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How British Farmers Are Making Rapeseed (Canola) Posh And Flavorful

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 12:58pm

In the U.K., rapeseed is getting a royal treatment. It's called cold-pressing, and it's a method of processing the oilseed to bring out the best of its mustardy flavor.

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Kill The Messenger: NASA Orbiter Set To Crash Into Mercury Thursday

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 10:41am

Messenger was launched from Earth back in 2004. After 4,104 orbits of Mercury and billions of miles of space travel, the orbiter will end its mission with a quiet bang Thursday.

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The Great Success And Enduring Dilemma Of Cervical Cancer Screening

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 10:28am

The Pap smear has dramatically decreased rates of cervical cancer, but testing too often has a downside, too. Many women say they aren't yet ready to follow new guidelines and skip the annual tests.

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Safe Surgery Is A Dream In The Developing World

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 9:21am

One third of global deaths occur because people don't have access to safe surgery, a study finds. Dirty operating rooms and unskilled attendants make going under the knife extremely risky.

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Welcome To The Neighborhood: 2 Super-Earths Discovered

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 1:29pm

Astronomers using telescopes in Hawaii and California have found two exoplanets orbiting a star a mere 54 light years away. The discovery is important for two big reasons.

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Why The Urologist Is Usually A Man, But Maybe Not For Long

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 8:38am

Just 8 percent of doctors practicing urology are female. But urologists treat kidneys and urinary tracts, not just prostates and penises. That male-focused image may be scaring patients away.

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Florida's Legislature Quits Early, At Impasse Over Medicaid Expansion

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 2:54am

Meanwhile, Gov. Rick Scott sued the federal government Tuesday, accusing it of coercing Florida to accept the expansion, or lose funding for other health programs for the poor.

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How Newbie Gardeners Can Safely Grow Food On Urban Land

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 10:54am

More and more city dwellers are trying their hand at urban gardening. Most know to be wary of lead in their soil, but fewer are aware of how to avoid other types of contaminants.

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Geologists Warned That Huge Quake Could Strike The Himalayas

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 4:15am

The earthquake that struck Nepal over the weekend was hardly a surprise. Geologists have known for decades that tectonic plates underneath Nepal were capable of creating a devastating earthquake.

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Big Aftershocks In Nepal Could Persist For Years

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 4:27pm

Saturday's magnitude-7.8 quake released stress that was building for 150 years, scientists say, and it reshuffled tension to nearby faults. There's a 50-50 chance of a strong aftershock within a year.

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Maybe You Should Rethink That Daily Aspirin

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 4:23am

A small dose of aspirin taken regularly can help prevent a second heart attack or stroke. But too many healthy people are taking the drug for prevention. And for them, the risks may outweigh benefits.

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Solving Crimes With Pollen, One Grain Of Evidence At A Time

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 4:19pm

Dallas Mildenhall is one of the world's few forensic pollen experts. He recently identified a rare, mutated pollen grain that helped police crack a murder case in his native New Zealand.

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Hubble's Other Telescope And The Day It Rocked Our World

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 6:33am

Amid this week's hoopla celebrating the Hubble Space Telescope, don't forget the clever astronomer for whom the space scope was named. In the 1920s, he changed our sense of ourselves and the universe.

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These Animals Might Go Extinct Because No One Wants To Eat Them

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 5:47pm

Many species have gone extinct because humans hunted them into oblivion for their meat. But there's another group of animals that are endangered because we've lost interest in breeding them.

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What's That Smell? The Beautiful Tree That's Causing Quite A Stink

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 4:00pm

Once embraced by cities for its beautiful white flowers, disease resistance and ability to grow just about anywhere, the Callery pear is now considered a nuisance due to its smell and invasive nature.

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California Cities Struggle To Meet Water Conservation Targets

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 3:22pm

Early next month, California plans to finalize its emergency water conservation plan. Cities are under the gun to cut their water usage from anywhere between 15 and 40 percent.

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Scientists Discover Massive New Magma Chamber Under Yellowstone

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 3:05pm

The newly discovered chamber is 4.5 times larger than the shallow reservoir already known and contains enough partially molten rock to fill the Grand Canyon 11 times.

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CDC Warns More HIV, Hepatitis C Outbreaks Likely Among Drug Users

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 1:19pm

The U.S. epidemic of injected opioid use could lead to more severe outbreaks of HIV and hepatitis C, like those now occurring in Indiana, the Centers for Disease Control And Prevention says.

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To Weather Criticism, It Helps To Think Of The Big Picture

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 9:28am

Negative feedback is supposed to be good for us, but it sure doesn't feel so good. Shifting the context by thinking more broadly helps blunt the sting, a study found. So does embracing change.

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Why Don't Ants Need A Leader?

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 8:11am

The world's largest ant colony stretches over 3,700 miles. It succeeds, biologist Deborah Gordon says, because no one is in charge. They communicate with algorithmic patterns to survive and thrive.

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