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A Shocking Fish Tale Surprises Evolutionary Biologists

Unrelated lineages of electric fish all use the same small set of genes to create their voltage, a genetic search shows. Maybe the same genes could one day power pacemakers, bioengineers suggest.

Did Neanderthals Eat Plants? The Proof May Be In The Poop

Bits of 50,000-year-old poop have provided scientists with clues into what our early Neanderthal ancestors ate. Rather than subsisting on meat alone, the poop suggests they also ate plants.

Pot Use On The Rise In U.S., Report Says

Unlike in the rest of the world, more Americans are using the drug, according to a new United Nations report. Marijuana's potency is also on the rise, the report found.

Obama Asks For $500 Million To Train, Equip Syrian Rebels

The appeal is part of a larger $65.8 billion request sent to Congress to fund overseas operations. A White House statement says "moderate" rebels would be vetted before being funded.

What Not To Serve Buzzards For Lunch, A Glorious Science Experiment

This bird likes livers, kidneys, entrails anything it can pluck that's freshly dead. But what if you served it ... a painting?

A CRISPR Way To Fix Faulty Genes

This technique for manipulating genes borrows a strategy from the way bacteria fight viruses. It's still experimental, but the possibilities excite medical researchers hoping to tailor treatments.

The Binge-Watch Before The Purge, Now That Aereo Is Likely Done

The Supreme Court gave big broadcasters a win in their battle against the streaming TV service Aereo. For the service's subscribers in 13 cities, now what?

Clashing Accounts Of Heart Attack Case Spark Reader Debate

Results trump courtesies when a person's health is on the line, some people said. No, others responded, saying that proper treatment also requires a human touch.

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