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7 Miles Beneath The Sea's Surface: Who Goes There?

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:02am

Marine scientists plumbing the deepest part of the ocean sent microphones and collection probes baited with chicken to the bottom of a trench near Guam. Now they watch, wait ... and listen.

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Once Written Off, Kepler Telescope Finds New Planet

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 7:05pm

The Kepler space telescope, which cost some $600 million, was feared to be at the end of its useful life in 2013. But NASA says it just found another exoplanet.

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What The Change In U.S.-Cuba Relations Might Mean For Food

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:06pm

The decision to normalize relations is driving all kinds of speculation about American food companies opening up shop in Cuba. But analysts say: Don't expect to see McDonald's there anytime soon.

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NIH Allows Restart Of MERS Research That Had Been Questioned

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 1:20pm

The National Institutes of Health has approved requests for waivers from a moratorium on experiments that aim to make the virus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome more infectious in mice.

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Worries About Unusual Botulinum Toxin Prove Unfounded

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:47am

A previously unknown form of botulinum toxin was thought to be resistant to standard treatment raised public health concerns. Subsequent research has allayed those fears.

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Citing Heath, Environment Concerns, New York Moves To Ban Fracking

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:11am

Officials in New York said on Wednesday that the state will ban hydraulic fracturing there. The move follows years of efforts by environmentalists, who have called on the state to ban the practice.

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Research Examines Character Concerns Versus Performance In The NFL

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:11am

There has been a spate of interest recently in criminal behavior among NFL athletes. Research examines the performance of athletes charged with wrongdoing, and raises questions about NFL policy.

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Arctic Is Warming Twice As Fast As World Average

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 2:36am

Polar bears continue to take a hit in regions with the greatest loss of snow and ice, the latest report card on the Arctic shows. Meanwhile, plankton are thriving as the sea heats up.

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Arctic Is Warming Twice As Fast As Anyplace Else On Earth

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 2:36am

Polar bears continue to take a hit in regions with the greatest loss of snow and ice, the latest report card on the Arctic shows. Meanwhile, plankton are thriving as the sea heats up.

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Behind The Scenes At The Lab That Fingerprints Microbiomes

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:06am

Inside the lab, a lone technician sorts through new samples, snipping off swab heads intentionally fouled with fecal material. One head goes to cold storage and the other is processed for sequencing.

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Abuse Of Synthetic Drugs Declines Across U.S.

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 3:30pm

Use of synthetic drugs, like bath salts, by young people continues to decline across the nation, according to a study by the University of Michigan.

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Methane Bursts On Mars Could Hint At Previous Life

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 3:19pm

Scientists have seen mysterious bursts of methane in the Martian atmosphere, and they can't rule out the possibility that the methane was made by something that was once alive on Mars.

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Scientists Debate If It's OK To Make Viruses More Dangerous In The Lab

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:19pm

Researchers are struggling with how to balance the benefits and risks of genetic experiments that can give viruses new talents for causing infections.

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Hunt For Dengue Vaccine Gets Closer

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:12am

Dengue sickens millions of people each year, and there's no cure. Now scientists have found powerful antibodies that stop the virus. Their discovery offers a road map to develop a simple vaccine.

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To Get To The Bottom Of Your Microbiome, Start With A Swab Of Poo

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 2:58pm

To find helpful patterns in personal microbe populations, scientists also need to gather a long list of information about the people who serve as homes for the microscopic critters.

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Why Some Scientific Collaborations Are More Beneficial Than Others

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 4:01am

It turns out that when scientists collaborate internationally, they are more like to have an impact on science than purely domestic collaborations.

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Nations Agree To Deal To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 4:01am

In Lima, Peru, almost all of the world's governments agreed on a document meant to galvanize efforts to curb climate change. While the outcome was modest, it did establish some important principles.

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Congress To Nutritionists: Don't Talk About The Environment

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 2:25am

Should dietary guidelines consider the environmental effects of our food choices? The government-appointed Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee thinks they should. Congress, however, says no.

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To Stop Teen Drinking Parties, Fine The Parents

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 2:24am

For some teenagers, parties with alcohol are almost a rite of passage. Surveys show the vast majority of parents in these homes know the alcohol is flowing. Cities are now cracking down on the adults.

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More Than Just Cute, Sea Otters Are Superheroes Of The Marsh

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 4:39pm

Sea otters are furry and photogenic, but those aren't the only reasons to save them from extinction. Turns out that just by eating, they can preserve their entire estuarine ecosystems.

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