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Struggling Nuclear Industry Lobbies State Governments For Help

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 3:30pm

The nuclear industry is struggling with aging plants and competition from cheaper natural gas. Now, touting itself as another form of "clean" energy, it's lobbying state lawmakers for help.

An Experiment Helps Heroin Users Test Their Street Drugs For Fentanyl

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 2:58pm

Some people on heroin die because the drug was laced with something much stronger — like fentanyl. A few needle exchange programs give users test strips to check their drug's content before injecting.

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GOP Health Bill Penalizes Patients Who Let Insurance Lapse

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 4:30am

In some states, a break in health coverage of more than 63 days would let insurers charge premiums of any price for a year — putting health insurance out of reach for many sick people, analysts say.

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The Fox And The Hedgehog: The Triumphs And Perils Of Going Big

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 8:00pm

The parable of the fox and the hedgehog tells us that there are some who are guided by one big idea. That's the story of Don Laub, a surgeon whose single-mindedness was his triumph, and his downfall.

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Millions Of Pieces Of Plastic Are Piling Up On An Otherwise Pristine Pacific Island

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 2:01pm

Researchers found more than 17 tons of plastic debris on an uninhabited South Pacific island. It's some 3,000 miles from the nearest big city, but ocean currents bring a steady supply of trash.

(Image credit: Jennifer Lavers/University of Tasmania)

How To Give Vegan 'Ice Cream' That Creamy Taste, Minus The Milk

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 10:29am

From avocado to almonds, vegan frozen desserts abound today. But replicating the complex choreography of water, protein, fat and sugar that milk usually takes care of is a challenge.

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Yawning May Promote Social Bonding Even Between Dogs And Humans

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 3:37am

Bears do it, bats do it. So do dogs and humans. They all yawn. It's a common behavior, but why is a bit of a mystery. Researchers think yawning may perk up the brain and help with social bonding.

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Racial and Ethnic Disparities Persist in Sudden Infant Deaths

Sun, 05/14/2017 - 11:05pm

Babies in Native American and Alaska Native families are at higher risk of sudden unexplained infant death, despite years of effort to reduce the toll. African-American families also face higher risk.

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PHOTOS: 17 Mummies Unearthed In Egypt

Sun, 05/14/2017 - 3:25pm

Archaeologists announced the discovery of 17 mummies in central Egypt, believed to be from Egypt's Greco-Roman period. The country is hoping the find will boost tourism.

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Scientists Raise Concern By Wanting To Create Synthetic Human Genomes

Sun, 05/14/2017 - 6:52am

In New York, hundreds of scientists discussed a highly ambitious and controversial project. They want to create synthetic genetic codes for all kinds of creatures — including the human genetic code.

A Mother Finds Joy In Helping A Child Navigate Their Shared Traits

Sun, 05/14/2017 - 4:00am

An unexpectedly rich reward of motherhood is the chance to show your child how to deal with traits passed down from you. A third-generation perfectionist and her daughter compare notes on Mr. P.

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The Power Of Genes, And The Line Between Biology And Destiny

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 1:26pm

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee says genetics play a significant role in identity, temperament, sexual orientation and disease risk — but that environment also matters. Originally broadcast May 15, 2016.

Heroin Epidemic Is Driving A Spike In Hepatitis C Cases, CDC Says

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 5:37pm

From 2010 to 2015, the number of new infections leaped nearly 300 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And researchers appear confident of the cause.

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Disappearing Montana Glaciers A 'Bellwether' Of Melting To Come?

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 1:46pm

Glaciers there are "an early indicator of the kinds of changes that are going to occur elsewhere," a scientist says. Since 1966, the glaciers in Glacier National Park shrunk an average of 39 percent.

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Tesla Begins Taking Orders For Its Solar Energy Roof Tile Systems

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 10:51am

The company offers an "infinity" warranty on its tiles that integrate solar power into roof coverings. Tesla has published a web tool that can estimate costs and savings.

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Lead Dust From Firearms Can Pose A Silent Health Risk

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 1:51pm

The Department of Defense has increased protections for military personnel from exposure to lead dust. The toxic dust can be a health problem for people using recreational shooting ranges, too.

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Why Do Children Love Those Fad Toys So?

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 11:25am

Today it's fidget spinners, but soon it will be another little gizmo that children dearly, desperately want. The complicated social dynamics of childhood are one big reason.

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How Illegal Gold Mining Relates To The Spread Of Malaria

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 3:54am

New social science research shows that there is a correlation between illegal gold mining and the spread of malaria. We explore why this might be the case.

Primitive Human-Like Species Lived More Recently Than Expected

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 5:15pm

The surprising finding suggests that small-brained Homo naledi may have lived at the same times as early humans in South Africa, complicating previous notions about human origins.

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Australian Fossils Hint At Where To Search For Life On Mars

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 3:00pm

Scientists say the rocks lend weight to a theory that life on Earth originated, as Darwin wrote, "in some warm little pond" on land, suggesting we should look for it in similar environments on Mars.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Tara Djokic)




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