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It's the Sichuan peppercorn in dishes like spicy ma po tofu that makes your mouth buzz. Researchers wanted to know if that buzz is connected to the tingling you feel when your foot falls asleep. iStockphoto hide caption

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Sichuan Pepper's Buzz May Reveal Secrets Of The Nervous System

The Sichuan peppercorn that makes our mouths tingle activates the same neurons as when our foot falls asleep. Scientists are hoping the connection unlocks clues for how to turn those neurons off.

Backers of the new Open Source Seed Initiative will pass out 29 new varieties of 14 different crops, including broccoli, carrots and kale, on Thursday. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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The Salt

Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds'

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Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds'

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"The egg is a lens through which to view the entire craft of cooking," says food writer Michael Ruhlman. Donna Turner Ruhlman hide caption

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Donna Turner Ruhlman

Think You Know How To Cook Eggs? Chances Are You're Doing It Wrong

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Virginia Solera Garcia helps runs the CYD Santa Maria shelter with her sister, Concordia Márquez, adopting horses that might otherwise end up in the food supply. Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Parallels

Meet The Sisters Saving Spanish Horses From Slaughter

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Meet The Sisters Saving Spanish Horses From Slaughter

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A child receives a polio vaccine Sunday in Kano, Nigeria. The country is the primary source of the virus in Africa but appears to be making progress against the disease; the current outbreak in Cameroon that has spread to Equatorial Guinea came by way of Chad, not Nigeria. Sunday Alamba/AP hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Polio Hits Equatorial Guinea, Threatens Central Africa

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Polio Hits Equatorial Guinea, Threatens Central Africa

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Rhonda Sanderson and her ex-husband, John Amato III, shown here in 2010, helped make a business thrive after they divorced. Courtesy of Rhonda Sanderson hide caption

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The State Of The American Small Business

When Divorce Leads To A Happily Ever After For A Small Business

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When Divorce Leads To A Happily Ever After For A Small Business

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It's the Sichuan peppercorn in dishes like spicy ma po tofu that makes your mouth buzz. Researchers wanted to know if that buzz is connected to the tingling you feel when your foot falls asleep. iStockphoto hide caption

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Sichuan Pepper's Buzz May Reveal Secrets Of The Nervous System

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