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Entrepreneurs Looking For 'Windfall' Cash In On Climate Change

A new book explores the ways melting Arctic ice yield new shipping channels, new oil and gas resources — and potential profits. Journalist McKenzie Funk delves into the "booming business of global warming" in Windfall.
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Stricter Autism Criteria Unlikely To Reduce Services For Kids

Researchers say changes rolled out last May are likely to have a bigger effect on government statistics than on the care of the nation's children. Still, advocates worry that narrower definitions could lead to a loss of coverage for some children.
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You'd Think We'd Have Baby-Making All Figured Out, But No

Many women don't know when they're most likely to get pregnant each month, and some think certain positions will boost the odds, a survey finds. There are also big gaps in knowledge about risk factors for infertility and birth defects.
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Soil, Weedkillers And GMOs: When Numbers Don't Tell The Whole Story

Numbers don't lie, but they can sometimes tell a misleading story. Three times in the past week, we came across farm statistics that painted a picture not quite backed up by facts on the ground.
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Grand Canyon May Be Older (And Younger) Than You Think

About 6 million years ago, a new mineral analysis suggests, a mighty river zigzagging across the Colorado plateau may have found its way into older gorges, greatly enlarging them to create the West's most spectacular canyon. Still, some geologists aren't sold.
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A Reading Teacher Who Lost The Ability To Read

After a reading specialist at a kindergarten outside Chicago had a series of small strokes, she could no longer read. She's using her skills to teach herself how to recognize words again, but those who suffer from alexia face a long road back to literacy.
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Mars Rover Turns 3-Month Mission Into Decade Of Exploration

Opportunity, NASA's Mars Rover, landed on Mars on Jan. 24, 2004. It was supposed to be a three-month mission, but 10 years later the rover is still investigating the red planet and sending data and images back to NASA. Jim Bell, an astronomer at Arizona State University, talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about Opportunity's decade on Mars.
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Pig Virus Continues To Spread, Raising Fears Of Pricier Bacon

Porcine epidemic diarrhea, or PED, virus has killed about 1 million baby pigs in the U.S. since April. Its effect on the pork industry is small so far, but analysts say it could send pork prices rising if it isn't controlled.
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Antarctic Discovery: A Massive Valley Under The Ice

Researchers have discovered an ancient valley deeper than the Grand Canyon under West Antarctica. The finding is both a window into the continent's past and a forecast of how the ice might change in a future global climate.
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New Study Shakes Up Science On Midwest Quake Zone

The fault that sparked a series of magnitude 7 earthquakes in 1811-12 had been thought dead, but the latest research suggests the region is still alive and kicking.

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