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Actress Danica McKellar Helps "Girls Get Curves"

In her newest book "Girls Get Curves: Geometry Take Shape" actress and math education advocate Danica McKellar teaches readers geometry, using her signature "girly" style. McKellar discusses the book, and tells why she chose to pair geometry lessons with tips for exercise and eating.
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Arbiter Of 'Interestingness' Navigates The 'Net

Maria Popova, editor of brainpickings.org (and the über tweeter behind @brainpicker), describes herself as an "interestingness hunter-gatherer obsessed with combinatorial creativity." Popova discusses her work, and explains why she thinks the blogosphere needs a "curators' code."
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For A Better, Leaner Burger, Get To Know Your Proteins

Americans love burgers, but cooking leaner meats on the grill requires some scientific know-how. We turn to Cooking for Engineers blogger Michael Chu for some technical tips for success with leaner meats.
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Swarming Up A Storm: Why Animals School And Flock

By tricking live fish into attacking computer-generated "prey," scientists have learned that animals like birds and fish may indeed have evolved to swarm together to protect themselves from the threat of predators.
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Would Judge Give Psychopath With Genetic Defect Lighter Sentence?

A new study suggests using the term psychopath adds an average of five years to criminal sentences. But once a biological explanation was included, the length of the sentence dropped. In other words, our sympathy for the idea that biology might be responsible for criminal behavior is powerful.
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When This Oil Spills, It's 'A Whole New Monster'

What could be worse than a ruptured pipeline of crude oil? A ruptured pipeline of tar sands oil — a thick, sticky substance. Cleanup of a 2010 spill in Michigan's Kalamazoo River took much longer and was far harder than anyone had anticipated. It's now a cautionary tale for people in the middle of the new Keystone pipeline's path.
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Jaws, Teeth And Fins! Oh My! 'Shark Week' At 25

The Discovery Channel's annual "Shark Week" is one of the longest running events on cable television. After 25 years on the air, it's become an American icon of sorts. "Shark Week" executive producer Brooke Runnette explains how the team keeps the shows exciting year after year.

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