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Physics Major Has a Name for a Really Big Number

When Austin Sendek was growing up in Northern California, he was never allowed to use the regional slang term "hella." Now the 20-year-old physics major at UC Davis uses "hella" often--and he's trying to get scientists from Boise to Beijing to do the same...

from the Los Angeles Times (Registration Required)

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Study Finds More Sleep for Teens Equals Better Performance

When the head of St. George's School proposed starting the school day a half-hour later, many were skeptical. Eric F. Peterson, the head of the private boarding school in Middletown, just wanted St. George's students to get more sleep. But his plan faced resistance...

from the Providence Journal

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Oil in Lake Pontchartrain Stokes Worries in New Orleans

Experts say that the newly discovered oil in Lake Pontchartrain near New Orleans is not likely to cause much environmental damage. But the presence of tar balls and oil sheen so close to the Big Easy is a psychological blow...

from the Washington Post (Registration Required)

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Louisiana and Scientists Spar Over How to Stop Oil

With oil hitting Barataria Bay, a vast estuary in southeast Louisiana that boasts one of the most productive fisheries in the country, local parish officials hatched a plan in May to save the fragile ecosystem: they would build rock dikes across several major tidal inlets between the bay and the Gulf of Mexico to block and then capture the oil...

from the New York Times (Registration Required)

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Planck Telescope Reveals Ancient Cosmic Light

This is the extraordinary place where we all live--the Universe. The picture is the first full-sky image from Europe's Planck telescope which was sent into space last year to survey the "oldest light" in the cosmos. It took the 600m-euro observatory just over six months to assemble the map...

from BBC News Online

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Scientists Seek Clues in Mexicali Earthquake

Three months after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake erupted on the U.S.- Mexico border, seismologists are on a quest to determine whether the massive rupture put more pressure on fault lines in Southern California, increasing the likelihood of more temblors...

from the Los Angeles Times (Registration Required)

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X-Ray Laser Resurrects a Lab No Longer in the Vanguard

In the first experiments conducted at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, Calif., since its outdated particle accelerator was converted into the world's brightest X-ray laser, scientists managed to create what they called hollow atoms, giving just a preview of the kind of science expected to be done there...

from the New York Times (Registration Required)

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Friendly Baboons Live Longer

Want to live a long life? Have lots of friends. Studies in humans have made clear that people with stronger social networks have greater longevity. Now a new analysis shows the same is true for baboons. The research adds to growing evidence that friendship is an adaptation with deep evolutionary roots...

from ScienceNOW Daily News

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Spacecraft Broadcast Long Beyond Life Spans

Four spacecraft on vastly different missions have broken records for sending fresh discoveries back to Earth while still operating far longer than their ordained life spans. Two are almost inconceivably far away, nearing the edge of interstellar space, while the other two are busily analyzing the sands and rocks of Mars, finding evidence of ancient water indicating signs of possible life...

from the San Francisco Chronicle

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When Is a Drug Too Risky to Stay on the Market?

(Associated Press) -- The arthritis pill Vioxx was withdrawn but menopause hormones were not, even though both were tied to heart risks. A multiple sclerosis medicine was pulled and later allowed back on. So, when is a drug too risky to stay on the market?

from USA Today

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