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Citing Heath, Environment Concerns, New York Moves To Ban Fracking

Officials in New York said on Wednesday that the state will ban hydraulic fracturing there. The move follows years of efforts by environmentalists, who have called on the state to ban the practice.

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Research Examines Character Concerns Versus Performance In The NFL

There has been a spate of interest recently in criminal behavior among NFL athletes. Research examines the performance of athletes charged with wrongdoing, and raises questions about NFL policy.

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Arctic Is Warming Twice As Fast As Anyplace Else On Earth

Polar bears continue to take a hit in regions with the greatest loss of snow and ice, the latest report card on the Arctic shows. Meanwhile, plankton are thriving as the sea heats up.

Google News Is Taken Offline In Spain, After A Call For Payments

In Spain, Google and other news aggregators would face steep fines if they publish headlines and abstracts without paying.

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Abuse Of Synthetic Drugs Declines Across U.S.

Use of synthetic drugs, like bath salts, by young people continues to decline across the nation, according to a study by the University of Michigan.

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Methane Bursts On Mars Could Hint At Previous Life

Scientists have seen mysterious bursts of methane in the Martian atmosphere, and they can't rule out the possibility that the methane was made by something that was once alive on Mars.

Scientists Debate If It's OK To Make Viruses More Dangerous In The Lab

Researchers are struggling with how to balance the benefits and risks of genetic experiments that can give viruses new talents for causing infections.

Dengue Fever Strikes Millions. Now Scientists Hope To Strike Back

It's called "breakbone fever" because that's how bad you feel when you get it. There's no cure. But scientists have found powerful antibodies that could lead to the development of a simple vaccine.

Successful Tech Requires An Old-Fashioned Skill: Organizing People

Learning how to code may be the hot thing to do right now, but it's not enough, argues contributor Catherine Bracy. What successful tech companies do best is organize people toward similar goals.

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Lawyers Say Sony Can't Keep Media From Reporting Hacked Details

NPR's David Folkenflik talks with Melissa Block about the discussion within media circles about the legality and propriety of publishing information stolen in the hack attack against Sony Pictures.

HUBweek: Boston’s Own South By Southwest Festival?

December 12, 2014
Fenway Park (Alex Kingsbury/WBUR)

Organizers say they hope the HUBweek festival will highlight Boston’s status as a global center of innovation and creativity.

Meeting The Maker Of Moore’s Law

December 12, 2014
What’s in a name? Key chip dimensions, such as the transistor gate length [yellow] and the metal one half pitch [orange]—half the distance spanned by the width of a wire and the space to the next one on the dense, first metal layer of a chip—have decreased but not strictly tracked the node name [red]. These numbers, provided by GlobalFoundries, reflect the company’s plans to accelerate the introduction of 14 nm chips in 2014, a good year early. (Data Source: GlobalFoundries)

Computer chips keep getting better — it’s a phenomenon engineers call Moore’s law. We hear a rare interview with Gordon Moore.

Let's Talk Chicken

December 12, 2014
This Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 photo made available by the City of Dover Police Department shows chickens standing next to a truck which fell on its side in Dover, Del.  (AP)

Why are there more chickens than people in the world? The remarkable story of what happened when the chicken crossed the road and the world.

The End Of Garbage? How To Live A Greener Life Now

December 11, 2014
A view of Lauren Singer's simple, waste-free kitchen refrigerator. (Courtesy Lauren Singer / Trash Is For Tossers)

How to live a more environmentally friendly life. A look at the best ways to be green.

Life On Mars, Eventually

December 11, 2014
This photo released by NASA shows a view of Mars that was stitched together by images taken by NASA’s Viking Orbiter spacecraft. The space agency is planning to send a spacecraft similar to the Curiosity rover to the red planet in 2020.  (AP)

Leaving Earth forever on a one-way ticket to Mars. Who would want to take that lonely journey? More people than you’d expect.

Computer Engineer Barbie: Not Just Anatomically Incorrect

December 9, 2014
Mattel gets it wrong -- again -- with a "computer engineer" Barbie who can't code and needs help from boys. To say nothing of that hot pink laptop. (Ariana Cubillos/AP)

Mattel gets it wrong — again — with a “computer engineer” Barbie who can’t code and needs help from boys. To say nothing of that hot pink laptop.

Lexington Drug Co. Cubist Bought By Merck

December 8, 2014

The drug giant Merck is buying Cubist Pharmaceuticals in Lexington for $9.5 billion.

To Cut Or Not To Cut? CDC Issues Draft Recommendations On Circumcision

December 8, 2014
Nurse Angie Hagen tends to a newborn baby boy in the nursery at Denver Health medical facility in Denver. Colorado ended coverage for routine circumcisions under Medicaid in 2011. (Ed Andrieski/AP)

It may be just a small flap of relatively lifeless skin — but the question of whether or not to remove it has long been the source of heated debate.

Merck Dives Into ‘Superbug’ Chase With Lexington-Based Cubist

December 8, 2014
In this 2013 file photo, Merck scientist Meizhen Feng conducts research to discover new HIV drugs in West Point, Pa. Merck will buy fellow drugmaker Cubist Pharmaceuticals for $8.4 billion. (Matt Rourke/AP)

Merck will buy Cubist Pharmaceuticals for $8.4 billion, illustrating a new emphasis on combating so-called “superbugs” that have drawn dire warnings from global health organizations.

The Unintended Consequences Of Cultural Blindspots In Health Care

December 5, 2014
Doctors' unconscious biases about sexual orientation can adversely affect their treatment of LGBT patients. New national guidelines aim to fix that. (proimos/Flickr)

Doctors’ unconscious biases about sexual orientation can adversely affect their treatment of LGBT patients. New national guidelines aim to fix that.

NASA Astronaut: Orion Test Is First Step In New Age Of Space Exploration

December 4, 2014
The Orion test flight has been delayed due to high winds and a sticky rocket valve. (NASA)

Colonel Jack Fischer is an astronaut involved in the development of the spacecraft that NASA now plans to launch tomorrow.

The (Hidden) Natural Worlds Of Winter

December 4, 2014
A car travels along the highway as snow falls , Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 in Concord, N.H. (AP)

Winter’s coming and it may be a hard one. You’re cringing, but nature is getting ready to survive and thrive –and we take note.

Pakistan’s First Female String Theorist Publishes Novel On Scientific Discovery

December 3, 2014
A model illustrating the principles of string theory. (Mike Bitzenhofer/Flickr)

Cambridge-based theoretical physicist Tasneem Zehra Husain has published a novel: “Only The Longest Threads,” which explores some of the most important scientific discoveries and theories.

NASA’s Orion Test Flight May Be The First Step To A Human Mars Visit

December 3, 2014
NASA’s Orion spacecraft will carry astronauts farther into space than ever before. (NASA)

The test is predicted to take less than five hours, but researchers say the information learned will be critical to future flights,

The Future Of 3-D Printing

December 3, 2014
Mechanical engineering professor Christopher Williams (right) works with a student in the DREAMS Lab at Virginia Tech. (Jim Stroup/Virginia Tech)

It’s been a hot year for the technology, yet 3-D printers still seem a ways away from truly going mainstream.

The New Science Of Adolescence

December 1, 2014
Larry Steinberg's latest book is "Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence." (rromer/Flickr)

Larry Steinberg says new brain science is starting to reveal why teenagers seem to stay teenage through their mid-twenties.

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