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Half Of Americans Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories

Despite evidence to the contrary, many Americans believe cellphones cause cancer and that health officials are covering it up. Discredited theories about vaccines and fluoridation also remain popular.
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Study: The Chicken Didn't Cross The Pacific To South America

An analysis of DNA from ancient and modern chicken bones from the Pacific islands shows they are genetically distinct from South American birds.
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An Imaginary Town Becomes Real, Then Not. True Story

Two mapmakers made the place up. It wasn't real. Then, oddly, it popped into being. I am not making this up. It happened. Then it un-happened.
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Giant Lizards Rise In Fla. — And They've Got Quite An Appetite

Giant lizards are coming out of hibernation in Florida. Trouble is, Robin Sussingham of WUSF reports, they're members of an invasive species with a taste for the eggs and hatchlings of native animals.
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The Science And Poetry Behind A Semi-Famous Sleep Talker

Drs. Deirdre Barrett and Robert Stickgold discuss the case of Dion McGregor, a sleep talker whose vivid and expansive somniloquies are the subject of the album, Dreaming Like Mad with Dion McGregor.
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Thank Your Gut Bacteria For Making Chocolate 'Healthy'

Dark chocolate may help the heart and waistline. Now scientists have figured out one reason why: Bacteria in the gut turn cocoa into compounds that lower inflammation and make us feel full.
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WATCH: Physicist Gets 'Smoking Gun' Proof Of His Theory

Andrei Linde, one of the founding fathers of cosmological inflation, answers the door to the news that his theory appears to have been confirmed.
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Space Thief Or Hero? One Man's Quest To Reawaken An Old Friend

In the 1980s, NASA engineer Robert Farquhar came up with a sly plan to divert the ISEE-3 satellite from its original path to visit a comet instead. Now Farquhar has another big plan for his "baby."
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Ripples In Space Could Point To The Universe's Beginnings

Physicists say they've discovered a faint signal from just moments after the universe began. If confirmed, it could revolutionize our understanding of the cosmos. But not everyone is convinced.
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Out Of Antarctica, A 'Grand Slam' That Leads Back To The Big Bang

Physicists using data from an Antarctica telescope say they've observed evidence of primordial gravity waves — in other words, echoes of the Big Bang. If real, this may be a big advance for physics.

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