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gross. Please expunge the word "pooperoni" from my brain.
 
Bacteria from baby poop can make delicious sausage, new research finds. More to the point, the poop bacteria have probiotic benefits, making them a healthier alternative to other bacterial fermenters.
Bacteria from baby poop can make delicious sausage, new research finds. More to the point, the poop bacteria have probiotic benefits, making them a healthier alternative to other bacterial fermenters.
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I think I'll stick with plain ole Hormel sausage.
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Goodness gracious. 
 
Entomologist Piotr Naskrecki was taking a nighttime walk in the rainforest in Guyana, when he came across a "Goliath birdeater," possibly the world's largest spider.
Entomologist Piotr Naskrecki was taking a nighttime walk in the rainforest in Guyana, when he came across a "Goliath birdeater," possibly the world's largest spider.
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wow I am just amazed!! my first thought was holy crap!!!!!
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A great story on the hunt to find a way to cure spinal cord injuries. This is something I really hope we see in our lifetime. http://bit.ly/1sJZAj3
Murray Blackmore, an assistant professor at Marquette University, has dedicated his professional life to researching a cure for spinal cord injuries, but his goal is also deeply personal — his mother lived for 26 years as a quadriplegic.
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When truly bad things happen we have recovery mechanisms, but they don’t work when our problems are smaller, discovers Oliver Burkeman
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It's fascinating that there are distinctive markers of immune activation that differentiate hemorrhagic fevers long before the virus has replicated much. If people could be tested as soon as one of their family members was sick or as soon as they were exposed to an infected person -- even if they weren't showing symptoms -- that could go a long way toward containing an outbreak. But even if the technology pans out it probably won't be available for this outbreak. And in order for something like this to be really useful, other methods like contact tracing should also be used. After all, it only helps if it can identify asymptomatic people before they can spread the disease, and if you don't know who to test, you're still looking at the same problem. 
A new study has found potential early markers for hemorrhagic fever diseases similar to Ebola, suggesting it may be possible to screen for these diseases much earlier.
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This makes so much sense..a "signature" transcriptional response will be the earliest sign of an infection!
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Useful technology, but thinking about the process is pretty gross.
 
Disposable diapers are made of some of the most indestructible materials on Earth, but a group of researchers has found a way to degrade the soiled garments: by growing mushrooms on them.
Disposable diapers are made of some of the most indestructible materials on Earth, but a group of researchers has found a way to degrade the soiled garments: by growing mushrooms on them.
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I found this surprising at first, but then realized a lot of reasons why this might be true: http://www.livescience.com/49628-evolution-big-bang-religion.html
Some people who reject evolution and the Big Bang are educated and knowledgeable about science, new survey data suggests
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they may be "scientifically literate", but still religious bigots, actually..
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Wonderful news and so very overdue!
 
Holder limits seized-asset sharing that split billions with local, state police

Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday barred local and state police from using federal law to seize cash, cars and other property without proving that a crime occurred.

Holder's action represents the most sweeping check on police power to confiscate personal property since the seizures began three decades ago as part of the war on drugs.
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Some part of me is tempted by this idea. The crazy part of me.
Always dreamed of taking your cat hiking? Well, that's kinda weird. Anyway, we found an expert who shares your dreams. Here are his best cat hiking tips.
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Looks to me like somebody was using the cat to catch KATFISH because the poor thing looks wet.
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Yikes! I barely knew that these ultrarare porpoises existed, and they may be extinct in just a few years: http://www.livescience.com/49062-critically-endangered-vaquita-protection.html
The world's most endangered porpoise could go extinct in four or five years if the Mexican government doesn't step up enforcement against illegal fishing.
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I write about the distant past, dystopian futures, and everything in between for LiveScience.
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Welcome! I'm a staff writer for LiveScience.

Previously, I was knee-deep in freedom of information act requests as a homeland security and immigration researcher at the Center for Investigative Reporting. I've also written for Wired.com, The Daily Beast, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Scientific American and other publications.

My reporting on infant mortality was part of a series that was awarded a Casey Medal, an American Society of Newspaper Editors award for online story telling, and a communication award from the National Academies.

I hold a certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz, a masters in bioengineering from the University of Washington, and undergraduate degrees in mechanical engineering/Plan II from the University of Texas at Austin. 

I'm a not-so-secret fan of the oxford comma.

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