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    Distractions raise crash risk for newly licensed drivers

    Guest post by Nathan SeppaWhile the danger of taking your eyes off the road makes intuitive sense, other research has shown that having any phone conversation while behind the wheel can be deadly.The risk of a crash or near-crash for newly...
    01/02/2014 - 18:06 Health
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    Why death smells so deadly

    When I was in graduate school, I once gassed out my lab with the smell of death. I was studying the products of plant decomposition, and I had placed copious quantities of duckweed into large tubs and let the mix decompose for a few weeks. Duckweed is a small floating aquatic plant; it looks harmless enough. But when I dragged my tubs...
    11/15/2013 - 15:47 Chemistry
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    10/25/2013 - 14:56
  • Frame of Mind

    Calling neuroscience pointless misses the point

    Despite the adage, there actually is such a thing as bad publicity, a fact that brain scientists have lately discovered. A couple of high-profile opinion pieces in the New York Times have questioned the usefulness of neuroscience, claiming, as columnist David Brooks did in June, that studying brain activity will never reveal the mind. Or that neuroscience is a pesky distraction from...
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    Oysters may struggle to build shells as carbon dioxide rises

    The changing chemistry of ocean waters may cause baby oysters to have trouble mustering the energy to build their shells, new research suggests.Oysters, clams, mussels and other bivalves build calcium carbonate shells using mostly raw materials from seawater. A two-day-old oyster larva is already 90 percent calcium carbonate by body weight, ecologist George Waldbusser of Oregon State University...
    06/17/2013 - 16:16 Animals
  • Feature

    Little Mind Benders

    Imagining tiny creatures infiltrating human brains is creepy enough. But Marion Vittecoq knows she has been invaded. Her inner companions may be just hanging out — or they may be subtly changing her personality, manipulating her behavior or altering her risk of disease. Yet she doesn’t sound particularly upset. Not once in the course of a phone conversation and many e-mails did Vittecoq...
    01/10/2013 - 17:02 Body & Brain
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    Calm, with an eye on the storm

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    07/13/2012 - 12:32 Earth
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    CMS spokesman: 'We've observed a new particle'

    Updated 1 p.m. EDT July 3 A video that was briefly made public on the CERN website July 3 confirms that the European physics lab has discovered a new particle — most likely the long-sought Higgs boson. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4...
    07/03/2012 - 10:34 Physics, Particle Physics
  • Feature

    Visions For All

    Meeting the Almighty takes hallucinatory talent and training. And Hannah, a member of the Vineyard Christian Fellowship, has got it down. She talks with God every day. Sometimes she imagines that God is walking beside her, although no vision of the Almighty appears. On other occasions, Hannah goes on what she calls “date nights” with God. She buys a sandwich, finds a secluded bench and imagines...
    03/23/2012 - 10:01 Psychology
  • News

    After a breakup, coral embryos live on as clones

    Choppy waters and even mellow surf can knock drifting coral embryos to bits. But it takes more than shattering to kill these resilient young animals. The fragments turn out to have the power to keep on growing as clones. Many corals start life adrift in open water, forming when eggs and sperm released by their settled parents float to the sea surface and mingle. The new embryos often face at...
    03/01/2012 - 14:57 Life & Evolution