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Australia OKs Dumping Dredged Mud In Great Barrier Reef Park

The dredging operation is part of a plan to expand a coal port in Queensland. Environmentalists have warned that dumping sediment could kill off delicate corals, but park officials said dredging would be "subject to strict environmental conditions."
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What's The Problem With Feeling On Top Of The World?

Research explores the consequences of boosting self-esteem when it is not justified. When self-esteem is artificially boosted, it reduces performance and effort — as people seek to protect the fragile gain in self-esteem by withdrawing from effort and the risk of failure. When self-esteem is diminished without justification, people appear to work harder to retrieve lost feelings of self-worth.
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Scientists Come Close To Finding True Magnetic Monopole

Magnets have a north pole, and a south pole. But electromagnetic theory says there should be a bit of matter that is unipolar, that is either north or south pole, but not both. So far the search for the real magnetic monopole has been fruitless, but now physicists at Amherst college have created a synthetic magnetic monopole, something that provides hope that the search for the real thing will ultimately succeed.
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Changing Climate In Argentina Is Killing Penguin Chicks

The world's largest breeding colony of Magellanic penguins is seeing unprecedented deaths among young birds. A scientist who has spent 30 years studying the penguins says that climate change is to blame — triggering, among other things, more heat waves and wetter storms that kill fledglings.
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SpaceX Could Give Struggling Texas City A Boost

The FAA is poised to decide whether to grant the space company a launch license. If it does, SpaceX could build its first commercial orbital launch facility near the border city of Brownsville. The prospect of living in the world's newest aerospace hub has stirred a buzz among locals.
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Researchers Watch As Our Brains Turn Sounds Into Words

To understand speech, the brain has to quickly recognize the sounds used to form words. Now researchers have discovered a way to watch how the brain does this. They've found that the process of understanding speech involves highly specialized brain cells, which respond specifically to the dozen sounds produced by the human vocal tract.
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Your Nose Knows Which Foods Are Fattiest

Low-fat ice cream just won't cut it for you? Maybe it's your nose telling you it's not the real deal. Researchers have found that people can actually smell differences in dietary fat in food. It's an ability that might have helped our ancestors find the best foods to survive on.
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Popular Testosterone Therapy May Raise Risk Of Heart Attack

Men who take testosterone supplements double their risk of heart attacks, a study finds. That was true for men over 65 and for younger men with heart disease. Testosterone supplements have become increasingly popular as a way to counter flagging libido.
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Asteroid Belt May Be Just One Big Melting Pot Of Space Rocks

New research shows that a planetary reshuffle might have shaped the ring of rubble between Mars and Jupiter.
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Much Of North Dakota's Natural Gas Is Going Up In Flames

Drillers pumping oil on the Great Plains are also producing a lot of natural gas. But the state doesn't have the infrastructure to transport or store it, so much of that gas isn't being sold — it's being set on fire.

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