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NASA Launches Suborbital Sounding Rockets

NASA has launched the first of two suborbital sounding rockets from the Wallops Flight Facility earlier this morning.

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Can Government Bans Tackle Obesity?

New York City's Board of Health approved a controversial and first-of-its-kind soda ban earlier this month. Marion Nestle of New York University and Brian Wansink of Cornell University debate whether government regulations are an effective way to fight the obesity epidemic.
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Getting Slower And Slower: How Slow Can You Go?

Usain Bolt is the fastest human on Earth, but the average sneeze is more than three times faster. And everyone knows that snails are sluggish, but how do they compare to the speed of a growing fingernail?
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Diagnosing, Treating And Living With Multiple Sclerosis

As many as one in 500 Americans has multiple sclerosis, a chronic disease that can lead to permanent disabilities: Diagnosing, treating and living with MS.

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Who's Next In Line For A Kidney Transplant? The Answer Is Changing

The nonprofit in charge of distributing organs wants to revamp the system for distributing kidneys for the first time in 25 years. But some transplant specialists and bioethicists fear the changes could end up discriminating against some patients.
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Man-Made Cave Built To Shelter Bats From Infection

The artificial cave could house hundreds of thousands of bats, helping them escape a devastating infection called white-nose syndrome. As bats continue to die off, scientists are seeking quick and effective ways to protect them from an invasive fungus that grows naturally in caves.
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Man Wins $7 Million In Suit Claiming Microwave Popcorn Caused Lung Disease

Previously, "popcorn lung" disease has been limited to plant workers exposed to flavoring chemicals. The new verdict awarded to a microwave popcorn consumer may spark a rash of similar suits, lawyers say.
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Could Genes For Stripes Help Kitty Fight Disease?

Different lineages of cat with the same coloration got their looks in unique ways. The genetic variants that determine those patterns come from different mutations in the same genes. And that has some scientists thinking there may be more to the genes than meets the eye.

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