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Is Healthy Soil the Low-Tech Solution to Climate Change?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

In her book The Soil Will Save Us, writer Kristin Ohlson concludes that the low-cost, low-tech solution to climate change may be directly underfoot—in healthy soil.

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Food Failures: Concocting Condiments

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Culinary scientist Ali Bouzari dips into the chemistry behind condiments, from hot sauce to mustard.

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Can Science Build a Better Piano?

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Scientists have created a 3D acoustical scan of the piano's resonance—and say it could help refine the art of piano-making.

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Listening In on Elephant ‘Mating Pandemonium’

Thursday, August 07, 2014

In a “mating pandemonium” event, a group of elephants roar after a pair of elephants mate.

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Behind the Scenes at the City Morgue

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Forensic pathologist Judy Melinek’s memoir Working Stiff goes behind the scenes at the New York City morgue.

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Giving Viruses a License to Kill...Cancer

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Scientists transform common viruses like measles and herpes into potential cancer treatments.

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Can an Experimental Therapy Be Used to Treat Ebola?

Thursday, August 07, 2014

A look at the experimental therapy used to treat two Americans who were infected with Ebola.

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"Lucy" Debunked

Thursday, August 07, 2014

A neurobiologist reveals sci-fi thriller Lucy’s neuroscience bloopers.

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Close Your Eyes and Listen to the Night Sky

Thursday, August 07, 2014

If the bright “supermoon” drowns out the Perseid meteor shower this year, why not listen for meteors instead?

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Algorithm Turns Everyday Objects Into Microphones

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Sound waves trigger tiny vibrations in objects. By studying the vibrations, researchers can recreate the sounds that caused them.

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Can’t Stop Worrying? Blame It on Your Habenula

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The habenula is a pea-sized part of the brain that tracks our expectations of negative events.

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Tapping Into Musical Memory

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A new documentary, Alive Inside, exposes the connections between music and memory.

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Can Animals Go Mad?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

From depressed dogs to anxious gorillas, author Laurel Braitman explores mental illness in animals.

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How Ultramarathons Affect the Heart, Blood, and Brain

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Exercise scientists Tamara Hew-Butler and Greg Whyte talk about how the body changes after dozens of hours in motion.

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Ebola Outbreak Continues in West Africa

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ebola specialist Daniel Bausch provides an on-the-ground view of treating the disease in West Africa.

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Will Big Data Answer Big Questions on Health?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Google's latest big idea is called "Baseline Study"—an effort to catalog the DNA of thousands of healthy people, along with their blood, urine, saliva, breath, and tears.

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What’s the Real Cost of Your Steak?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cattle require 28 times more land and 11 times more irrigation water than eggs or poultry.

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Mosquito-Borne Viruses Raise Public Health Concern

Thursday, July 24, 2014

This summer, two different and currently untreatable mosquito-borne viruses were identified on the East Coast.

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A Newly Discovered Virus That Lives in Our Gut

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Researchers discovered a virus that lives in the gut of half of the world’s population.

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Oarfish: The Ultimate Fish Tale

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Little is known about the monstrously long oarfish, its life cycle, and how it navigates its deep sea environment.

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