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Supermarkets Waste Tons Of Food As They Woo Shoppers

In the U.S., consumers account for the biggest share of waste in the food chain. Demand for stocked shelves and unblemished produce, and confusion over date labels lead to mountains of tossed meals.
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Tracking Trends In Bird Populations

The director of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center at the National Zoo shares the latest annual count of birds that are thriving and those in decline, and examines humans' role in both degrading and conserving bird habitats.

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Obama Calls On International Community To Fight Ebola

The president warned that the U.S. alone could not halt the epidemic and that without more help to stop the disease, hundreds of thousands of people could die.
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Robot Spacecraft Strike Up Martian Friendship

Before India's space program announced its Mars orbiter had reached its destination, NASA's Curiosity Rover, tweeted it was "rolling out the red carpet on the Red Planet for the newest Mars orbiter."
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Sayonara To 'Super-Size Me'? Food Companies Cut Calories, So Do We

Major food companies have cut trillions of calories, and studies show Americans are consuming fewer calories because of it. But some advocates think companies should do more to improve our diets.
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Research Institutions Will Have To Identify 'Dual-Use' Pathogens

Scientists are deeply divided on whether lab-made flu viruses are legitimate medical research or national security threats. A new federal policy asks institutions to evaluate those risks early on.
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After The NIH Funding 'Euphoria' Comes The 'Hangover'

The way the National Institutes of Health doles out research grants accentuates booms and busts in the financing of scientific research. More variety in the length of grants could help.
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Three R's For The Digital Age: Rockets, Robots And Remote Control

The World Maker Faire comes to one of the nation's most diverse neighborhoods.
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Scientists Step Up Food Fraud Efforts Following Horse Meat Scandal

The latest report in response to the horse meat scandal of 2013 reminds us that the potential for fraud in the food supply is high. But scientists are working to predict and prevent the next incident.
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Success! India's First Mars Probe Is In Orbit And Working

Scientists cheered and the prime minister congratulated his country on navigating "a route known to very few" to reach the Red Planet — something few other nations have accomplished.

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