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Quick DNA Tests Crack Medical Mysteries Otherwise Missed

Scientists used high-powered DNA sequencing to diagnose infections missed by usual lab tests. The pricey method is still experimental, but might offer a way to identify tough-to-diagnose infections.
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The GPS In Your Head May Work A Lot Better Than That Phone

The human brain uses two different specialized regions to navigate, scientists say, with one charting a straight line to the destination, and the other figuring out the turns along the way.
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At 'Pestaurant,' Grasshopper Burgers Win Over Eaters Who Say 'Yuck'

A pest control company and a venerable Washington, D.C., grill teamed up to offer gourmet bugs to anyone who'd try them. The selection included roasted crickets, spiced mealworms and ant lollipops.
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Mapping Earth's Final Frontier — The Ocean Floor

USGS scientists in Reston, Virginia, want to map unknown territory at the bottom of the Atlantic, but the proposal is the source of some controversy among animal rights groups.

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The Birds And The Bees ... And iPads

Three-fourths of parents say the Internet is forcing them to have "the talk" earlier.
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Ice Wall May Stop Radioactive Leak At Japanese Nuclear Plant

Workers are building an underground ice wall around the damaged nuclear reactors at Fukushima Daiichi. The wall is the latest attempt to try to keep radioactive water from leaking out of the plant.
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The Camel Did It: Scientists Nail Down Source Of Middle East Virus

Since the deadly MERS virus was detected two years ago, scientists have struggled to figure out how people catch it. A new study confirms that camels are a key source.
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An Underwater Race To Transplant Miami's Rare Corals

A group of scientists is on an urgent mission: It's rushing to save as many corals as it can from Miami's shipping channel before the creatures are destroyed in an underwater excavation project.
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How A Scientist Of Psychedelics Became The 'Godfather Of Ecstasy'

The man known as the "godfather of ecstasy" has died at the age of 88. Scientist Alexander Shulgin rediscovered a chemical known as MDMA, which was eventually adopted as the club drug ecstasy.
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New Pollution Rules Leave Utilities Frustrated, As Details Remain Up In Air

The Obama administration has proposed rules for limiting greenhouse gases, but many of the details must still be set by states, leaving utilities unsure about specifics they'll be expected to achieve.

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