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Citing Heath, Environment Concerns, New York Moves To Ban Fracking
12/18/2014 10:11 AM
Officials in New York said on Wednesday that the state will ban hydraulic fracturing there. The move follows years of efforts by environmentalists, who have called on the state to ban the practice.
Research Examines Character Concerns Versus Performance In The NFL
12/18/2014 10:11 AM
There has been a spate of interest recently in criminal behavior among NFL athletes. Research examines the performance of athletes charged with wrongdoing, and raises questions about NFL policy.
Arctic Is Warming Twice As Fast As Anyplace Else On Earth
12/18/2014 8:36 AM
Polar bears continue to take a hit in regions with the greatest loss of snow and ice, the latest report card on the Arctic shows. Meanwhile, plankton are thriving as the sea heats up.
Behind The Scenes At The Lab That Fingerprints Microbiomes
12/17/2014 5:06 PM
Inside the lab, a lone technician sorts through new samples, snipping off swab heads intentionally fouled with fecal material. One head goes to cold storage and the other is processed for sequencing.
Abuse Of Synthetic Drugs Declines Across U.S.
12/16/2014 9:30 PM
Use of synthetic drugs, like bath salts, by young people continues to decline across the nation, according to a study by the University of Michigan.
Methane Bursts On Mars Could Hint At Previous Life
12/16/2014 9:19 PM
Scientists have seen mysterious bursts of methane in the Martian atmosphere, and they can't rule out the possibility that the methane was made by something that was once alive on Mars.
Scientists Debate If It's OK To Make Viruses More Dangerous In The Lab
12/16/2014 6:19 PM
Researchers are struggling with how to balance the benefits and risks of genetic experiments that can give viruses new talents for causing infections.
Hunt For Dengue Vaccine Gets Closer
12/16/2014 5:12 PM
Dengue sickens millions of people each year, and there's no cure. Now scientists have found powerful antibodies that stop the virus. Their discovery offers a road map to develop a simple vaccine.
To Get To The Bottom Of Your Microbiome, Start With A Swab Of Poo
12/15/2014 8:58 PM
To find helpful patterns in personal microbe populations, scientists also need to gather a long list of information about the people who serve as homes for the microscopic critters.
Why Some Scientific Collaborations Are More Beneficial Than Others
12/15/2014 10:01 AM
It turns out that when scientists collaborate internationally, they are more like to have an impact on science than purely domestic collaborations.
Nations Agree To Deal To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions
12/15/2014 10:01 AM
In Lima, Peru, almost all of the world's governments agreed on a document meant to galvanize efforts to curb climate change. While the outcome was modest, it did establish some important principles.
Congress To Nutritionists: Don't Talk About The Environment
12/15/2014 8:25 AM
Should dietary guidelines consider the environmental effects of our food choices? The government-appointed Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee thinks they should. Congress, however, says no.
To Stop Teen Drinking Parties, Fine The Parents
12/15/2014 8:24 AM
For some teenagers, parties with alcohol are almost a rite of passage. Surveys show the vast majority of parents in these homes know the alcohol is flowing. Cities are now cracking down on the adults.
More Than Just Cute, Sea Otters Are Superheroes Of The Marsh
12/14/2014 10:39 PM
Sea otters are furry and photogenic, but those aren't the only reasons to save them from extinction. Turns out that just by eating, they can preserve their entire estuarine ecosystems.
Geminid Meteor Showers Light Up Both Hemispheres
12/14/2014 4:22 PM
Pieces of gravel and dust from a "rock comet" called 3200 Phaethon are still shooting across the sky, dazzling the Earthlings below.




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