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5 Years After A Murder, Calif. Hospital Still Struggles With Violence

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 3:00pm

Napa State Hospital in California added safeguards to protect workers after a psychiatric technician was murdered in 2010. But violence remains a part of daily life at the facility.

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As Schools Buy More Local Food, Kids Throw Less Food In The Trash

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 2:32pm

Kids in America's schools are eating more local food, although it makes up only a small part of the average meal. Advocates say local food doesn't have to cost more, but buying it does take more time.

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Flights Of Fancy: Exploring The Songs And Pathways Of 'The Living Bird'

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 1:53pm

Wildlife photographer Gerrit Vyn and essayist Scott Weidensaul share bird calls and discuss some of the remarkable abilities of birds. Both men contributed to a new book about North American birds.

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American Cancer Society Changes Mammogram Guidelines

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 10:53am

For years, it's been saying women should get annual mammograms starting at age 40. Now it says they can start at 45 — and then cut back to every other year starting at age 54.

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Here's How You Can Outrun A Horse

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 9:20am

Humans are pathetic at athletic feats compared to animals. We get outrun by ostriches and outswum by penguins. But human physiology makes us aces at one sport: endurance running. Sorry, horse.

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Clock-Making Texas Teen Visits White House For Astronomy Night

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 8:00am

After Ahmed Mohamed was arrested, he received thousands of messages of support – including one from President Obama, who tweeted, "Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House?"

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Do We Have Less Sympathy For People Facing Things We've Overcome?

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 4:00am

Who's going to be more empathetic to a problem you're confronting — someone who has never been through it, or someone who has been through it themselves? Our intuitive answer to this question is often wrong.

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Monkeys Pick Coconuts In Thailand. Are They Abused Or Just Working Animals?

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 5:58pm

Animal advocates were outraged after discovering videos of leashed monkeys working as coconut pickers. But monkey trainers and scientists say it's common practice, and doesn't count as abuse.

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Drought-Stricken California Prepares For Strong El Niño Winter

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 3:38pm

In parched California, water managers and emergency management officials are preparing to move from one extreme to another with predictions of a "too big to fail" El Niño winter ahead.

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Rare Yellow-Bellied Sea Snake Washes Ashore In Southern California

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 3:38pm

A yellow-bellied sea snake washed ashore in Ventura County, Calif., Friday. It's the first reported sighting of the species in Southern California since 1983. Now it's joining the collection at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

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NASA To Publish At Least A Dozen Daily Images Of Earth From Space

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 3:36pm

The photos come from a camera on a satellite, once called "Goresate" after former Vice President Al Gore who initially proposed the project in the late 1990s.

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Weak Brain Connections May Link Premature Birth And Later Disorders

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 3:04pm

Brain scans found abnormally weak connections in the brains of premature infants may make them more prone to develop autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other emotional disorders.

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Suing A Nursing Home Could Get Easier Under Proposed Federal Rules

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 2:30pm

Many families must sign a binding arbitration agreement when a loved one is admitted to a nursing home, pledging not to sue if something goes wrong. But proposed rules would ban that requirement.

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Don't Bug Out! Ebay Auction Lets Bidders Name New Moth Species

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 6:01am

Proceeds go to the Western National Parks Association, which hopes the naming rights will "break the stigma against the moth."

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How Do You Find Plutonium? Go To Nuclear Inspector School

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 3:25am

A nuclear agreement with Iran hinges on the work of nuclear inspectors. Here's a close-up look at how they train to do their job.

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Q&A: What Machines Can Learn From People And We Can Learn From Them

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 5:25pm

Should artificial intelligence mimic human behavior? The executive in charge of developing future generations of IBM's Watson tackles that and other questions about the limits and powers of AI.

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Historic Chemistry Lab With Links To Thomas Jefferson Discovered Behind Wall

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 3:38pm

The "chemical hearth," dating back to the 1820s, was unearthed by workers doing renovations on the Rotunda at the University of Virginia. It is thought to be one of very few such labs still surviving.

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Sexual Harrassment Case Shines Light On Science's Dark Secrect

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 3:33am

Renowned astronomer Geoffrey Marcy resigned Wednesday after it became public that he sexually harassed students for years. Researchers are asking why so little is done to stop harassment in science.

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Hunter-Gatherers Don't Get More Sleep Than We Do, Study Finds

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 3:27pm

A new study shows people living in hunter-gatherer societies don't get any more sleep than people in the more modern world, despite living without TVs, computers, cell phones and other electronic distractions.

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Distant Pluto Comes To Life

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 2:18pm

When a probe skimmed past the dwarf planet in July, researchers expected to see a cold, dead world. New results published today show that Pluto is an active place.

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