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Federal Judge Blocks Texas Restriction On Abortion Clinics

August 29, 2014 - 10:22pm

Requiring every center that performs abortions to meet all the standards of a surgical center is excessively restrictive, says the federal district court judge who blocked the state rule Friday.

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Volcanoes In Iceland, Papua New Guinea Keep Residents On Edge

August 29, 2014 - 9:09am

Two eruptions a half a world apart have caused evacuations and aviation warnings, but so far no injuries.

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As BP Pays For Oil Spill Impact, Some People Aren't Seeing The Cash

August 29, 2014 - 3:38am

The oil giant is paying billions of dollars to businesses hurt by the 2010 spill, but won't pay business owners hurt by a government drilling moratorium that was put in place after the spill.

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Rats! New York City Tries To Drain Rodent 'Reservoirs'

August 29, 2014 - 3:29am

Health officials want to reduce the rat population, so they're hiring extra exterminators, sealing up holes and teaching regular New Yorkers how to make homes and gardens less rat-friendly.

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Night Of The Cemetery Bats

August 28, 2014 - 4:11pm

And you thought cemeteries were for the dead. A nighttime census of leafy Bellefontaine in St. Louis reveals at least two species of bats. Parklike graveyards provide key habitat for urban wildlife.

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What We Really See When We Go See A Movie

August 28, 2014 - 4:11pm

Dr. Tim Smith, a visual scientist at the University of London, discusses how our brains perceive what's seen on the big screen. How do we process images, events and stories that we see in the movies?

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Scientists Study How We Evolved To Stand On Our Own Two Fins

August 28, 2014 - 2:56pm

They examined an African fish that can breathe air and walk on its fins, discovering insights into the transition from sea to land some 400 million years ago.

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Ebola Is Rapidly Mutating As It Spreads Across West Africa

August 28, 2014 - 2:08pm

For the first time, researchers have tracked the spread of Ebola, almost in real time, during an outbreak. The virus is quickly changing its genetic code. But it's unclear what the mutations mean.

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An Icy Solution To The Mystery Of The Slithering Stones

August 28, 2014 - 3:46am

In the moonscape of Death Valley, one mystery stands out: boulders that seem to creep along the desert floor when nobody's looking. Thanks to video and GPS, scientists now think they know why.

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Life After Ice Buckets: ALS Group Faces $94 Million Challenge

August 27, 2014 - 4:43pm

The ALS Association has raised more than $94 million in recent weeks via its online ice bucket challenge — compared with $2.7 million this time last year. Now what?

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There's A Big Leak In America's Water Tower

August 27, 2014 - 3:53pm

Peaks around Glacier National Park store water that irrigates a large section of North America. But a warming climate is shrinking that snowpack, with ominous consequences for wildlife and people.

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Science Crowns Mozzarella The King Of Pizza Cheese

August 27, 2014 - 7:31am

Why do some cheeses melt and caramelize better than others? Researchers used high-tech cameras and special software to figure it out.

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Parking Behavior May Reflect Economic Drive

August 27, 2014 - 5:02am

Scholars have long tried to understand how culture affects communities. New research argues that the parking behavior of drivers may tell us something about the economic productivity of nations.

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Hello, May I Help You Plan Your Final Months?

August 27, 2014 - 3:28am

The company Vital Decisions hires social workers to help people make end-of-life plans in advance, over the phone. But the counselors are paid by insurers. Critics see a conflict of interest.

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Build A Toothbrush, Change The World. Or Not

August 27, 2014 - 3:27am

You think bringing a new toothbrush to market is easy? The seven-year saga of two dental entrepreneurs struggling to bring their patented brush to consumers suggests otherwise.

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Depressed Teens May Need Extra Support To Stick With Treatment

August 26, 2014 - 5:30pm

Enlisting parents to make sure teens get counseling is a start, but a lot of families need more support, research suggests. Even finding the right therapist can be daunting.

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How Ebola Kills You: It's Not The Virus

August 26, 2014 - 4:07pm

Ebola has a nasty reputation for damaging the body, especially its blood vessels. But when you look at the nitty-gritty details of what happens after a person is infected, a surprising fact surfaces.

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The 'Greening' Of Florida Citrus Means Less Green In Growers' Pockets

August 26, 2014 - 3:40am

Orange juice sales are at their lowest point in 10 years. Florida's citrus industry is reeling from a disease called "greening," while consumers face dozens of other choices in the supermarket aisle.

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Could A 2-Year-Old Boy Be 'Patient Zero' For The Ebola Outbreak?

August 25, 2014 - 6:29pm

Scientists now think the entire outbreak in West Africa was triggered by one person and then the virus took off from there. Early signs pointed to a little boy in southern Guinea.

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In Latest Calif. Earthquake, Shake Alert Tests Its Legs

August 25, 2014 - 4:06pm

Before the earthquake that struck Napa, Calif., an earthquake early warning system blared an alarm 10 seconds early. Doug Given, the Earthquake Early Warning coordinator for the U.S. Geological Survey, tells Melissa Block about the system that he's helped to institute.

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