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Economists Have A One-Page Solution To Climate Change

Tax fossil fuels in proportion to the amount of carbon they release. That's it; that's the whole plan.
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A Look At The Nastiest And Cleanest U.S. Beaches

The Natural Resources Defense Council released its annual beach report card, detailing the levels of bacteria measured at beaches across the nation. Several beaches on the East Coast get gold stars..

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As People Head Into Space, PayPal Says It Will Follow Them

Many people know how to buy things in cyberspace. But what about doing business in outer space? That's the question PayPal wants to answer. Citing the looming era of space tourism, the company is starting the Galactic project with the SETI Institute, to "make universal space payments a reality."
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Pitch-Perfect: Why Our Shoulders Are Key To Throwing

Being able to throw with power and precision must have been advantageous to our early ancestors. And essential, too, since we don't have natural weapons found in other species, like fangs and claws. A recent study suggests our ability to throw so well depends on uniquely human shoulder anatomy.
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Ultramarathoners: Faster, Higher, Stronger And Sleepier

An experiment with runners in the Italian Alps finds that extremely long races don't always lead to more muscle fatigue than those that were merely very long. Smart pacing and strategic naps help ultramarathoners cope with the challenges.
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Can You Be Addicted To Carbs? Scientists Are Checking That Out

Researchers are trying to figure out if it really is possible to be addicted to food. A study of brain activity finds there's more going on in areas linked to reward and addiction after people drink a shake with lots of refined carbohydrates. But it's not clear how that factors into overeating.
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NIH Takes Another Step Toward Retirement Of Research Chimps

The vast majority of the animals are used in studies of things like genetics and behavior. But in recent years, the scientific community has begun to feel even these studies are unnecessary.
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Black Bear Roams In D.C., Days After Red Panda's Jaunt

First there was Rusty, the red panda. Now there are reports that a bear was captured in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, prompting (mostly unserious) concerns of a possible ursine siege on the nation's capital.
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Karen Joy Fowler: "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves"

The latest novel by the bestselling author of the "Jane Austen Book Club." The book explores what happens to a family in Indiana after it decides to participate in a scientific experiment and raise a chimpanzee along with their two other children.

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Fruity With A Hint Of Bologna: A Slacker's Guide To Wine Tasting

Science is a beautiful thing — especially when it helps you impress your foodie friends. Here we present five easy party tricks — based on science, natch — that will make you look like a wine tasting pro. Do try this at home.

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