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Brain State Breadcrumbs Lead Way Back To Consciousness

Scientific American News Feed - July 28, 2014 - 9:00pm
Researchers studying anesthetized rats discovered a handful of activity patterns that may mark the path to consciousness after anesthesia. Karen Hopkin reports.  

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Six Minor Meteor Showers Could Beat the Perseids This Summer

Scientific American News Feed - July 28, 2014 - 7:48pm
While a bright nearly-full moon will interfere with Perseid meteor observing, six other six lesser celestial displays will reach their peak in dark skies

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All-Nighters Could Alter Your Memories

Scientific American News Feed - July 28, 2014 - 6:35pm
Sleep-deprived individuals are more likely to mix fact with imagination, embellish events and even remember things that never actually happened

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Heavy Rains Soak North American Grain Belt [Video]

Scientific American News Feed - July 28, 2014 - 5:50pm
While some of the West suffers in drought, other parts of the U.S. breadbasket suffer from too many storm clouds

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Newly Discovered Virus Lives in Half the World's Population

Scientific American News Feed - July 28, 2014 - 5:50pm
Scientists are eager to find out whether the new virus that infects gut bacteria could promote health or influence susceptibility to certain conditions

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Bad Timing to Blame for Big Dinosaur Extinction

Scientific American News Feed - July 28, 2014 - 5:12pm
The coupling of the space rock that crashed into Earth with a period of low diversity among herbivorous dinosaurs may have set the stage for the massive die-off 65-million years ago

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Ocean Plastic Particles Could Get in Gills

Scientific American News Feed - July 28, 2014 - 5:00pm
Sea creatures eat plastic dumped in the ocean, but they also might be accumulating plastic by sucking up tiny particles with their siphons and gills. Christopher Intagliata reports.    

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Roadside Shrubs Could Sink Carbon Pollution

Scientific American News Feed - July 28, 2014 - 4:35pm
With better management, the grass and shrubbery by the side of the road could soak up a lot of CO2, helping combat climate change

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Dinosaurs Reveal Clues about Adaptation to Climate Change

Scientific American News Feed - July 28, 2014 - 2:00pm
Yesterday's big reptiles can help us figure out how the human era is shaping up By Mary H. Schweitzer

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DIY Brain Zapping Meets the World of Internet Marketing

Scientific American News Feed - July 28, 2014 - 12:32pm
Going back a couple of millenia, Scribonius Largus, Pliny the Elder and Galen of Pergamum were all avid proponents of using the electric currents produced by torpedo fish to treat headaches.

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DDT Still Killing Birds in Michigan

Scientific American News Feed - July 28, 2014 - 12:20pm
A chemical plant-turned-Superfund site may be to blame

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Extreme Weather Hits Poorest Hardest

Scientific American News Feed - July 28, 2014 - 11:55am
Poor communities have the fewest resources to cope with climate change

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Depleted Uranium Could Turn Carbon Dioxide into Valuable Chemicals

Scientific American News Feed - July 28, 2014 - 11:35am
New reactions could convert excessive CO2 into building blocks for materials like nylon

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How to Fix the NSA

Scientific American News Feed - July 28, 2014 - 11:00am
A three-step plan for using data right in an age of government overreach

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Dark Matter Search Enters Round 2

Scientific American News Feed - July 28, 2014 - 11:00am
Three experiments will begin upgrades that could help them corner the particles responsible for the universe’s missing mass  

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How to Let Go of Materialism

Scientific American News Feed - July 28, 2014 - 10:30am
Enhance your well-being by focusing on deeper goals

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U.S. Agency Aims to Combat Antibiotic Resistance

Scientific American News Feed - July 28, 2014 - 10:00am
When patients take too many unnecessary antibiotics it inches us ever closer to a world where essential drugs are no longer effective. More than two million people in the United States develop...

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Math Twitter Bots, Reviewed and Rated

Scientific American News Feed - July 28, 2014 - 10:00am
In the course of being a math person on Twitter, I have run across some math-related Twitter bots and feeds. It would just be mean to grade my human tweeps, but I have no qualms about rating the bots!

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First Winners of Largest Prize for Young Scientists Announced

Scientific American News Feed - July 28, 2014 - 7:00am
New prize favors boldness and promise

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Some Coral Should Produce Shells in Acidifying Ocean

Scientific American News Feed - July 27, 2014 - 3:00pm
Of four common corals and algae tested, three still produced shells in conditions that mimic oceans if atmospheric CO2 concentrations reached 1,000 ppm. David Biello reports  

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