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Dietary Supplements Send Thousands To ERs Yearly

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 4:02pm

More than 23,000 Americans end up in emergency rooms each year after taking dietary supplements, an analysis shows. Most cases are linked to weight-loss products or energy-boosting supplements.

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University Of Vermont's Ban On Bottled Water Backfires

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 3:16pm

The University of Vermont banned the sale of bottled water on its campus in 2013 to cut down on single-use bottles in the waste stream. But the number of plastic, single-use bottles being shipped to campus went up, and students ended up using more single-use bottles and drinking less healthy beverages out of them. Now the university is trying to figure out how to balance sustainability and nutrition in on-campus beverage sales.

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Mississippi River Basin Gets A Grade Of D+

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 3:01pm

A group that measures river basin health cited the poor condition of infrastructure such as locks and dams, among other things, on what it says is the world's fourth-largest watershed.

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New Hubble Images Show Jupiter's Great Red Spot Is Still Shrinking

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 12:31pm

But, using images from the Hubble Space Telescope, scientists have learned the great storm is putting up a fight because it is now shrinking at a slower rate.

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Study May Ease Drinking Water Worries About Fracking

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 4:14am

A new study of drinking water in areas where fracking is used to extract natural gas found that contamination is not common and it probably did not come from deep underground.

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Experiment Tests If Teacher-Student Relationship Helps Performance

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 4:14am

A study measured the performance of kindergartners who either had close or distant relationships with their teachers. It found that students reminded of close relationships solved problems faster.

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In The Classroom, Common Ground Can Transform GPAs

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 11:03pm

The Hidden Brain podcast explores the connections between students and teachers. It turns out finding things in common between pupils and instructors could be a tool for closing the achievement gap.

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The Bacterial Cloud We All Carry Could Be As Unique As A Fingerprint

Sun, 10/11/2015 - 7:14am

Scientists have discovered that everyone emits their own "microbiome cloud," a plume of the microbes we all carry around in and on our bodies.

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Abandoned, But No Wasteland: Chernobyl Offers Animals Room To Thrive

Sat, 10/10/2015 - 8:12am

Nearly 30 years after a catastrophic nuclear meltdown, something interesting is happening in Chernobyl: In an environment long abandoned — and deemed unsafe — by humans, wildlife is flourishing.

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Volkswagen Faces Uphill Battle In Repairing Tarnished Reputation

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 4:30pm

Volkswagen faces two enormous repair jobs: fixing its polluting diesel cars and its battered reputation. Both may be much harder to fix than anything other scandal-plagued car companies have faced.

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Why Is The Sky Blue? (On Pluto, That Is)

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 10:01am

Pluto's atmosphere has a blue haze, in a new photo from the New Horizons probe. But the particles causing that color are probably gray or red — and the planet's surface has red ice.

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Could A Mushroom Save The Honeybee?

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 9:46am

The bees that pollinate crops are on the brink of collapse. One big reason why: a virus-carrying mite. Now, researchers think a rare fungi could boost bees' immune system and attack the mite itself.

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A Discoverer Of The Buckyball Offers Tips On Winning A Nobel Prize

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 4:16pm

Harold Kroto shared a Nobel in 1996 for finding a new type of carbon molecule that ignited the field of nanotechnology. Find a passion where — with hard work — you can be the best, he advises.

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Scientists Try Radical Move To Save Bull Trout From A Warming Climate

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 3:49pm

Bull trout are dwindling in Montana as their home-waters warm, and invasive fish devour them. Scooping up threatened fish and moving them higher up the mountain could backfire. Is the risk worth it?

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NASA Rover Finds Evidence That Mars Once Had Lakes

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 3:17pm

A new study suggests the Red Planet had some blue on it about 3.5 billion years ago.

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The Year In Space: U.S., Russian Spacefarers On The International Station

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 4:52pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with NASA Commander Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, who are spending the year on the International Space Station.

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World Health Organization Posts Ambitious New Guidelines For HIV Treatment

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 3:36pm

The World Health Organization has revised its guidelines to say that every person infected with HIV should now be given powerful anti-AIDS drugs. But many countries in Africa have struggled to meet previous less-ambitious WHO treatment targets.

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Nobel Prize In Chemistry Awarded To 3 Scientists For DNA Repair Discovery

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 3:36pm

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry will be shared by three scientists for their work on how cells repair damage to DNA. They have discovered DNA damage can lead to mutations, which in turn can lead to cancer.

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Scientists Grow Primitive Human Kidneys In A Dish

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 12:45pm

Scientists have tried for years to grow artificial kidneys in the lab. They've gotten a bit closer by using stem cells to create an "organoid" much like a fetal kidney. But it's missing key parts.

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Reversing Opioid Overdoses Saves Lives But Isn't A Cure-All

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 12:17pm

Having police, school nurses, drug users and family equipped with kits to reverse an overdose saves lives, doctors say. But reversing addiction requires follow-up care that many users aren't getting.

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