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Nutrition Guidelines Healthy for the Planet, Too (12/2017)

Following dietary guidelines would mean eating less meat and dairy—and fewer calories overall—reducing greenhouse gases and other pollution. Julia Rosen reports.

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Invading Beavers Turn Tundra to Ponds (12/2017)

New beaver ponds in the Arctic may contribute to the destruction of the permafrost that holds that landscape together.  

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Sharks Rule the Reef's Underwater Food Chain (12/2017)

When sharks prowl shallow waters, fish quit foraging and hide—sparing seaweed from being grazed in those areas. Jason G. Goldman reports.

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Ancient Women Had Awesome Arms (12/2017)

For thousands of years, women in agricultural societies seem to have had arms stronger than members of modern rowing teams.  

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Invasive Frogs Don't Bug Hawaiian Birds (12/2017)

Coquí frogs are invasive species in Hawaii. But they don’t seem to bug the islands’ native and nonnative birds. Jason G. Goldman reports.

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How Hospitals Can Dampen the Decibels (12/2017)

Hospitals consistently score low on quietness surveys. An acoustician suggests a few ways hospitals could keep the peace and quiet. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Smarter Management Means More Inventions Get to Market (12/2017)

Rosemarie Truman, CEO of the Center for Advancing Innovation, says a better system of governance for federally funded inventions could lead to many more good ones becoming commercialized.  

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Computers Learn to Use Sound to Find Ships (12/2017)

Researchers trained machine-learning algorithms to pinpoint the location of a cargo ship simply by eavesdropping on the sound of its passing. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Yeti Claims Don't Bear Up (12/2017)

Analysis of alleged yeti samples found them to be from less fantastic beasts, such as bears, but also shed light on the evolution of those local bear populations.

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Republican Voters Not in Denial about Climate (12/2017)

An analysis of voter opinions finds that half of Republican voters think climate change is happening, and would support regulating CO2 as a pollutant. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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