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3-D Printers Bring Historic Instruments Back To The Future

You just can't stick a modern mouthpiece on an antique saxophone and get the right sound. The answer could be in the lab.
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'Into The Wild' Author Tries Science To Solve Toxic Seed Mystery

Jon Krakauer has long been haunted by how Christopher McCandless died in the Alaskan wilderness. In a scientific journal, he and a chemist show that the seeds McCandless consumed can contain a toxin.
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Urine For A Surprise: Your Pee Might Reveal Your Risk For Obesity

There are clues about your activity level and metabolism in urine. Researchers hope to one day predict obesity risk by tracking the different levels and ratios of certain molecules in pee.
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Pillars Of Creation May Be Gone In 'An Eye Blink In Cosmic Time'

That, in case you're wondering, is another 3 million years. Astronomers made that calculation after producing the first 3-D view of the pillars made famous by the Hubble Space Telescope.
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Does Reading Harry Potter Have An Effect On Your Behavior?

New research suggests that school kids who read and identify with Harry Potter display more positive attitudes toward people from disadvantaged groups.
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Western Hemisphere Wipes Out Its Third Virus

It took 15 years and 250 million vaccines, but this week, health authorities officially declared North America and South America free of rubella — a virus that can cause severe birth defects.
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NASA Spacecraft Crashes Into Mercury, Concluding 4-Year Study Of Planet

A NASA spacecraft plunged into the planet Mercury on Thursday. It's demise comes after four years of studying our solar system's innermost planet.
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Why We Can't Take Chipotle's GMO Announcement All That Seriously

Chipotle says providing "food with integrity" means dropping genetically modified ingredients. But critics say the company's new policy is inconsistent and even dishonest.
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Drought In Calif. Creates Water Wars Between Farmers, Developers, Residents

Fresno native Mark Arax has written about the war over water in his state for decades. "It used to be the farmers against the delta smelt fish, and now it's the urbanite against the almond," he says.
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Expanding Medicaid Trims Hospitals' Costs Of Caring For Uninsured

One aim of Obamacare was to ease the financial strain on nonprofit hospitals that provide medical care to people who lack insurance and can't pay their bills. That plan is working, hospitals say.

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