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Bacteria have consumed 200k tons of oil in gulf

Researchers have found that at least 200,000 tons of oil and natural gas from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has been consumed by naturally-occurring bacteria.



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Genetic test may be able to predict autism

Researchers in Australia, using US data, say they may have found a way to use a genetic test to predict the possibility that a child will develop autism spectrum disorder.





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Is sleep-learning via sensory input possible?

Sleep-learning studies are difficult for a variety of reasons, but a group in Israel thinks they have shown that sleep-learning is possible—not through speaking to people while they’re sleeping, but through getting them to tie the sense of smell to the sense of hearing.


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Florida schools grapple with Common Core standards

Teachers in Florida and in 45 states are struggling to revise lesson plans as the new Common Core State Standards go into effect. In some states, like Florida, the transition is gradual, while other states drop their old standards cold turkey.



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Butterflies move north in warming climate

Data from an amateur group of naturalists enabled a study about butterfly populations in a warming Massachusetts climate. Amateur data is becoming increasingly valuable to scientists as the need for data often surpasses its availability.