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Pollution Playing A Major Role In Sea Temperatures

Tiny particles from power plants and fires help create new clouds, which shade the oceans from the sun. This means changes in sea-surface temperatures. And that has profound effects on weather, influencing the time and amount of rainfall in West Africa, and even the number, strength and path of hurricanes.
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Earth Has Just One Moon, Right? Think Again

Everybody knows that there's just one moon orbiting the Earth. But a new study by a team of astronomers concludes that everybody is dead wrong about that. Minimoons, just a few feet across, make regular orbits around the planet. But they don't stick around very long — they're easily pulled away by the gravity of neighboring planets.
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Do Negative Ads Make A Difference? Political Scientists Say Not So Much

Blistering political ads like the Swift Boat attacks on John Kerry in 2004 may not be as decisive as politicians think. Political scientists say if voters already know a candidate, negative ads don't have much of an impact.
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Gold Miners Dig Deep — To The Ocean Floor

Next year, an Australian company plans to start drilling deep underwater off the coast of Papua New Guinea to extract deposits rich with copper, gold, silver and zinc. The firm says the operation is much less messy than mining on land, but some scientists worry about the impact on deep-sea life.
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To Map Or Not To Map The Brain? That's Tonight's Question

All over the world, neuroscientists are trying to answer a question: How do gooey, stringy brain cells produce a mind? If you look deeply into a brain, into the 80 billion brain cells coiled inside your head, could you see a thought in there? A dream? Desire?
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Scientific Journals Plan To Publish Contentious Bird Flu Research

A government advisory committee has reconsidered its advice to keep certain details of bird flu experiments secret. Revised versions of manuscripts that describe two recent studies can be openly published, the committee now says. The decision could help end a debate that has raged within the scientific community for months.
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No Joke: Science Is A Laughing Matter

Want to hear a joke about sodium hypobromite? NaBrO! Can science be the butt of a good joke? Ira Flatow and guests test the hypothesis in an annual April Fools' joke-a-thon. They share the best gags in the business. Sidesplitting or groan-worthy? You decide.
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Art, Mind And Brain Intersect In Kandel's Vienna

In The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind and Brain, Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist Eric Kandel writes of turn-of-the-century Vienna, where artists mingled with writers, scientists and physicians, and explains how the brain perceives a work of art.
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Take Your Dog To The Office And Stress Less

Do you think you'd be less stressed out if you took your dog to work with you? Science agrees. Employees with dogs were less stressed out than their coworkers, new research finds. But it works only if the dog is polite.

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