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Gassy Cows Are Warming The Planet, And They're Here To Stay

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 4:06am

Methane from livestock accounts for a huge portion of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, according to a UN report. But reducing global meat consumption isn't necessarily the answer to the problem.

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Total Eclipse Of The Moon Next Week Throughout North America

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 3:11pm

The lunar eclipse peaks late Monday or early Tuesday, depending on your time zone. It begins a so-called tetrad of 4 eclipses occurring roughly 6 months apart.

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When Is Bottled Air Worth $860? When It's A Work Of Art — And Protest

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 3:00pm

A jar of fresh air from southern France, bottled by a Beijing artist, was sold at auction in China for $860. AP correspondent Didi Tang says it's one of many works of pollution protest art in China.

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South Texas Oil Brings Boom — As Well As Pollution's 'Toxic Soup'

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 3:00pm

While the South Texas oil boom has meant a flood of cash and people to formerly impoverished communities, there have also been serious repercussions — namely, rampant air pollution.

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Ebola Drug Could Be Ready For Human Testing Next Year

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 3:00pm

There's no treatment yet for the deadly viral disease, but several approaches are in the works. At least one experimental drug seems effective in monkeys. Next step: safety tests in people.

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This Jet-Lag App Does The Math So You'll Feel Better Faster

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 9:35am

When it comes to resetting your biological clock, calculus can help. Mathematicians say they've found a faster way to adjust to time zone changes, and they've used it to drive a smartphone app.

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What's It Worth For A Breath Of Fresh Air? In China, About $860

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 4:06pm

A Beijing artist who collected a jar of air from Provence, France, sold it at auction "to question China's foul air and express dissatisfaction."

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A Peek Beneath A Mummy's Wrappers, Powered By CT Scanners

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 3:08pm

John Taylor, the curator at the British Museum, discusses how CT scans and imaging are used to discover information about mummies.

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Drilling Frenzy Fuels Sudden Growth In Small Texas Town

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 3:08pm

The boom has brought unexpected prosperity — and many new problems — to Cotulla. It's in the heart of the Eagle Ford Shale area, which has quickly become the nation's No. 2 oil-producing region.

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Scientists Publish Recipe For Making Bird Flu More Contagious

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 2:03pm

Researchers ignited a debate three years ago when they changed a deadly flu virus so that it could spread between people. Only five mutations are needed to turn the virus into a pandemic threat.

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Even A Very Weak Signal From The Brain Might Help Paraplegics

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 1:09pm

By electrically stimulating the lower spine in men with paraplegia, researchers were able to get them to initiate movement. The big challenge is how to achieve coordinated motor control.

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Why Do Some Clouds Drop Rain, While Others Don't?

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 5:26pm

With little relief in sight for California's record drought, scientists are trying to learn why some clouds rain and other don't. As Lauren Sommer of KQED says, they're finding surprising answers.

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Banning Traditional Animal Slaughter, Denmark Stokes Religous Ire

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 3:49pm

The country's move to require animals to be stunned before being killed is seen by some as an affront to religious methods of slaughter. But now Jews and Muslims are working together to protest it.

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Pop Stars Are Sippin' On Patron, And Teens Are Bingeing

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 2:52pm

If you know Ciroc and Patron, you may well be listening to a lot of songs that name-check brand-name alcohol. And if you're a teenager, you may be binge drinking a lot more, researchers say.

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Gut-Eating Amoeba Caught On Film

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 2:28pm

Dangerous and impolite: This little guy triggers food poisoning in people by biting off chunks of intestine, chewing on them for a bit ... and then spitting them out.

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Food Scraps To Fuel Vertical Farming's Rise In Chicago

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:14am

As vertical farming takes root in cities around the world, critics fear it's leaving a big carbon footprint. An experiment in Chicago turning garbage into energy aims to prove them wrong.

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What Does Sound Look Like?

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 7:37am

A clever photography trick allows you to see the invisible: the rising heat from a lighter, the turbulence around airplane wings, the plume of a sneeze ... and even sound waves.

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This Pie Chart Is Delicious And Statistically Sound

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 5:51pm

Back 2012, The Salt surveyed readers on their favorite pies during our Pie Week series. Recently, an Australian reader wrote in to let us know she pie-charted our results with mouth-watering real pie.

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The Forgotten Childhood: Why Early Memories Fade

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 4:08pm

Childhood amnesia occurs gradually — and later than you might think, researchers say. Many 7-year-olds have robust memories of experiences from when they were 3 or even younger.

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Why Physicists Are In A Film Promoting An Earth-Centered Universe

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 3:17pm

Scientist Lawrence Krauss says clips of him were "mined" to lend credibility to The Principle, a film he describes as "stupid" and "unbelievable."

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