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Peering Into The Dark Side Of Scientific Discovery

What leads a scientist to lie, cheat and falsify findings? In his book, Prize Fight:The Race and the Rivalry to be the First in Science, radiologist Morton Meyers digs up dirt on some major scientific discoveries. He discusses the bitter battles over recognition and reward that often take place behind closed doors.
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Relishing The Science Of The BBQ

From mayonnaise myth-busters to a ketchup jar that never jams, the grill pit is a hot bed of scientific research. Ira and Flora talk with food safety specialist Angela Fraser talks safe picnic protocol; MIT's Kripa Varanasi explains his "LiquiGlide" condiment container; and fermentation expert Bob Hutkins of University of Nebraska salutes the pickle.
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What's Your IQ On SPF?

In an unscientific survey of Times Square, Science Friday found that not one passerby could explain how sunscreen works. Dermatologist Jennifer Linder explains that and other basics of sun protection, including the meaning of SPF, and whether sunscreen blocks vitamin D production.
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At Long Last, The Higgs Particle... Maybe

This week physicists announced the discovery of the long-sought-after Higgs boson--or at least something that looks a lot like it. Theoretical physicist Sean Carroll explains why the tiny particle is so fundamental to our understanding of the universe, and why it took 50 years to find it.
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Dr. Nora Volkow

The director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse on addiction and efforts to cure it.

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Dead Reefs Can Come Back To Life, Study Says

Rising water temperatures and increasing ocean acidity can kill coral reefs. But a new study finds that dead reefs can potentially recover from catastrophes if ocean temperatures stabilize. Some scientists say the resiliency of coral reef may be the key to their survival.
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'God Particle' Scientist Vindicated 50 Years Later

Peter Higgs is the name — and man — behind the Higgs boson. He and his team proposed the particle's existence back in the 1960s. Robert Siegel talks to Victoria Martin, a lecturer in physics and astronomy at the University of Edinburgh and a former student of Higgs, for more.
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Physicists In Switzerland Make Momentous Discovery

Scientists in Switzerland unveiled the results in their search for a subatomic particle that is believed to be key to the formation of stars, planets and eventually life after the Big Bang. Many questions remain about the exact nature of this particle.

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