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Weekly Innovation: A Radiation Detector In Your Smartphone

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 10:05am

Scientists at the Idaho National Laboratory created and tested an Android app that could allow your smartphone to detect gamma radiation. They say the technology could be used as radiation detectors by first responders.

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How A Little Chill In The Air Could Help You Lose Weight

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 3:34pm

Researchers in the Netherlands suggest that something as simple as lowering temperatures in the office or at home can help people burn calories as they keep their body temperatures steady. Chilling out to shed pounds works best in combination with diet and exercise.

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A Growth Factor Heals The Damage To A Preemie's Brain — In Mice

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 3:00pm

Scientists have shown that damage to the brain's "white matter" is responsible for many of the developmental problems that very premature infants often face. Now researchers have also demonstrated that it's possible to prevent that sort of damage in mice.

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Ancient And Vulnerable: 25 Percent Of Sharks And Rays Risk Extinction

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 2:45am

"People know about the global trade in shark fins, but few know that some of the most valuable fins ... used in shark fin soup come from the shark-like rays — species like sawfishes and wedgefishes and guitarfishes," says Sonja Fordham, who contributed to a new analysis of the fisheries.

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After Hibernation, Rosetta Seeks Its Stone

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 3:00pm

The Rosetta spacecraft has awakened. It was put in hibernation for 31 months while its orbit took it nearly half a million miles from the sun, too far for its solar arrays to keep the spacecraft operational. But now it's close enough, and European Space Agency mission managers will start preparing for Rosetta's rendezvous with a comet later this year.

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Whole Foods Bans Produce Grown With Sludge. But Who Wins?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 2:52pm

Whole Foods recently decided it would not buy produce from farmers who used treated sewage sludge, also known as biosolids, on their fields. But scientists say this is a mistake — the material is safe and benefits the environment in lots of different ways.

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Whole Foods Bans Produce Grown With Sludge. But Who Wins?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 2:52pm

Whole Foods recently decided it would not buy produce from farmers who used treated sewage sludge, also known as biosolids, on their fields. But scientists say this is a mistake — the material is safe and benefits the environment in lots of different ways.

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Treat Yourself To A 'Huh?'

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 7:32am

Alice had this problem when she went through the looking glass: You start in a known place. You advance, step by steady step. Nothing is amiss, nothing misplaced. But when you land, everything has turned totally weird. Nothing makes sense. All you can do is go, "Huh?" Let's "Huh?" together.

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Brain Games: Move Objects With Your Mind To Find Inner Calm?

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 2:18am

"Hands free" is taking on a new meaning. Games hitting the market use EEGs so you can move a toy helicopter with your mind or play the brain like a musical instrument. It's the stuff of sci-fi movies, but potentially with an added health benefit.

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Mild-Mannered Stingrays Can Inflict A World Of Hurt

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 2:17am

These cousins of the shark send thousands of waders and surfers yelping for medical help each year. A powerful toxin in the barb of the ray's tail triggers a "knife-like pain" that can last for hours. Best prevention? Do the "stingray shuffle."

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Rosetta On Course To Achieve Historic Mission

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 11:00pm

Scientists are celebrating after receiving a signal from a spacecraft on a long journey. The Rosetta is studying a comet in more detail than ever before. The spacecraft's call home means the robot has successfully awakened itself from a long hibernation.

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Rosetta Space Probe Gets Interplanetary Wake-Up Call

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 1:20pm

The European comet-chaser has been in hibernation for nearly three years in an effort to conserve power. It is due for an August rendezvous with 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

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EU Lifts Iran Sanctions After Assurances On Nuclear Program

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 10:11am

Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency report that Tehran has halted uranium enrichment, a key part of the sanctions deal agreed earlier this month.

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Mars Or Bust: Putting Humans On The Red Planet

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 5:20pm

Some of the earliest science fiction imagined voyages to Mars. We now have the space-faring technology to make reaching the Red Planet possible. It would involve massive resources and many potential dangers, but some believe the rewards would be massive.

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Swiss Company Compresses Cremation Ashes Into Diamonds

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 4:17am

Ten years ago, Rinaldo Willy came up with a diamond-in-the-rough business idea. Since then, it has crystallized. Each year, his company takes the cremation ashes of about 800 to 900 people and compresses them into diamonds. Rinaldo Willy speaks with host Rachel Martin about how the business works.

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Western Scientists Look To Chinese Medicine For Fresh Leads

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 1:56pm

Some scientists say traditional remedies might help them crack diseases like cancer. Some notable successes include a treatment for a form of leukemia and an anti-malaria medicine that has become the gold standard. But there are more misses than hits.

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A Supersilly Super Bowl 'What If ... ?'

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 7:03am

It's getting close to Super Bowl time, so here's a little fantasy. What would happen if a British sports announcer who has no idea how American football works (not a clue) were suddenly thrown on the air and had to do play-by-play for a game between Alabama and Notre Dame? He knows nothing. What would he say?

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California's Governor Declares Drought State Of Emergency

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 7:27pm

Gov. Jerry Brown is urging Californians to cut their water use by 20 percent, and he's telling state agencies to conserve water – and to hire more firefighters.

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One Downside Of Home Wart Treatments: Bursting Into Flames

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 11:09am

Home wart-freezing devices can spark fires, the Food and Drug Administration warns, and people have been burned. People also can be injured by using these frostbite-inducing tools too enthusiastically, dermatologists say, damaging skin as a result.

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To Save Threatened Owl, Another Species Is Shot

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 3:11pm

The rare northern spotted owl species faces habitat loss and, now, intruding barred owls. A biologist, and the federal government, have made a difficult decision — killing one owl to ward off the extinction of another.

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