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Here's One More Reason To Play Video Games: Beating Dyslexia

People with dyslexia take longer to alternate their attention between visual and audio cues, researchers say. That's particularly true if they have to attend to a sound after seeing something. That difference may provide clues to better treatments for dyslexia.

Make It A Grande: Mammoth Tusk Find Likely Seattle's Largest

A giant tusk from a Columbian mammoth that lived 16,000 years ago appears to be the largest, most intact ever found in the region.

Sexually Transmitted Food Poisoning? A Fish Toxin Could Be To Blame

Tropical fish, like red snapper and grouper, can accumulate one of the most poisonous toxins on Earth. People who eat those fish could get ciguatera, an illness with strange neurological effects, such as painful intercourse. And doctors say there's a chance it spreads through sex.

Shiny And New: World's Largest Solar Plant Opens In Nevada

The $2.2 billion, 400-megawatt Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System will provide electricity to 140,000 homes.
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DC Water Proposes Green Infrastructure

DC Water is building huge tunnels to comply with a court order to end sewer overflow into local rivers. Now permeable-pavement bike lanes and green roofs could join the mix.


Massive Volcanic Eruption In Indonesia Blankets Region In Ash

Mount Kelud blasted volcanic soot 12 miles into the air on the island of Java as it erupted, killing several people and forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands.

Report: Burning Natural Gas Is Better Than Using Coal

Methane is both a fuel and a potent greenhouse gas. A study in Science magazine suggests that about 50 percent more methane is leaking into the atmosphere than official estimates suggest. Even so, they conclude that it's better for the environment to switch electricity generation from coal power plants to those that burn methane.

Robot Construction Workers Take Their Cues From Termites

Termites are masters of construction in the insect world, working together to construct complex, sky-scraping homes with neither blueprint nor foreman. Harvard engineers have created 8-inch-long robots that can build in the same way — by sensing their environment, and applying a few rules.

China's Moon Rover Wakes Up, But Isn't Out Of The Woods Yet

Ground controllers are no doubt happy that the Jade Rabbit rover survived the lunar night, though a potentially mission-ending mechanical problem has yet to be fixed.

Ancient DNA Ties Native Americans From Two Continents To Clovis

The mysterious Clovis culture, which appeared in North America about 13,000 years ago, appears to be the forerunner of Native Americans throughout the Americas, a study of DNA evidence suggests. Remains from an infant buried more than 12,000 years ago at a Clovis site in modern Montana held the genetic key.