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A Snail So Hardcore It's Named After A Punk Rocker

8 hours 2 min ago

Inspired by the snails' spiky shells and acid-loving nature, researchers named the new species Alviconcha strummeri, after Clash frontman Joe Strummer.

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3-D Scanning Sonar Brings Light To Deep Ocean Shipwrecks

9 hours 42 min ago

In the San Francisco Bay, researchers are using new technology to investigate shipwrecks. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with James Delgado, director of Maritime Heritage at NOAA, about what they've found.

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New EPA Standards Label Toxic Coal Ash Non-Hazardous

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:50pm

Environmental groups had sought to have coal ash, a byproduct of coal-fired power plants, regulated as hazardous waste.

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At Last, I Meet My Microbes

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 1:00pm

At 31, a woman had the bacteria in her gut catalogued as part of scientific project that aims to characterize the creatures that live inside us and affect our health. Here's what she found out.

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How Peppermint Tricks Us Into Feeling (Deliciously) Cold

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 10:59am

We have the chemical menthol to thank for the wonderful mouth-feel of peppermint. Scientists now know that menthol fools the brain by activating receptors involved with sensing cold.

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Playlist: Science!

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 8:49am

From monkeys to microbes, TED speakers in this playlist cover all different realms of the scientific world.

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Why Aren't We More Compassionate?

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 8:34am

Psychologist Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, examines why we aren't more compassionate more of the time.

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Are We Wired To Be Compassionate?

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 8:34am

Author Robert Wright says humans are not only wired to be compassionate but we have evolved to feel compassion out of self-interest.

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7 Miles Beneath The Sea's Surface: Who Goes There?

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 3:02am

Marine scientists plumbing the deepest part of the ocean sent microphones and collection probes baited with chicken to the bottom of a trench near Guam. Now they watch, wait ... and listen.

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Once Written Off, Kepler Telescope Finds New Planet

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 7:05pm

The Kepler space telescope, which cost some $600 million, was feared to be at the end of its useful life in 2013. But NASA says it just found another exoplanet.

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What The Change In U.S.-Cuba Relations Might Mean For Food

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:06pm

The decision to normalize relations is driving all kinds of speculation about American food companies opening up shop in Cuba. But analysts say: Don't expect to see McDonald's there anytime soon.

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NIH Allows Restart Of MERS Research That Had Been Questioned

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 1:20pm

The National Institutes of Health has approved requests for waivers from a moratorium on experiments that aim to make the virus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome more infectious in mice.

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Worries About Unusual Botulinum Toxin Prove Unfounded

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:47am

A previously unknown form of botulinum toxin was thought to be resistant to standard treatment raised public health concerns. Subsequent research has allayed those fears.

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Citing Heath, Environment Concerns, New York Moves To Ban Fracking

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:11am

Officials in New York said on Wednesday that the state will ban hydraulic fracturing there. The move follows years of efforts by environmentalists, who have called on the state to ban the practice.

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Research Examines Character Concerns Versus Performance In The NFL

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:11am

There has been a spate of interest recently in criminal behavior among NFL athletes. Research examines the performance of athletes charged with wrongdoing, and raises questions about NFL policy.

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Arctic Is Warming Twice As Fast As World Average

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 2:36am

Polar bears continue to take a hit in regions with the greatest loss of snow and ice, the latest report card on the Arctic shows. Meanwhile, plankton are thriving as the sea heats up.

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Arctic Is Warming Twice As Fast As Anyplace Else On Earth

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 2:36am

Polar bears continue to take a hit in regions with the greatest loss of snow and ice, the latest report card on the Arctic shows. Meanwhile, plankton are thriving as the sea heats up.

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Behind The Scenes At The Lab That Fingerprints Microbiomes

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:06am

Inside the lab, a lone technician sorts through new samples, snipping off swab heads intentionally fouled with fecal material. One head goes to cold storage and the other is processed for sequencing.

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Abuse Of Synthetic Drugs Declines Across U.S.

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 3:30pm

Use of synthetic drugs, like bath salts, by young people continues to decline across the nation, according to a study by the University of Michigan.

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Methane Bursts On Mars Could Hint At Previous Life

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 3:19pm

Scientists have seen mysterious bursts of methane in the Martian atmosphere, and they can't rule out the possibility that the methane was made by something that was once alive on Mars.

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