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Feds To Debate Marijuana As Medicine

The federal government lists marijuana as a Schedule I controlled substance--meaning it has no medically accepted use. Next week, interest group Americans for Safe Access will present the scientific case for marijuana's therapeutic effects to a federal appeals court, in hopes of relaxing federal restrictions. Oncologist Donald Abrams reviews the evidence on cannabis.
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Prehistoric 'Kennewick Man' Was All Beefcake

"K-Man," as he's known to locals, lived more than 9,500 years ago in what is now Washington state. Scientists studying his ancient bones say he was all athlete, with a soccer player's leg muscles and a killer arm that might fit right in among today's major league players.
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Sun Goes Down. Up Comes A Mystery

A child's question and an old paradox: If the sky is filled with stars, why is it dark at night? Physicists say the answer lies in those deep dark spaces between stars — evidence of our expanding universe.
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Making 'The Science Of Good Cooking' Look Easy

Forget the room-temperature eggs and the tenderizing meat with a marinade, America's Test Kitchen host Chris Kimball tells Morning Edition. A little bit of science goes a long way in the kitchen, he says.
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Study Connects Chocolate Eating To Nobel Prizes

In the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Franz Messerli of St Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital has published a study that shows a significant correlation between a nation's per capita chocolate consumption and the rate of Nobel Prizes awarded to its citizens. Robert Siegel summarizes the findings.
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How Cellphones Helped Researchers Track Malaria In Kenya

By tracking nearly 15 million cellphones in Kenya, scientists mapped out how malaria spreads through the Texas-sized country. The findings pinpoint areas where efforts to control malaria would be the most effective. One day, the data may help guide alert systems for phones that remind travelers to use bed nets.
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100 Years Ago, Maillard Taught Us Why Our Food Tastes Better Cooked

The French know how to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of how cooking changes the taste, texture and color of food. Hundreds of scientists gathered recently near the village where Louis-Camille Maillard was born to honor him.

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