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For more efficient escalator rides, people should all stand
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For more efficient escalator rides, people should all stand (not walk up), research suggests

Implementing the strategy could be tricky, however — riders in London mutinied when transportation authorities tested a similar idea on a real subway escalator.

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Study says Ohio’s virtual charters can’t replace the traditional school experience

The study found that virtual-school students are missing out on what researcher June Ahn called “the rich social ecosystem” of relationships with peers and teachers.

People with Obamacare plans filled more prescriptions
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People with Obamacare plans filled more prescriptions, but had lower costs

People who got insurance through the health law were significantly more likely to get prescription medications than they were before.

Elderly hospital patients arrive sick, often leave disabled
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Elderly hospital patients arrive sick, often leave disabled

About one-third of patients over 70 years old and more than half of patients over 85 leave the hospital more disabled than when they arrived, research shows.

Sleep could be an Olympic athlete's secret weapon
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Sleep could be an Olympic athlete's secret weapon

Getting enough shut-eye, say experts, could give athletes that elusive edge in competition.

Democrats want to open more doors to college
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Democrats want to open more doors to college, but can their plan get more students to the finish line?

The extra financial burdens that many low-income aspiring college graduates carry can lead them to drop out, often with debt — and with few job options to help them pay it off.

Problem care harms almost one-third of rehab hospital patients
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New report: Problem care harms almost one-third of rehab hospital patients

Many patients sent to rehab facilities to recover from medical crises or procedures sometimes suffer additional harm from the care itself, a government study concludes.

Where special education students are succeeding under Common Core
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Where special education students are succeeding under Common Core

What one Brooklyn school is doing differently to help its students pass the tests.

Google's new quantum computer may be best of both worlds
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Google's new quantum computer may be best of both worlds

Engineers at the search engine giant combine the two major quantum computing techniques.

Hearts and stars in fireworks: How do they do that?
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Hearts and stars in fireworks: How do they do that?

Fireworks are so advanced they turn into all kinds of shapes — even smiley faces. But have you ever wondered how they're done? 

Fire Fight: The homebuilding industry’s war on fire sprinklers
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Fire Fight: The homebuilding industry’s war on fire sprinklers

The homebuilding industry has spent millions of dollars in state capitals to block a life-saving upgrade included in the nation’s model building code.

Women and the Zika virus: smart questions and a few solid answers
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Women and the Zika virus: smart questions and a few solid answers

Most of the scariest headlines come from Zika’s potential to cause birth defects — the big one is microcephaly. But there are other potential consequences as well.

Undersea waves may melt Arctic ice
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Undersea waves may melt Arctic ice

Only the biggest waves can stir up warm water in ocean depths.

Roger Cook
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How one educator broke rules, influenced a state law and got all his students to graduation

Roger Cook, a superintendent in rural central Kentucky, took a risky path to becoming a champion for academic success.

In 2015, motorcycle crashes helped drive highway death toll to highest level
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In 2015, motorcycle crashes helped drive highway death toll to highest level in years

2015 is expected to be the third-worst on record for motorcyclist deaths. A new estimate shows that 5,010 bikers were killed in crashes nationwide. 

Bacteria in Wisconsin’s drinking water is ‘public health crisis’
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Bacteria in Wisconsin’s drinking water is ‘public health crisis’

Hundreds of thousands of Wisconsin residents are at risk of illness from waterborne pathogens in private and public drinking water supplies. 

How typography can save your life
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How typography can save your life

What words look like matters — in some cases, a whole lot.

Should we hit the pause button for online and blended learning?
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Should we hit the pause button for online and blended learning?

Too many students in virtual and blended learning schools are performing poorly, according to a new National Education Policy Center report.

Federal agency that protects whistleblowers is accused of retaliating against on
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Federal agency that protects whistleblowers is accused of retaliating against one of its own

Darrell Whitman was a federal investigator who probed whistleblowers’ complaints. Now he has filed his own whistleblower claim against OSHA, where he used to do the investigating.

This new perk is helping millennials pay off college loans
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Move over 401(k)s — this new perk is helping millennials pay off college loans

Employers seeking talent offer to help workers free themselves from all that debt.