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When People Ate People, A Strange Disease Emerged

For decades, a rare disease crawled across Papua New Guinea. When scientists realized what was behind kuru, it caught everyone by surprise. But similar diseases can still be transmitted through food.
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The Perils of Power

We've all heard the adage that "power corrupts," but psychologist Dacher Keltner at UC Berkeley has found evidence to prove it. His book is The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence.
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Scientists Explore Purple Microbial Mats In The Depths Of Lake Huron

Researchers from around the world are visiting Lake Huron to look at purple mats deep below the water's surface. They believe these mats could explain how the Earth's oxygen rich air developed 2.4 billion years ago.
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For Lizards, Climate Change Is A Deadly — And Complex — Threat

Scientists knew that lizards, which bask in the sun for warmth, are vulnerable to climate change. A new study suggests the hazards are more complicated, and possibly worse, than previously believed.
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Silent, But Not Lost: Philae Lander's Final Resting Place Located On Comet

The lander was the first to ever set down on a comet — but couldn't get enough sunlight to recharge its batteries, and went into hibernation. New images show Philae stuck in a crack.
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World's Largest Ape Listed As Critically Endangered; Pandas Upgraded To 'Vulnerable'

Giant panda populations have risen, thanks to forest protections. But populations of Grauer's gorilla total only around 3,800 individuals — a 77 percent reduction — according to a recent survey.
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Oklahoma Shuts Down Energy Companies' Disposal Wells In Area Of Strong Quake

Saturday's large quake immediately raised suspicions that it was linked to injection wells that oil and gas companies use as part of fracking and other operations.
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A Teen Might Pick The Landing Site For NASA's Next Mars Rover

Alex Longo hopes to be the first person to walk on Mars. In the meantime, the Raleigh, N.C., sophomore has suggested a landing site for the next rover mission. His pick is one of four finalists.
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Titans Linebacker Derrick Morgan To NFL: Consider The Benefits Of Marijuana

The NFL is physically brutal. Some say marijuana can alleviate pain, but it's still illegal in most places. Some players want their league to take a closer look at the benefits of the drug.
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How Fossil Fuel Production Relates To Earthquakes

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 hit Oklahoma on Saturday morning. StateImpact Oklahoma reporter Joe Wertz talks about earthquakes and their connections to oil and gas production.

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