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Shell Picks Pittsburgh Area For Major Refinery

The so-called ethane cracking, or "cracker," plant would convert ethane from bountiful Marcellus Shale natural gas liquids into more profitable chemicals such as ethylene, which are then used to produce everything from plastics to tires to antifreeze.
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The Real March Madness: People Remember The Wins, Forget Losses

Is your alma mater already eliminated from the NCAA Basketball Tournament? Never fear, experts in human psychology say you remember far less from the defeats than you do the victories.

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Get To Know 'Number Needed To Treat'

A single statistic can help show how beneficial, or not, a treatment is. It's called the number needed to treat. And the lower it is, the better.
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F. Sherwood Rowland, Warned Of Aerosol's Danger

The Nobel Prize-winning chemist made the link between man-made chemicals used in spray cans and the depletion of the Earth-insulating ozone later. His scientific work and advocacy for a ban on these chemicals, called CFCs, led to a public appreciation for humans' impact on the planet. He was 84.
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Tornado Tech: What If Dorothy Had A Smartphone?

Forecasters are looking to next-generation technologies to get the word out to the public about tornado dangers. Programmable weather radios and apps that use GPS data are giving alerts on much smaller geographical areas where bad weather is expected.
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The Big Gulp: Dolphins Don't Have Time To Savor Their Food

Dolphins can't taste sweet, savory, and bitter tastes. In fact, they might not be able to taste their fish at all, according to a new study. That might be because they swallow fish whole.
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Why Compromise Is A Bad Word In Politics

Why do voters want leaders who are adaptable, but detest those who don't stick to their guns? Social science research indicates voters want compromise but only when the other side is caving in.
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New Study Underscores Unhealthiness Of Red Meat

A new study provides the strongest evidence yet that red meat is bad for your health. A study of more than 100-thousand health professionals found that regular consumption of red meat, particularly processed red meat, was associated with increased mortality risk. One daily serving of unprocessed red meat was associated with a 13-percent increased risk of mortality, and one daily serving of processed red meat was associated with a 20-percent increased risk.

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