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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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Powdered Liquor: Now Legal But Won't Be In Your Margarita Soon

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 4:09pm

The feds have approved dehydrated versions of vodka and even mojitos. Simply add water and voila! You've got a cocktail. But red tape will likely keep the high-proof powder off the market for a while.

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Robotic Exoskeleton Helps Get Vets Back On Their Feet

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 3:39pm

Several bio-tech companies are developing exoskeletons that give people superhuman abilities. But these robotic suits are also doing something simpler: They're helping paralyzed veterans walk again.

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Forced To Put Its Nets Away, One Fla. Town Clams Up — Literally

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 3:05pm

Since Florida banned gill nets 20 years ago, University of Florida researchers have helped Cedar Key replace commercial fishing with aquaculture. The area's now among the most productive clam farming regions in the U.S.

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No Longer Marching Out To Work, More Mothers Stay Home

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:18am

A growing number of American mothers are staying home to raise their children, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. Listeners share their own stories about making that choice.

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VIDEO: Leopard Attacks Residents In Central India

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:07am

The big cat lunges at one man and chases panicked residents along rooftops in the Chandrapur, Maharashtra.

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A Scientific Experiment: Field Trips Just For Teachers

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 4:00pm

Educators say the middle grades are a key time time to get kids jazzed about science, but many teachers say they lack the tools they need. In Chicago, a science museum is helping to fill the the gap.

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Far From 'Infinitesimal': A Mathematical Paradox's Role In History

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 4:00pm

It seems like a simple question: How many parts can you divide a line into? The troublesome answer was square at the root of two of Europe's greatest social crises.

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Ancient Landscape Is Found Under 2 Miles Of Ice In Greenland

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 11:01am

A revelation goes against widely held ideas about how some glaciers work, and it suggests that at least parts of Greenland's ice sheet survived periods of global warming intact.

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So This Is How They Do It! Zebras Getting Stripes

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 10:03am

The pink on a flamingo? Stripes on a zebra? Spots on a giraffe? All explained. Simply. Elegantly. Oddly.

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One Scientist's Quest To Vanquish Epileptic Seizures

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 3:37pm

Ivan Soltesz studies epilepsy in mice, but says children with chronic seizures are his inspiration. He's closing in on a way to quell the seizures with light — and without drugs' side effects.

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Pipeline Put Off, As Keystone Review Is Indefinitely Extended

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 3:08pm

It looks as though the "comment period" for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project will be extended, delaying a decision past the November elections.

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Japan Says It Will Temporarily Scale Back Whale Hunt

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 1:02pm

After a U.N. court ruling last month ordering Japan to halt whaling in Antarctic waters, Tokyo said it was reducing its target catch to just 210 animals.

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'Completely Unique': Cave-Dwelling Female Insects Have Penises

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 7:34pm

A team of international scientists have found four species of insects with reversed sex organs. The females' anatomy may have to do with their need for nutrients that only males produce.

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Even Chimps Know That A Firm Bed Makes For Quality Sleep

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 5:31pm

A new study looking at the nests made by chimpanzees in Uganda found that they prefer a type of tree that gives them a firm and secure sleeping platform.

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Got A Hobby? Might Be A Smart Professional Move

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 2:46pm

Workers who have a creative outlet outside the office are more likely to be creative problem solvers on the job, a study suggests. Oh, and they have more fun.

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Scientists Spot A Planet That Looks Like 'Earth's Cousin'

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 2:01pm

Kepler-186f is almost the same size as Earth, and it orbits in its star's "Goldilocks zone"-- where temperatures may be just right for life. But much is unknown because it's also 500 light-years away.

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Chili Say What? Linguistics Help Pinpoint Pepper's Origins

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 1:52pm

It turns out the first chili peppers were grown by humans in eastern Mexico. And it's not the same region where beans and corn were first grown, according to new ways of evaluating evidence.

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First Embryonic Stem Cells Cloned From A Man's Skin

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 1:14pm

Scientists based their technique on the one used to create the sheep "Dolly" years ago. These cells might one day be useful in treating all sorts of diseases.

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