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Prescription Refill Appearance Change Puts Patients Off Meds

Scientific American News Feed - July 24, 2014 - 10:10pm
When refilled prescriptions for post-heart-attack care resulted in the same medication looking different in shape or color, patients were significantly more likely to stop taking their meds. Dina...

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Heparin Does Not Reduce Pregnancy Complications, and May Create Some

Scientific American News Feed - July 24, 2014 - 8:30pm
A commonly used blood thinner does not appear to lower the risk of blood clots or miscarriage during pregnancy

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Most Dinosaurs May Have Sported Birdlike Feathers

Scientific American News Feed - July 24, 2014 - 7:33pm
Evidence of feather-like structures have been found for the first time in the fossil of a plant-eating dinosaur rather than the dinosaur lineage closely related to birds

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A Call for Easy Access to More Contraception and Choices

Scientific American News Feed - July 24, 2014 - 7:00pm
Innovative and existing methods are needed to tackle global overpopulation, experts say

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Alternative Fusion Technologies Heat Up

Scientific American News Feed - July 24, 2014 - 6:23pm
Start-ups in fusion-energy research are fueled by venture capital and a lot of hope

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"Unacceptably Low" Number of Teens Receives HPV Vaccine

Scientific American News Feed - July 24, 2014 - 6:05pm
CDC officials say doctors clearly miss opportunities to vaccinate teens at the same time that other standard immunizations are administered

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Instant Genius after Head Trauma [Video]

Scientific American News Feed - July 24, 2014 - 4:00pm
Savantism can be acquired after a stroke or a blow to the head. A leading expert explains the various forms of the condition

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Concerns Grow over Damage to Wheat Crop Quality

Scientific American News Feed - July 24, 2014 - 3:31pm
Europe is heading toward a large wheat harvest this year but concerns are mounting that much of it could only be fit to feed animals after heavy rain earlier this month. Damage levels are unclear for...

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12 delightful resources for word nerds everywhere

Scientific American News Feed - July 24, 2014 - 12:00pm
My recent post about specialized dictionaries got me thinking about the fun books and sites I have encountered about words and language. I thought I would share a slightly off-topic post about my...

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What Makes Ice Melt Fastest?

Scientific American News Feed - July 24, 2014 - 12:00pm
A chemistry challenge from Science Buddies

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A Bold Critic of the Big Bang’s "Smoking Gun"

Scientific American News Feed - July 24, 2014 - 12:00pm
David Spergel explains why a widely publicized gravitational-wave discovery could be wrong, and how it could affect the public’s perception of science

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How to Determine the Scientific Consensus on Global Warming

Scientific American News Feed - July 24, 2014 - 11:40am
An academic feud swirls around how best or even whether to express the scientific consensus around climate change

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Yellow Light Grows the Best Algae for Biofuels

Scientific American News Feed - July 24, 2014 - 11:00am
Chiplike screening devices show that yellow light gets algae to make more lipids for fuels

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Act on Climate Change, but Tackle Other Global Problems, Too

Scientific American News Feed - July 24, 2014 - 10:30am
Should action on the climate be just another line item in the budget?

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New Brain Implant Conquers Vertigo

Scientific American News Feed - July 24, 2014 - 9:00am
Surgeons have implanted a new prosthesis in four patients to correct disabling dizziness. The device may someday restore balance to hundreds of thousands more

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Humans among the primates

Scientific American News Feed - July 24, 2014 - 8:24am
It is not in the least bit controversial to picture humans* within the context of the placental mammal group that we belong to, the primates.

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Court Sentences Rhino Poacher to a Record 77 Years

Scientific American News Feed - July 24, 2014 - 8:13am
A South African court has sentenced a rhino poacher to 77 years in jail, the heaviest penalty imposed by authorities desperate to halt a wave of poaching that is threatening the population of the...

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Salmonella's Favorite Food Could Be Its Achilles' Heel

Scientific American News Feed - July 23, 2014 - 10:36pm
Salmonella's primary fuel source is the molecule fructose-asparagine. Starving it of that fuel in an infected person could kill it without harming beneficial gut bacteria. Karen Hopkin...

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The High-Heel Hottie Effect: The Evolutionary Psychology of Women’s Shoes

Scientific American News Feed - July 23, 2014 - 8:44pm
On a trip to Italy a few years ago, my partner and I peered into the faraway distance at that famously angled phallus that is the Leaning Tower of Pisa, when suddenly we became aware of a small scene...

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Dogs Experience Jealousy

Scientific American News Feed - July 23, 2014 - 7:00pm
Jealousy appears to be a primordial emotion seen not only in humans, but in other animals as well

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