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Astronaut Twins To Separate For The Sake Of Space Travel

Sun, 04/27/2014 - 4:21pm

Before NASA can send a manned mission to Mars, it needs to know more about how extended time in space affects the human body. Mark and Scott Kelly are the perfect subjects for such an experiment.

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Fossil Fans Get Their Dino-Fix Before Smithsonian Renovates

Sun, 04/27/2014 - 9:43am

The Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., got its new T. rex just in time to close its fossil hall for five years of renovations — longer than some dinosaur fans have even been alive.

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For New York, The '10-Year Storm' Isn't What It Used To Be

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 4:23pm

A new study says the worst floods in the city are both higher and 20 times more common than they were 170 years ago. But climate change is only part of the reason.

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Family Tree Of Pertussis Traced, Could Lead To Better Vaccine

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 3:04pm

Scientists tracking the ancestry of whooping cough say it arose abruptly in humans about 500 years ago, caused by a mutated bacterium that once lived only in animals. Genetic tricks helped it spread.

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'Don't Touch Me,' Said Canada. 'I Won't!' Said The USA, So They Moved 20 Feet Apart

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 11:32am

Canada and the USA agreed to create a 20-foot-wide corridor between them that runs for 5,500 continuous miles. Cartographers drew the line straight, but engineers built it crooked. Take a look.

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'Blood Victory' In Medical Research Dispute

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 11:16am

The Havasupai Native American tribe celebrated Blood Victory Day this week. That's the anniversary of their legal victory over researchers who misused members' blood samples without proper consent.

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What Happens To Our Brain When We're In Love?

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 8:23am

Anthropologist Helen Fisher questions what happens in a brain when we're in love.

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Got My Goat? Vermont Farms Put Fresh Meat On Refugee Tables

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 2:08am

Americans don't eat much barbecued goat, but the meat is a mainstay in many African, Asian and Caribbean diets. In Vermont, farmers raise for refugees and immigrants, with hopes to mainstream it.

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Radioactive Leak At U.S. Waste Dump Was Preventable, Report Says

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 5:15pm

The Feb. 14 release of radioactive material at the facility in New Mexico that contaminated 21 workers was due to poor management and lack of oversight, the Department of Energy says.

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Why Are We Spiteful, Even Though It Bites Us Back?

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 4:14pm

Most of us aren't as maleficent as the fairy in "Sleeping Beauty," but we're still apt to spite others, even at risk of harming ourselves. Psychologists are trying to figure out why.

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Scientists Pinpoint Source Of Antarctic 'Quack'

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 4:09pm

For decades, a mysterious quacking "bio-duck" has been heard roaming the waters of the Southern Ocean. Now scientists say the source is a whale.

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Blockbuster Trades Are Changing The Face Of Pharmaceuticals

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 3:01pm

Pharmaceutical companies are suddenly trading entire divisions the way sports teams swap players. Glaxo, Novartis and Ely Lily are all involved in a complicated deal announced Tuesday, and so far this year, five deals exceeding $2 billion have been announced. What's driving the deal-making?

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Music That Burns, Literally

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:33am

Take Beyonce. Take Sinatra. Take whomever you love and set them on fire. They call it a "Pyro Board," and it plays music by pulsing the beats in flame. When the singer hits a high note — stand back.

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Dirty Money: A Microbial Jungle Thrives In Your Wallet

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 6:40am

A look at the critters that live on money finds about 3,000 types of bacteria. Most are harmless. But researchers found traces of DNA from anthrax and drug-resistant pathogens, too.

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Green GOP Group Caught Between 'Rock And A Hard Place'

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 5:17pm

On Earth Day 2014, it wasn't easy being an environmental organization in the Republican Party. The big donors who write checks aren't much interested in the environment.

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A Knuckleball No More: World Cup Soccer Ball Gets A Redesign

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 3:50pm

John Eric Goff, the chair of the physics department at Lynchburg College, explains the science of the 2014 World Cup soccer ball.

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The Wonders Of The Year 2014, As Told By Isaac Asimov

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 3:06pm

To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1964 New York World's Fair, we turn back to some predictions that The New York Times commissioned Isaac Asimov to make on the occasion. He got many things right.

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Introducing A Divorce Rate For Birds, And Guess Which Bird Never, Ever Divorces?

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 6:10am

A pair of swans suggests Love Eternal. You often see them in twos, gliding together. But they're not Nature's Coupliest Birds. Which is?

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Powerful Narcotic Painkiller Up For FDA Approval

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 2:29am

The FDA is weighing the pros and cons of a drug that would, for the first time, combine morphine and oxycodone in a single pill. Critics warn it could launch a new wave of abuse.

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Who's Protecting Whom From Deadly Toxin?

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 7:16pm

Last year a scientist said he'd found a new form of botulinum toxin, and was keeping details secret to keep the recipe from terrorists. But other science and public health labs were shut out, too.

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