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Why You Shouldn't Take Your Milk's 3-Week Shelf Life For Granted

What's the secret to long-lasting milk? A complex system of refrigeration called the cold chain. But in some parts of developing countries, the chain doesn't exist, leaving a lot of milk to spoil.
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NASA's James Webb Space Telescope

We chat with John Mather, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist and the senior project scientist for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope project.

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Environmental Outlook: Disappearing Beaches

Rising sea-levels, storms and erosion are threatening beaches and coastal communities worldwide. We look at efforts to rethink development along our shores and to protect the coastline.

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Judge Strikes Down Idaho 'Ag-Gag' Law, Raising Questions For Other States

A judge ruled Monday that an Idaho law criminalizing undercover investigations of farms is unconstitutional. Seven other states have similar laws, but legal experts say they may not stand much longer.
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When Relying On The Sun, Energy Storage Remains Out Of Reach

The ability to store energy could revolutionize the way electricity is made and used. But for many utility companies and regular folks, energy storage is still too costly and difficult.
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Straighten Your Hair Without Frying It? Engineers Are On The Case

Heat can turn curly locks into a sleek 'do — and can also damage hair permanently. Engineers at Purdue are figuring out how hot is just hot enough when it comes to wielding that flat iron.
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Women, There's A Reason Why You're Shivering In The Office

Air conditioning standards are based on the needs of a 155-pound man. Researchers say it's time to admit that women don't need to be chilled as much and crank up the thermostat.
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New Efforts To Help People With Mental Illness Get Treatment Instead Of Jail Time

Jails in the U.S. have increasingly become holding cells for people suffering from mental illness despite the fact that the vast majority pose no threat to public safety. We get an update on new efforts to keep people with mental illness out of jail and into treatment.

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In The Fight Against Tsetse Flies, Blue Is The New Black

For some unknown reason, the insects that transmit sleeping sickness in sub-Saharan Africa are attracted to the color blue. So scientists think blue flytraps could help wipe out the disease for good.
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President Obama Announces New Limits On Power Plant Carbon Emissions

President Barack Obama announced the first ever federal regulations that would sharply reduce greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants. Campaigns to block the rules are already underway. We look at what’s in the new rules and the legal and political battles ahead.

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