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To Keep Up With Earth's Rotation, Clocks Will Tick An Extra Second Tonight

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:15pm

There is an extra "leap" second in Tuesday's clock. The second is designed to keep the clocks in synch with earth's rotation, but some people would like to take it away.

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Flood Maps Can Get Much Sharper With A Little Supercomputing Oomph

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 2:31pm

Entrepreneurs are turning to Oak Ridge National Lab's supercomputer to make all sorts of things, including maps that are much more accurate in predicting how a neighborhood will fare in a flood.

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Venus And Jupiter Set For A Close Encounter Tuesday Night

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 2:16pm

NASA says the two bright planets will be "a jaw-dropping one-third of a degree apart" around sunset. It's the closest they'll come in their current 24-year cycle.

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11:59:60 — Look For An Extra Tick Of The Clock Tonight

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 11:58am

"Leap seconds" are added from time to time to keep atomic clocks in sync with a time standard tied to the rotation of the Earth. This will be the 26th time it's been done.

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Branding Teen Drivers As Newbies Doesn't Prevent Crashes

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 11:31am

Graduated driver's licenses that impose restrictions like no driving at night have reduced crashes and deaths. But it looks like putting a learner sticker on teens' license plates doesn't help.

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U.N. Holds Climate Talks In New York Ahead Of Paris Meeting

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 4:41pm

The United Nations is having a high-level climate meeting ahead of the end-of-year meeting in Paris that will hopefully result in a major new agreement to rein in greenhouse gases.

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Supreme Court Rules In Industry's Favor. What's EPA's Next Move?

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 4:25pm

Monday's decision from the high court technically only applies to the Clean Air Act's standards on mercury emissions from power plants. But it could affect future EPA regulations, legal experts say.

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Why You Should Thank A Caterpillar For Your Mustard And Wasabi

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 2:57pm

Eons ago, cabbage butterfly larvae and the plants they eat began an evolutionary arms race. The result: "mustard oil bombs" that give the plants, and condiments we make from them, distinctive flavors.

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Medical School Hopefuls Grapple With Overhauled Entrance Exam

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 2:50pm

The results are coming in for the first medical school candidates who took a revamped exam that includes a wider range of subjects, including psychology and sociology.

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Curb Your Appetite: Save Bread For The End Of The Meal

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 2:02pm

A hot bread basket is a tasty way to start off dinner. But all those carbs before the main fare can amp up appetite and spike blood sugar. Saving the carbs for the end of the meal can help avert that.

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Supreme Court Blocks Obama Administration Plan On Power Plant Emissions

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 10:24am

In a 5-4 ruling, the court says the Environmental Protection Agency should have taken into account the costs of complying with regulation.

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SpaceX Rocket Breaks Up On Liftoff

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 4:05am

In Florida, an unmanned supply rocket blasted off for the International Space Station, but something went wrong. The loss of the rocket, which was also carrying experiments, is a setback for NASA.

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Vaccine Against Meningitis B Gets A Boost From CDC

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 2:28am

A federal health advisory committee now says everyone aged 16 to 23 should talk to a doctor about whether they need to get immunized against a rare but dangerous strain of meningitis.

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Multiple Shark Attacks On Carolina Beaches

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 2:17pm

North Carolina has seen two attacks in as many days on the barrier islands just off its coast. In separate incidents last week, two people were attacked in South Carolina.

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When It Comes To Learning For The Deaf, 'It's A 3-D Language'

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 1:36pm

English nursery rhymes don't translate well to ASL, a visual language. One team is merging high tech with cognitive research to improve language learning for deaf and hard of hearing children.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 Experiences Launch Failure

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 8:57am

The resupply mission to the International Space Station will also involve another stab at recovering the rocket part in hopes of reusing it on later missions.

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Wildlife Forensics Lab Uses Tech To Sniff, Identify Illegal Wood

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 4:12am

International timber trafficking is an estimated $100 billion business. A lab that usually focuses on endangered animal cases is using a sophisticated machine to identify contraband wood shipments.

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Puerto Rico's Monkey Island Lures Scientists For Generations

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 7:09am

The isle of Cayo Santiago has been home to at least nine generations of rhesus monkeys since the colony's founding in 1938. Primatologists here seek clues to primate kinship, cognition and ecology.

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New Research Finds Lonely People Have Superior Social Skills

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 3:38pm

Intuitively, many of us might think lonely people are lonely because they have poor social skills. New research turns this thinking on its head and offers a potential cure for loneliness.

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Save Wildlife, Save Yourself?

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 10:32am

Protecting the environment may reduce many diseases, such as Lyme and West Nile, a study finds. The tantalizing idea suggests that conservation and human health may be more connected than we thought.

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