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Why Farmers Plan To Plant So Much Corn This Year

U.S. farmers anticipate planting the most corn since 1936, a total of 97.3 million acres. Farmers are hoping to rebuild their corn supplies after last year's drought. Chad Hart, economics professor at Iowa State University, explains why farmers intend to plant high amount of corn this season.
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Administration Hits Pause On Health Exchanges For Small Businesses

Workers in small businesses will have to wait a year longer than expected to be able to choose from more than one insurance plan in the marketplaces created by the federal health overhaul.
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New Research On Red Meat And Heart Disease

For our Mind and Body Series: A new study finds that bacteria released when you eat red meat can damage the heart. Diane and a panel of experts discuss new findings on red meat and heart disease.

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Could Wind Turbines Be Toxic To The Ear?

Critics argue that wind turbine syndrome is a fictional malady perpetuated by people angered by the wind turbines in their communities. Now ear, nose and throat experts are finally weighing in on whether it could be real.
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The Buzz On Bees: Why Many Colonies Are Collapsing

Bees have been dying off in increasing numbers over the past few years. Experts say that habitat loss and disease are the biggest culprits, and some believe that pesticides are to blame. NPR science correspondent Dan Charles explains the possible causes and what is being done to stop this trend.
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From Pets To Plates: Why More People Are Eating Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs are popular pets in the U.S., but in parts of South America, they're a delicacy. Some environmental and humanitarian groups are making a real push to encourage guinea pig farming as an eco-friendly alternative to beef. And the animals are also showing up in more U.S. restaurants.

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Obama Says $100 Million Will Be Invested In Brain-Mapping Initiative

Calling it "the next great American project," the president predicted that the initiative could "be transformative." The lives of "not just millions, but billions of people" will be improved if more can be learned about brain disorders, said Obama.
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Why Not Apologizing Makes You Feel Better

Expressing regret may grease the social wheels, but not doing so boosts your sense of power, control and self-worth. Try explaining that to your boss.
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EPA's Push For More Ethanol Could Be Too Little, Too Late

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could soon issue a final ruling that aims to force oil companies to replace E10, gasoline mixed with 10 percent ethanol, with E15. This move could come just as widespread support for ethanol, which is made from corn, appears to be eroding.

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