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T Rex To Reveal Itself At The Smithsonian

4 hours 2 min ago

Scientists at the Smithsonian are set to unpack something rare that the National Museum of Natural History has never had before — a nearly complete skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex.

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Risks Of Popular Anxiety Drugs Often Overshadowed

April 15, 2014 - 5:21pm

Benzodiazepines like Xanax and Valium are among the most widely prescribed drugs in the U.S. Patients and addicts often mix them with prescription painkillers — sometimes to deadly effect.

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For A Fast Track To Blossom, Just Send Some Seeds To Space

April 15, 2014 - 4:00pm

After spending eight months on a Japanese space expedition, a cherry pit that's now four years old has mysteriously blossomed six years before it was due.

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Yearly Homecoming Makes For A Springtime Fish Frenzy

April 15, 2014 - 4:00pm

Each April, the shad come back to the Delaware River to spawn, and thousands of anglers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania eagerly await them. Celebrating their annual return is a local spring tradition.

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Saturn Might Have A New Baby Moon Named Peggy

April 15, 2014 - 3:12pm

The Cassini spacecraft spotted a disturbance in the sixth planet's outermost main ring that is thought to be caused by a tiny moon.

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Giant South American Bird On The Run In The U.K.

April 15, 2014 - 12:06pm

The bird, which newspapers say stands 6 feet, can run 40 mph and is "capable of disemboweling a human," escaped last month from a farm in Hertfordshire after apparently being spooked by a local hunt.

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Voodoo Dolls Prove It: Hunger Makes Couples Turn On Each Other

April 15, 2014 - 3:25am

To see if low blood sugar sours even good relationships, scientists used an unusual tool: voodoo dolls representing spouses. As hunger levels rose, so did the number of pins.

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Gene Linked To Alzheimer's Poses A Special Threat To Women

April 14, 2014 - 5:43pm

Scientists have figured out one reason women might be more vulnerable to Alzheimer's: A risk gene doubles women's chances of getting the disease but has minimal effect on men.

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For All You Need To Know About The Blood Moon, Ask Mr. Eclipse

April 14, 2014 - 4:01pm

Audie Cornish speaks with Fred Espenak, scientist emeritus at NASA Goddard, also known as "Mr. Eclipse," about the lunar eclipse that will happen Monday night.

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Why Babies Cry At Night

April 14, 2014 - 2:51pm

Maybe she's not just hungry. One scientist thinks the chubby bundles have a devious plan: Exhausting a mom delays the arrival of another brother or sister.

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Modern Medicine May Not Be Doing Your Microbiome Any Favors

April 14, 2014 - 1:17pm

In Missing Microbes, Dr. Martin Blaser argues that the overuse of antibiotics, as well as now-common practices like C-sections, may be messing with gut microbes.

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Getting Enough Vitamin D: More Than Milk And Sunshine

April 14, 2014 - 12:26pm

New research finds that people with low levels of vitamin D are more likely to die from cancer, heart disease and other illnesses. Nutrition professor and author Marion Nestle explains.

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There's A 'Blood Moon' Eclipse Tonight, But Will You Be Able To See It?

April 14, 2014 - 11:03am

The weather may play havoc with the sky-watching on the East Coast, though much of the Midwest and West ought to get a good view.

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Mind Over Milkshake: How Your Thoughts Fool Your Stomach

April 14, 2014 - 3:22am

What we think about food may change how our bodies respond to it. Sip what you think is a rich milkshake, and your body acts as if you've had a fatty treat, even if it's really a lower-calorie drink.

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Climate Change Adjustments Must Be Fast And Major, U.N. Panel Says

April 13, 2014 - 9:40am

Greenhouse gas emissions will have to drop 40 to 70 percent by 2050 — and then drop even more, to nearly zero by the end of this century — a new U.N. report says.

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A Love Letter To Matzo: Why The Holey Cracker Is A Crunch Above

April 13, 2014 - 4:45am

Plain, dry matzo tends to have a reputation for tastelessness. But Dan Pashman, host of the food podcast and blog The Sporkful, argues that the crunchy cracker is a culinary marvel.

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A Love Letter To Matzo: Why The Holey Cracker Is A Crunch Above

April 13, 2014 - 4:45am

Plain, dry matzo tends to have a reputation for tastelessness. But Dan Pashman, host of the food podcast and blog The Sporkful, argues that the crunchy cracker is a culinary marvel.

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Making Math And Microscopes More Accessible

April 12, 2014 - 5:09pm

From popularizing a feared subject to scaling down high-tech tools, here are two examples of experts solving complicated problems with simplicity.

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Gassy Cows Are Warming The Planet, And They're Here To Stay

April 12, 2014 - 5:06am

Methane from livestock accounts for a huge portion of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, according to a UN report. But reducing global meat consumption isn't necessarily the answer to the problem.

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Gassy Cows Are Warming The Planet, And They're Here To Stay

April 12, 2014 - 5:06am

Methane from livestock accounts for a huge portion of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, according to a UN report. But reducing global meat consumption isn't necessarily the answer to the problem.

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