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Toll From Japanese Volcano Reaches 48 Dead

1 hour 29 min ago

Mount Ontake, located about 125 miles west of Tokyo, unexpectedly belched toxic gas last week as scores of people hiked near the summit.

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From Kale To Pale Ale, A Love of Bitter May Be In Your Genes

6 hours 45 min ago

Researchers have found a gene that affects how strongly you experience bitter flavors. And those who aren't as sensitive eat about 200 more servings of vegetables per year.

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Federal Judges Sends Wyo. Wolves Back To Endangered Species List

September 30, 2014 - 4:08pm

Just two years after the Obama administration removed federal protections for wolves in the state of Wyoming, a federal judge has reinstated them, saying that the state's plan for managing the species was inadequate and largely unenforceable.

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'Human Flesh' Burger Is A Treat To Tempt The Walking Dead

September 30, 2014 - 4:04pm

In a stunt to promote the next season of the hit zombie show The Walking Dead, London chefs have concocted a burger inspired by human flesh. They're giving them away Tuesday at a pop-up restaurant.

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Ban On Single-Use Plastic Bags Is Enacted In California

September 30, 2014 - 3:07pm

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed SB 270, the first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags in the U.S. It requires a 10-cent fee for the use of compostable or paper bags.

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Instead Of Staring At Screens, These Kids Stared At Faces

September 30, 2014 - 1:43pm

A recent study from researchers at UCLA found that kids who spent a week at outdoor camp — away from all electronic devices — got a lot better at picking up emotion in other people's faces.

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Aral Sea's Eastern Basin Has Dried Out, NASA Photos Show

September 30, 2014 - 12:57pm

"For the first time in modern history, the eastern basin of the South Aral Sea has completely dried," NASA says, citing satellite photos from 2000 and 2014.

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Certain English Errors May Decipher Clues To Dying Languages

September 30, 2014 - 5:06am

Linguists try to understand the nuances of languages, and how they relate to one another. A computer scientist says the English mistakes of non-native speakers can reveal something about languages.

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European Activists Say They Don't Want Any U.S. 'Chlorine Chicken'

September 30, 2014 - 3:37am

Most U.S. poultry is bathed in a little chlorine on the way to your plate. But that treatment is banned in Europe. Now "chlorinated chickens" are a sticking point in a trans-Atlantic trade deal.

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Everything But The Squeal: How The Hog Industry Cuts Food Waste

September 29, 2014 - 12:25pm

Large-scale hog operations get a bad environmental rap. But when it comes to processing the animals, the industry is a model of efficiency, making use of every last bit in sometimes surprising ways.

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A Doctor Unlocks Mysteries Of The Brain By Talking And Watching

September 29, 2014 - 3:26am

If you have a problem with your heart or liver, the diagnosis is likely to be made by a lab test or medical image. But neurologist Allan Ropper says those tests often fail when it comes to the brain.

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What Drives Abortion: The Law Or Income?

September 28, 2014 - 10:25am

About 5 million women worldwide are admitted to hospitals each year because of complications after an abortion. But the key to stopping these injuries may have nothing to with changing the law.

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2 Ways To Think About Nothing, One Mo' Time

September 28, 2014 - 5:48am

Let's compare two kinds of nothing: an empty patch of deep space and an empty piece of paper that was once beautiful. There's nothing to see in either. Or is there?

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2 Ways To Think About Nothing, One Mo' Time

September 28, 2014 - 5:48am

Let's compare two kinds of nothing: an empty patch of deep space and an empty piece of paper that was once beautiful. There's nothing to see in either. Or is there?

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Unmasked, Cancer Survivors Face The Symbol Of Their Torture

September 28, 2014 - 5:43am

For some survivors of head and neck cancer, the mask each had to wear to guide beams of radiation therapy remains a potent symbol. Some destroy the mask afterward. Others see a new beginning.

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Tiny Spanish Island Nears Its Goal: 100 Percent Renewable Energy

September 28, 2014 - 5:42am

El Hierro, the most remote of Spain's Canary Islands, used to import thousands of tons of diesel each year. Now a new power plant will let the island run entirely on renewable energy.

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India Zooms To Mars Much More Cheaply, But With Trade-Offs

September 27, 2014 - 8:02am

A U.S. probe cost $637 million to get to Mars; an Indian mission cost about a tenth as much. There are at least a few reasons why, both teams agree — starting with the differing shapes of each orbit.

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GMO Wheat Investigation Closed, But Another One Opens

September 26, 2014 - 6:14pm

Investigators from the U.S. Department of Agriculture say they cannot figure out how genetically modified wheat got into an Oregon field. Now GM wheat has been found growing in Montana, too.

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N.J. Braces For Future Disasters By Fleeing, And Fortifying, The Coast

September 26, 2014 - 5:51pm

Federal funds are supporting two different disaster-prevention approaches — coastal retreat, or people leaving flood zones, and coastal defense, or building infrastructure to protect at-risk areas.

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Florida's Manatees: Big, Beloved And Bitterly Contested

September 26, 2014 - 4:11pm

In one coastal community, some residents are trying to get manatees off the endangered species list. But manatee advocates say the sea cows, threatened by ecotourism, need more protection, not less.

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