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How E-Waste Is Becoming a Big, Global Problem

According to the EPA, more than 2.5 million tons of electronic waste, or e-waste, is produced each year in the U.S. Derek Markham, a contributing writer for Treehugger.com, discusses the global impacts, and why you should think twice before discarding your old cell phone.
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Getting A Handle On Why Fingers Wrinkle

Why do your fingers get pruney after a long water bath? Only a handful of researchers (ever) have looked into the finger-wrinkling experience. Reporting in the journal Biology Letters, researchers make the case for finger wrinkles as treads — wet wrinkled fingers seem to grip better than wet smooth ones.
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Pap Test May Detect More Than Just Cervical Cancer

Pap tests, which are routinely used to detect cervical cancer, may be capable of spotting ovarian and uterine cancers as well, according to a new paper published in Science Translational Medicine. Study co-author Luis Diaz, of Johns Hopkins, discusses the findings.
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The Fallacies Of Fat

In his new book Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease, endocrinologist and obesity doc Robert Lustig deconstructs the mythology of fat. He says exercise, for all its benefits, won't help you shed pounds--and that fasting only worsens weight gain.
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Using Genetics to Target Cancer's Achilles' Heel

To develop more effective treatments for cancer, doctors are zeroing in on the disease's genetic drivers. John DiPersio, chief of oncology at Washington University Medical Center, and Merck's Gary Gilliland discuss how this may revolutionize the future of cancer treatment.
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Simulating The Red Planet, On The Pale Blue Dot

What's it like to live--and cook--on Mars? To find out, researchers are simulating Mars missions in Russia, and on the slopes of a Hawaiian volcano. Kim Binsted talks about her study to whip up tastier space food. Porcini mushroom risotto, anyone? And sleep expert Charles Czeisler talks about how humans adapt to the 24.65-hour Martian day.
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This Butter Sculpture Could Power A Farm For 3 Days

The biggest attraction at the annual Farm Show in Harrisburg, Pa., is always a giant, 1,000-pound sculpture crafted from butter. Once this year's show wraps up, all that beautiful butter will go right into a manure pit to become methane gas.
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The True Weight Of Water

A recent report from the Department of the Interior suggests that the Colorado River is drying out. But commentator Craig Childs says sometimes the answers are simpler than they seem.
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Gregory Stone: "Underwater Eden: Saving The Last Coral Wilderness On Earth"

Most of the world’s oceans are in serious decline. But the corals and marine life in the waters around The Phoenix Islands are thriving. How this previously little-known, remote wilderness in the Pacific became one of the highest profile international conservation priorities.

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