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Portugal's Monster: The Mechanics Of A Massive Wave

How does a tiny spot on the Portuguese coast generate some of the world's most gnarly waves? Surf experts say there are a few factors that combined Monday to create what might have been the biggest wave ever ridden.
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Gut Microbes May Play Deadly Role In Malnutrition

The bacteria that live in humans' guts influence weight gain and health. By studying twins in Malawi, scientists have found that changes in this microbial community may also turn malnutrition into a fatal condition.
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Al Gore: "The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change"

Former Vice President Al Gore believes we are at the dawn of a new future. The Nobel Peace Prize winner has identified six forces he believes are remaking the world, from economic globalization to the digital revolution to -- no surprise here -– climate change.

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When Crime Pays: Prison Can Teach Some To Be Better Criminals

Research from an Ohio sociologist has found that inmates "earn" illegal money in greater amounts after they serve time. Prison may serve as a classroom where inexperienced delinquents learn from hardened criminals — and become more dangerous criminals themselves.
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Drought Causes Ripple Effect Along Mighty Mississippi River

Low water upstream threatens cargo traffic, and saltwater has encroached on the mouth of the river. Now, officials up and down the river are talking about the need for a comprehensive water resources plan.
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Bird, Plane, Bacteria? Microbes Thrive In Storm Clouds

Microbes can thrive in extreme environments, from inside fiery volcanoes to down on the bottom of the ocean. Now scientists have found a surprising number of them living in storm clouds tens of thousands of feet above the Earth. And those airborne microbes could play a role in global climate.
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How Mountain Grass Makes The Cheese Stand Alone

Aficionados of cheeses made from the milk of mountain-grazing cows swear they really do taste better than those from cattle pastured on plains. Now, scientists are teasing out some of these subtle differences – in hopes of proving the mountain cheese tradition is worth preserving.
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Technology Of The Future: 2013 And Beyond

Self-driving cars that come pick you up. Robots that care for you in your home. Computers that respond to your brain waves. Kojo explores the future of tech inventions.

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