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Wild Births are Big Steps for Rare California Condors and Mexican Wolves

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:26:58 GMT

Two species that couldn’t be more different have had similarly good news this week. First we go to Utah’s Zion National Park, where a pair of California condors (Gymnogyps californianus)...

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12 delightful resources for word nerds everywhere

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:00:11 GMT

My recent post about specialized dictionaries got me thinking about the fun books and sites I have encountered about words and language. I thought I would share a slightly off-topic post about my...

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Sickness Spreads across the Arctic

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:30:00 GMT

As the far north heats up, its inhabitants—from musk oxen to residents of growing cities—are getting ill

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Salmonella's Favorite Food Could Be Its Achilles' Heel

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:36:00 GMT

Salmonella's primary fuel source is the molecule fructose-asparagine. Starving it of that fuel in an infected person could kill it without harming beneficial gut bacteria. Karen Hopkin...

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Act on Climate Change, but Tackle Other Global Problems, Too

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:30:00 GMT

Should action on the climate be just another line item in the budget?

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New Brain Implant Conquers Vertigo

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Surgeons have implanted a new prosthesis in four patients to correct disabling dizziness. The device may someday restore balance to hundreds of thousands more

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The High-Heel Hottie Effect: The Evolutionary Psychology of Women’s Shoes

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:44:13 GMT

On a trip to Italy a few years ago, my partner and I peered into the faraway distance at that famously angled phallus that is the Leaning Tower of Pisa, when suddenly we became aware of a small scene...

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Coffee Cup Size Leads to Caffeine Confusion

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:30:00 GMT

"One cup" sounds small but can exceed health recommendations for caffeine intake

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What Makes Ice Melt Fastest?

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:00:00 GMT

A chemistry challenge from Science Buddies

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A Bold Critic of the Big Bang’s "Smoking Gun"

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:00:00 GMT

David Spergel explains why a widely publicized gravitational-wave discovery could be wrong, and how it could affect the public’s perception of science

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Switches, Hubs, Bridges, and Routers Explained

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:15:00 GMT

Computers talk to each other and the web in a variety of ways. This communication is facilitated by routers, bridges, switches, and other hardware. Tech Talker explains what these devices are, what...

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Oil Spill in Amazon Sickens Villagers, Kills Fish

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:48:00 GMT

A recent rupture of Peru’s 39-year-old northern crude oil pipeline has terrified Kukama villagers along the Marañón River

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Untapped Plant Microbiome Could Help Feed Billions

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:45:00 GMT

Scientists and farmers alike think it represents the next big thing in agriculture

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A Call for Easy Access to More Contraception and Choices

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:00:00 GMT

Innovative and existing methods are needed to tackle global overpopulation, experts say

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Pulp Fiction Gangster Gets Dogs

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:22:57 GMT

Pulp Fiction gangster Jules Winnfield is right. "A dog's got personality, and personality goes a long way.” Cross-species animal behavior studies confirm Winnfield's statement (although he's...

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Prescription Refill Appearance Change Puts Patients Off Meds

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:10:00 GMT

When refilled prescriptions for post-heart-attack care resulted in the same medication looking different in shape or color, patients were significantly more likely to stop taking their meds. Dina...

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How to Determine the Scientific Consensus on Global Warming

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:40:00 GMT

An academic feud swirls around how best or even whether to express the scientific consensus around climate change

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Yellow Light Grows the Best Algae for Biofuels

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:00:00 GMT

Chiplike screening devices show that yellow light gets algae to make more lipids for fuels

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The Shocking Failure of British Rail Travel to Respect the Triangle Inequality

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:00:49 GMT

I spent about a month in the UK earlier this summer, and that meant I took a lot of train trips. I love riding trains: the feeling of endless possibility I get when I look at the departure boards,...

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Heparin Does Not Reduce Pregnancy Complications, and May Create Some

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:30:00 GMT

A commonly used blood thinner does not appear to lower the risk of blood clots or miscarriage during pregnancy

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U.S. Gets Lackluster Energy Efficiency Rating

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:00:00 GMT

We are among the least energy efficient of the world's largest economies

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Can 1 Power Plant Clean Up Coal and Make Money?

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:30:00 GMT

The Kemper County Energy Facility will capture the CO2 that comes from gasifying coal

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Alternative Fusion Technologies Heat Up

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:23:00 GMT

Start-ups in fusion-energy research are fueled by venture capital and a lot of hope

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Humans among the primates

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:24:54 GMT

It is not in the least bit controversial to picture humans* within the context of the placental mammal group that we belong to, the primates.

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China Plans Supercollider

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:00:00 GMT

Proposals for two particle accelerators could see the country aim to become the collider capital of the world

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