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Fruit Fly Nose Says Steer Clear Of Deadly Food; Human Nose Not So Reliable

Although we can usually smell when food goes bad, humans just don't have the fruit fly's direct path from nose to brain that alerts it to food poison. But the detection of this pathway could someday lead to more research that could help us develop better bug repellants.
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Hours After A Meal, It's The Memory That Matters

What a person remembers of a meal hours later, not the actual calories consumed, matters more when it comes to hunger. Eating while watching TV sets us up to eat more food than we should, but a new experiment shows how manipulating our memories of a meal can change how hungry we feel.
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Why It's Easier To Scam The Elderly

New research suggests older adults may have less activity in the area of the brain that processes risk and subtle danger. Another possible reason older adults don't pick up on warning signs is an increasing bias against negativity.
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Can Murder Be Tracked Like An Infectious Disease?

A study in Newark, N.J., found that homicides committed over a quarter century spread out very much like an infectious disease epidemic. Using this information, cities might be able to predict when and where murders will occur.
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In Arid West, Cheatgrass Turns Fires Into Infernos

Cheatgrass is about as Western as cowboy boots and sagebrush. And until recently, scientists didn't realize that the yellowish plant is making Western wildfires much worse.
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Ernest Freeberg: "The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America"

A historian places Thomas Edison's incandescent light bulb in the context of a period of intense technological creativity in the U.S. More than any other invention, he argues, electric light ushered in modernity.

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NASA's Voyager 1 Reaches The 'Magnetic Highway'

NASA's Voyager 1 has reached the final frontier of our solar system. Audie Cornish talks with Ed Stone, chief scientist of the Voyager mission, about the spacecraft's discovery of a magnetic highway at the very outer edge of the solar system.

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