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New EPA Standards Label Toxic Coal Ash Non-Hazardous

December 19, 2014 - 4:50pm

Environmental groups had sought to have coal ash, a byproduct of coal-fired power plants, regulated as hazardous waste.

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At Last, I Meet My Microbes

December 19, 2014 - 2:00pm

At 31, a woman had the bacteria in her gut catalogued as part of scientific project that aims to characterize the creatures that live inside us and affect our health. Here's what she found out.

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How Peppermint Tricks Us Into Feeling (Deliciously) Cold

December 19, 2014 - 11:59am

We have the chemical menthol to thank for the wonderful mouth-feel of peppermint. Scientists now know that menthol fools the brain by activating receptors involved with sensing cold.

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Playlist: Science!

December 19, 2014 - 9:49am

From monkeys to microbes, TED speakers in this playlist cover all different realms of the scientific world.

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Why Aren't We More Compassionate?

December 19, 2014 - 9:34am

Psychologist Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, examines why we aren't more compassionate more of the time.

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Are We Wired To Be Compassionate?

December 19, 2014 - 9:34am

Author Robert Wright says humans are not only wired to be compassionate but we have evolved to feel compassion out of self-interest.

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7 Miles Beneath The Sea's Surface: Who Goes There?

December 19, 2014 - 4:02am

Marine scientists plumbing the deepest part of the ocean sent microphones and collection probes baited with chicken to the bottom of a trench near Guam. Now they watch, wait ... and listen.

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Once Written Off, Kepler Telescope Finds New Planet

December 18, 2014 - 8:05pm

The Kepler space telescope, which cost some $600 million, was feared to be at the end of its useful life in 2013. But NASA says it just found another exoplanet.

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What The Change In U.S.-Cuba Relations Might Mean For Food

December 18, 2014 - 5:06pm

The decision to normalize relations is driving all kinds of speculation about American food companies opening up shop in Cuba. But analysts say: Don't expect to see McDonald's there anytime soon.

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NIH Allows Restart Of MERS Research That Had Been Questioned

December 18, 2014 - 2:20pm

The National Institutes of Health has approved requests for waivers from a moratorium on experiments that aim to make the virus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome more infectious in mice.

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Worries About Unusual Botulinum Toxin Prove Unfounded

December 18, 2014 - 9:47am

A previously unknown form of botulinum toxin thought to be resistant to standard treatment raised public health concerns. Subsequent research has allayed those fears.

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Citing Health, Environment Concerns, New York Moves To Ban Fracking

December 18, 2014 - 5:11am

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.

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Research Examines Character Concerns Versus Performance In The NFL

December 18, 2014 - 5:11am

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.

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Arctic Is Warming Twice As Fast As World Average

December 18, 2014 - 3:36am

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.

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Arctic Is Warming Twice As Fast As The Rest Of The Planet

December 18, 2014 - 3:36am

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.

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Behind The Scenes At The Lab That Fingerprints Microbiomes

December 17, 2014 - 12:06pm

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.

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Abuse Of Synthetic Drugs Declines Across U.S.

December 16, 2014 - 4:30pm

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.

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Methane Bursts On Mars Could Hint At Previous Life

December 16, 2014 - 4:19pm

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.

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Scientists Debate If It's OK To Make Viruses More Dangerous In The Lab

December 16, 2014 - 1:19pm

Researchers are struggling with how to balance the benefits and risks of genetic experiments that can give viruses new talents for causing infections.

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Dengue Fever Strikes Millions. Now Scientists Hope To Strike Back

December 16, 2014 - 12:12pm

It's called "breakbone fever" because that's how bad you feel when you get it. There's no cure. But scientists have found powerful antibodies that could lead to the development of a simple vaccine.

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