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In Houston, Pregnant Women And Their Doctors Weigh Risks Of Zika

Mosquitoes infected with Zika haven't turned up along the U.S. Gulf Coast yet, but could thrive in the region's sultry summer weather. Pregnant women and their doctors are already taking precautions.
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Mars By 2018? SpaceX And NASA Announce A New Space Project

The Red Dragon missions are aimed at figuring out what's needed "to land large payloads propulsively on Mars." For now, the plan doesn't include sending astronauts to the red planet.
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Genetic Variations Help Make Fraternal Twins More Likely

Scientists identified two genetic variants that make it more likely that a woman will give birth to fraternal twins. Knowing this might help develop safer fertility treatments.
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Wayne Pacelle: "The Humane Economy"

This has been a significant year for the animal rights movement. Sea World vowed to stop breeding orcas. And Walmart pledged to sell only cage-free eggs. The head of the Humane Society on how consumer pressure and innovation are driving animal protection.

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A Concussion Can Lead To Sleep Problems That Last For Years

Eighteen months after a concussion or other traumatic brain injury, two-thirds of the patients in a recent study were still sleepy during the day. And most were unaware of their symptoms.

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Loathed By Farmers, Loved By Ancients: The Strange History Of Tiger Nuts

One of the worst weeds in the world had its start as an ancient and valuable tuber used for food and medicine. Now tiger nuts are making a comeback in the health food aisle.
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Ruling May Help Patients Keep More Of The Winnings When They Sue

When someone's been hurt and gets cash as part of a legal decision, health plans routinely demand to be reimbursed for medical costs they covered. But a Supreme Court ruling may hinder that strategy.
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When Personalization Leads To Discrimination On AirBnB

In the sharing economy, the goal to personalize the exchange can have some unintended consequences. The Hidden Brain podcast explores how discrimination plays out on AirBnB.
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Superhearing And Fast Growth ... Scientists Learn Why Sauropods Ruled

A nearly complete fossilized skull from Argentina helps explains the success of these giant dinosaurs that roamed some 95 million years ago.
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Beneath An Ugly Outside, Marred Fruit May Pack More Nutrition

Why are some fruits and veggies born ugly? Fighting off fungus, heat and pests can leave blemishes. Some researchers think these battle scars may boost the antioxidant content in produce.

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