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5 Ways To Spark Your Creativity

Inspiration may seem rare, but you might be able to increase the odds of having a genius moment. Research points to some surprisingly simple triggers of innovation: taking a shower, living in a far-off land or working in a blue room. Eureka!
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How To Spot A 'Neglected Tropical Disease'

Here's a hint: Compare the number of scientific papers on a disease with the number of people affected by the illness. There's lots of research on diabetes and not so much on elephantiasis.
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A Final Voyage, Into The Wild Black Yonder

Some 35 years after leaving Earth, scientists say, one of two Voyager probes may be nearing the solar system's absolute edge — farther than anything ever built by humans — and heading for the terra incognita of interstellar space.
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Offline Nuclear Plant Squeezes Energy Access In Calif.

One of California's two nuclear power plants has been closed since the discovery of a radioactive leak in late January. With summer here — and increased energy use with it — the state is bracing for the possibility of rolling blackouts in San Diego, Los Angeles and Orange County. L.A. Times reporter Abby Sewell talks with Melissa Block about what's being done to stave off an energy calamity.
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Study: Fat People Burden Earth's Resources

Linda Wertheimer talks to Dr. Ian Roberts, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Roberts led the research on a new study on global obesity. It shows that weight, not just population size, should be taken into account when planning how to deal with increasing pressure on resources.
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Man-Made Earthquakes Get Geologists' Attention

Geologists have noticed an increase in the number of small earthquakes in the U.S. They suspect the cause to be wastewater wells, where polluted water from industrial processes is pumped deep underground. None of the quakes has caused serious damage.
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Shell Faces Pushback As Alaska Drilling Nears

The company has spent $4 billion since 2007 on preparations to explore for oil off the north coast of Alaska. Many Alaskans welcome the venture, which could lead to the development of trillions of dollars worth of oil. But not everyone's convinced Shell has all the environmental protections in place to protect areas of the pristine Arctic.

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