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The Many Lifestyles Of Muck-Dwelling Microbes

Scientists at the University of Leeds are exploring ways to use magnetic bacteria to build biocomputers of the future. Meanwhile, another group of researchers, reporting in Science, write that they have unearthed deep-sea microbe that live off nutrients from the dinosaur age.
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Remembering A Son In 'Immortal Bird'

In a new memoir, writer Doron Weber tells the story of his son Damon, who was born with a congenital heart defect and underwent at heart transplant at age 16. Weber describes his family's experiences with a medical system that he says failed to provide adequate care to his ailing son.
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Can Technology Deliver Better Health Care?

Smartphones can monitor many of your vital signs at home--and do it more cheaply than your doctor. But will technology deliver better medical care? Dr. Eric Topol, author of The Creative Destruction of Medicine, Dr. Reed Tuckson, head of UnitedHealth Group, and Dr. Arnold Relman, former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, discuss the future of digital health.
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Antibiotic-Free Meat Business Is Booming, Thanks To Chipotle

Antibiotic-free food went mainstream after Chipotle's founder advertised free-range pork on the menu. Now many big players in food service are getting into the act, creating a few supply chain hiccups.
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SpaceX's Dragon Capsule Returns Safely To Earth

The unmanned Dragon capsule sent up by SpaceX came down pretty much on target in the Pacific Ocean on Thursday. The landing marks the end of a completely successful mission — and the beginning of a new era of private spaceflight.
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Old People Smell Different, Not Worse

Old people do have a unique smell. Researchers found that volunteers could reliably distinguish the body odor of the elderly from a whiff of the young or middle-aged. And, it turned out, the aroma from younger men smelled the worst.
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From An Israeli Kibbutz, A High-Priced Caviar Prized By Top Chefs

One of the world's most treasured foods comes from an unlikely source — a sturgeon farm on a kibbutz in Northern Israel. The prized sturgeon eggs — or osetra caviar, if you must — fetches a hefty price and has a top chef following.
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Nuclear Tuna Is Hot News, But Not Because It's Going To Make You Sick

The amount of radiation found in Pacific bluefin tuna spawned near Fukushima does not threaten our health, despite today's suggestive headlines. What a new study shows is that scientists can rely on tiny amounts of radiation to track animals across great distances.
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Spring Bird Watching With Kenn Kaufman

Every spring, millions of small birds pass through our region on a migratory path from Central and South America to summer homes as far away as Alaska.

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