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Experimental Drug Melts The Fat Off Chunky Monkeys

The drug, given by injection, isn't going to be on pharmacy shelves anytime soon. But it has now been seen to work in five different species — from mice to monkeys. A human test of the drug is set to begin soon.
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Receding Sea Ice Helps Storm Hammer Alaska's Coast

The villages on Norton Sound are right at the water's edge, and with the ice developing progressively later each season, Carven Scott says meteorologists worry storms like this one will become a more regular occurrence.
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Credit Controversy: Who Made Key Cosmos Discovery?

A letter found deep in archives in London has helped settle the debate over who deserves credit for what many say is the most important astronomical discovery of the 20th century: the realization that the universe is expanding.
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Alabama's 'Rocket City' Hopes For Another Boom

Huntsville is the shining star in Alabama's economy. Scientists there designed the rockets that put man on the moon. In the past 50 years, it's become a magnet for high-tech space and defense jobs. But with NASA downsizing and the specter of defense cuts looming, Huntsville finds itself in limbo.
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Flying Rhinos: Photos You Don't See Every Day

Researchers use a new, gentler technique to transport 19 rhinos out of a poacher-plagued region in South Africa.
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Why Nails On A Chalkboard Drives Us Crazy

Robert Siegel talks to Michael Oehler, a music management professor at University of Cologne in Germany, about his study on why people get so irritated by the sound of fingernails on a chalkboard. Oehler led a team of researchers from the University of Cologne and the University of Vienna in a study designed to pinpoint the source of this and similarly irritating sounds. Scientists found that the most obnoxious elements of the noises may be amplified by the shape of the human ear.
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'Power For The Planet': Company Bets Big On Fusion

Inventor Michael Laberge is building a machine that aims to generate electricity through nuclear fusion — the same process that powers the sun. His goal is "insanely ambitious": He thinks he can do it using a much cheaper approach than that used by existing multibillion-dollar fusion labs.
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Giving Mini Burgers To Mice Reveals The Good And Bad Of Cooking Meat

Cooked meat delivers more energy than raw meat, which may have given our human ancestors a big evolutionary advantage. It may also explain why today's humans have a hard time keeping off the pounds, according to researchers at Harvard University.

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