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'Paul Revere Of Ecology' Sounded Alarms On Pollution

Scientist Barry Commoner, a pioneer in environmental activism, died Sunday. Melissa Block speaks with Michael Egan, environmental historian at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and author of the book, Barry Commoner and the Science of Survival: The Remaking of American Environmentalism.
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Can Riots Be Predicted? Experts Watch Food Prices

High food prices have often been cited as a factor behind mass protest movements. But a group of researchers say food prices can actually be used to predict when social unrest will occur. And according to their mathematical modeling, we've hit the threshold for more waves of riots.
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Assessing The Health Benefits Of Omega-3

Omega-3 fish oil supplements are widely thought to help prevent a variety of ailments including heart disease, Alzheimer's and depression: Assessing the health benefits of an Omega-3 rich diet.

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NSF Warns That State Cuts Hurt Education, Research

With budgets shrinking and enrollments on the rise, schools in states like Virginia are offering a diminished education experience to their students and risk a drop-off in the quality of research.

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Misdeeds, Not Mistakes, Behind Most Scientific Retractions

Biomedical researchers believed that most retractions of published studies were the result of honest errors. An analysis of retractions over four decades finds that's not the case.
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Do You Know Where Your Children Are? Is That Always A Good Thing?

Decades ago, kids were encouraged to play outside and explore the outdoors. Nowadays, protective parents have reined in their children, leading to strictly structured (and supervised) playtime. The kids don't seem to be fighting it, but do these new rules stymie childhood creativity?
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A Tiny Ocean World With A Mighty Important Future

Tiny ocean organisms known as plankton are vital to life on Earth, generating enough oxygen to account for every other breath you take. As climate change alters the temperature and acidity of our waters, these mysterious ocean creatures may be in jeopardy.
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Scientist Cleared In Polar Bear Controversy

Charles Monnett's 2006 report on drowning polar bears became a rallying cry for environmentalists. Then he was accused of scientific misconduct. On Friday, he learned he had been cleared.

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