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Why A Journalist Scammed The Media Into Spreading Bad Chocolate Science

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 3:57pm

A lot of bad nutrition science makes headlines. To teach his news colleagues a lesson, a science journalist conducted a flawed study, sent out press releases and watched who bit. Did he go too far?

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Depression Treatments Inspired By Club Drug Move Ahead In Tests

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 10:29am

A decade ago, scientists showed that the anesthetic ketamine could relieve major depression in hours. Now, two chemical cousins of the drug are entering the late stages of clinical testing.

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Scientists Discover Evidence of a 435,000-Year-Old Murder

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 8:15pm

Scientists say it's not just a murder from another era, but also part of one of the earliest mass graves.

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Bugs: Not What's For Dinner — Until They're Tastier, Maybe

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 4:34pm

A U.K. researcher says the environmental argument for eating bugs isn't working on its own. She says chefs and policymakers must "make insect dishes appeal as food, not just a way to save the planet."

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EPA Announces New Rules To Protect U.S. Waters

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 3:33pm

The Obama administration announces a regulation it says is aimed at protecting the country's rivers, lakes and other waterways from pollution. But critics say it's a massive regulatory overreach.

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Supreme Court Says Locals Can Make Pill-Makers Pay For Drug Disposal

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 12:40pm

The court decision means companies are on the hook for helping at least some consumers in California safely dispose of leftover pills and other medicine. Similar measures are in the works elsewhere.

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How A Claim That A Childhood Vaccine Prevents Leukemia Went Too Far

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 8:32am

It seemed to make sense that the childhood Hib vaccine could cut leukemia risk by keeping the immune system in check. But proving there's cause and effect at work turns out to be a challenge.

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As Antibiotic Resistance Spreads, WHO Plans Strategy To Fight It

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 2:32am

The problem has gotten so bad that some doctors are pondering a "post-antibiotic world." The World Health Organization says countries need to boost surveillance for resistance and develop new drugs.

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Higher-Tech Fake Eggs Offer Better Clues To Wild Bird Behavior

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 3:23pm

Faux eggs made with 3-D printers are better than sculpted versions, researchers say, because it's easier to systematically vary their size, weight and other features. Next goal: 3-D fragile shells.

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How Partitioned Grocery Carts Can Help Shoppers Buy Healthier Foods

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 4:03am

Eating healthy is easier said than done. Same with buying healthy food. Research finds that putting in partitions in grocery carts can increase the likelihood shoppers buy healthy fruits and veggies.

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In Drought-Ridden Taiwan, Residents Adapt To Life With Less Water

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 3:30pm

In Taiwan, businesses and residents have been learning to adapt to life with less water. The island country is coping with its worst drought in decades.

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A Home Air Quality Monitor That Can Be Checked Out From The Library

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 5:03pm

In polluted Pittsburgh, a new device from a local university helps residents assess indoor air. It's not the only monitor on the market — but is the only one available to borrow from a public library.

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Clean Your Grill, And Other Hot Holiday Tips From Alton Brown

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 6:03am

Whether you're barbecuing OR grilling, a meat-eater or a vegetarian, here's how to keep your flavor from going up in smoke this Memorial Day weekend.

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Who Let The Dogs In? We Did, About 30,000 Years Ago

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 12:32pm

A new study suggests that canis familiaris split from wolves much earlier than the 11,000 to 16,000 years ago that was long assumed.

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Covered California Votes To Cap What Patients Pay For Pricey Drugs

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 9:46am

The agency that administers Obamacare in California moved to make expensive medicines more affordable in 2016. In most plans, patients will pay no more than $150 or $250 a month.

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Pipeline Operator: Possibly Months To Determine Cause Of Calif. Spill

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 8:04am

Plains All American, the company that operates the pipeline, says it has yet to uncover the problem. So far, 9,000 gallons of sludge have been removed from a nine-miles stretch of Calif. coast.

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How Could Technology Change The Way We Evolve?

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 7:24am

Medical ethicist Harvey Fineberg says "neo-evolution" is on the horizon. When it becomes easier to eliminate disease through gene therapy, will we change the trajectory of evolution?

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How Do You Make An Elderly Worm Feel Young Again?

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 7:24am

What controls aging? Biochemist Cynthia Kenyon has found a genetic mutation that can more than double the lifespan of a tiny worm, which points to how we might one day significantly extend human life.

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How Do You Motivate Kids To Stop Skipping School?

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 6:36am

A study in an Indian slum tried promising a reward: Improve your attendance, and you'll get a small treat. But for third-graders, sometimes these incentive schemes can do more harm than good.

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Census Reveals Universe Of Marine Microbes At Bottom Of The Food Chain

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 2:55am

The ocean's tiniest inhabitants — including bacteria, plankton, krill — are food for most everything that swims or floats. Now, scientists have completed a count of this vast and diverse hidden world.

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