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What's To Blame For California's Early Fire Season?

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 3:01pm

John Laird, the secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency, discusses how to fight fires differently, as well as the role climate change may play in the frequency of fires in California.

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When Numbers Bleed, Freeze, Starve And Die On A Battlefield: The Dark Poetry of Data

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 11:25am

Let me tell you a story — a history story — that's all numbers, only numbers, and still packs an emotional wallop. Button up. It's 1812. In Russia. It's cold.

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Russian Rocket Fails After Launch, Breaking Up Over China

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 7:32am

With an expensive communication satellite as its payload, a Russian Proton-M rocket broke apart during its third stage last night. The unmanned rocket failed at an altitude of 100 miles.

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Corruption In Ukraine Robs HIV Patients Of Crucial Medicine

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 2:43am

Corruption is a daily fact of life in Ukraine, and that's killing people infected with HIV, say activists. As funds for medicine stray, there is only enough to treat half of all HIV-infected patients.

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Why Jupiter's Red Spot Isn't As Great As It Used To Be

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 5:31pm

The most prominent feature on the solar system's largest planet has been shrinking for years, and NASA says it's now smaller than ever.

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Organic Produce Is A Tough Sell In The Gaza Strip

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 4:26pm

A group of Gazan farmers has gone organic. While their produce should fetch a premium price, most of it ends up in the public market, mixed in with regular produce and sold for the same price.

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Those Calif. Wildfires Viewed From Space

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 3:37pm

The image, captured by NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite, shows smoke trails stretching out over the Pacific Ocean.

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Medicine Needs More Research On Female Animals, NIH Says

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 1:05pm

A bias toward using male lab animals and tissue samples from males may be limiting the effectiveness of medical research, according to top officials at NIH. They'll roll out new guidelines this fall.

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Why This Octopus Isn't Stuck-Up

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 11:18am

Some chemical in octopus skin acts as a repellent to the little suction-cups on the arms, a surprise finding shows. Without it, the eight-armed creature would tie itself in knots.

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Just One-Third Of People Can Tell If You're Faking That Laugh

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 7:37am

Plenty of primates laugh, but only humans fake it. So what are we getting out of that phony chuckle? Perhaps an unfair advantage at work and in social situations, researchers say.

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How To Marry The Right Girl: A Mathematical Solution

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 5:49am

Johannes Kepler, one of the world's great mathematicians, decided to marry in 1611. He made a list of 11 women to interview and he wanted, of course, to choose the best. Here's the formula.

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Tropical Storms Hitting Peak Strength Nearer Poles, Study Says

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 3:52pm

A new NOAA-led study has found that hurricanes, typhoons and tropical cyclones are at their most destructive about 90 miles farther north or south of the equator than three decades ago.

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Out There On The Ice: An Intimate View Of The Melting Antarctic Sheet

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 3:11pm

Two groups of scientists have reported that the melting of the giant West Antarctica Ice Sheet appears to be unstoppable. Oceans could rise several feet in the coming centuries because of its melting.

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Neuroscientists Hack Dreams With Tiny Shocks

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 1:15pm

Small electrical pulses make people feel that they can control their dreams, the hallmark of lucid dreams. But researchers are far away from inducing powers like those seen in the movie Inception.

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Debate: Is Death Final?

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:54pm

The idea of an afterlife has fascinated humans for millennia. In a recent Intelligence Squared debate, two teams faced off over the concept of life after death from a scientific perspective.

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Doctors Debate Whether Screening For Domestic Abuse Helps Stop It

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 8:54am

After your doctor asks you whether you smoke, she might also ask if you feel safe with your partner. But an analysis suggests universal screening may not be helping people who have been abused.

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Last Chance To See Astronaut's 'Space Oddity' Video

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 5:06pm

The YouTube video of astronaut Chris Hadfield aboard the International Space Station is set to come down as the licensing agreement on the iconic David Bowie song expires.

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Gardeners' Gems: Designer Crops That Will Wow The Neighbors

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 3:38pm

For the fashion-conscious gardener, here are the most colorful and flavorful new edibles. This year's picks include the indigo tomato, wasabi and a pineapple-flavored berry.

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Russia Aborts Rocket Engine Sales, GPS Cooperation With U.S.

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 3:12pm

The moves come after Washington banned some high-tech equipment sales to Russia as part of sanctions in response to the annexation of Crimea.

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