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Teen Pregnancies, Abortions Plunge with Free Birth Control

Teens who received free contraception and were educated about the pros and cons of various birth control methods were dramatically less likely to get pregnant, give birth or get an abortion compared with other sexually active teens, according to a new study.

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Lift Weights, Improve Your Memory

Here’s another reason why it’s a good idea to hit the gym: it can improve memory. A new Georgia Institute of Technology study shows that an intense workout of as little as 20 minutes can enhance episodic memory, also known as long-term memory for previous events, by about 10 percent in healthy young adults.

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“Shakespeare: On the Page and in Performance,” the Newest Course Offering Through Wellesley’s edX Program WellesleyX, Launches October 1

Wellesley College brings one of of the world’s most famous playwrights to the digital stage for its newest offering on the College’s edX platform, WellesleyX, starting October 1. “Shakespeare: On the Page and In Performance,” taught by Wellesley’s Yu Jin Ko, professor of English, and Diego Arciniegas, senior lecturer in theatre studies, provides an opportunity to study Shakespeare’s works in the interdisciplinary context of literature and theatre.

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How to Prepare Your Children for Natural Disasters

Children's Hospital Los Angeles experts provide tips on how parents can talk to their children before, during and after a natural disaster and how to develop a disaster preparedness plan.

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Operation Deep Freeze Main Body Season Starts This Week

Operation Deep Freeze main body season begins this week, as Airmen from the 446th and 62nd Airlift Wings at McChord Field, Washington continue to provide airlift support to the National Science Foundation's efforts in Antarctica.

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How Things Coil

Columbia Engineering and MIT researchers have combined computer simulations designed for Hollywood with precision model experiments to examine the mechanics of coiling. Their study, which bridges engineering mechanics and computer graphics, impacts a variety of engineering applications, from the fabrication of nanotube serpentines to the laying of submarine cables and pipelines (published 9/29 PNAS Early Online edition).

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Sleep Twitches Light Up the Brain

A new UI study finds twitches during rapid eye movement sleep comprise a different class of movement, which researchers say is further evidence that sleep twitches activate circuits throughout the developing brain and teach newborns about their limbs and what they can do with them.

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Are the World’s Religions Ready for E.T.?

Astronomer David Weintraub’s new book, Religions & Extraterrestrial Life, explores the question of what the world’s various religions have to say about the existence of extraterrestrial life.

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Binghamton University to Build a New $60 Million School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

The Binghamton University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will be constructed at 96 Corliss Ave. in Johnson City, one block off of Main St. near UHS Wilson Medical Center, a short drive from Lourdes Hospital and only 2.3 miles from the University’s main campus. The announcement was made Sept. 25, by Sen. Thomas W. Libous, accompanied by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger at a news conference at the Innovative Technologies Complex. The $60 million school will be constructed on a 5.49-acre parcel that is being purchased from Indian Valley Industries, which will relocate elsewhere in Broome County. Funding for the $2 million purchase comes from the $10 million the governor included in his executive budget for site acquisition and design work.

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Mercy Medical Center Announces Opening of New Lya Segall Ovarian Cancer Institute

Mercy Medical Center announces the opening of The Lya Segall Ovarian Cancer Institute , first center in Maryland designed and dedicated solely for the diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer.

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