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Still Thirsty? It's Up To Your Brain, Not Your Body

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 12:00pm

Thirst is what compels us to start hydrating. Now scientists have found a brain circuit in mice that seems to switch off thirst when they've taken in enough fluid and before it gets dangerous.

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Biometric Data And The Rise Of Digital Dictatorship

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 10:42am

As historian and author Yuval Harari suggests, market forces and investor greed will keep moving the data revolution forward. But there are balancing forces to this onslaught, says Marcelo Gleiser.

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Researchers Haven't Found A Single Endangered Right Whale Calf Yet This Season

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 8:00am

"The right whales are at a point where more are dying than are being born," biologist Clay George says. "That's just not sustainable long-term."

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The Rise Of Yeast: How Civilization Was Shaped By Sugar Fungi

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 7:00am

Without yeast, bread wouldn't rise and beer wouldn't foam. As Nicholas Money's new book, The Rise of Yeast, points out, it leaves its mark on other foods, too, including coffee, and even chocolate.

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Send In The Clones: Barbra Streisand Reveals Fluffy Canine Copies

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 5:30am

In an interview with Variety magazine, the legendary singer/filmmaker dropped a bombshell: Two of her three coton de tulears are clones of a favorite canine who died last year.

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Though Prices Aren't As High As Before, West Texas Enjoys Oil Revival

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 4:03am

The U.S. is on track to surpass Saudi Arabia and Russia next year to become the world's biggest oil producer — pumping out more crude than at its peak nearly half a century ago.

German Court Will Let Cities Ban Some Diesel Cars To Decrease Pollution

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 5:20pm

A German court has ruled that cities may bans diesel cars in order to bring down emissions levels.

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Pregnancy Rate Might Predict Future Recessions, Researchers Suggest

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 5:05pm

Conventional wisdom holds that fertility rates go down in response to an economic downturn. But a new study found that conception rates begin to drop before a recession actually begins.

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Children's Publishing House Takes Food Literacy Literally

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 1:48pm

Teaching kids how to eat healthfully and appreciate the cultural diversity of food begins with getting books about these themes into their hands, says Readers to Eaters' founding publisher.

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Can Nuclear Power Plants Generate Artistic Inspiration?

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 9:19am

"Nuclear" artists see motivating muses where others see only grey buildings, drab fences, and white steam piping out of concrete cooling towers, says guest commentator Vincent Ialenti.

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