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How Almonds Became A Scapegoat For California's Drought

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 2:51am

The relentless drought has turned almonds into a target for water conservationists who bemoan that it takes one gallon of water to grow one almond. Growers say the bad rap is unfair and misleading.

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Tylenol Might Dull Emotional Pain, Too

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 2:49am

People who took acetaminophen responded less strongly to happy or sad photos in a small study. It's one of several studies suggesting that there's an overlap with pain and other feelings.

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Nut So Fast, Kind Bars: FDA Smacks Snacks On Health Claims

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 5:37pm

The FDA has issued a warning letter to Kind about the labeling of its fruit-and-nut snack bars. It argues that the bars contain too much fat to bear the label "healthy" printed on the wrapper.

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Why Knuckles Crack

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:59pm

A little MRI video seems to settle the decades-old debate about that loud pop of the joints: It's all about bubbles. But imagine an air bag inflating, not the bursting of a balloon.

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New Discovery Of World's Oldest Stone Tools

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:43pm

Researchers in Kenya uncover tools dated to 3.3 million years ago, long before the first humans, as we know them, walked the Earth.

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Personalizing Cancer Treatment With Genetic Tests Can Be Tricky

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 1:49pm

Genetic profiling of cancer cells can help guide treatment, but such profiles can be ambiguous. Results would be more accurate if all labs tested normal cells from each patient, too.

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U.S. Predicted To Be Net Energy Exporter In Next Decade; First Time Since 1950s

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 12:28pm

Citing a boom in natural gas as well as shifts in demand, the Energy Information Administration says the U.S. could stop being a net energy importer "sometime between 2020 and 2030."

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Some Doctors Still Dismiss Parents' Concerns About Autism

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:20am

Most children don't get diagnosed with autism until they start school, a study finds, though the signs may be visible much earlier. Earlier diagnosis means more time to get therapy.

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Fun With Physics: Finding The Speed Of Light With Peeps

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 4:10am

When your Peeps have gone stale, it's time to donate their marshmallow bodies to science — specifically, for measuring the speed of light.

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The Space Station Gets A Coffee Bar

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 2:42am

Italy is sending a high-tech espresso machine to the International Space Station. And NASA is worried it might be too popular.

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No Rest For Your Sleeping Brain

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 2:43pm

No wonder the brain needs so much energy. The same coordinated activity that allows you to retrieve a specific memory, like what you had for breakfast, continues at rest and even during sleep.

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If Walls Could Talk: What Lead Is Doing To Our Students

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 11:00am

A new study claims Massachusetts' aggressive effort to lower lead exposure has also improved student performance.

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Big Bills A Hidden Side Effect Of Cancer Treatment

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 3:17am

Cancer treatment is increasingly expensive, even for patients who have insurance. Some doctors advocate discussing the costs of cancer treatment as they would hair loss, pain or other side effects.

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Kitchen Science: We Used Peeps To Calculate The Speed Of Light

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 4:35pm

There's a new use for those stale Easter marshmallows you still have lying around: calculating a constant that governs the universe.

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Why Some Doctors Are Hesitant To Screen Smokers For Lung Cancer

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 2:30am

Medicare now pays for some long-term smokers to get an annual lung cancer screening test. These scans could save thousands of lives each year, but some doctors still worry risks outweigh benefits.

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The Hidden Cost Of Mammograms: More Testing And Overtreatment

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 2:27am

Each year the U.S. spends billions of dollars on unnecessary tests and treatments that result from inaccurate mammograms, some scientists say. They're calling for more selective screening.

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The Rise Of The 'No, Totally' Linguistic Phenomenon

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 4:23pm

The New Yorker's Kathryn Schulz explains the origins of using the phrase "No, totally" in agreeing with someone.

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Stephen Hawking Covers Monty Python's 'Galaxy Song'

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 9:49am

The renowned physicist is featured in a soon-to-be-released video of the classic song from the 1983 film The Meaning of Life.

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Australia To Stop Payments To Families Who Refuse Child Vaccinations

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 8:20am

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says that starting in 2016, welfare and other assistance will be cut off to families that take a "conscientious objector" exemption to avoid immunizations.

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Better Than 'Survivor': Wild Drama Hooks Viewers On Nest Web Cams

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 8:02am

Forget Big Brother and Real Housewives. Local governments and nonprofits are starting to capitalize on our unquenchable thirst for reality programming — in the form of bird nest cams.

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