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Searching Online May Make You Think You're Smarter Than You Are

Googling that fact can make insufferable know-it-alls even more sure of their superior abilities, a study finds. The mere act of searching seems to boost faith in one's knowledge.
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Germanwings Crash Highlights Workplace Approaches To Mental Health

The case of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz has focused attention on what Lufthansa, or any employer, can really know about an employee's state of mind. Requiring a psychological evaluation has risks, too.
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A Virus In Your Mouth Helps Fight The Flu

It's related to herpes. And it infects most of the world — about half of Americans, nearly all the developing world. But don't go out and get infected. The virus has a dark side, too.
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Tobacco Firm Seeks Softer Warning For Cigarette Alternative

The product is called snus — a tiny bag of smokeless tobacco that users slip between the lip and gum. A Swedish maker claims the product is safer than cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco.
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Hackers Teach Computers To Tell Healthy And Sick Brain Cells Apart

Scientists are still better than computers at assessing a neuron's health by looking at its shape. But an effort that includes an international series of hackathons could help speed the process.
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Meet The Bacteria That Make A Stink In Your Pits

Scientists say they've IDed the bacteria that emit that rank smell after a hard workout. Future deodorants might target that bad actor rather than blocking sweat glands or nuking all bacteria.
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U.S. Promises To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions Up To 28 Percent By 2025

The new target was submitted to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Tuesday. It is part of a plan for a new international treaty to be hammered out in December in Paris.
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After Snowden, The NSA Faces Recruitment Challenge

To keep its code-breaking prowess, the National Security Agency must recruit scores of the brightest students in math and computer science each year. The Snowden revelations are hurting those efforts.
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No Easy, Reliable Way To Screen For Suicide

Clinicians correctly predict a suicide attempt about half the time — no better than a coin toss. Certain tests of involuntary responses, although still experimental, aim to improve the odds.
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Want To Do A Little Astrophysics? This App Detects Cosmic Rays

Two physicists keen to detect a a very rare, high energy particle think you and I can help. The researchers are working on an app that would allow any smartphone to detect rare particles from space.

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