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Attention, Students: Put Your Laptops Away

Researchers Pam Mueller and Daniel M. Oppenheimer found that students remember more via taking notes longhand rather than on a laptop. It has to do with what happens when you're forced to slow down.
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What Can We Learn From Early Floridians On Sea-Level Rise?

Sea level rise is not a new challenge for Florida. The state's earliest residents had to cope with rising seas by migrating. It is a lesson, an archaeologist believes, that we can learn from today.
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How Math Determines The 'Game Of Thrones' Protagonist

Network science: it can be used both to stop terrorists and predict television plotlines. Keith Devlin explains how it can be used to figure out the most important character in Game of Thrones.
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Study Finds Climate Change Could Be Leading To Better Wine

Winemakers know grapes are sensitive to temperature and drought. A recent study in the journal Nature Climate Change looks at how weather plays a role in determining the quality of wine produced.
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The Human Body's Complicated Relationship With Fungi

Among the microbes that live in us and on us, bacteria have gotten most of the attention. Now scientists are exploring the fungi and their effects on health.
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Will Genetically 'Edited' Food Be Regulated? The Case Of The Mushroom

The U.S. is trying to figure out whether, and how, to regulate crops that have had their genes "edited." One example: a mushroom that doesn't brown when cut. It could be the first of many such crops.
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After 9-Month Delay, Record-Breaking Solar Plane Prepares For Liftoff

The Solar Impulse 2 is preparing to resume its flight around the world. It's aiming to be the first plane to make the journey powered only by the sun.
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When Parasites Could Be The Treatment Instead Of The Illness

A man's worm treatment in Thailand led researchers to test parasites for inflammatory bowel disease. Their ultimate goal is a remedy that would mimic what the worms do — without an infection.
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Stephen Hawking's Plan For Interstellar Travel Has Some Earthly Obstacles

The theoretical physicist is part of a team that wants to send postage-stamp-size probes to our closest star system, Alpha Centauri. But can they get the proper permits?
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Chicago's Upgrades To Aging Water Lines May Disturb Lead Pipes

The city's 10-year plan to replace 900 miles of old pipes has been met with praise and criticism — and a lawsuit from residents who say the pipe work has raised lead levels in their drinking water.

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