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Soil poised to make global warming much worse: researchers find

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 09:11

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Soil, which is a massive repository of carbon because of plants that have grown and died in it, is poised to make the problem of global warming much worse, a new study cautioned.

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Rate of Alzheimer’s among older people declines

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 10:01

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The rate of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia among 65 adults ages and older notably declined from in the twelve years to 2012, a new study suggested.

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Fijian ants have been farming for at least 3 million years: study

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 10:16

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A species of ants found in Fiji started farming much earlier than humans did, a team of German entomologists reported in the journal Nature.

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NASA awards water survey mission launch contract to SpaceX

Sat, 11/26/2016 - 11:04

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NASA's Surface Water & Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite, which will conduct first-ever survey of Earth's surface water, will ride to orbit aboard SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket. The launch will take place from Vandenberg Air Force Base in April 2021.

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Some recalled toys still being sold online: MassPIRG

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 11:03

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Many recalled toys that may pose hazards to kids are still available online for purchase, according to the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group's (MassPIRG's) latest report. 

The nonprofit MassPIRG Education Fund released its 31st annual toy safety report titled "Trouble in Toyland" at a recent news conference in Salem.

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Researchers find extensive deposits of water ice buried under Mars’ surface

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 08:09

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Using data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), a team of Canadian researchers has determined that there is enough water ice hidden under the surface of Mars' Utopia Planitia to fill Lake Superior and some other reservoirs to their rims.

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H-E-B recalls baby food products

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 10:07

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H-E-B Grocery Co. has removed all of its H-E-B Baby Food 2 pack 4 oz. cups from store shelves after a customer found a small piece of rubber inside a single pack of one variety of the product, company officials announced.

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Florida’s premature birth rate slightly jumps to 10% in 2015

Sat, 11/19/2016 - 10:52

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The rate of premature births in Florida jumped slightly from 9.9 per cent in 2014 to 10 per cent in 2015, earning the state grade 'C' on newly released March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card.

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Scientists drill into Chicxulub Crater to better understand the hollow feature

Sat, 11/19/2016 - 07:08

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A massive asteroid slammed into the Earth nearly 65 million years ago, bringing the dinosaur epoch to an end and producing a massive crater in the process.

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Late-stage breast cancer more prevalent in black women than white: study

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 10:51

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The advanced stage of the deadly disease of breast cancer is more prevalent among black/African and Caribbean women than white breast cancer patients in England, a new study by Cancer Research UK and Public Health England revealed.

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2016 projected to be hottest year on record

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 07:57

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2016 is slated to be the hottest year on record as the average global temperature is breaching last year's record-making temperature, The United Nation's World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said in its latest report.

An analysis of fresh data indicated that 2016's average global temperature is nearly 1.2 degree Celsius above the pre-industrial levels.

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‘Mars’ series premiering today on National Geographic

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 10:56

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An innovative hybrid of drama and documentary featuring a manned mission to Mars is premiering at 9 p.m. today, November 14th, on the National Geographic channel.

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Florida manatees are on the move in search for warmer waters

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 08:09

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The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission has urged boaters to slow down and remain vigilant as moving manatees can pose a hazard.

Florida manatees are 1,000-pound whiskered marine mammals that shift their location this time of the year in search for warmer waters to spend harsh winter in.

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Introduce peanuts to infants early to prevent allergies: study suggests

Sun, 11/13/2016 - 06:39

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Introducing peanuts to infants early, between four to six months of age, reduces the chance that the kids will develop peanut allergies, a new study suggested.

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Studies offer contradictory answers to ‘lazy eye’ question

Sat, 11/12/2016 - 10:03

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Two new studies have offered contradictory answers to the question as to whether playing video games on a tablet PC work better than typical eye-patching for improving vision in kids with amblyopia or lazy eye.

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Neanderthals-Denisovans interbreeding benefited modern humans: study

Sat, 11/12/2016 - 07:52

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Neanderthals' interbreeding with another human relative called the Denisovans benefitted Homo sapiens (modern humans) by helping them adapt to their new homes, according to a new study.

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Trump’s win could jeopardize cannabis reform movement

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 11:14

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The shocking victory of Donald Trump in the hotly contested presidential race could jeopardize the cannabis reform movement that aims legalization of marijuana for medical as well as recreational purposes.

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Seasonal depression can be treated with medication and psychotherapy

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 09:23

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Just like regular depression, a seasonal depression known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD) can be treated effectively with medication and psychotherapy, health experts say.

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Researchers discover why modern humans lost much of Neanderthal DNA

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 07:31

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Neanderthals and modern humans diverged from a common ancestor nearly half a million years ago and the two species interbred thousands of years ago, but genomes of modern humans have a very small amount of Neanderthal genetic material or DNA. Now, a new study claims to have solved that mystery.

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War Metaphors for Alzheimer’s may do more harm than good: researchers say

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 11:10

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Using war metaphors for conditions like Alzheimer's disease may do more harm than good, a team of researchers led by Daniel R. George of Penn State College of Medicine cautioned. 

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