shows, The fastest rise occurred in developing nations.

(Image credit: NASA)

If The Developing World Can Go Solar, Maybe Puerto Rico Can Too

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 11:54am

With most of the island still without electricity, some Puerto Ricans are hoping to follow the example of developing world countries — and turn to the sun for power.

(Image credit: Alvin Baez/Reuters)

From 'Inky's Great Escape' To Singing Seahorses: Animal Books For The Holidays

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 5:01am

From real-life, seaweed-carrying dolphins to fictional singing seahorses, animals in these new books can excite the mind, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.

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What The Industry Knew About Sugar's Health Effects, But Didn't Tell Us

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 3:29pm

The sugar industry pulled the plug on an animal study it funded in the 1960s. Initial results pointed to a link between sugar consumption and elevated triglycerides, which raises heart disease risk.

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Sugar Industry Shifted Blame For Heart Disease Onto Fats In The '60s

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 3:29pm

A new report out today reveals documents showing how the sugar industry influenced scientific research in the 1960s in a way that deflected concerns about the impact of sugar on health.

Popular Surgery To Ease Chronic Shoulder Pain Called Into Question

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 6:44pm

U.K. scientists say arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs or bits of ragged tissue in sore shoulders offered no more pain relief than than sham surgery in their randomized test.

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Dog Owners Have Lower Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease, Swedish Data Suggest

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 5:27pm

Researchers looked at hospital visits in Sweden's public health care system and checked them against dog registration records. They found dog owners had lower rates of heart disease.

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Scientists Glimpse Houston's Flooded Future In Updated Rainfall Data

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 3:55pm

Hurricane Harvey's deluge left some homeowners and politicians wondering whether the whole system for predicting floods is any good. Scientists are hoping better data can lead to better flood maps.

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Greece Was Hit By Storm Some Called A 'Medicane.' What's That?

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 2:47pm

European weather sites posted imagery showing the swirling wind patterns and a waterspout over the Mediterranean. The low pressure system shared characteristics of tropical cyclones.

(Image credit: Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images)

How Much Hotter Is It In The Slums?

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 2:44pm

Researchers took temperature readings in Nairobi's biggest slum during the summer and compared it to readings from a weather station half a mile away. There definitely was a difference.

(Image credit: Herbert Misiani)

Can Science Explain The Human Mind?

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 1:53pm

Science will one day explain visual perception and memory loss. But will it also explain romantic love and morality? Tania Lombrozo considers people's beliefs about what science can and can't explain.

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Keystone XL Pipeline Gets Regulators' OK In Nebraska, Clearing Key Hurdle

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 11:55am

The Nebraska Public Service Commission voted 3-2 on Monday to approve the controversial pipeline — albeit not on the route preferred by TransCanada, the company behind the Keystone XL.

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Spit Test May Help Reveal Concussion Severity

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 10:46am

When a child suffers a concussion, it's very hard to tell if the brain injury will cause long-term problems. An experimental test that looks for bits of genetic material in spit might help.

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How Tulsa Became A Model For Preventing Floods

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 3:54am

For decades, Tulsa planned carefully and imposed regulations to prevent the kind of devastating floods that used to make national headlines. Now other cities are noticing.

(Image credit: Austin Hellwig Collection/Tulsa City-County Library)

To Save Their Water Supply, Colorado Farmers Taxed Themselves

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 4:43pm

The recent drought in the West forced people to take a hard look at how they use water. In Colorado, some farmers tried an experiment: make their water more expensive without hurting business.

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Clues In That Mysterious Radioactive Cloud Point Toward Russia

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:34am

Western scientists say they may never know the source of the cloud of ruthenium-106 that hovered over Europe last month. But what little data there is suggests a research facility inside Russia.

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The Big Idea Behind Big Data

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:02am

As we find our way in a world shaped by Big Data, it's not the reams of information we gather but the networks they illuminate that's the newest addition to science's index of things, says Adam Frank.

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Mileha Soneji: Can Simple Innovations Improve The Lives of Parkinson's Patients?

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 8:19am

When designer Mileha Soneji's uncle got Parkinson's, his quality of life deteriorated rapidly. Mileha couldn't cure her uncle's disease, so she designed simple ways to improve his everyday life.

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Amos Winter: How Do You Build An All-Terrain Wheelchair For The Developing World?

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 8:19am

In many countries, uneven and unpaved roads make it hard to get around in a standard wheelchair. MIT engineer Amos Winter describes his design for an affordable, lever-powered, all-terrain wheelchair.

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Amos Winter: How Do You Build An All-Terrain Wheelchair For Under $200?

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 8:19am

In many countries, uneven and unpaved roads make it hard to get around in a standard wheelchair. MIT engineer Amos Winter describes his design for a lever-powered all-terrain wheelchair under $200.

(Image credit: Courtesy of GRIT)

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