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Playing Matchmaker To Empty Jobs And Those Seeking Them

Hundreds of thousands are out of work, yet employers say they struggle to fill positions. Oil refineries in L.A. often have temporary work, but even entry-level jobs require specialized training.
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Organic Farming Factions Spat Over Synthetic Substances

There's a long list of pesky exceptions to the rules organic farmers have to follow for using pesticides and fertilizers. This week, a battle erupted over those exceptions.
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How A Pan, A Lamp And A Little Bit Of Water Can Trap A Stink Bug

It's stink bug season. Robbie Harris of WVTF offers a new trap for these odorous pests: a low-tech solution thought up by Virginia Tech scientists, which can be made for just a couple of bucks.
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Rock-Paper-Scissors Strategy Could Be More Than Mere Child's Play

Scientists have found that the game is less random than it appears because winners tend to replay their winning choice and losers try something else — but according to a predictable pattern.
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'Wassup, Sheep?' He Asked

How come so many species of domesticated animals — dogs, pigs, cows, ducks, geese, rats, horses — have smaller brains than their wild ancestors? Oh, and humans too!
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'Provocative' Research Turns Skin Cells Into Sperm

Scientists were able to make immature sperm cells. If they can make the sperm viable, researchers could help men who thought they'd never have kids. But the findings also raise ethical questions.
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Contagious Aphrodisiac? Virus Makes Crickets Have More Sex

Researchers have stumbled upon a virus that makes crickets horny before it kills them. Inducing your host to mate more is a great way for a virus to spread its own genes.
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For Red Deer, Iron Curtain Habits Die Hard

Two decades after a Cold War-era fence came down, red deer in the Czech Republic remain reluctant to cross into Germany — a fact suggesting that some deer are capable of teaching certain behaviors.
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New Virus Related To Smallpox Is Found In Republic Of Georgia

Two men have been infected with a virus newly discovered in dairy cattle, scientists say. The disease causes blisters on the hands and arms, and other symptoms similar to those caused by smallpox.
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Experimental Technique Coaxes Muscles Destroyed By War To Regrow

By surgically transplanting material from pig bladders into the injured legs of several men, doctors prompted muscles to heal by growing and nurturing fresh, healthy cells.

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