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When Is Bottled Air Worth $860? When It's A Work Of Art — And Protest

A jar of fresh air from southern France, bottled by a Beijing artist, was sold at auction in China for $860. AP correspondent Didi Tang says it's one of many works of pollution protest art in China.
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South Texas Oil Brings Boom — As Well As Pollution's 'Toxic Soup'

While the South Texas oil boom has meant a flood of cash and people to formerly impoverished communities, there have also been serious repercussions — namely, rampant air pollution.
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Ebola Drug Could Be Ready For Human Testing Next Year

There's no treatment yet for the deadly viral disease, but several approaches are in the works. At least one experimental drug seems effective in monkeys. Next step: safety tests in people.
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This Jet Lag App Does The Math So You'll Feel Better Faster

When it comes to resetting your biological clock, calculus can help. Mathematicians say they've found a faster way to adjust to time zone changes, and they've used it to drive a smartphone app.
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What's A Breath Of Fresh Air Worth? In China, About $860

A Beijing artist who collected a jar of air from Provence, France, sold it at auction "to question China's foul air and express dissatisfaction."
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Drilling Frenzy Fuels Sudden Growth In Small Texas Town

The boom has brought unexpected prosperity — and many new problems — to Cotulla. It's in the heart of the Eagle Ford Shale area, which has quickly become the nation's No. 2 oil-producing region.
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A Peek Beneath A Mummy's Wrappers, Powered By CT Scanners

John Taylor, the curator at the British Museum, discusses how CT scans and imaging are used to discover information about mummies.
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Scientists Publish Recipe For Making Bird Flu More Contagious

Researchers ignited a debate three years ago when they changed a deadly flu virus so that it could spread between people. Only five mutations are needed to turn the virus into a pandemic threat.
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Even A Very Weak Signal From The Brain Might Help Paraplegics

By electrically stimulating the lower spine in men with paraplegia, researchers were able to get them to initiate movement. The big challenge is how to achieve coordinated motor control.
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Why Do Some Clouds Drop Rain, While Others Don't?

With little relief in sight for California's record drought, scientists are trying to learn why some clouds rain and other don't. As Lauren Sommer of KQED says, they're finding surprising answers.

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