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Saving One Species At The Expense Of Another

In Montana's Centennial Valley, conservationists made a grievous mistake while trying to save the trumpeter swan — they nearly wiped out Arctic grayling trout. Now they're looking for ways to make sure both species get a place on the ark.
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The Science Of Twinkies: How Do They Last So Darned Long?

When Twinkies hit the stores again on July 15, their shelf life will be nearly twice as long as it used to be: 45 days. (We were surprised it wasn't longer.) There's a whole lot of food science employed to help the creme-filled cake defy the laws of baked-good longevity.
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Report: Upside-Down Sensors Toppled Russian Rocket

The "angular velocity sensors" were a critical part of the circuitry that was supposed to keep the rocket upright during launch. A young technician got the installation wrong, according to the site Russian Space Web.
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When Choirs Sing, Many Hearts Beat As One

When members of a choir sing, their heart rates quickly become synchronized, beating in the same rhythm. Researchers think this may be why singing together is a key part of religious rituals around the world, and such a joy for the singers.
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Do Diet Drinks Mess Up Metabolisms?

A body of evidence suggests artificial sweeteners — most often consumed in diet drinks — could raise the risk of weight gain and type 2 diabetes. Some researchers think that artificial sugar may confuse the body.
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In Montana Wilds, An Unlikely Alliance To Save The Sage Grouse

The chicken-size sage grouse is as much a part of America's Western range as antelopes and cowboys. The birds nest beneath sagebrush, and as it disappears, so do the grouse. Biologists hope to protect the bird without starting a 21st century range war.
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Maryland Lawmaker Proposes National Park On The Moon

There are already 59 national parks in the United States, but one being proposed by Maryland Democratic Congresswoman Donna Edwards would be quite literally out of this world.

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Harmful Parasites In Cat Poop Are Widespread

A parasite that plays a role in a range of human illnesses may be more common than you thought. More than a million cats in the U.S. are thought to be spreading the parasite.
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Uncovering The Mystery Behind An Atlantic Tsunami

Scientists in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are still trying to understand what exactly caused a tsunami to strike the East Coast in June. There was no seismic record of the incident. But a team of scientists came together to analyze tidal and weather data. They believe the tsunami may have been caused by a weather phenomenon known as a "derecho."
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The 'Sink-Urinal' Saves Water, Encourages Men To Wash Hands

The design, called Stand, is already selling to customers across Europe. The same water running while you wash your hands is also used to flush, says the designer.

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