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Study Found Vaping Beat Traditional Smoking-Cessation Options

People who use e-cigarettes to quit smoking have milder cravings. The act of vaping provides pleasure, which may contribute to its success as a tobacco-quitting aid, researchers say.

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Why Is It So *&%# Cold? Come Warm Up In The Answer Vortex

The polar vortex has brought air so incredibly cold it may set low-temperature records. Will it ever be warm again?

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New Book Busts Myths About Menstruation Spread By Public Health Groups

In her new book, researcher Chris Bobel looks at how advocates seeking to help girls manage their menstrual cycle are responsible for promoting ideas that have no proof.

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Texas Officials Begin Walking Back Allegations About Noncitizen Voters

Just a few days after alleging nearly 100,000 Texas voters may not be citizens, officials now concede their list may not have been accurate.

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Why Your Phone (and Other Gadgets) Fail You When It’s Cold

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 15:11
Your phone won't last more than about 5 minutes in weather below -35 degrees Fahrenheit—just long enough for you to also get nibbled by frostbite.
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Massive Starfish Die-Off Is Tied To Global Warming

Sea stars along the Pacific Coast are dying in the largest disease epidemic ever documented in a wild marine species. New research suggests warmer water is making the disease even more deadly.

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By Defying Apple’s Rules, Facebook Shows It Never Learns

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 14:37
After almost two years of public and regulatory scrutiny, Facebook continues to brazenly skirt every rule and attempt at oversight put before it.
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Toronto Gardener Pleads Guilty To Killing 8 Men, Some Of Whom Were Buried In Planters

Bruce McArthur, 67, admitted to killing the men between 2010 and 2017 and disposing of their bodies on or near a client's property. Nearly all the victims had ties to Toronto's LGBT community.

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Fed Says U.S. Growth Is 'Solid,' Keeps Interest Rates Unchanged

The labor market continues to get stronger and the economy is growing at a solid rate, the Federal Reserve said. The central bank also said it will be patient as it decides on future rate increases.

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A Robot Teaches Itself to Play Jenga. But This Is No Game

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 14:00
A machine is mastering the complex physics of Jenga. That's a big step in the daunting quest to get robots to manipulate objects in the real world.
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Several Democrats Eying A Presidential Run Embrace 'Medicare-For-All'

The idea, they say, would be to eliminate the health insurance industry and replace it with government-run health insurance. The industry is already gearing up to oppose any moves in that direction.

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U.S. Opens Trade Talks With China

President Trump has threatened to increase and expand on about $250 billion in tariffs, but he agreed to hold off until early March, while negotiators try to hammer out a deal.

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'Putin's Chef' Has His Fingers In Many Pies, Critics Say

Yevgeny Prigozhin, a high-end caterer with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, is accused of interfering in the 2016 U.S. election and is linked to Russian mercenaries in Syria and Ukraine.

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Nepalese Rice Farmers Boost Yields By Sowing Fewer Plants And Cutting Water

As the climate gets drier, researchers are looking again at an alternative method to grow rice — a crop that feeds millions of people — that uses less water. But support for the technique is mixed.

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Sailing Over the Caribbean From the International Space Station

NASA Image of the Day - Wed, 01/30/2019 - 12:25
Portions of Cuba, the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands are viewed from the International Space Station.
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Benefits For Navy Victims Of Agent Orange – Just 50 Years Later

Navy veterans who served off the coast of Vietnam were long denied benefits for exposure to Agent Orange. A federal appeals court now has ruled that service at sea was the same as service on land.

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Survey Finds Higher Risk Of Stroke Among E-Cigarette Users

New findings about the health effects of e-cigarettes add to a small but growing body of research that undercuts the widely presumed safety of the alternative to conventional cigarettes.

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Trump Faults Spy Bosses As Break Widens Between What They Advise And What He Does

The president complained that his chiefs of the intelligence services were too "passive" and "naive" after a Senate hearing that underscored how often the White House rejects their assessments.

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Border Security Talks Begin On Capitol Hill

House and Senate lawmakers formally kick off negotiations today. They are facing a Feb. 15 deadline to come up with a spending bill the president will sign to avoid another shutdown.

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Pressure On Maduro Intensifies As Venezuela Braces For More Protests

Opposition leader Juan Guaidó has called for nationwide rallies a week after he declared himself interim president and demanded Nicolás Maduro step down or call new elections.

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