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In Japan Reactor Failings, Danger Signs for the U.S.

TOKYO -- Emergency vents that American officials have said would prevent devastating hydrogen explosions at nuclear plants in the United States were put to the test in Japan--and failed to work, according to experts and officials with the company that operates the crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant...

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EPA Delays Rule on Industrial Emissions

The Obama administration has decided to delay a rule that would cut emissions from power plants at major industrial facilities, the most recent in a series of decisions since the midterm election to postpone controversial environmental regulations and steer a more business-friendly course...

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'No Hold-Up' from UK Nuclear Review

There is no need to curtail UK nuclear power as a result of the crisis at Japan's Fukushima site, according to the UK's nuclear inspectorate. Chief inspector Mike Weightman says that extreme natural events such as the Magnitude 9 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami are "not credible" in the UK...

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The MIT Factor: Celebrating 150 Years of Maverick Genius

Yo-Yo Ma's cello may not be the obvious starting point for a journey into one of the world's great universities. But, as you quickly realise when you step inside the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), there's precious little about the place that is obvious...

from the Guardian (UK)

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Understanding the Complex World of Brain Injuries

Justin White remembers little about May 28, 2005. Torrential rain. His girlfriend driving them to pick up a cake for her high-school graduation party. The car hydroplaning...

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Morgellons Mystery Itching Symptoms Called 'Delusional'

They complain of mysterious, creepy symptoms: bugs--or some form of infestation--crawling beneath their skin, sometimes burrowing to the surface, leaving odd specks and colored filaments in their wake...

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Coffee May Lower Risk Of Deadliest Prostate Cancer

For a long time scientists have wondered whether coffee might lower the risk of prostate cancer. Previous studies have been relatively small and have shown mixed results...

from NPR

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Tarantulas Shoot Silk From Feet, Spider-Man Style

Tarantulas shoot silk from "spigots" in their feet to climb slippery surfaces, a new study says. Keeping balance is crucial for the delicate arachnids, which would likely die in a fall. So tarantulas often use silk much like Spider-Man does when wall-crawling--to stick to surfaces and stay firmly attached, even when the ground is shaky, the research confirmed...

from National Geographic News

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