Science

5:08pm

Wed January 21, 2015
Shots - Health News

E-Cigarettes Can Churn Out High Levels Of Formaldehyde

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 4:55 pm

Vapor from an e-cigarette obscures the user's face in a London coffee bar.
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Vapor produced by electronic cigarettes can contain a surprisingly high concentration of formaldehyde — a known carcinogen — researchers reported Wednesday.

The findings, described in a letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine, intensify concern about the safety of electronic cigarettes, which have become increasingly popular.

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3:03pm

Wed January 21, 2015
Shots - Health News

Scientists Give Genetically Modified Organisms A Safety Switch

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 7:37 pm

Scientists reprogrammed the common bacterium E. coli so it requires a synthetic amino acid to live.
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Researchers at Harvard and Yale have used some extreme gene-manipulation tools to engineer safety features into designer organisms.

This work goes far beyond traditional genetic engineering, which involves moving a gene from one organism to another. In this case, they're actually rewriting the language of genetics.

The goal is to make modified organisms safer to use, and also to protect them against viruses that can wreak havoc on pharmaceutical production.

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6:33am

Wed January 21, 2015
Business

Scandium Middleman Is A Rare Guy Selling A Rare Element

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 1:35 pm

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5:20am

Wed January 21, 2015
Research News

After Congressional Green Light, Scientists Begin Hemp Studies

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 8:40 am

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3:31am

Wed January 21, 2015
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Was 2014 The Hottest Year On Record — Or Not?

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 8:47 am

Icebergs float in Iceland's Jökulsárlón glacial lake, where the Vatnajökull glacier is retreating quickly due to global warming.
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Since the Jan. 16 release of findings by NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) indicating that 2014 has been the hottest year on record, naysayers have criticized the report as being exaggerated and distorted.

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4:28pm

Tue January 20, 2015
Around the Nation

Montana Governor Declares State Of Emergency After River Oil Spill

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 11:25 am

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4:28pm

Tue January 20, 2015
Law

BP Back In Court For Final Phase Of Gulf Oil Spill Trial

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 11:25 am

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4:28pm

Tue January 20, 2015
The Two-Way

Scientists Say The NFL's 'Deflate-Gate' Isn't All Hot Air

Originally published on Sun January 25, 2015 1:25 pm

A deflated football would have been easier for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) to grip in Sunday's rain.
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The New England Patriots are headed to the Super Bowl.

But there is a flat, squishy cloud over the Patriots' 45-7 victory against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday: The NFL is looking into allegations that the Patriots deflated the football to give themselves an advantage.

Two scientists say that "deflate-gate" isn't entirely hot air.

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12:48pm

Tue January 20, 2015
The Salt

How Your Food Gets The 'Non-GMO' Label

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 2:41 pm

Demand is growing for GMO-free labels on food products, according to the Non-GMO Project, one of the principal suppliers of the label.
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Demand for products that don't contain genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, is exploding.

Now many food companies are seeking certification for products that don't have any genetically modified ingredients, and not just the brands popular in the health food aisle. Even Cheerios, that iconic cereal from General Mills, no longer contains GMOs.

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6:16am

Tue January 20, 2015
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

What If Heaven Is Not For Real?

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 9:47 am

An 1870 engraving by Gustave Dore depicts the vision of the golden ladder, a scene from Dante's Paradiso.
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Last week, a young man named Alex Malarkey made news when he publicly retracted his story that he'd been to heaven. This, understandably, may not seem like news to some people. But Malarkey's story, based on the tragedy of an auto accident when he was just 6 years old, became a best-selling book called The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven.

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