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Understanding Your Taste Buds

Do you like salty or sweet? The answer is in your genes. We explore the science -- physical and culinary -- behind our sense of taste and why each of us prefers different flavors.

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5 Stars: A Mosquito's Idea Of A Delicious Human

If mosquitoes used Yelp, they might look for their next meal by searching nearby for a heavy-breathing human with Type O blood, sporting a red shirt and more than a smattering of skin bacteria. Preferably either pregnant, or holding a beer.
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Heavy Rains Send Iowa's Precious Soil Downriver

The biggest loser from this year's heavy rains in the Midwest is the land itself. An environmental group says 50 townships in Iowa have lost more than five tons of topsoil per acre, "more than what is tolerable over an entire year."
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What Motivates Us To Collaborate?

Social media guru Clay Shirky looks at "cognitive surplus" — the shared, online work we do with our spare brain cycles. While we're busy contributing to the web in our small ways, we're building a better, more cooperative world.
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Is Too Much Collaboration a Bad Thing?

Software entrepreneur Jason Fried has a radical theory of working: that the office isn't a good place to do it. In his TED talk, he lays out the main problems and offers suggestions to make work work.
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Sweeping Parts Of Southern Seas Could Become A Nature Preserve

Diplomats from 24 nations and the European Union are meeting in Germany next week to discuss creating a nature preserve that could be larger than three times the size of Texas. Stretches of water around Antarctica are relatively pristine and home to thriving ecosystems.
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Are Antibiotics On The Farm Risky Business?

Farmers give antibiotics routinely to pigs, beef cattle and poultry. They say the drugs help keep animals healthy and get them to market faster. Others say this practice practically guarantees that bacteria will develop resistance to these antibiotics more quickly, endangering human lives and the long-term viability of the drugs.
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Failure To Communicate Between Doctors And Men About PSA Test

Doctors are supposed to engage patients in shared decision-making over complex choices like whether or not to get tested for prostate cancer. But most doctors don't do that, a survey finds. And efforts to train doctors to do a better job haven't been all that successful.
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Wastewater Wells, Geothermal Power Triggering Earthquakes

Pumping industrial wastewater into storage wells deep underground can prime nearby faults for an earthquake. And studies show that a large quake — even one on the other side of the planet — can also push faults over the edge and set off a swarm of mini-earthquakes.
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True, Blue Planet Found Orbiting Nearby Star

Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have 'seen' the deep blue of an alien world, but it's nothing like Earth.

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