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A Biological Quest Leads To A New Kind Of Breast Cancer Drug

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug that thwarts some enzymes breast cancer cells use to evade treatment with estrogen-blocking drugs.
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Just A Bit Of DNA Helps Explain Humans' Big Brains

Scientists have found some human DNA that, when added to mice, makes their brains bigger. But as DNA research into human brains goes forward, are there ethical lines we shouldn't cross?
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Pain Really Is All In Your Head. Emotion Controls Intensity

Humiliation, fear and unpredictability all turn up the volume on pain, research shows. And meditation can turn down pain's intensity, according to scientists who are starting to figure out why.
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Salty, Sweet, Sour. Is It Time To Make Fat The Sixth Taste?

Fat has a lot in common with the five basic tastes: salty, sweet, sour, bitter and umami. But while people easily recognize the texture of fat, scientists say they can't quite perceive the taste.
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How Marijuana Highjacks Your Brain To Give You The Munchies

Where there's pot, there's often an insatiable hunger. Now researchers have a big clue why: Cannabinoids, the drug in marijuana, appear to flip a neural circuit that normally tells us we're full.
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Examining The Entourage Effect

New psychological research explores a phenomenon known as the entourage effect. We hear why people like to create their own entourages.
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Tough As Nails: Women Scientists Rise Up In Nigeria

Working as a professor isn't an easy job anywhere. But try doing innovative research with only four hours of electricity a day, no access to the Internet and hostility from male colleagues.
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Pity For Penguins: They Can't Taste Their Dinner

Savory fish are a staple for penguins, but the poor birds lack the ability to taste the umami flavor of their meals. One hypothesis? The genes at play got frozen out of commission.
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Female Libido Pill Fires Up Debate About Women And Sex

Is the FDA being sexist or appropriately cautious in requiring stringent evidence that the latest pill works and is safe? Women's advocacy groups aren't sure.
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Climate Scientist Tries Arts To Stir Hearts Regarding Earth's Fate

Physicist Robert Davies worked with a classical quartet and two visual artists to create a musical performance about climate change. The music and images, he says, help the information take hold.

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