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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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Can The Meat Industry Help Protect Wildlife? Some Say Yes

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:06am

One environmental group argues that to save wildlife, we should replace the meat in our diets with plants. But others counter that it's not so simple: Many livestock producers help conserve wildlife.

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Brain Changes Suggest Autism Starts In The Womb

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 5:30pm

The organization of certain brain cells in children with autism seems already different from that of typical children by the sixth or seventh month of fetal development, a study hints.

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Massive Nor'easter Rakes New England

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 4:39pm

The storm has dropped 10 inches of snow on parts of Massachusetts and spawned 40-to-50 foot waves off the coast of Maine.

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Does Beaver Tush Flavor Your Strawberry Shortcake? We Go Myth Busting

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 3:41pm

Heard the rumor that strawberry syrups contain flavoring from a beaver's tush? The potion was once a common food flavoring. But settle down! The time of beaver-spiked popsicles and pastries has ended.

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Washington State's 'Slide Hill' Has A History Of Landslides

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 3:00pm

Robert Siegel speaks with Seattle Times reporter Ken Armstrong about the instability of the land in Snohomish County in Washington that was affected by the massive mudslide.

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New Dwarf Planet Found At The Solar System's Outer Limits

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 2:01pm

The tiny world is a pink-hued ball of ice in an area of space once thought to be relatively empty. But the new findings hint of other small objects — and perhaps an unseen planet bigger than Earth.

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Soyuz Misfire Delays Crew Trying To Reach Space Station

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 11:26am

One of the engines on a capsule carrying an American and two Russians failed to fire at the right time. That has turned a six-hour journey to the International Space Station into a two-day trip.

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Toxic Chemical 1,4 Dioxane Detected In More Drinking Water Supplies

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 4:00am

West Virginia's drinking water crisis earlier this year highlighted an unsettling truth about tap water: Treatment plants test for only a fraction of the chemicals in use.

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What A Long, Strange Trip: Salmon Are Trucking To The Pacific Ocean

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 2:21am

California's severe drought has left rivers so dry that young salmon can't make their usual spawning trip to the ocean. To save the fish and the industry, the state is giving millions of fish a lift.

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The Sources And Symptoms Of A Disease With A Global Reputation

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 3:15pm

Following the news of an Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Robert Siegel speaks with Pierre Rollin of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the virus' symptoms, transmission and containment.

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In Ranchers Vs. Weeds, Climate Change Gives Weeds An Edge

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 3:03pm

Invasive weeds are already a big headache for ranchers, who spend thousands of dollars to get rid of them. New research shows that a changing climate is likely to help many of these weeds thrive.

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After Oil Spill, Ships Start Moving — But Cleanup Has Just Begun

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 3:00pm

After a vast oil spill in the waters off Houston, authorities are reopening the shipping channel, hoping to ease the wait on those using it. Dave Fehling of Houston Public Media explains the cleanup.

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Bringing A 'Million Orchids' To Florida's Trees

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 3:00pm

The state's once-abundant orchid population has dwindled. Conservationists hope to change that by planting lab-grown flowers in urban areas throughout South Florida.

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You Yawn. She Doesn't Yawn Back. Uh-Oh

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 2:32pm

There you are: face to face, looking into her eyes, a puddle of love, when all of a sudden, you yawn. Usually, she yawns back; but what if she doesn't?

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Food Giants Want 'Sustainable' Beef. But What Does That Mean?

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 11:43am

McDonald's says it will start to buy beef that's "verified sustainable" in 2016. But defining sustainable beef production is tricky because the environmental issues involved are so complex.

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Can You Open A Bottle Of Wine With A Shoe? Yes, But It Ain't Pretty

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 6:30am

A YouTube video makes it look so easy: Nine swift strikes against a wall and voila! Your cabernet is ready for pouring. We weren't as successful. But we did figure out the physics behind the trick.

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Can Mathematics Find Missing Malaysia Jetliner?

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 4:00am

Investigators will be using every tool available to hunt for the missing Malaysian Air flight. Probabilistic analysis played a big hand in finding the missing Air France flight a few years ago.

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A Dubious Birthday For The Exxon Valdez

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 3:00pm

The Exxon Valdez spill prompted lawmakers and regulators to change how they oversee the oil industry. And while experts say the industry's safer now, riskier work continues to test the rules.

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