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Election Day 2016: How Are Votes Counted?

However, despite the many variations, one commonality is that the vote count is incredibly meticulous and has multiple layers of oversight, said Charles Stewart III, a political science professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a member of the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project. Based on that voter turnout, counting the vote requires one person involved in the vote count for every 100 to 150 voters. The 100,000 polling places feed into 8,000 precincts, but many states increasingly allow mail-in and absentee ballots that are sent directly to the local election office or county courthouse, while still others allow people to drop their mail-in ballot at polling places.


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Do Kids Take Years Off Your Life? Giving Birth May Make Cells 'Older'

Telomeres naturally shorten as people age, but the structures don't shorten at the same rate in every person. The longer a person's telomeres are, the more times their cells could hypothetically still divide, research has shown. Thus, telomeres are considered a marker of biological age — that is, the age of a person's cells, rather than the individual's chronological age.


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Inflammatory Bowel Disease on Rise in US

The new estimate is based on a national survey conducted by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Survey respondents were asked whether a doctor or other health professional had ever told them that they had either Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, which are the two types of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Based on the responses, the researchers estimated that 1.3 percent of U.S. adults, or 3.1 million Americans, have IBD.


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Successful Weight 'Losers': Here's How Much Less Time They Spend Sitting

People who want to keep weight off are often told to exercise more, but simply spending less time sitting down, and more time doing light activities, like taking a stroll around the office, may also help people maintain their weight loss, a new study suggests. The small, rectangular device, called ActivPAL, sticks to the skin on the thigh, and is particularly good at distinguishing when people are standing versus sitting or lying down, said study researcher Danielle Ostendorf, a doctoral candidate in epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health, who presented the findings here this week at the meeting of the American Public Health Association. The study found that the people who had maintained their weight loss were more active than both the normal-weight and overweight participants.


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Clinton or Trump for President: What Happens If the Election Is a Tie?

That could happen if the Electoral College votes result in a tie, or if no candidate gets a majority of the electoral votes. There are nearly 100 different scenarios in which the Electoral College could be tied 269-269, according to 270towin.com. "You can always get a 269 tie if you put together the pieces just right," said James Melcher, a political scientist at the University of Maine at Farmington.


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Stranger Pings: Weird Noise Coming from Arctic Seafloor

A mysterious "pinging" noise is emanating from the seafloor in one of Canada's northernmost territories, and officials have yet to identify the source. The sound has been heard in recent months in the Fury and Hecla Strait, a channel of water in the Nunavut region of Canada. The Canadian Department of National Defence was informed of the strange noises and investigated the ping's origin, to no avail, reported the CBC.


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Stem Cell 'Patches' Could Help to Fix Injured Hearts

Patching up a failing heart is no easy task, but now, researchers are using a new combination of cells to make grafts of heart tissue. In a new study, they used these grafts to fix failing hearts in guinea pigs. The results might one day allow researchers to engineer heart muscle grafts that could help to heal hearts in human patients with heart failure, the researchers said.


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Janet Reno's Death: How Does a Person Die of Parkinson's?

Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno has died at age 78 from complications of Parkinson's disease, her family announced today. Parkinson's itself is usually not considered a deadly disease, and many people with the disease have a life expectancy that's close to the average life expectancy in the general population, according to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation. "You die with Parkinson's disease, not from it," according to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.


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Kendall Jenner's Fear: What Is Sleep Paralysis?

Model and reality-TV star Kendall Jenner recently revealed that she's afraid to go to sleep because of a condition called sleep paralysis. "I wake up in the middle of the night, and I can't move," Jenner said on the Nov. 6 episode of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" on E!. "I looked it up online, and it's a weird thing called sleep paralysis," she said.


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