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The Pill May Affect Your Perception of Other Women

The amount of estrogen in women’s birth control pills may affect how they perceive other women, a small new study suggests. Among the women in the study, the higher the dose of estrogen in the birth control they were using, … Continue reading

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One Parent May Have Bigger Role in a Girl’s Puberty Age

The age at which girls reach puberty is influenced by a set of genes that were previously only known to be involved in the development of a fetus before birth, according to a new study. The timing of puberty varies … Continue reading

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Keryx drug improves phosphorus, iron in kidney patients: trial

(Reuters) – A pivotal trial of Keryx Biopharmaceuticals Inc’s experimental drug Zerenex showed that it improved levels of serum phosphorus and iron in patients on kidney dialysis, according to results published on Thursday. The trial involved 441 patients, according to … Continue reading

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Researchers practice living on Mars

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL Fla (Reuters) – For the past four months, a team of researchers have been living in a mockup Mars habitat on a Hawaiian volcano practicing isolated living on the Red Planet. For the most part, … Continue reading

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Giving UNC campuses renewable energy options

Across the 17-campus University of North Carolina system, we are constantly seeking new ways to become more efficient, using more shared services, streamlining academic and operational processes, and supporting collective e-purchasing. Another area in which we have been working hard … Continue reading

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Report gives Entergy low marks in renewable energy and efficiency – The Times

Entergy Corp. was the country’s sixth-largest, investor-owned power provider in 2012, selling more than 107 million megawatt hours of electricity to retail customers that year. But only a tiny sliver of that power came from renewable sources such as solar and … Continue reading

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The inconvenient truth in the push to scrap the renewable energy target

When it comes to the Abbott government’s determination to scrap or wind back the renewable energy target (RET), numbers don’t always count. The prime minister, who after the election took control of a RET “review” and appointed businessman Dick Warburton … Continue reading

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Apollo 11′s Vintage Tech: The Most Amazing Moon Landing Innovations

While the Apollo 11 landing was on the cutting-edge of technology in 1969, today it’s a demonstration of how much could be accomplished with so little. The computing technology of the average cell phone far exceeds the combined computing power … Continue reading

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People Use Just 8.2% of Their DNA, Study Finds

More than a decade has passed since the completion of the Human Genome Project, the international collaboration to map all of the “letters” in our DNA. The huge effort led to revolutionary genomic discoveries, but more than 10 years later, … Continue reading

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Fukushima Monkeys’ Blood Shows Signs of Radiation Exposure

Wild monkeys living in forests of Fukushima — the Japanese city that was the site of a nuclear power plant meltdown in 2011 — have lower blood cell counts than monkeys from northern Japan, and carry detectable levels of cesium … Continue reading

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