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Trump Signs Bill Meant to Restore Trust in V.A.
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The legislation aims to make it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to remove poor-performing employees and to promote whistle-blowing. www.nytimes.com/2017/06/23/...
Nature Therapy Is a Privilege
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I am in the mountains and they are healing me. It is like the miracle pool at Lourdes except it’s not a miracle and we’re not at Lourdes. We’re at Maroon Bells, which depending on which website you ask, are the most photographed mountains in Aspen, in Colorado, or in North America. I photograph them some more, to help them hold onto their title.

The mountains, and their attendant plant life and water features, are helping to lower my blood pressure, and my stress hormones, and keepin...

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U.S. Suspends Beef Imports From Brazil
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The decision by the Department of Agriculture, citing safety concerns, is a blow to Brazil’s meat industry, which is reeling from bribery accusations. www.nytimes.com/2017/06/22/...
Designing Antiviral Proteins Via Computer Could Help Halt the Next Pandemic
If we want to be prepared for the worst, Bill Gates says, we have to build an arsenal of vaccines, drugs and diagnostics. Some scientists are now using computers to do just that-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com www.scientificamerican.com/...
Smell Test May Sniff out Oncoming Parkinson's and Alzheimer's
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How an unlikely clue could help solve the mystery of two devastating disorders-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com www.scientificamerican.com/...
Senate Health Plan Falls Short of Promise for Cheaper Care, Experts Say
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Republicans and President Trump have said a new health law would make it easier and more affordable to get care. But the opposite may be true. www.nytimes.com/2017/06/23/...
Hunting for Antibiotics in the World’s Dirtiest Places
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On a chilly autumn morning in northwest London, just outside the Euston train station, Adam Roberts stops at the top of an outdoor staircase, looks around for police, and tries to appear inconspicuous. This is harder than it sounds, and not only because he’s 6 foot 3.

Roberts pulls a plastic-wrapped package from his pocket, tears it open, and slides out a long, slender tube and a swab that looks like an overgrown Q-tip. After checking again for anyone watching, he trots down t...

A Tiny Tweak to Gut Bacteria Can Extend an Animal’s Life
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Most of the worms in Meng Wang’s lab die on schedule. They live their brief lives on Petri dishes, and after two to three weeks, they die of old age. But some individuals beat the odds, surviving for several days longer than usual.These wormy Methuselahs were all genetically identical, so it wasn’t their genes that explained th...

New Simpler Parkinson's Tests Probe Walking, Talking, Typing
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New tests show promise for detecting the neurodegenerative condition earlier -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com www.scientificamerican.com/...