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Mammalian Surprise: African Mouse Can Regrow Skin

Scientists have discovered that a mouse found in Africa can lose large patches of skin and then grow it back without scarring, perhaps as a way of escaping the clutches of a predator. It's a finding that challenges the conventional view that mammals have an extremely limited ability to replace injured body parts.
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If Genetically Modified Apples Don't Brown, Can You Tell If They're Rotten?

Genetically modified apples that don't go brown could become the first transgenic apple varieties approved for sale in the U.S. Scientists say they're safe to eat, but the real question is, will consumers buy them?
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How Food And Clothing Size Labels Affect What We Eat And What We Wear

How do we pick what to eat and what to wear? It's not comfort or hunger — it's all in the label. Food and clothing labeled small appeal to most of us, even when the labels lie, a marketing professor says.
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Korean Eunuchs Lived Long And Prospered

Korean researchers have found that eunuchs who worked for kings in ancient royal courts lived longer, on average, than other males who were in the inner circle. The provocative findings fit with other work that has shown an inverse link between longevity and reproduction: the greater the fertility, the shorter the life span.
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Scientists Parse Genes Of Breast Cancer's Four Major Types

They found 40 or so key differences — all potential targets for cleverly designed drugs. But the researchers caution that their study is a long way from the outmoded dream of a silver bullet that would knock out breast cancer – or any other kind. The report was published in the journal Nature.
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As Arctic Ice Melts, So Does The Snow, And Quickly

First came the news that Arctic sea ice is in sharp decline this year. Now, research indicates that springtime snow is melting away even faster than the ice. And that has profound implications for the Earth's climate.
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The Future Of Driving

A new California law allows self-driving cars on state roads. Proponents promise computer-controlled vehicles will reduce accidents and congestion. Guest host Tom Gjelten and his guests discuss the future of driving in the digital age.

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Getting A More Svelte Salmon To Your Dinner Plate

Muscular fish like salmon, tuna and eel can benefit from more exercise in a farmed fish environment. New research and a new book are aiming to convince fish farmers that getting fish to swim faster will mean healthier products, less waste, and more profit.

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