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After A Failed Launch, Smart Shoe Benefits From A Reboot

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 8:59am

Hahna Alexander initially invented a shoe that could charge a battery, but no one wanted to use it. "You have to invent something that people can't live without," she says.

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The Coming Sewer Gold Rush

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 4:26am

Environmental chemists studied Swiss sewage and found trace amounts of gold, silver and rare earth metals. It could be valuable, but chemists say it's probably not worth the cost of recovering.

Tiny, Transparent Worm Challenges Notions About Sex

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 4:00am

Scientists have found a group of worms that haven't reproduced sexually for 18 million years. Normally that would be a recipe for quick extinction, but these little guys seem none the worse for wear.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Karin Kiontke and David Fitch/ NYU)

Pumas Are Not Such Loners After All

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 6:15pm

Researchers are startled to find that pumas, also called mountain lions, meet up quite frequently with their fellow big cats — perhaps to share an elk carcass.

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Health Conditions That Increase Stroke Risk Rise Across All Ages, Races

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 3:44pm

Smoking, drug abuse and diabetes are all modifiable risk factors for stroke. Yet a large study of patients hospitalized for stroke suggests the number of people with these risk factors is rising.

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There's Gold In Them Thar Sewage Pipes, Swiss Researchers Say

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 12:42pm

Each year, more than $3 million in gold and silver winds up in Swiss wastewater, scientists found. But in most cases, it doesn't make economic sense to extract and recycle the metals.

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Why A Long-Term Disability Policy Is More Important Than Pet Insurance

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 7:12am

Though not as trendy as pet insurance, a long-term disability policy is pretty cheap and can save your bacon if you have an accident, get cancer or otherwise can't work for a few months or years.

EPA Vows To Speed Cleanup Of Toxic Superfund Sites Despite Funding Drop

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 4:00am

Superfund was initially paid for by taxes on crude oil, chemicals and the companies that created the toxic waste sites. But those taxes expired in 1995, leaving states strapped to find the money.

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Here Are The 2017 MacArthur 'Genius' Grant Winners

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 1:00am

Jason De León, Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Derek Peterson are among the 24 winners of this year's MacArthur Fellowship, which honors "extraordinarily talented and creative individuals."

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Weeks After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico Struggles To Turn On The Lights

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 12:15pm

Nearly 90 percent of Puerto Rico is still without power more than two weeks after Hurricane Maria. Authorities say it will take months to restore electricity after the storm destroyed the power grid.

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What Drives Some People To Take Personal Risks To Help Strangers?

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 9:29am

Acts of altruism — like saving swimmers caught in a riptide from drowning or donating a kidney to a stranger — are among the thorniest puzzles of human nature, says guest blogger Abigail Marsh.

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EPA Chief Announces Reversal Of Obama-Era Curbs On Coal Plants

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 11:22am

In a speech in Kentucky on Monday, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said the old rules aimed at reducing carbon dioxide were tantamount to declaring war on the coal industry.

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What Influences Attitudes Toward Gun Control Reform?

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 11:08am

A paper published this summer shows gun ownership relates to beliefs about mass shootings and points to gun ownership as a powerful driver of motivated cognition, says psychologist Tania Lombrozo.

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How To Make AI The Best Thing To Happen To Us

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 1:51pm

We can thrive with AI if we win the race between the growing power of our technology and the wisdom with which we manage it, but we must ditch the idea of learning from our mistakes, says Max Tegmark.

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The Relationship Between Domestic Violence And Mass Shootings

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 5:36pm

In at least 54 percent of mass shootings, the perpetrator also shot an intimate partner or relative. NPR's Michel Martin talks with gun policy expert Robert Spitzer about the pattern of domestic abuse among mass shooters.

As Residents Start To Return, Devastated Barbuda Struggles To Rebuild

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 5:36pm

The Caribbean island of Barbuda had to evacuate all its residents when Hurricane Irma hit last month, but now they are slowly starting to return. NPR's Michel Martin catches up with reporter Anika Kentish who's been following the story.

Hurricane Nate Expected To Hit Gulf Coast As Category 2

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 5:36pm

Hurricane Nate is intensifying as it takes aim at the U.S. Gulf Coast. People from southeast Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle are bracing for Nate, which forecasters say could strengthen to a Category 2 storm.

Should You Leave Grandma With The Robot?

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 12:27pm

Once a technology that treats emotions as data becomes pervasive, we may soon find that data is the only aspect of emotion we come to recognize or value, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.

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Trump Guts Requirement That Employer Health Plans Pay For Birth Control

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 10:15am

With a new regulation, the administration will allow any company or nonprofit group to refuse to cover contraception by claiming a religious or moral exemption to the federal health law.

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Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 10:06am

The Secretary of State has gone public about what might've been said in private. Under mounting pressure, the King of Spain has been speaking out. And the Nobel prize committee has given the world a lot to talk about.

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