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Atomic Scientists' 'Doomsday Clock' Ticks Forward

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Science and Security Board is warning that "the probability of global catastrophe is very high" unless quick action is taken.
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Finding Crime Clues In What Insects Had For Dinner

Forensic scientists can find crime-solving evidence in the tiniest details, such as the insects that arrive at the scene to feed on the decomposing corpse.
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Maybe Early Humans Weren't The First To Get A Good Grip

The opposable thumb you use to hold a pencil was long thought to be a defining aspect of humans. But an analysis of finger bones suggests stone tool use by pre-humans — perhaps 3 million years ago.
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X-Rays Open Secrets Of Ancient Scrolls

Scientists have used a particle accelerator to read ancient scrolls without unrolling them. The breakthrough could potentially be used to decipher hundreds of texts.
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Rare And 'Horrific': Frilled Shark Startles Fishermen In Australia

The frilled shark's roots are traced to 80 million years ago. Its prehistoric origins are obvious in its primitive body; nearly all of the rare animal's closest relatives are long extinct.
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Why Some GMO Foods Don't Have Genetically Modified DNA

It may surprise you to learn that some processed foods made from GMOs — say, canola oil, for example — don't actually contain any genetically modified DNA or proteins.
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E-Cigarettes Can Churn Out High Levels Of Formaldehyde

Unexpectedly high levels of the cancer-causing chemical were found in an analysis of the vapor from e-cigarettes, researchers say.
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Scientists Give Genetically Modified Organisms A Safety Switch

By making E. coli dependent on an artificial amino acid, scientists hope to show that engineered organisms can be safer and more useful for industrial processes like drug production.
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Scandium Middleman Is A Rare Guy Selling A Rare Element

Our Planet Money team has a story about a man who realized at the time that he was the only person in the world with his job. It was a job selling something almost no one wanted.
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After Congressional Green Light, Scientists Begin Hemp Studies

Scientists are studying how hemp might be used in the electronic, medical and manufacturing industries. Because the plant's been illegal for decades, it's been difficult to do research on its uses.

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