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July 23, 2014

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6:00 PM | One Human Behavior Triggers Dog Jealousy Most
Want to drive your dog into a jealous rage? Shower another dog with attention. Continue reading →
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1:46 PM | DNews: Why Do Eye and Hair Color Change?
Got sparkling baby blues? How about brown? And why, oh, why does our hair go gray with age? As with so many things, it's all about the genes. Trace has the details.

July 22, 2014

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1:24 PM | Why the New 'Anti-HIV' Pill Isn't for Everyone
The new pill Truvada might seem like the closest thing to an actual HIV vaccine, but not so fast, says Trace Dominguez. The CDC isn't even recommending it to the general public.

July 21, 2014

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5:00 PM | Talking to Strangers Can Make You Happier
Public transit commutes are more enjoyable when you actually talk to the person sitting inches away from you, new research shows. Continue reading →

July 20, 2014

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12:00 PM | Mycobacterium Tuberculosis- Evolving With The Enemy: How TB may have Influenced our Own Evolution
 Mycobacterium tuberculosis is an acid-fast pathogen that is a huge plague upon humanity, even within developed countries. Although this pathogen has a low rate of incidence in these countries now, […]

July 19, 2014

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8:00 AM | DNews: Will Texting Be the Death of Spelling and Grammar?
Is all of the texting we do burying the language as we know it? If ur all idk, prob could b! Ross Everett pops in to DNews to tell grammar nerds far and wide if all hope is lost.

July 18, 2014

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11:30 AM | Flump – Scorpion burrows, J-lo mites, and Darwin’s library
It’s Friday and that means that it’s time for our Friday link dump, where we highlight some recent papers (and . . .

July 15, 2014

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4:20 PM | Bad Habit? You Can Forget About It
Getting rid of some habits is as easy as forgetting that you learned them, according to a new study. Continue reading →

July 14, 2014

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8:31 PM | Stress Slows Metabolism
Eating a high-fat meal after a stressful day led to calories burning more slowly, reports a new study. Continue reading →
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3:18 PM | We are asking the four questions of biodiversity conservation at #NACCB2014 – What’s your answer?
Why is this week different from all other weeks? Because this week, Emily Grason and Fletcher Halliday are serving as . . .

July 12, 2014

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7:00 PM | DNews: Can Certain Foods Trigger Bad Dreams?
Does sugar give you nightmares? What about eating some pasta or pizza? Will they have you sitting up straight in fear? Laci takes a look at the relationship between food and our shut-eye.
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2:00 PM | DNews: What Makes Awkward Silence So, Well, Awkward?
We've all been there. Someone says something and them whooosh! Drop. Dead. Silence. What happens to the poor speaker of the words that caused the silence, as the agonizing dearth of noise unfolds?
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8:00 AM | DNews: Does Virtual Reality Beat Drugs at the Dentist?
Instead of getting hopped up on pain meds at the dentist, one day you may be able to just ask for "VR" instead.

July 11, 2014

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7:40 PM | Berkely Seeking Free Pot for Poor
The Berkeley City Council wants to require marijuana dispensaries to give 2 percent to the poor. Continue reading →
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6:20 PM | Smallpox Vials Found: Could It Strike Again?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now running tests on six forgotten vials of smallpox recently discovered in an unsecured laboratory.
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3:30 PM | Human Skin's Nine Most Amazing Features
Skin does much more than most people probably suspect.
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1:44 PM | WER: Update On Human Cases Of Influenza At Human-Animal Interface
H5N1 activity by year – Credit WER     # 8825 This week the World Health Organization’s Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER) is devoted to a detailed review of human infections by novel (swine & avian) flu viruses over the course of 2013. As in the past, a good deal of time is spent on the H5N1 virus, but last year also saw the emergence of a new contender for the dominant avian flu throne – H7N9 -  the return of H3N2v and H1N1v swine […]
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1:43 PM | DNews: How Do Psychedelic Mushrooms Work Their Magic?
Psychedelic mushrooms have been around for thousands of years, and have been used for research purposes and in religious ceremonies. Tara has the skinny on how 'shrooms can expand one's mind.
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1:10 PM | Baby Thought Cleared of HIV Has the Virus Again
Girl's story had raised hopes that, with strong anti-retroviral drugs shortly after birth, young children born HIV-positive could be cured.
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11:56 AM | The environmental impact of seafaring ancient man
Apart from the odd sacrificial burning and the invoking of Olympian lightning strikes, the ancient Mediterranean people lived in harmony with nature – the ancient Egyptians worshipped cats, for Pete’s sake! (although in the age of the internet, it can be argued that we do too). But did they really? A group of scientists from…

July 10, 2014

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8:45 PM | Modern humans emerged from complex labyrinth of biology and peoples
Re-examination of a circa 100,000-year-old archaic early human skull found 35 years ago in Northern China has revealed the surprising presence of an inner-ear formation long thought to occur only in Neandertals. “The discovery places into question a whole suite of scenarios of later Pleistocene human population dispersals and interconnections based on tracing isolated anatomical …
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8:58 AM | DNews: Dark Chocolate a Healthy Choice? Mankind Rejoices
If you were already having a good day, it just got better: Dark chocolate is good for you! So long as it's dark (not milk) and consumed in moderation, the joyous cocoa goodness has health benefits aplenty.

July 09, 2014

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4:34 PM | DNews: Can the Effects of Cigarette Smoking Be Reversed?
If you smoke cigarettes, we don't need to spell out how bad that is for you -- you already know that. But you might NOT know just how much good you can do for yourself by kicking the habit.
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8:50 AM | DNews: How Good Are We at Self-Awareness? Not Very
When it comes to how we see ourselves, our perception is just a bit off. We don't know how to gauge how assertive we're being with others, and we think we're better looking than we really are. Laci looks at why we fail to see ourselves clearly.

July 08, 2014

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7:22 PM | Sleep-deprived? Might As Well Be Sleepless
Interrupted sleep may be no better than no sleep, new research shows. Continue reading →
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7:22 PM | Sleep-deprived? Might As Well Be Sleepless
Interrupted sleep may be no better than no sleep, new research shows. Continue reading →
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1:18 PM | The DNews Explainer: The Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Decision
In the news has been the Supreme Court's ruling that, as regards closely held corporations, the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. What does it all mean? Trace looks at the case.
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12:56 PM | Drought Spurs Interest in Water Dowsing
Drought-stricken farmers and others are turning to the mystical practice of water dowsing, and many are convinced it works. Here's why. Continue reading →

July 07, 2014

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4:25 PM | DNews: Why Do We Get Goosebumps?
Is there anything at all useful about our skin rising up and forming goosebumps? Tara looks into the why behind this strange, all-too-common phenomena.
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4:00 PM | Human Skin Can 'Sniff' Odors
The nose isn't the only part of the body that knows and detects odors.
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