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Science On Shaky Ground As Automatic Budget Cutbacks Drag On

As the cuts made under the sequester continue, scientists worry that U.S. research will fall behind. Budget cuts already are delaying plans for equipment upgrades and preventing new research — and a new generation of researchers — from getting underway.
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How To See Forever On Your Dirty Car

When you fall in love with science, ordinary, everyday stuff can suddenly seem extraordinary. That's how NPR Blogger and astrophysicist Adam Frank sees it — today he sees it in dust.
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Eeek, Snake! Your Brain Has A Special Corner Just For Them

Humans and other primates have really good vision. One scientist thinks that ability evolved in part to help monkeys and humans quickly recognize venomous snakes. When monkeys see photos of snakes, neurons in a specific part of the brain light up. The neurons respond to photos of the reptiles more than to monkey faces.
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What You Need To Know About Babies, Toddlers And Screen Time

Researchers are still learning about the effects of touch-screens on kids. But scientists say that certain kinds of screen time, involving interaction with other people, can help youngsters learn.
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Predicting Quakes Still Shaky, But Being Prepared Is Crucial

In Southern California and communities from St. Louis to Seattle, millions of Americans live in areas at risk for earthquake. But many have not taken simple steps to protect themselves — and seismologist can only provide limited warning.
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Is Rebuilding Storm-Struck Coastlines Worth The Cost?

Since Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast a year ago, the federal government has spent millions to repair the devastation. But with a changing climate, more storms — and more damage — are likely on the way. A geologist argues it's time to rethink the strategy, but Long Beach locals are thankful for the rebuilding efforts.
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Fish Sauce: An Ancient Roman Condiment Rises Again

We usually associate fish sauce with Southeast Asian cooking. But it turns out the briny condiment also has deep roots in Europe, dating back to the Roman Empire. What caused its decline? Historians say it boils down to taxes, and pirates.
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Why Engineers Want To Put B Vitamins In 3-D Printers

The chemicals used in some 3-D printers can be toxic to humans. So researchers are looking to use naturally occurring vitamin B2 instead. They have already been able to make intricate, microscopic structures with the vitamin-rich material.
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The Science And Ethics Of Personal Genetic Testing

Personal genetic testing is getting cheaper and easier. But with more knowledge comes new questions, particularly when selecting trait for babies.

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Does Bacon Really Make Everything Better? Here's The Math

A number-crunching project that sifted through hundreds of thousands of recipes and user reviews finds something pork lovers have long known: Bacon does seem to take many dishes up a notch. But it's not the only "miracle" ingredient when it comes to boosting your food's flavor.

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