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Pig Genome Project May Pave The Way For Better Bacon

Scientists have sequenced all of the DNA in the cells of a female pig. While this information will likely be used to create happier pigs that get sick less often, it could be used to create tastier pork products.
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Mental Disorders And Evolution: What Would Darwin Say About Schizophrenia?

Given the pressure of evolution, why have genes behind schizophrenia, autism and others disorders persisted? A study that looks at the likelihood someone is to have kids tries to figure it out.
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A Millipede That (Almost) Lives Up To The Name

No millipede actually has 1000 feet--but the species Illacme plenipes comes closest, with up to 750. Etymologist Paul Marek, who rediscovered the rare species a few years ago in California's coastal mountains, calls counting legs and measuring millipedes a "guilty pleasure."
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Searching For 'The Particle At The End Of The Universe'

In July, physicists at CERN's Large Hadron Collider announced finding signs of a Higgs boson-like particle — a key clue to questions about the basic makeup of the cosmos. In his new book The Particle at the End of the Universe, physicist Sean Carroll of Caltech talks about the building of the LHC, what it has found so far, and what researchers hope to investigate in the coming years.
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Desktop Diaries: Temple Grandin

"I'm pure geek, pure logic," says Temple Grandin, an animal scientist and professor at Colorado State University. Science Friday visited Grandin, author of Animals Make Us Human and many other books on livestock and on autism, in her office to hear about her life and work.
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James Watson: The Double Helix and Beyond

In 1953, James Watson and Francis Crick pieced together the structure of DNA — "the now-famous double helix. To celebrate the release of a new annotated and illustrated edition of his 1968 book, The Double Helix, James Watson reflects on the groundbreaking discovery.
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Looking Back On 2012 Election Technology

The country knew who its next president would be late in the evening of Election Day. But despite a nationwide push to electronic voting, some municipalities took days longer to finish counting their votes. Larry Norden of the Brennan Center for Justice looks at technologies and systems that worked during this year's election, and at voting processes that fell short of the mark in counting the vote.

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