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It's Raining Nitrogen In A Colorado Park. Farmers Can Make It Stop

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 4:26pm

Scientists say too much airborne nitrogen from farms is throwing off the ecological balance of Rocky Mountain National Park. So the federal government is hoping weather alerts for farmers will help.

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As Caviar Prices Skyrocket, Sturgeon Poachers Invade Pacific Northwest

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 1:31pm

Global sturgeon populations are collapsing — most notably in Russia, where caviar is known as black gold. That's fueling a market for illegal caviar and driving poachers to the Columbia River.

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Researchers Link Feelings Of Disgust And Ethical Behavior

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 4:08am

Research finds that people respond to feelings of disgust by trying to protect themselves from it — and this can quickly translate into self-interested behavior and cheating.

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Editing The Climate Talkers: Punctuation's Effect On Earth's Fate

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 2:34am

The littlest things — punctuation, precise word choice and grammar — can hold tremendous power in worldwide climate negotiations. This year in Europe, editors get a chance to help make history.

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Planetary Society Regains Communication With LightSail Spacecraft

Sun, 05/31/2015 - 7:14am

The organization launched the tiny satellite earlier this month, but then lost contact last week due to a software glitch.

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At World's Fair In Italy, The Future Of Food Is On The Table

Sun, 05/31/2015 - 6:34am

Vertical farms, food trucks, tropical forests and the supermarket of the future are on display at Expo 2015 in Milan. Exhibits from 145 countries focus on how to feed the planet sustainably.

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Fact-Checking 'San Andreas': Are Earthquake Swarms For Real?

Sat, 05/30/2015 - 4:05pm

Seismologist Lucile Jones discusses how accurate — or not — the plot of this new California earthquake thriller really is. Bonus: Her advice on what to include in an earthquake kit.

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Seeing What Isn't There: Inside Alzheimer's Hallucinations

Sat, 05/30/2015 - 4:05pm

Sometimes Greg O'Brien gets a tingling in the back of his brain that tells him a hallucination is coming. Lions. Spiders. Birds. Sometimes the creatures are friendly. Too often, they're not.

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Manhattanhenge Set To Wow New Yorkers Tonight

Sat, 05/30/2015 - 1:00pm

The semi-annual phenomenon in late May and mid-July each year occurs when the Sun aligns with the street grid in Manhattan, casting a shaft of light between the skyscrapers.

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Trickster Journalist Explains Why He Duped The Media On Chocolate Study

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 5:08pm

John Bohannon, the man behind a stunt that bamboozled many news organizations into publishing junk science on dieting, talks to NPR's Robert Siegel about why he carried out the scheme.

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When Are Employee Wellness Incentives No Longer Voluntary?

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 4:18pm

Many workers like the programs, and employers say they help hold down health insurance costs. But there are legal questions about how far companies can go to encourage participation.

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America's Elite Cows Don't Give Birth — Their Surrogates Do

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 1:56pm

Implanting cows with the embryos of genetically superior heifers is big business these days. It's helping elite cattle breeders and beef and dairy producers spread U.S. cow genetics around the globe.

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CDC Investigates Live Anthrax Shipments

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 4:32pm

The chief disease agency in the U.S. is looking into why the spores shipped to laboratories in nine states and a military base in South Korea hadn't been properly neutralized. So far no one is sick.

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Why A Journalist Scammed The Media Into Spreading Bad Chocolate Science

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 3:57pm

A lot of bad nutrition science makes headlines. To teach his news colleagues a lesson, a science journalist conducted a flawed study, sent out press releases and watched who bit. Did he go too far?

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Depression Treatments Inspired By Club Drug Move Ahead In Tests

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 10:29am

A decade ago, scientists showed that the anesthetic ketamine could relieve major depression in hours. Now, two chemical cousins of the drug are entering the late stages of clinical testing.

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Scientists Discover Evidence of a 435,000-Year-Old Murder

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 8:15pm

Scientists say it's not just a murder from another era, but also part of one of the earliest mass graves.

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Bugs: Not What's For Dinner — Until They're Tastier, Maybe

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 4:34pm

A U.K. researcher says the environmental argument for eating bugs isn't working on its own. She says chefs and policymakers must "make insect dishes appeal as food, not just a way to save the planet."

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EPA Announces New Rules To Protect U.S. Waters

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 3:33pm

The Obama administration announces a regulation it says is aimed at protecting the country's rivers, lakes and other waterways from pollution. But critics say it's a massive regulatory overreach.

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Supreme Court Says Locals Can Make Pill-Makers Pay For Drug Disposal

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 12:40pm

The court decision means companies are on the hook for helping at least some consumers in California safely dispose of leftover pills and other medicine. Similar measures are in the works elsewhere.

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How A Claim That A Childhood Vaccine Prevents Leukemia Went Too Far

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 8:32am

It seemed to make sense that the childhood Hib vaccine could cut leukemia risk by keeping the immune system in check. But proving there's cause and effect at work turns out to be a challenge.

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