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What Would Happen If We Burned Up All Of Earth's Fossil Fuels?

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 3:37pm

Scientists used an estimate of how much fossil fuel is left in the ground to do computer simulations and come up with a worst-case scenario.

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Oh, Nuts! Why California's Pistachio Trees Are Shooting Blanks

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 3:28pm

This year, as many as 50 percent of the pistachios harvested in California could be hollow inside. Blame it on drought, heat and weather changes that are messing with male trees' virility.

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What Happens When We Step Inside The Screen?

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 8:31am

Filmmaker Chris Milk uses cutting-edge technology to create a film experience that immerses the viewer. He explains how virtual reality has allowed him to create the "ultimate empathy machine."

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How Are Screens Changing The Face Of War?

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 8:31am

Today airstrikes involve generals dictating — and soldiers carrying out — orders behind screens. Strategist P.W. Singer describes how screens have complicated the nature of war.

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When It Comes To Kids, Is All Screen Time Equal?

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 8:31am

Pediatrician Dimitri Christakis explains how different forms of screen time affects kids and their ability to learn and develop.

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Will Our Screens Soon Be Able To Read Our Emotions?

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 8:31am

Despite their powerful computing capability, our screens have no way of knowing how we feel. Computer scientist Rana el Kaliouby says that's about to change.

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Are Our Devices Turning Us Into A New Kind Of Human?

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 8:31am

Anthropologist Amber Case says our technology is changing us into cyborgs. She argues we have become a screen-staring, button-clicking new version of Homo sapiens.

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How Are Our Screens Changing Us Now?

Fri, 09/11/2015 - 8:31am

Host Guy Raz raises the curtain on a special two-part TED Radio Hour episode, exploring an uneasy moment in our evolution when we are becoming more and more dependent on our screens.

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New EPA Rules Motivate Montana To Look Beyond Coal

Thu, 09/10/2015 - 4:52pm

Montana has one of the heaviest lifts of any state to comply with the EPA's plan to reduce carbon emissions. But the state is also rich in renewable energy, and the regulations may be a boon to some.

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Bright Spots On Dwarf Planet Ceres 'Gleam With Mystery,' NASA Says

Thu, 09/10/2015 - 8:56am

New images taken by the Dawn spacecraft have "transformed what was so recently a few bright dots into a complex and beautiful, gleaming landscape," a NASA mission director says.

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Can Grocery Carts Steer Consumers To Healthier Purchases?

Thu, 09/10/2015 - 5:18am

New research finds that putting in partitions in grocery carts can increase the likelihood shoppers buy healthy fruits and veggies.

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South African Cave Yields Strange Bones Of Early Human-Like Species

Thu, 09/10/2015 - 4:01am

Deep inside a rocky chamber, reached by a narrow crevice, researchers found more than 1,500 fossilized bones of what may be the gravesite of a creature never before identified by science.

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How Sound Shaped The Evolution Of Your Brain

Thu, 09/10/2015 - 3:44am

Sound gets into our brains and processed so quickly that it shapes all other perceptions, says neuroscientist Seth Horowitz. "You hear anywhere from 20 to 100 times faster than you see."

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The Problem With Teens Is That They're Just Too Rational

Wed, 09/09/2015 - 4:01pm

Teenagers aren't always risk-taking gamblers; they put a lot of effort into weighing financial choices, a study finds. Adults are more apt to adopt rules and quickly make choices that are good enough.

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Do City Dogs Dream Of Chasing Country Sheep?

Wed, 09/09/2015 - 2:39pm

Many people spend summertime in the great outdoors, enjoying simpler living. Reporter Fred Mogul took his city dog to a farm in Pennsylvania to see if she might enjoy exploring her shepherding roots.

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Intel Ending Sponsorship of Prestigious Science Contest For High School Students

Wed, 09/09/2015 - 1:26pm

Intel has been the corporate sponsor of the Science Talent Search since 1998. This year the company gave out more than $1 million in prize money.

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I Scream, You Scream For Slow-Melting Ice Cream

Wed, 09/09/2015 - 12:44pm

It's not every day that basic research into bacteria leads to an application as useful as keeping ice cream frozen longer while holding ice crystals at bay.

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Treatment From Brain Tissue May Have Spread Alzheimer's Protein

Wed, 09/09/2015 - 12:06pm

Eight people who received growth hormone treatments made from human brains died decades later from a rare disease. Some also had brain damage similar to that seen in Alzheimer's, autopsies reveal.

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Preemies' Survival Rates Improve, But Many Challenges Remain

Tue, 09/08/2015 - 4:28pm

Extremely premature babies, those born between 22 and 28 weeks of gestation, are more likely to survive now than they were 20 weeks ago. But the very youngest still have serious health problems.

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One Tutor + One Student = Better Math Scores, Less Fear

Tue, 09/08/2015 - 4:25pm

Math anxiety is much like other fears, say scientists who scanned the brains of third-graders. One-on-one tutoring soothed the fear circuit in anxious kids' brains, and improved performance, too.

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