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Better Burgers, More Healthful Hot Dogs: Could A Pinch Of Seaweed Be The Answer?

Processed meats used in hot dogs and hamburgers are high in levels of salt and fat. Some scientists want to boost these foods' nutritional profile by adding seaweed to the meats.
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The Amazing Pedal-Powered Brain Race: The Finish Line

These middle schoolers built a 200-pound human brain on wheels. Will it survive the eight-hour race through the streets of Baltimore?
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Study Of Sudden Cardiac Death Exposes Limits Of Genetic Testing

Some genetic tests for a common cause of sudden heart failure can be wrong, researchers say, because the underlying science didn't take into account racial diversity.
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Federal Court Blocks Challenge To Social Cost Of Carbon

Economists call it the social cost of carbon. A single number that is supposed to reflect all of the costs society incurs when people burn fossil fuels. That number is now part of federal regulations, and some industries aren't happy.
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Scientists Engineer An Opioid That May Reduce Pain With Less Risk

Opioids lock to a receptor in the brain that controls pain relief, pleasure and need. A new compound may offer relief without as much risk of addiction or overdose. But it's only been tested in mice.
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How Music Can Help Patients Recover From Surgery And Strokes

Music is increasingly being used to aid patients in intensive care units. And studies indicate music can help patients recover from strokes and sleep disorders. What research on music and the brain could mean for medical treatments.

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What Does It Take To Map A Walrus Hangout? 160 Years And A Lot Of Help

Groups of walruses are vulnerable to disturbances, but it's hard to avoid them if you don't know where they are. A new tool from U.S. and Russian researchers draws on history to protect the animals.
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Debate Over Armchair Psychological Assessments Of Donald Trump

Many psychiatrists have offered armchair assessments of Donald Trump’s mental health. We discuss the history of diagnosing mental fitness for high office, when personality disorders can be strengths and the pitfalls of long distance psychological analysis.

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How To Catch The Biggest Wave In The Universe

An L-shaped machine in Louisiana is hunting for some of the most powerful waves in existence: gravitational waves. This wave detector acts like a giant tape measure to capture bends in space and time.
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White House Announces New Fuel Efficiency Standards For Trucks, Buses

The Obama administration has announced new fuel efficiency standards for trucks and buses.

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