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Certain English Errors May Decipher Clues To Dying Languages

Linguists try to understand the nuances of languages, and how they relate to one another. A computer scientist says the English mistakes of non-native speakers can reveal something about languages.
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European Activists Say They Don't Want Any U.S. 'Chlorine Chicken'

Most U.S. poultry is bathed in a little chlorine on the way to your plate. But that treatment is banned in Europe. Now "chlorinated chickens" are a sticking point in a trans-Atlantic trade deal.
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Everything But The Squeal: How The Hog Industry Cuts Food Waste

Large-scale hog operations get a bad environmental rap. But when it comes to processing the animals, the industry is a model of efficiency, making use of every last bit in sometimes surprising ways.
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A Doctor Unlocks Mysteries Of The Brain By Talking And Watching

If you have a problem with your heart or liver, the diagnosis is likely to be made by a lab test or medical image. But neurologist Allan Ropper says those tests often fail when it comes to the brain.
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What Drives Abortion: The Law or Income?

About 5 million women worldwide are admitted to hospitals each year because of complications after an abortion. But the key to stopping these injuries may have nothing to with changing the law.
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Tiny Spanish Island Nears Its Goal: 100 Percent Renewable Energy

El Hierro, the most remote of Spain's Canary Islands, used to import thousands of tons of diesel each year. Now a new power plant will let the island run entirely on renewable energy.
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Unmasked, Cancer Survivors Face The Symbol Of Their Torture

For some survivors of head and neck cancer, the mask each had to wear to guide beams of radiation therapy remains a potent symbol. Some destroy the mask afterward. Others see a new beginning.
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2 Ways To Think About Nothing, One Mo' Time

Let's compare two kinds of nothing: an empty patch of deep space and an empty piece of paper that was once beautiful. There's nothing to see in either. Or is there?
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India Zooms To Mars Much More Cheaply, But With Trade-Offs

A U.S. probe cost $637 million to get to Mars; an Indian mission cost about a tenth as much. There are at least a few reasons why, both teams agree — starting with the differing shapes of each orbit.
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GMO Wheat Investigation Closed, But Another One Opens

Investigators from the U.S. Department of Agriculture say they cannot figure out how genetically modified wheat got into an Oregon field. Now GM wheat has been found growing in Montana, too.

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