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'Blood Victory' In Medical Research Dispute

Friday, April 25, 2014

The Havasupai Native American tribe celebrated Blood Victory Day this week. That's the anniversary of their legal victory over researchers who misused members' blood samples without proper consent.

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Scientists Pinpoint Source Of Antarctic 'Quack'

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

For decades, a mysterious quacking "bio-duck" has been heard roaming the waters of the Southern Ocean. Now scientists say the source is a whale.

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Dirty Money: A Microbial Jungle Thrives In Your Wallet

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A look at the critters that live on money finds about 3,000 types of bacteria. Most are harmless. But researchers found traces of DNA from anthrax and drug-resistant pathogens, too.

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Psychological Consequences Of Calling Obesity A Disease

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Does thinking about obesity as a disease lead to bad diet choices? A new study suggests so. Crystal Hoyt talks about her new research. Physician Dr. Leslie Walker also weighs in.

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Evidence Of Racial, Gender Biases Found In Faculty Mentoring

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Research found faculty in academic departments linked to more lucrative professions are more likely to discriminate against women and minorities than faculty in fields linked to less lucrative jobs.

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Who's Protecting Whom From Deadly Toxin?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Last year a scientist said he'd found a new form of botulinum toxin, and was keeping details secret to keep the recipe from terrorists. But other science and public health labs were shut out, too.

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Mental And Physical Toll Of Bullying Persists For Decades

Saturday, April 19, 2014

From increased depression and suicidal thoughts to social isolation and lower socioeconomic status, the negative consequences of being bullied can last well into middle age, a large study suggests.

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Got A Hobby? Might Be A Smart Professional Move

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Workers who have a creative outlet outside the office are more likely to be creative problem solvers on the job, a study suggests. Oh, and they have more fun.

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Scientists Spot A Planet That Looks Like 'Earth's Cousin'

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Kepler-186f is almost the same size as Earth, and it orbits in its star's "Goldilocks zone"-- where temperatures may be just right for life. But much is unknown because it's also 500 light-years away.

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Chili Say What? Linguistics Help Pinpoint Pepper's Origins

Thursday, April 17, 2014

It turns out the first chili peppers were grown by humans in eastern Mexico. And it's not the same region where beans and corn were first grown, according to new ways of evaluating evidence.

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First Embryonic Stem Cells Cloned From A Man's Skin

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Scientists based their technique on the one used to create the sheep Dolly years ago. These cells might one day be useful in treating all sorts of diseases.

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The Origins Of The Domesticated Chili Pepper

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The domesticated chili pepper is the most widely grown spice crop in the world. A team of researchers at the University of California Davis has discovered the origin of that pepper.

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Does Business Innovation Depend On A CEO's Age?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Analysis of innovation at private companies in the U.S. and across the world finds an inverse relationship correlation between disruptive innovation and the age of managers at those companies.

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New Fossil Takes A Bite Out Of Theory That Sharks Barely Evolved

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A 325 million-year-old fossil find shows that the gill structures of modern sharks are actually quite different from their ancient ancestors.

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A T. Rex Treks To Washington For A Shot At Fame

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Smithsonian is set to unpack something it's never had before: a rare, nearly complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton. It's a gift from a Montana museum that says this T. rex deserves to be famous.

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Voodoo Dolls Prove It: Hunger Makes Couples Turn On Each Other

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

To see if low blood sugar sours even good relationships, scientists used an unusual tool: voodoo dolls representing spouses. As hunger levels rose, so did the number of pins.

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Gene Linked To Alzheimer's Poses A Special Threat To Women

Monday, April 14, 2014

Scientists have figured out one reason women might be more vulnerable to Alzheimer's: A risk gene doubles women's chances of getting the disease but has minimal effect on men.

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Why Babies Cry At Night

Monday, April 14, 2014

Maybe she's not just hungry. One scientist thinks the chubby bundles have a devious plan: Exhausting a mom delays the arrival of another brother or sister.

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Ebola Drug Could Be Ready For Human Testing Next Year

Friday, April 11, 2014

There's no treatment yet for the deadly viral disease, but several approaches are in the works. At least one experimental drug seems effective in monkeys. Next step: safety tests in people.

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This Jet Lag App Does The Math So You'll Feel Better Faster

Friday, April 11, 2014

When it comes to resetting your biological clock, calculus can help. Mathematicians say they've found a faster way to adjust to time zone changes, and they've used it to drive a smartphone app.

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