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What Microbes Lurk In The Subways Of New York? Mysteries Abound

Think expedition to the rain forest, but one where you'll need a MetroCard to get around. The microbial life of the New York subways turns out to be as rich, odd and confounding as the city itself.
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Outrage Over Government's Animal Experiments Leads To USDA Review

Lawmakers also introduced a bill to strengthen laws protecting farm animals used in research. Both moves come out of a New York Times investigation of animal suffering at a federal research center.
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Listeners To NPR: Why Don't We Track Planes Like We Do Ships?

Geoff Brumfiel, the physics guy on our science desk, helps us land on the right answer.
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Why Is Nearsightedness Skyrocketing Among Chinese Youth?

More than 80 percent of high school students in Shanghai are myopic. A new study finds a link between higher income and poor eyesight. But the root cause is still hotly debated.
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First Stars Fired Up 140 Million Years Later Than Previously Thought

New data collected from the European Space Agency's Planck telescope shows that the first starlight in the universe occurred about 560 million years after the Big Bang.
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FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg To Step Down

The head of the Food and Drug Administration has been on the job for six years and presided over such controversial decisions as relaxing age restrictions on the Plan B contraceptive.
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Gotcha: Satellites Help Strip Seafood Pirates Of Their Booty

Most of the seafood Americans eat is imported; a lot of that is illegally caught. Now, environmentalists are using satellites to track pirate vessels on the high seas and help crack down on the trade.
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Measles + Low Vaccination Rates = Big Headaches For Schools

California allows parents to opt out of vaccination requirements. Amid Southern California's measles outbreak, many schools are struggling with how best to deal with students who aren't vaccinated.
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Scientists Want To Trick The Gut Into Burning Fat Without Food

Researchers say they've discovered a way to jump-start fat-burning by switching on the digestion process without the presence of food. So far, it has only been tested in mice.
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Pediatricians Pressured To Drop Parents Who Won't Vaccinate

The pressure, doctors say, is mostly coming from other parents who don't want their infants exposed to measles, whooping cough or other serious illnesses in the pediatric waiting room.

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