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Stone Age Chefs Spiced Up Food Even 6,000 Years Ago

Looks like our prehistoric ancestors were bigger foodies than we realized. Archaeologists have found evidence that hunter-gatherers added a hot, mustard spice to their fish and meat thousands of years ago. So meals weren't just about consuming calories. Taste and flavor were important, too.
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Comet Flies Into The Sun, Goes Out In A Blaze Of Glory

NASA says the small object that was caught on video by a spacecraft called the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory was most likely a member of a sun-grazing group of comets known as the Kreutz family.
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The Latest Research And Treatment Options For Parkinson's Disease

A new TV show starring Michael J. Fox is about a man living with Parkinson's. Doctors and other experts weigh in on the reality and treatments for this complex neurological disorder.

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Where The Whale Sharks Go

A nine-year study tracked more than 800 of the massive and largely mysterious whale sharks. For the first time, researchers have tracked the sharks' far-flung migration and where they may go to give birth.
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NASA Reactivating Spacecraft To Hunt For Near-Earth Asteroids

NASA is bringing a retired spacecraft back into service to help search for asteroids that could pose a danger to Earth, the space agency announced on Wednesday.
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Inside The Beef Industry's Battle Over Growth-Promotion Drugs

Beta agonists, a class of drugs widely fed to cattle and hogs to make them put on weight faster, are coming under increasing scrutiny. Reports suggest animals fed these drugs can seem reluctant to move — lethargic, unable to walk properly — and may die more often, too.
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Defining A Hole Presents A Philosophical Quandry

Late summer tends to be a slow month for news. But at All Things Considered, we put on a two hour program, no matter what. So — without a trace of irony — one of our science correspondents offered to help fill some holes in the show with a series of stories about holes. Today, he explores the complex philosophical question, what is a hole? And when is a hole not a hole?
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Deadly Middle East Coronavirus Found In An Egyptian Tomb Bat

Just a fragment of genes in bat guano was enough for researchers trying to find out how a deadly new virus spreads. It's the first time the Middle East respiratory syndrome virus has been found in an animal, and offers strong evidence that bats carry the virus.
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On A Rocky Maine Island, Puffins Are Making A Tenuous Comeback

The windswept island about 6 miles off the coast was a haven for a hugely diverse bird population until fishermen decimated the birds' ranks. Puffins have been successfully reintroduced to Eastern Egg Rock, but warming ocean waters may be threatening their ability to survive.
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Ebola Treatment Works In Monkeys, Even After Symptoms Appear

An experimental drug rescued three out of seven monkeys from lethal doses of Ebola. The study marks the first time researchers have shown that a drug can successfully treat Ebola in animals even after the infection is well underway.

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