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Scientists Aim For Better, Cheaper Tests For Alzheimer's

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 6:27am

The goal is to find accurate, painless tests that can help doctors diagnose Alzheimer's early and track the progression of the illness and any response to treatment. A few tests seem promising.

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The Archaeologist Who Hunts For Stolen Art

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 4:07am

Christos Tsirogiannis, a forensic archaeologist, explains to Ailsa Chang how he persuaded U.S. authorities to seize an ancient Italian vase from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Uncovering A 'Little Pompeii' In France

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 4:07am

Archaeologists in France have discovered the well-preserved ruins of a Roman town, whose inhabitants appear to have fled to avoid a fire — leaving their belongings and household objects behind.

Saving Vultures With Nepal's 'Vulture Restaurant'

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 4:07am

A unique conservation attempt is underway in Nepal to save vultures that have nearly been decimated through much of South Asia over the past few decades.

Vermont Medical School Says Goodbye To Lectures

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 3:57pm

The University of Vermont's Larner College of Medicine is planning to phase out lectures by 2019. The dean behind the effort says lectures aren't good at engaging learners.

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White House Reverses Effort To Delay Obama Ozone Regulations

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 3:35pm

The Trump administration has reversed its effort to delay implementation of an Environmental Protection Agency regulation lowering acceptable ozone emissions, a major component of smog. The reversal comes after 16 states filed a lawsuit saying the delay was unlawful.

Study Suggests Artificial Light Deters Nocturnal Pollinators

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 1:01pm

Scientists in Switzerland used mobile street lamps to light up patches of cabbage thistle. They found that nocturnal pollinators, such as beetles and flies, mostly stayed away.

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Do You Have What It Takes To Be NASA's Next Planetary Protection Officer?

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 12:28pm

The job posting has elicited headlines about how the space agency is seeking a person to defend Earth from aliens. But it's really more about microorganisms than little green men.

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Animal Images In Prehistoric Rock Art: Looking Beyond Europe

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 7:25am

Animals are depicted in rock art in more than 100 countries, not just in the famous "painted caves" of Europe. Barbara J. King talks to an archaeologist with a global view of human meaning-making.

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The Gulf Of Mexico's Dead Zone Is The Biggest Ever Seen

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 3:58am

A record-setting "dead zone," where water doesn't have enough oxygen for fish to survive, has appeared this summer. One major cause is pollution from farms.

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Earthquake Shakes Central Oklahoma, One Of 7 In 28 Hours

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 3:22am

An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 4.2 hit Wednesday night. Earthquakes used to be rare in Oklahoma. Scientists say they're linked to the disposal of wastewater from fracking.

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Environmental Groups Challenge EPA In Court Over Ozone Rule

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 3:14pm

The Trump administration seeks to roll back and delay dozens of regulations across government, including one to lower smog-creating ozone. Environmental groups are challenging the EPA in court.

Al Gore Warns That Trump Is A 'Distraction' From The Issue Of Climate Change

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 2:01pm

"I have no illusions about the possibility of changing Donald Trump's mind," Gore says. Instead, the former vice president wants to build bipartisan consensus around the issue of climate change.

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Carbon Dioxide May Rob Crops Of Nutrition, Leaving Millions At Risk

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 1:30pm

Two new studies suggest that changing atmospheric conditions could reduce protein and iron in food, leading to more health problems for people in countries where malnutrition is already a problem.

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NASA Jets Will Extend Eclipse By Chasing Moon's Shadow

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 12:25pm

Cold War-era tactical bombers specially equipped with stabilized telescopes will fly over the central United States on Aug. 21, taking detailed observations of the Sun's atmosphere.

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Scientists Precisely Edit DNA In Human Embryos To Fix A Disease Gene

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 12:09pm

In experimental embryos, scientists were able to repair the gene that causes a serious heart disorder. But more research is needed to confirm the method would produce healthy babies, they say.

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Oh, Snap! Scientists Are Turning People's Food Photos Into Recipes

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 11:13am

Researchers have created an artificial neural network that analyzes an image of a dish and tells you how to make it. Still in the early stages, the technology might help improve our dietary health.

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Why We Are Naively Optimistic About Climate Change

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 7:36am

Unfortunately, we are failing in the goal to make our children's world better than our own — and those who deny it won't have to see the consequences of their choices, says blogger Marcelo Gleiser.

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Drug Puts A $750,000 'Price Tag On Life'

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 12:05pm

The high cost of Spinraza, a new and promising treatment for spinal muscular atrophy, highlights how the cost-benefit analysis insurers use to make drug coverage decisions plays out in human terms.

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Planning To Watch The Eclipse? Here's What You Need To Protect Your Eyes

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 11:03am

A total solar eclipse is one of the most magnificent sights you can ever see. But you need the right kind of eye protection, and some of what's being sold out there isn't safe.

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