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'It's Just A Mess.' New Orleans Residents Clean Up After Tornadoes

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 10:53am

Tornadoes injured dozens of people as they moved through southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday. In New Orleans East, the National Guard was helping clear streets of debris and downed electrical wires.

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'Edutainer' Hans Rosling, Who Taught Us About The World, Has Died

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 10:50am

With facts, toys and good humor, the Swedish doctor and statistician helped people understand what numbers tell us about the world.

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Army Corps Of Engineers Grants Easement For Dakota Access Pipeline

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 3:29pm

The Army Corps of Engineers has granted the final easement needed to finish the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, according to a court filing Tuesday.

Army Approves Dakota Access Pipeline Route, Paving Way For The Project's Completion

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 3:25pm

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will allow the pipeline to cross under the Missouri River, cutting short an environmental impact assessment and removing the final barrier to construction.

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MAP: Find Out What New Viruses Are Emerging In Your Backyard

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 2:41pm

Over the past 60 years, the number of new diseases cropping up in a decade has almost quadrupled. "We're in a hyperinfectious world," says one scientist.

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After Tornadoes Hit In And Around New Orleans, Wall Of Storms Moves East

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 1:54pm

The National Weather Service says multiple tornadoes touched down in southern Louisiana on Tuesday, and severe weather moving east threatened other Southern states.

Women With Breast Cancer Miss Out On Recommended Genetic Testing

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 11:03am

Most women with breast cancer say they want testing to know if they carry BRCA gene mutations that increase cancer risk, but only around half of women at high risk actually get tested.

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The A1C Blood Sugar Test May Be Less Accurate In African-Americans

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 10:03am

People with sickle cell trait, which includes about 10 percent of African-Americans, can get higher readings on a common blood glucose test. That could lead to diabetes treatment they don't need.

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Scientists Get Down And Dirty With DNA To Track Wild Pigs

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:01am

Wild hogs inflict $1.5 billion in damage on U.S. property each year. But biologists can now track the elusive animals via tiny bits of DNA the swine leave behind in puddles and ponds.

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Chile's President Says Cataclysmic Wildfires Are Largely Under Control

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 12:26pm

States of emergency were lifted for some parts of the country as efforts turned to recovering from wildfires that killed at least 11 people and drew firefighting resources from at least 15 countries.

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Are We Eating Our Fleece Jackets? Microfibers Are Migrating Into Field And Food

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 12:21pm

Fleece jackets and pullovers have transformed our experience of the outdoors. But the little, tiny synthetic fibers that fleece is made of could also be ending up in our diets.

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Carnivorous Plants Around The Globe Use Similar Deadly Tricks

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 10:03am

Pitcher plants have evolved independently on three different continents. But new research shows they use many of the same tools to catch and eat their prey.

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When Old Medicine Goes Bad

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 3:38am

With drug prices climbing, you may be tempted to keep unused pills and cough syrups past their expiration date. Don't do it, pharmacists warn. And get all medicine out of the bathroom cabinet now.

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Prion Test For Rare, Fatal Brain Disease Helps Families Cope

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 3:38am

Scientists now have a fairly noninvasive way to test for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a rare form of dementia. A similar test, they say, might offer earlier diagnoses of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.

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Going Crazy From Annoying Sounds Is An Actual Medical Condition

Sun, 02/05/2017 - 7:10am

Ew, noisy chewing! Ack, clickety pens! If those sounds drive you crazy, you're not alone, and it turns out it's an actual medical condition called misophonia.

Travel Ban Keeps Scientists Out of the Lab

Sun, 02/05/2017 - 6:37am

The Trump administration's travel ban is preventing some researchers from returning to the U.S. Scientists fear this could negatively impact collaborations and international scientific meetings.

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'Pretty Disgusting Snot-Like Spit' Lets Frogs Catch Their Prey

Sat, 02/04/2017 - 6:56am

Frog tongues are super soft and wrap around their prey while secreting a sticky spit that changes consistency. Alexis Noel of Georgia Tech tells NPR's Scott Simon how she studied the amphibians.

Chasing A Dream Built On Dairy, This Master Of Milk Came Home

Sat, 02/04/2017 - 4:44am

For one of the biggest and most successful dairymen in America, success was based in part on crossing cultural boundaries. Now, he has returned home to continue building his empire of milk.

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'Bat Bot' Flying Robot Mimics 'Ridiculously Stupid' Complexity Of Bat Flight

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 3:17pm

Robotics experts at Caltech and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have created a robot that mimics the flight patterns of bats, including swerving and diving.

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Mayans Have Farmed The Same Way For Millennia. Climate Change Means They Can't

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 11:00am

Climate change has brought erratic rainfall and poor harvests to Mexico's Yucatán peninsula, forcing local Mayan farmers to modernize their centuries-old farming practices.

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