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Heading May Be Riskier For Women Soccer Players Than Men

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 9:57am

Female soccer players are more likely than males to suffer measurable impact on their brains as a result of heading the ball during soccer.

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Gulf Of Alaska Cod Are Disappearing. Blame 'The Blob'

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 9:24am

The cod population in the Gulf of Alaska is at its lowest level on record. Scientists say the culprit is a three year long warm water mass known as "the blob."

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For Many College Students, Hunger 'Makes It Hard To Focus'

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 8:00am

With rising school costs, as many as half of U.S. college students are feeling so stretched financially that they either aren't getting enough to eat or they're worried about it, studies find.

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WATCH: How NASA's New Probe Will Stay Cool Near The Sun

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 4:01am

The sun is responsible for all life on Earth, but we still have a lot to learn about it. So this summer, NASA is sending the Parker Solar Probe closer to the sun than we have ever been before.

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HHS Inspector General's Report Finds Flaws And Fraud In U.S. Hospice Care

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 4:01am

Medicare pays more than $16 billion a year for hospice services. But a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services says hospice patients don't always get the care they're promised.

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San Francisco Is Poised To Ban Plastic Straws. That's Got Bubble Tea Shops Worried

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 4:41pm

Over 200 city shops sell the drink, also known as boba tea, which features large tapioca balls meant to be sucked through a straw. Boba shops say paper straws are much pricier and don't work as well.

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Meet The Restaurateurs Fighting To Save The Grand Staircase-Escalante Monument

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 7:02am

Hell's Backbone Grill is an acclaimed restaurant founded nearly 20 years ago at the edge of the Utah monument. Now, amid controversy, its owners are battling Trump's plans to downsize the land.

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Changing Climate Pushes Arid West Eastward Impacting Farming

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 6:37am

The 100th meridian has long divided the U.S. into an arid West and more humid East. Research suggests a warming climate is pushing that boundary east, shaking up agricultural economies along the way.

Off Your Mental Game? You Could Be Mildly Dehydrated

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 3:57am

Dehydration has long been known to slow physical performance. Now there's evidence that too little water can hurt cognitive performance, too, making complex thinking tasks harder.

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Polar Bear Shot And Killed 'In An Act Of Self Defense,' Cruise Ship Company Says

Sun, 07/29/2018 - 2:22pm

A polar bear is dead after an encounter that left an arctic cruise ship guard injured on the northernmost island of Svalbard archipelago, a region between mainland Norway and the North Pole.

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When The Weather Is Extreme, Is Climate Change To Blame?

Sun, 07/29/2018 - 7:02am

While it's difficult to attribute individual events to climate change, scientists say global warming makes extreme weather more common.

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Questions Rise About Shortcomings Of DNA Tests For Dogs

Sat, 07/28/2018 - 6:00am

DNA testing of dogs has become a booming business. But critics say the pet genetics industry is running too wild, and they're calling for it to be reined in.

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Wildfires In Western U.S. Could Affect Air Quality For Prolonged Period Of Time

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 3:41pm

The smoke from nearly 100 large Western wildfires has public health officials worried. Air quality managers are warning this is the new norm for the region, given climate change.

Hot Weather Spells Trouble For Nuclear Power Plants

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 10:41am

Multiple nuclear power facilities in Europe have reduced their electricity production because seawater, which is used to keep the reactors cool, has been warmer than usual.

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How The Brain Helps You Sing Or Say What You Mean

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 8:00am

The richness of human vocal communication turns partly on our ability to control pitch, scientists say. Consider the difference you hear between "Let's eat, Grandma" and "Let's eat Grandma."

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Which Water Is Best For Health? Hint: Don't Discount The Tap

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 7:02am

Scientists weigh in on whether Americans really need to pay for alkalinized, mineralized, or purified water from filters or bottles.

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Virgin Galactic Space Plane Reaches New Heights In Test Flight

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 6:55am

Billionaire Richard Branson wants to be on the "first official flight" to see space as a tourist by the end of 2018. His company's latest test flight reached heights of more than 32 miles.

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Celestial Lineup Makes For A Very Bright Mars

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 4:03pm

Mars, Earth and the sun have lined up, a celestial orientation known as opposition. This is particular opposition occurs at a time when the orbit of Mars takes it closest to the sun.

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Heavy Weapons Training May Cause Brain Injuries, But The VA Doesn't Cover It

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 3:15pm

The Department of Veterans Affairs is trying to figure out how to deal with veterans who may have brain damage from firing powerful weapons.

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