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Mix Of Gut Microbes May Play Role In Crohn's Disease

Research involving more than 1,500 patients suggests people with Crohn's may have too many of the types of gut bacteria that tend to rile the immune system and too few that reduce inflammation.
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Whole Genome Scans Aren't Quite Ready For Your Doctor's Office

Wouldn't it be great to be able to scan your genes and find out your disease risk? Those scanners exist. But a test of their usefulness for medical care found them not as accurate as one would hope.
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Save The Escargot! Snail-Devouring Predator Rears Its Head In France

The New Guinea flatworm is a vicious little thing with an appetite for snails. Its discovery in Normandy has raised concerns about the fate of Europe's snails — and France's famed mollusk appetizer.
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Evolved Science: Crowds Can Catalog Bugs Faster

Thousands of non-scientists sitting at their home computers may now be as useful as a single Einstein — thanks to online crowdsourcing. What once took years, now takes days.
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Three Years From Meltdown, Japanese Nuclear Plant Still Struggles

In the time since the meltdown at Fukushima's nuclear plant, there have been other mishaps. A recent tour of the reactor reveals that the facility's dogged by both technical problems and labor issues.
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Genetic Sequencing May Not Be Ready To Become Routine

Sequencing someone's genetic code may seem a good way to raise warnings on health risks. But results can be a confusing mess of information that only leaves patients and doctors needlessly scared.
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For A Faster-Aged Bourbon, You Need The Motion Of The Ocean

The longer bourbon ages, the richer its flavor and color. Now, an artisan Kentucky distiller is speeding up nature by sending barrels on boat journeys on the high seas. How does it work? Chemistry.
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NASA Offers $35,000 For Help In Tracking Asteroids

Cash prizes await "citizen scientists" who can improve algorithms that help NASA find and identify asteroids in our solar system, the agency says. A contest begins next week.
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Trapping And Tracking The Mysterious Snowy Owl

This winter's unexpected arctic bird invasion has given owl researchers a rare opportunity. They're fitting a few of the errant owls with GPS backpacks to track their return to the Arctic.
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Turning Food Waste Into Fuel Takes Gumption And Trillions Of Bacteria

A Brooklyn waste treatment plant has become an unlikely lab for an ambitious effort to turn millions of tons of food scraps from New York City's apartments and restaurants into renewable energy.

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