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Battle Lines Drawn After Texas Town Bans Fracking

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 3:20pm

Residents of Denton, Texas, voted Tuesday to ban hydraulic fracturing in their city. It's the first time a city in the state — where energy is king — has voted to ban fracking. State officials have already filed lawsuits to try and overturn the ban.

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Astronomers Glimpse Distant Planetary Nursery

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 3:01pm

Images produced by a giant radio telescope array in Chile's Atacama desert show a nascent star and what's thought to be its solar system in the process of being born.

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How Boy Bits First Came To Be

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 2:34pm

Certain birth defects in male children are on the rise, and nobody knows why. Scientists say basic research into how external genitalia evolved in reptiles and rodents might offer a few clues.

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Innovation: Harness Could Allow Dogs, Humans To Communicate

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 11:38am

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a dog harness, equipped with speakers and vibrating motors, that could be used in search and rescue or to improve dog training.

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Discovery's Man-Swallowing Snake Stunt Stretches Credulity

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 9:24am

The channel promises to air an episode featuring a man in a protective suit who is swallowed alive by a giant green anaconda.

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Republican Sweep Highlights Climate Change Politics In Alaska

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 2:26am

GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is set to head the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. It can be easier for her oil-reliant state to adapt to the changing climate rather than address its causes.

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America's T. Rex Gets A Makeover

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 2:23am

Discovered in Montana in 1988, the Wankel T. Rex is prize find — a nearly complete skeleton, now bound for display at the Smithsonian, in Washington, D.C. But first, those old bones need some work.

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How Much Is That MRI, Really? Massachusetts Shines A Light

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 3:20pm

A state law now requires insurers to reveal prices of their medical tests, and the variation is amazing, bargain hunters say. An MRI of the back is $614 at one place; $1,800 at another.

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From Blue Bleach To Hazmat Hacks, Students Take On Ebola Challenges

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 1:39pm

College students excel at thinking creatively under pressure. Now they're designing tools to confront the challenges of Ebola, including friendlier-looking protective gear and diagnostic aids.

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Why Your Brain Wants To Help One Child In Need — But Not Millions

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 2:30am

Donations to fight Ebola are lower than expected. One psychologist thinks the reason may be the impact of hopelessness. A really big problem makes them less likely to give.

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Researchers Tap Web Chatter To Figure Out Who's Sick

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 3:59pm

With the help of online data, doctors and public health officials are tracking the spread of illnesses and predicting where they might strike next. The analyses also provide clues for prevention.

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Let's Clear This Up — In New York City, There's Only 1 Rat For Every 4 People

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 3:15pm

Audie Cornish speaks with Jonathan Auerbach, a PhD student in statistics at Columbia University who endeavored to get a better estimate of the New York City rat population.

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Alvin: The Little Submarine That Could

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 6:54am

The first research submarine capable of carrying passengers to and from the seafloor, Alvin has spent some 50 years plumbing the ocean's depths.

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Falling Oil Prices Make Fracking Less Lucrative

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 2:23am

As oil prices dip, controversial and relatively expensive production methods, like oil sands and fracking, have become less profitable. Some drillers are already cutting back on plans for more wells.

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Invasive Bug Prompts Quarantine In Pennsylvania Townships

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 6:37pm

The spotted lanternfly has officially arrived in the U.S., and leaders in Pennsylvania are hoping it won't be staying long.

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Incorrect Command May Have Doomed Virgin Spaceship

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 3:29pm

On Friday, an experimental space plane crashed in the Mojave desert, killing one of its pilots. Now new details have emerged about what went wrong in the moments before the crash.

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On The Trail To Preserve Appalachia's Bounty Of Heirloom Crops

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 12:46pm

With some 1,500 heirloom fruits and vegetables under cultivation, Appalachia is the most diverse foodshed in the U.S., Canada and northern Mexico. Among them is a beloved corn called Bloody Butcher.

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A Non-GMO Way To Get More, Tastier Tomatoes

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 11:32am

Farmers want tomato varieties that yield more fruit. Consumers want tastier ones. How to resolve that tension? A new genetic toolkit could help growers maximize the best of both worlds.

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New Clock May End Time As We Know It

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 4:04am

Scientists working to create the perfect atomic clock have a fundamental problem: Right now, on the ceiling, time is passing just a bit faster than it is on the floor.

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U.N. Report Warns Of 'Irreversible' Damage To Earth's Climate

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 4:04am

In Copenhagen on Sunday, scientists gathered to issue their latest assessment of the world's climate. Their report is considered the most comprehensive overview of the state of climate science.

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