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To Get To The Bottom Of Your Microbiome, Start With A Swab Of Poo

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 2:58pm

To find helpful patterns in personal microbe populations, scientists also need to gather a long list of information about the people who serve as homes for the microscopic critters.

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Why Some Scientific Collaborations Are More Beneficial Than Others

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 4:01am

It turns out that when scientists collaborate internationally, they are more like to have an impact on science than purely domestic collaborations.

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Nations Agree To Deal To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 4:01am

In Lima, Peru, almost all of the world's governments agreed on a document meant to galvanize efforts to curb climate change. While the outcome was modest, it did establish some important principles.

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Congress To Nutritionists: Don't Talk About The Environment

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 2:25am

Should dietary guidelines consider the environmental effects of our food choices? The government-appointed Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee thinks they should. Congress, however, says no.

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To Stop Teen Drinking Parties, Fine The Parents

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 2:24am

For some teenagers, parties with alcohol are almost a rite of passage. Surveys show the vast majority of parents in these homes know the alcohol is flowing. Cities are now cracking down on the adults.

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More Than Just Cute, Sea Otters Are Superheroes Of The Marsh

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 4:39pm

Sea otters are furry and photogenic, but those aren't the only reasons to save them from extinction. Turns out that just by eating, they can preserve their entire estuarine ecosystems.

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Geminid Meteor Showers Light Up Both Hemispheres

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 10:22am

Pieces of gravel and dust from a "rock comet" called 3200 Phaethon are still shooting across the sky, dazzling the Earthlings below.

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Nations Salvage Deal To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 7:16am

The deal is the first-ever to require all nations to reduce emissions, but it doesn't include a mechanism to monitor compliance.

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How Can You Tell If Your Goat Is Happy? Now We Know!

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 4:39am

Farmers raise millions of goats. But little has been known about how to tell if a goat is doing OK — until now. A new study reveals the signs of a happy ruminant.

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How Can You Tell If Your Goat Is Happy? Now We Know!

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 4:39am

Farmers raise millions of goats. But little has been known about how to tell if a goat is doing OK — until now. A new study reveals the signs of a happy ruminant.

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Climate Negotiators Reach A Compromise In Lima

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 4:10am

The deal sets the stage for a global pact in Paris next year, but rejected a rigorous review of the greenhouse gas emissions limits the plan.

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Gemenids Promise A Light Show In The Night Sky

Sat, 12/13/2014 - 7:11am

The best and most easily-watched meteor shower of the year is happening this weekend. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Jackie Faherty, an astronomer at the Carnegie Institution for Science.

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Electric Eels Jolt Their Prey By Remote Control

Sat, 12/13/2014 - 7:11am

The electric eel creates its own electricity, sure. But Vanderbilt University professor Ken Catania tells NPR's Scott Simon that what's shocking is how the eel uses it to remotely control prey.

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Scents Of The Season Speak Directly To Our Emotions

Sat, 12/13/2014 - 7:11am

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Mandy Aftel, author of the book, Fragrant, about peppermint, evergreen, latkes on the griddle — the signature smells of Christmas, and why they're so powerful.

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Are Men Idiots Who Do Stupid Things? Study Says Yes

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 5:25pm

It looked at winners of the Darwin Awards, given to people who die in such an idiotic manner their action ensures the species' long-term survival. Nearly 90 percent of the winners were male.

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Chicago's Orphaned Otter 'Pup 681' Gets A Real Name

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 9:46am

The southern sea pup, now known as Luna, was found on a beach in California in October and later transferred to the Shedd Aquarium, where a naming contest was held this month.

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Climate Sticking Point: Who Cuts And By How Much?

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 8:27am

With the talks in their final day, rich and poor nations meeting in Lima, Peru, have yet to a agree on the central issue of emissions targets.

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What Does It Take To Bring Transparency To Medicine?

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 8:06am

Doctors in the U.S. don't have to tell patients about conflicts of interest. When physician Leana Wen asked her fellow doctors to open up, the reaction she got was frightening.

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Birds Of A Feather Aren't Necessarily Related

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 5:39pm

Geneticists have revised the evolutionary tree of birds, revealing some unlikely relationships.

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Kalettes, Broccoflower And Other Eye-Popping Vegetables For 2015

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 4:49pm

Kale's days as the superfood-du-jour may be numbered. Next up: Kalettes? It's a cross between kale and Brussels sprouts, and it's one of a few bewitching hybrid vegetables that could go big in 2015.

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