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This Pie Chart Is Delicious And Statistically Sound

April 8, 2014 - 6:51pm

Back in 2012, The Salt surveyed readers on their favorite pies during our Pie Week series. Recently, an Australian reader tells us she pie-charted our results with mouth-watering real pie.

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The Forgotten Childhood: Why Early Memories Fade

April 8, 2014 - 5:08pm

Childhood amnesia descends gradually — and later than you might think, researchers say. Many 7-year-olds have robust memories of experiences from when they were 3 or even younger.

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Why Physicists Are In A Film Promoting An Earth-Centered Universe

April 8, 2014 - 4:17pm

Scientist Lawrence Krauss says clips of him were "mined" to lend credibility to The Principle, a film he describes as "stupid" and "unbelievable."

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NASA Image Shows Volcanic Island Has Annexed Its Neighbor

April 8, 2014 - 12:28pm

NASA says the Western Pacific island of Nishino-shima has merged with its newly created volcanic companion, forming one larger landmass.

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How Mouse Studies Lead Medical Research Down Dead Ends

April 8, 2014 - 3:44am

New drugs are usually tested in animals before they're tested in humans. But many of those studies aren't done carefully enough, analysts say. So time and money is wasted, and treatments are delayed.

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Play It Again And Again, Sam

April 7, 2014 - 6:22pm

We're all seduced by repetition, music research suggests — 90 percent of the music we listen to, we've heard before. Beyond music, this bias toward familiarity holds up in every culture. What gives?

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The Future Of Clean, Green Fish Farming Could Be Indoor Factories

April 7, 2014 - 5:45pm

Aquaculture in the U.S. has lagged because of opposition from environmentalists and people living on the coast. But entrepreneurs say they've found a way to produce fish on land with little pollution.

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Simple Blood Test To Spot Early Lung Cancer Getting Closer

April 6, 2014 - 1:22pm

Several scientific teams are developing sensitive tests for tumor DNA that, when perfected, could be used to diagnose cancer earlier, and more closely monitor the response to treatment.

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An Astronaut Asks: What Does This Cloud Look Like?

April 5, 2014 - 4:26pm

The image comes from Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who gained fans last year when he tweeted photos and messages about his stint on the International Space Station.

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Feds Hope $5 Billion Settlement A Lesson For Polluters

April 5, 2014 - 5:40am

The Justice Department wants the settlement with mining company Kerr-McGee to send a powerful message: corporations can't shirk their responsibility to clean up the toxic legacies of their operations.

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The Power of Poop: A Whale Story

April 5, 2014 - 5:39am

Whales are famous for spouts and blowholes. Turns out there's another whale opening that's just as important, but I'm too polite to mention it.

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The Power Of Poop: A Whale Story

April 5, 2014 - 5:39am

Whales are famous for spouts and blowholes. Turns out there's another whale opening that's just as important, but I'm too polite to mention it.

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Could A 'Barbie' Get Real? What A Healthy Fashion Doll Looks Like

April 4, 2014 - 1:14pm

Barbie dolls are marketed with sports gear, but could they actually run on those spindly gams? The design for a doll based on an average 19-year-old's physique looks like it really has legs.

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Scientists Say A Lake Superior Lurks On Saturn's Moon Enceladus

April 4, 2014 - 11:49am

There's a large body of liquid water under the moon's south pole, according to new research. Perhaps most exciting to scientists is that where there's liquid water, there just might be life.

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Does Money Make You Mean?

April 4, 2014 - 9:28am

Social psychologist Paul Piff describes how wealth changes behavior and how almost anyone's behavior can change when they're made to feel rich.

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Could Your Language Affect Your Ability To Save Money?

April 4, 2014 - 9:28am

Behavioral economist Keith Chen says languages that don't have a future tense strongly correlate with higher savings.

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Are We Wired To Be Bad With Money?

April 4, 2014 - 9:28am

Psychologist Laurie Santos studies human irrationality by observing how primates make decisions — including some not-so-savvy money choices their human relatives often make.

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Shooting Unfairly Links Violence With Mental Illness — Again

April 3, 2014 - 7:14pm

The vast majority of people, including soldiers, with PTSD, depression or other mental illness are not violent. Psychiatrists doubt the latest shooting at Fort Hood could have been predicted.

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One More Speed Bump For Your Retirement Fund: Basic Human Impulse

April 3, 2014 - 6:02pm

Basic human impulses often conflict with saving for retirement. For one thing, people hate losing something — even more than we love winning. Behavioral economists call this "loss aversion."

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Farmers Need To Get 'Climate Smart' To Prep For What's Ahead

April 3, 2014 - 2:14pm

Climate change will likely hurt food production, raise food prices and increase hunger. But those calamities may not be inevitable, according to a group of international agriculture researchers.

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