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A State Fossil For S. Carolina Faces Mammoth Obstacle

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:14pm

The state senate is wrangling with amendments to insert language inspired by the book of Genesis into a bill to make the Columbian Mammoth the state's fossil.

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Ethicists Tell NASA How To Weigh Hazards Of Space Travel

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 10:23am

Risks to astronauts on extended missions include vision impairment, weakened bones and radiation exposure. There are also psychological risks from facing danger while being stuck inside a small craft.

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So You Think You're Smarter Than A CIA Agent

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 2:55am

When 3,000 average citizens were asked to forecast global events, some consistently made predictions that turned out to be more accurate than those with classified intelligence.

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Changing The Face Of Astronomy Research

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 2:55am

An apprenticeship program in New York City helps lower-income and minority students break into advanced sciences. For one, the love of the stars was motivation to tackle the tough field of astronomy.

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The List Of Animals Who Can Truly, Really Dance Is Very Short. Who's On It?

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 12:36pm

YouTube is chock full of cats, gophers, dogs and chimps who are supposed to be dancing. But they're not. Biologists say the list of "true" dancers is extremely small. We're on it. But guess who else?

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Fraud Found In Study Claiming Fast, Easy Stem Cells

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 12:20pm

The lead author of a recent "breakthrough study" fabricated the data and is guilty of scientific misconduct, according to a Japanese research panel. The scientist says she will appeal the judgment.

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Becoming More Popular Doesn't Protect Teens From Bullying

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 10:50am

You'd think that the popular kids don't get picked on, but as a teenager's social status rises, they're more apt to be bullied. Increased social combat may be to blame.

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Methane-Producing Microbes Caused 'The Great Dying'

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 5:45am

The world's biggest extinction some 250 million years ago wiped out 90 percent of all living things. What caused it has puzzled scientists, and now they think microbes may have done it.

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How Your Face Shows Happy Disgust

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 4:22pm

Scientists are studying the way we show complex emotions. It turns out we're better at it than was previously thought, mixing and matching basic expressions with sophistication — and consistency.

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Is The Latest Climate Report Too Much Of A Downer?

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 3:37pm

One researcher who participated in the latest U.N. report on climate change says the final product is simply too depressing. Others say the somber tone is justified — but that humans can also adapt.

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International Ruling Puts Stop To Japan's 'Scientific' Whaling

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 3:00pm

Since the world community banned whaling, Japan has continued to permit its fleet to kill whales under the guise of scientific research. The International Court of Justice in the Hague Monday ordered Japan to stop whaling in the Antarctic Ocean. Japan says it will abide by the ruling.

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Japan Must Halt Whaling Program In Antarctic, Court Says

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 8:42am

Japan's government had argued that whales were hunted for research purposes. The International Court of Justice said there wasn't enough scientific research to justify killing hundreds of whales.

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Researchers Detail How Climate Change Will Alter Our Lives

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 4:00am

A United Nations panel has released a report from scientists who are getting a much better understanding of the effects of climate change.

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No-Kill Caviar Aims To Keep The Treat And Save The Sturgeon

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 4:09am

A method of extracting eggs from sturgeon without killing or cutting aims to revamp the industry and lower prices for this long-luxe treat. Critics say the idea is great. The taste? That's debatable.

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No-Kill Caviar Aims To Keep The Treat And Save The Sturgeon

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 4:09am

A method of extracting eggs from sturgeon without killing or cutting aims to revamp the industry and lower prices for this long-luxe treat. Critics say the idea is great. The taste? That's debatable.

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Earthquake Hits Area Near Los Angeles; Some Damage Reported

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 7:03am

An earthquake shook part of Southern California Friday night, breaking water pipes and rattling nerves with aftershocks that went on into the night. The 5.1-magnitude quake hit just after 9 p.m.

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The Most Unusual Boy Band In The World

Sat, 03/29/2014 - 7:03am

They sing. They leap. They do crazy cartwheels, landing with pinpoint perfection. They finish with a wild cry of joy. But it's what they don't do that's most remarkable.

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In U.S., Mudslides Common, But Usually Few Deaths

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 4:40pm

As teams continue digging through the wreckage of the small communities destroyed by the Washington state mudslide, we answer some questions about this natural phenomenon.

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How Being Ignored Helped A Woman Discover The Breast Cancer Gene

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 4:38pm

Twenty years ago, many scientists didn't think that genes could cause diseases like cancer. The discovery of the BRCA gene for hereditary breast cancer changed that. Mary-Claire King tells how.

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Custom Chromo: First Yeast Chromosome Built From Scratch

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 3:14pm

It's not about making designer beer. Johns Hopkins scientists and undergrads stitched together strands of yeast DNA as a step in exploring the essential genetics of various species: What makes us us?

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