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  • Two chimps groom each other at the Save the Chimps facility in Florida. The National Institutes of Health owns about 360 chimpanzees that aren't yet retired and that are living at research facilities; new guidelines say most of its chimps should be retire
    Save the Chimps
    3:56pm Jan 23, 2013
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    Rules Would Retire Most Research Chimps

    An NIH working group recommends that most of the agency's 360 research chimpanzees be sent to a sanctuary — a non-laboratory setting where chimps can live more natural lives. But even if the NIH accepts the recommendations, putting them into effect won't be easy.
  • "We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations," President Obama said Monday during his second inaugural address.
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    8:48pm Jan 22, 2013
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    In Second Inaugural, Obama Makes Climate A Priority

    President Obama pulled out a surprise in his inaugural address. After barely mentioning climate change in his campaign, he put it on his short list of priorities for his second term. Experts believe he'll use the EPA to ramp up efforts to reduce greenhouse gases from power plants.
  • 2:18pm Jan 22, 2013
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    Explorers Reflect On 125 Years Of National Geographic

    January 2013 marks the 125th birthday of the National Geographic Society. Over the decades, the magazine has transported readers to faraway places, introduced the world to new species and provided a window into a world of exploration and discovery.
  • Harvest wheat from a field near Wright, Kan. May 10, 2004.
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    5:29pm Jan 20, 2013
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    Former Anti-GMO Activist Says Science Changed His Mind

    For years, British environmental activist Mark Lynas vandalized genetically modified food crops. Then, he had a change of heart. He went in front of the world to reverse his position, telling the anti-GMO lobby to "get out of the way and let the rest of us get on with feeding the world sustainably."
  • Hannah and Marty eat watermelon snacks at the Save the Chimps sanctuary.
    Save the Chimps
    10:06pm Jan 18, 2013
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    Figuring How To Pay For (Chimp) Retirement

    The National Institutes of Health owns or supports almost 700 chimps. But the question of where they go when no longer needed for research is a thorny one: NIH money to support retired chimps in sanctuaries has been limited by Congress.
  • 1:03pm Jan 18, 2013
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    Edward Tufte Wants You to See Better

    Data scientist Edward Tufte (dubbed the "Galileo of graphics" by BusinessWeek) pioneered the field of data visualization. Tufte discusses what he calls "forever knowledge," and his latest projects: sculpting Richard Feynman's diagrams, and helping people "see without words."
  • 1:03pm Jan 18, 2013
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    Dementia Takes The Stage In 'The Other Place'

    In the Broadway play The Other Place actress Laurie Metcalf ("Jackie" on the TV show "Roseanne") plays a scientist suffering from the dementia she studies. Playwright Sharr White discusses the play and the challenge of presenting complicated science on a theater stage.
  • 1:03pm Jan 18, 2013
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    Inventors Design Lamp Powered Entirely By Gravity

    As part of a research initiative on how to harness off-grid energy for low-power electronics, a pair of U.K.-based designers created a lamp that uses gravity to generate light. Martin Riddiford, co-inventor of the GravityLight, talks about plans for the innovative project.
  • Slides containing DNA sit in a bay waiting to be analyzed by a genome sequencing machine.
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    10:48am Jan 18, 2013
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    It's Legal For Some Insurers To Discriminate Based On Genes

    A 2008 federal law is supposed to protect people from having their genes used against them. But it only applies to health insurance — not, for example, long-term-care insurance. That's exactly the type of insurance people might seek after learning they're genetically predisposed to some medical problem down the road.