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Finding new ways to make drugs

Chemists have developed a revolutionary new way to manufacture natural chemicals and used it to assemble a scarce anti-inflammatory drug with potential to treat cancer and malaria.

Nov 18, 2014
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WiFi hubs to replace New York pay phones

Thousands of high-tech terminals offering free WiFi and other services will soon replace New York's remaining fleet of seldom-used pay phones, the city mayor said Monday.

Nov 18, 2014
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Atomic timekeeping, on the go

What time is it? The answer, no matter what your initial reference may be—a wristwatch, a smartphone, or an alarm clock—will always trace back to the atomic clock.

Nov 12, 2014
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Adjusting Earth's thermostat, with caution

A vast majority of scientists believe that the Earth is warming at an unprecedented rate and that human activity is almost certainly the dominant cause. But on the topics of response and mitigation, there ...

Nov 17, 2014
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