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5:04 am
Thu July 9, 2015

Lake Mead's Drought Conditions Make Diving For B-29 Wreckage Easier

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 8:23 am

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Science
4:42 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Scientists Discover One Of The Oldest Horned Dinosaurs

Life reconstruction of Wendiceratops pinhorn.
Danielle Dufault/PLOS ONE

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 6:34 pm

Scientists have found a "new" horned dinosaur that lived about 79 million years ago — and they say the discovery helps them understand the early evolution of the family that includes Triceratops.

The new dinosaur, which was named Wendiceratops pinhornensis after a famous fossil hunter who discovered the bone bed in Canada where these fossils were buried, is one of the oldest known horned dinosaurs.

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Shots - Health News
2:09 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Genetic Tweaks Are Restoring Hearing In Animals, Raising Hopes For People

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 8:02 am

Researchers have taken another step toward reversing deafness using gene therapy.

The latest success involves mice with an inherited form of deafness, a team reports Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine. And a similar approach is already being tried in people with hearing loss caused by damage to cells in the inner ear.

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Around the Nation
4:35 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Budget Cuts Force Colorado National Forest To Rely On Volunteer Labor

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 6:32 pm

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The Salt
1:15 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Why Sit-Down Meals May Be Just As Unhealthful As Fast Food

Eating at a full-service restaurant doesn't necessarily mean a more healthful meal than dining at the drive-through joint.
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Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 2:10 pm

Even if you're not counting your calories, date night at that restaurant down the street is still a more healthful choice than McDonald's, right?

Don't count on it.

Dining out at a sit-down restaurant can mean far more sodium in your diet-- and nearly as much saturated fat — as eating at a fast-food joint, according to a recent study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. What's more, people consumed more calories when they sat down for their meal at a full-service place rather than taking it to go, the study found.

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The Two-Way
3:45 am
Mon July 6, 2015

Pluto-Bound Spacecraft Nears Its Quarry

NASA's New Horizons mission will be the first ever to visit Pluto and its moons. This artist's conception shows the probe as it passes the dwarf planet.
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Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 7:58 am

It has taken nearly a decade and 3 billion miles to get there, but scientists are about to get their first look at Pluto.

The New Horizons spacecraft is closing fast on the tiny world once thought to be at the edge of our solar system. On Tuesday the probe will begin an intensive nine-day scientific study of Pluto and its moons.

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Television
3:44 am
Mon July 6, 2015

After Sketchy Science, Shark Week Promises To Turn Over A New Fin

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 8:48 pm

It has been called the "Super Bowl of the ocean."

Shark Week is a ratings bonanza for the Discovery Channel with more than 40 million people tuning in last year. Shark Week kicked off this weekend with the most hours of programming ever in its 28-year history But many scientists think the huge audiences — and the hype — have come at the expense of real science.

A generation of shark scientists cut their teeth on Shark Week.

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The Two-Way
9:30 am
Sun July 5, 2015

Russian Supply Capsule Successfully Docks With Space Station

The Soyuz-U space launch vehicle rocket carrying the Russian cargo ship Progress M-28M launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Friday. The Progress resupply capsule successfully docked with the International Space Station on Sunday.
Sergai Savostyanov ITAR-TASS/Landov

Originally published on Sun July 5, 2015 1:18 pm

The International Space Station has just received a much-needed delivery, including some groceries, aboard a Russian capsule that successfully docked after three previous attempts to resupply the orbiting laboratory had failed.

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Around the Nation
7:54 am
Sun July 5, 2015

Don't Blame The Sharks For 'Perfect Storm' Of Attacks In North Carolina

The recent spate of attacks — seven since June in North Carolina alone — has little to do with the shark population off American coastlines. Shark attack, George Burgess says, "is driven by the number of humans in the water more than the number of sharks."
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Originally published on Sun July 5, 2015 2:58 pm

Those who spend much time on the Carolina beaches know that many shark species, and even whales, are frequent visitors during the summer. And, though it's extremely rare, those sharks have been known to attack humans.

But this year, there have already been seven shark attacks off the North Carolina coast since June. It's a number that has surprised even the most seasoned of shark-watchers.

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The Salt
5:17 pm
Sat July 4, 2015

Aphrodisiacs Can Spark Sexual Imagination, But Probably Not Libido

The Birth of Venus, by Sandro Botticelli, depicts the goddess of love floating on a giant scallop shell. The word aphrodisiac derives from her Greek name, Aphrodite.
Sandro Botticelli Wikimedia

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 6:33 pm

What do we know about the power of food to rev up sex drive? Not much.

"Really, science has not figured out what determines sexual motivation and sexual attraction. If we knew the answer to that, we'd probably be richer than Pfizer after they invented Viagra," says Dolores Lamb, director of the Center for Reproductive Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

She hasn't seen any compelling evidence that any particular food can intensify desire.

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