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Double Trouble For Coffee: Drought And Disease Send Prices Up

Coffee prices have spiked this year because of drought in Brazil and a disease that's crippling coffee production in parts of Central America. Coffee traders says prices could rise to $3 a pound.
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Big Bang's Ripples: Two Scientists Recall Their Big Discovery

Fifty years ago today, two astronomers in New Jersey accidentally discovered the Big Bang's afterglow. The roaring space static their hilltop antenna detected came from the birth of the universe.
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UK Government Asks: What's The Greatest Challenge Of Our Time?

In 1714, the British government established a prize to solve the greatest challenge of that time: Pinpoint a ship's location at sea by knowing its longitude. Now, 300 years later, it's bringing back the Longitude Prize. This time, the public will choose the greatest challenge in a vote that begins Thursday.
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Before You Get Too Excited About The Titanosaur, Listen To This Guy

Science writer Brian Switek responds to the recent discovery of bones that many say are from the largest dinosaur ever. Switek disputes the claim, explaining why a statement like that can't be made.
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Global Temperatures Tied Record High Last Month

Warmer weather in Australia and Siberia helped make last month the hottest April on record, tying levels last seen in 2010. Climate change may be putting landmarks like the Statue of Liberty at risk.
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Beezin' May Be Bogus, But Other Dopey Teen Fads Can Bite Back

Teens have always been creative about repurposing household products in search of a high, and they're getting help from social media. Parents are wondering how to tell danger from harmless hype.
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NASA Chief Dismisses Concern Over Russia Quitting Space Station

Administrator Charles Bolden said no one country was indispensable to the ISS after Moscow last week said it would not participate in a plan to extend the station's life past 2020.
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Why Reporting On Scientific Research May Warp Findings

The pressure to publish original research can mean scientists are neglecting to verify the work of others. In its current issue, the journal Social Psychology is trying a different approach.
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The First American Teenager, Millennia-Old And Underwater

DNA from the skeleton of a 12,000-year-old teenage girl found on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula shows that today's Native Americans are descended from Siberians who spread southward across North America.
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Fighting Bugs With Bugs: Hatching A Solution For Troubled Trees

The Asian citrus psyllid is a tiny bug that spreads a devastating tree disease. Pesticides can't always control it, so California farmers have turned to a different solution: another bug.

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