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Study: Record Number Of People Are Cohabitating

More and more Americans are opting to live together before they get married. That's according to new federal data. And on average, cohabitations last about 22 months compared to 13 months in 1995.
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Researchers Use Brain Scans To Reveal Hidden Dreamscape

Philosophers, poets and psychologists have long shared a fascination with dreams. Now Japanese scientists have scanned the brains of dreaming volunteers to create a lexicon of imagery that can be used to detect and decode dreams while a person sleeps.
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Arkansas Oil Spill Sheds Light On Aging Pipeline System

More than half of the nation's pipelines were built before 1970. In fact, ExxonMobil's Pegasus pipeline, which burst Friday in Mayflower, Ark., is 65 years old. According to federal statistics, pipelines have on average 280 significant spills a year. Most aren't big enough to make headlines.
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Sensor On Space Station May Have Seen Hints Of Elusive Dark Matter

The finding could be a milestone in the decades-long search for the universe's missing material. But some scientists urge caution, saying it's possible the particles seen by the sensor on the International Space Station could have come from somewhere else.
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The Remarkable Biodiversity Of Belly Buttons

Scientists at the Belly Button Biodiversity Project wanted to engage the public. They started to culture the bacteria in people's navels as a way to remind them about the life living on their bodies. In the process, they discovered diverse organisms, some of them completely new to science.
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Why Farmers Plan To Plant So Much Corn This Year

U.S. farmers anticipate planting the most corn since 1936, a total of 97.3 million acres. Farmers are hoping to rebuild their corn supplies after last year's drought. Chad Hart, economics professor at Iowa State University, explains why farmers intend to plant high amount of corn this season.
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Administration Hits Pause On Health Exchanges For Small Businesses

Workers in small businesses will have to wait a year longer than expected to be able to choose from more than one insurance plan in the marketplaces created by the federal health overhaul.
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New Research On Red Meat And Heart Disease

For our Mind and Body Series: A new study finds that bacteria released when you eat red meat can damage the heart. Diane and a panel of experts discuss new findings on red meat and heart disease.

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