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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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For Russia's Troubled Space Program, Mishaps Mount

Russia was once the world leader in space exploration, but its space program has had a costly and embarrassing string of mission failures since December 2010, including the loss of a $163 million Mars probe. Critics say the program is ill-funded and mismanaged.
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How A Sunflower Gene Crossed The Line From Weed To Crop

All of our food crops are descended from plants that once grew wild. But the line that separates a despised weed from a valuable crop is sometimes a very fuzzy one.
Saturday, April 28, 2012

USA Science And Engineering Festival

Celebrate science with over 3,000 interactive exhibits and guest speakers at the USA Science and Engineering Festival April 28 to 29.

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Jobs Abound In Energy Industry's New Boom Time

New drilling technologies and rising fuel prices have generated a boom in U.S. oil and gas drilling. It is also creating many high-paying jobs for young people. The average starting salary for petroleum engineering grads is nearly $79,000.
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Power Grid Must Adapt To Handle Renewable Energy

Grid operators constantly match what power plants are producing with what people and their TVs, microwaves and air conditioners need. But when the electricity comes from unpredictable sources, like wind or solar power, balancing the grid is a challenge, a new study finds.
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Why Monsanto Thought Weeds Would Never Defeat Roundup

In 1993, Monsanto told government officials it didn't think its genetically engineered seeds would ever lead to resistant weeds. Now, it's clear the company was very wrong.
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Nuclear Woes Push Japan Into A New Energy Future

All of Japan's nuclear power plants will be offline by April and might never restart. That's forcing the country to increase its reliance on coal, oil and natural gas. This could cost the country an extra $100 million per day and significantly increase carbon dioxide emissions.

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