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NIH Chief Rejects Ethics Critique Of Preemie Study

At issue is a controversial study of more than 1,300 severely premature infants that looked at how much oxygen they should receive after birth. This spring, the federal Office for Human Research Protections criticized the scientists who ran the study for failing to tell parents enough about the risks.

Navy Studies Cicadas For Their Amplifying Sound Technique

From southern Virginia to New England, lots of people are being treated to a cicada serenade. If these insects sound loud to you, that's because they are. They're so loud that some Navy engineers are trying to borrow their technique.

Vilsack: Farmers Must Respond To Rising Temperatures

Farmers, foresters, and ranchers need to respond now to the impact of climate change on their businesses, says Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "You're going to see crops produced in one area no longer able to be produced, unless we mitigate and adapt now," he says.

Tiny, Ancient Tree-Dweller Was One Of Earth's Earliest Primates

About 55 million years ago, a teacup-sized critter in China was helping to pave the way for apes and humans. This insect eater had fingernails and stereo vision, a newly published analysis of a fossil suggests. And it weighed just 1 ounce.
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The Smithsonian Explores Navigation

A new exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution examines the history and future of navigation, from following the North Star at sea to following the GPS in your cell phone.

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Try No. 2 For NASA Rocket From Wallops

After scrubbing the rocket launch from Wallops Island, Va., Tuesday night, NASA says they will try again Wednesday, and the launch should be visible across the region.


Let Them Eat Wood! (If It's Turned Into Starch)

A scientist has developed a technology to turn the cellulose in nonfood plants like trees and grasses into edible starch. Sounds zany, but guess what? Cellulose products are already commonly used as food additives in hundreds of processed and fast food items.

Can Going Vegetarian Help You Live Longer? Maybe

Fresh research finds that men who ate vegetarian diets were less likely to die from heart disease and other heart conditions. But if you're looking for the definitive study that might persuade meat lovers to become vegetarian, this may not be it.
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Rocket Launch From Wallops Visible In D.C. Tonight

A suborbital rocket being launched from Wallops Island in Virginia should be visible to those in the D.C. region around 11 p.m. Tuesday night.