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Leaky Blood Vessels In The Brain May Lead To Alzheimer's

As vessels become more porous, researchers say, they allow toxins in the bloodstream to reach, and damage, delicate brain cells and raise the risk for dementia.
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Brewers Gone Wild: Taming Unpredictable Yeast For Flavorful Beer

A handful U.S. craft brewers are reviving an age-old way of making beer that was practically unthinkable a decade ago. Welcome to the wacky world of Brett, a local yeast that can impart funky flavors.
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Taking Antibiotics During Travel Fosters Drug-Resistant Germs

Many of us take antibiotics when we get tummy troubles in developing countries. Scientists say this opens the door for a dangerous visitor in the GI tract. These microbes can stick around for months.
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Why NFL Teams Should Reconsider Giving Coaches The Heave-Ho

Research finds the systematic elimination of losing coaches by NFL teams generally leads to weaker performance among those teams in the following few years.
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A Blind Woman Gains New Freedom, Click By Click By Click

Blind since birth, Julee-anne Bell learned to get by better on her own with echolocation, a method explored in this week's Invisibilia. But along the way, she found that independence came with costs.
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Ecologist's Airborne Scanners See The Forest And The Trees — All Of Them

Gregory Asner has loaded a plane with lasers, spectrometers and computers to create models so detailed, they distinguish between and count plant species in even the densest biomes, like the Amazon.
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Goosebumps And Gas: New Data From Rosetta Probe Describes Comet

We're learning more about the comet that a European Space Agency paired up with its Rosetta probe last fall. For one thing, it has "goosebumps" on steep cliff faces. It's also highly porous.
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Investment Fund Pours Cash Into Cleaner, Greener Fish Farming

Aqua-Spark is the world's first investment fund for sustainable aquaculture. So far it has bet on an alternative fish feed that could take pressure off the oceans and a tilapia farm in Mozambique.
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Atomic Scientists' 'Doomsday Clock' Ticks Forward

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Science and Security Board is warning that "the probability of global catastrophe is very high" unless quick action is taken.
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Finding Crime Clues In What Insects Had For Dinner

Forensic scientists can find crime-solving evidence in the tiniest details, such as the insects that arrive at the scene to feed on the decomposing corpse.

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