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Scientists Debate How To Conduct Bird Flu Research

Scientists working with bird flu recently called a 60-day halt on some controversial experiments. The unusual move has been compared to a famous moratorium on genetic engineering in the 1970s. And key scientists who organized the pause on genetic research say there are lessons that might hold for today's furor over bird flu.
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New Telescope To Make 10-Year Time Lapse Of Sky

Once finished, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope will capture over 800 images of every patch of the sky for an entire decade. The results, says one astronomer, will allow researchers to "answer fundamentally different questions about the universe."
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Why California Almonds Need North Dakota Flowers (And A Few Billion Bees)

This month, the bees from 1.6 million hives — many of them trucked in commercially from as far away as North Dakota — will pollinate California's almond orchards. Then beekeepers will pack up their colonies and drive them back to the northern Plains, where bees can graze for the summer. But scientists says that floral feast in the Great Plains is shrinking because of high corn prices.
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Corn Prices Making Life Difficult For N.D. Bees

The northern plains, especially the Dakotas, are home to about half of the country's honey bee hives during the summer. It's been a good place for bees because they can gather nectar and pollen from so many wildflowers. But the landscape of the area is becoming less bee-friendly, and the consequences could be felt as far away as the almond groves of California, which depend on those same bees for pollination.
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Why The Best Chocolate Is The One You Eat Last

In a recent study, people were three times more likely to favor the last chocolate when they were told no more were coming. Researchers say this built-in bias for endings might also have implications in the world of online dating.
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Caregivers Press For Experimental Alzheimer's Drug

A medical study published in Science finds that an FDA-approved skin cancer drug can reduce Alzheimer's-like symptoms in mice. It is unclear if the drug, marketed as Targretin, will have the same effect on humans. Some researchers want to begin testing the drug for its efficacy in treating Alzheimer's patients.
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Digging Deeper Into Obama's 2013 Budget

President Obama laid out his proposed federal budget for 2013 at a community college in Virginia on Monday. The $ 3.8 trillion plan calls for new government spending, including stimulus-style spending on roads. It also seeks to achieve $4 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade
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Washington Nuclear Cleanup Project Under Scrutiny

The federal government's largest nuclear cleanup project is being called into question by some key players. Managers for the Hanford Nuclear Reservation's waste treatment plant say the design is deeply flawed and could endanger workers or the public. The plant in south central Washington state is designed to treat 56 million gallons of radioactive sludge.

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