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Historic Chemistry Lab With Links To Thomas Jefferson Discovered Behind Wall

The "chemical hearth," dating back to the 1820s, was unearthed by workers doing renovations on the Rotunda at the University of Virginia. It is thought to be one of very few such labs still surviving.


Sexual Harassment Case Shines Light On Science's Dark Secret

Renowned astronomer Geoffrey Marcy resigned this week after accusations that he sexually harassed students became public. Researchers are asking why so little is done to stop harassment in science.

Hunter-Gatherers Don't Get More Sleep Than We Do, Study Finds

A new study shows people living in hunter-gatherer societies don't get any more sleep than people in the more modern world, despite living without TVs, computers, cell phones and other electronic distractions.

Up Late? Looks Like Our Paleo Ancestors Didn't Sleep Much Either

It's tempting to think that our forebears got lots of blissful snooze time. But modern-day hunter-gatherers aren't getting more than 6.5 hours a night, researchers say. And that's without smartphones.

States That Declined To Expand Medicaid Face Higher Costs

The 22 states that didn't ease Medicaid eligibility under Obamacare cover a much smaller percentage of their low-income residents than other states do and have seen their costs rise more.
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LISTEN: What's In A 'Model,' With The Capital Weather Gang's Jason Samenow

Some computer models had Hurricane Joaquin headed straight for us, but one — the European model — showed it tracking farther out to sea, and that's what wound up happening. Jason Samenow from the Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang explains how those models work.


Backyard Beekeeping Approved In Los Angeles

"To bee or not to bee, that is the question. But there is no question. We must have bees," City Councilman Paul Koretz said.

How Long Can Ebola Linger In The Semen Of Male Survivors?

New research finds that the virus can be present far longer than expected — and that there could be a continuing risk of transmission through sexual contact.

Dietary Supplements Send Thousands To ERs Yearly

More than 23,000 Americans end up in emergency rooms each year after taking dietary supplements, an analysis shows. Most cases are linked to weight-loss products or energy-boosting supplements.

University Of Vermont's Ban On Bottled Water Backfires

The University of Vermont banned the sale of bottled water on its campus in 2013 to cut down on single-use bottles in the waste stream. But the number of plastic, single-use bottles being shipped to campus went up, and students ended up using more single-use bottles and drinking less healthy beverages out of them. Now the university is trying to figure out how to balance sustainability and nutrition in on-campus beverage sales.