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For Vets, Caring For Sick Pets And Grieving Owners Takes A Toll

Sat, 08/06/2016 - 4:00am

Veterinarians have high rates of stress and suicide, so vet schools are trying to give them tools to deal with challenging tasks such as euthanasia — and with comforting with grieving pet owners.

The Mystery Of Why Sunflowers Turn To Follow The Sun — Solved

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 5:02pm

Scientists have answered a burning question central to the charm of sunflowers: Why do young flowers move their blooms to always face the sun over the course of a day?

Melting Ice In Greenland Could Expose Serious Pollutants From Buried Army Base

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 3:41pm

Camp Century was a research station and test site for deploying nuclear missiles before it was abandoned under the ice in the '60s. Scientists say pollutants left behind may spread as the ice melts.

X-Rays Reveal Hidden Portrait Under Painting By Edgar Degas

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 1:11pm

A team of researchers in Australia used a special mapping technique to expose a striking painting of another woman under the French Impressionist's Portrait of a Woman.

With No Insanity Defense, Seriously Ill People End Up In Prison

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 9:04am

Four states have no insanity defense. Advocates say that means seriously ill people can be executed where in other states they wouldn't be convicted at all, and it makes it harder to get treatment.

Florida Company Gets One Bureaucratic Step Closer To Landing On The Moon

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 9:31pm

A Florida company has been given the green light to send a robot off the planet, aiming for the moon. It's a milestone in the effort to privatize space exploration.

Florida Company Gets One Bureaucratic Step Closer To Landing On The Moon

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 9:27pm

A Florida company has been given the green light to send a robot off the planet, aiming for the moon. It's a milestone in the effort to privatize space exploration.

Medical Studies Involving Children Often Go Unpublished

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 2:51pm

An analysis of pediatric clinical trials found that the results of almost a third of studies that were finished weren't published in medical journals. The lapses raise scientific and ethical concerns.

NIH Plans To Lift Ban On Research Funds For Part-Human, Part-Animal Embryos

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 8:01am

The National Institutes of Health is proposing to fund experiments that create chimeras of human and animal cells while also imposing restrictions in response to ethical concerns.

NIH Reviews Moratorium On Funding Controversial Chimera Research

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 5:42am

The National Institutes of Health is deciding whether to consider funding controversial experiments involving scientists using human stem cells to create embryos that are part human, part animal.

In Captivating Video, A Bald Eagle Attacks an Osprey Nest

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 6:02pm

Rare video footage from Maine shows how resurging bald eagles prey on other species. The good news is that two out of three osprey chicks survived.

Mo' Money, Mo' Bug Problems: Wealthier Homes Are Rich In Insects Too

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 4:25pm

Looking for a healthy variety of bugs? You might want to try searching in your wealthiest friend's house. Neighborhood income is a good predictor of the number of kinds of bugs in homes.

Corpse Flower Creates Monster Stench In Washington, D.C.

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 3:30pm

Every 10 years, the corpse flower blooms, filling the air around it with the scent of rotting meat. What better way to spend a summer evening than with friends at the fragrant event.

Most Nighttime Crashes With Teen Drivers Happen Before Midnight

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 3:28pm

Nighttime driving restrictions on teens may save lives, a study finds, but should probably be shifted to include late evening. A third of all fatal crashes with teen drivers happen after dark.

Does A Psychopath Who Kills Get To Use The Insanity Defense?

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 10:56am

Having a serious mental diagnosis doesn't necessarily mean that juries will consider an insanity defense. Some states have changed their laws to exclude people with antisocial personality disorder.

A Beetle May Soon Strike Out Baseball's Famous Ash Bats

Wed, 08/03/2016 - 3:50am

Rawlings baseball bats have a big place in sports history. But now the ash trees used to make those iconic bats are threatened by an invasive beetle that's spreading in forests across the Northeast.

'Guilty But Mentally Ill' Doesn't Protect Against Harsh Sentences

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 12:22pm

Jurors often are reluctant to acquit someone who committed a crime while mentally ill, or to find that person guilty. So they take a third option: guilty but mentally ill. It's far from perfect.

McDonald's Now Serving Chicken Raised Without Antibiotics — Mostly

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 11:35am

The fast-food chain's suppliers are still allowed to use certain types of antibiotics that aren't used to treat people.

A Neuroscientist Explores The Illogical Behaviors Of The Mind In 'Idiot Brain'

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 11:20am

Dean Burnett says the human brain is like a computer that files information in a way that defies logic. According to Burnett, brains can alter memory, cause motion sickness and affect intelligence.

3 Things People Can Do In The Classroom That Robots Can't

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 5:00am

Artificial intelligence is getting stronger. Education must adapt. Here's a framework for separating out the things schools can and should teach that are uniquely human.

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