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Home-brewed Morphine Is Just Around The Corner

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 5:10pm

What if microbes could ferment sugar into narcotics, like the way yeasts make beer? That day is quickly approaching. This week scientists report all the steps needed to make morphine in yeast.

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FEMA To Require States To Assess Climate Change Risk In Disaster Plans

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 3:28pm

Several U.S. senators are accusing the Federal Emergency Management Agency of injecting "unnecessary, ideological-based red tape" into the disaster preparedness process. The agency is requiring states to deal with climate change in their disaster plans as a condition for federal disaster mitigation grants.

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Eyes In The Sky: Styrofoam Drones Keep Watch On Rainforest Trees

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 3:28pm

The autopilot toy planes, equipped with cameras, help conservationists detect illegal logging and mining earlier in the remote parts of the Amazon basin.

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As States Ready Disaster Plans, Feds Urge Them To Consider Climate Change

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 3:28pm

Several U.S. senators are accusing the Federal Emergency Management Agency of injecting "unnecessary, ideological-based red tape" into the disaster-preparedness process.

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Plan Bee: White House Unveils Strategy To Protect Pollinators

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 11:35am

The national strategy addresses the alarming decline in honeybee populations. It calls for more bee habitat and more research into ways to protect bees from disease and pesticides.

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They're Going Door-To-Door In The Amazon To See Why People Get Sick

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 2:24am

In one of the most remote parts of the Peruvian Amazon, researchers are in midst of a extensive health census. The study could be key to figuring out the impact of mercury used in illegal mining.

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Urban Farmers Say It's Time They Got Their Own Research Farms

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 5:07pm

The University of the District of Columbia is the only land-grant university in the U.S. with an urban focus. It's studying how to grow food in raised beds, hoop houses and even a shipping container.

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Does A Foreign Accent Mess Up Our Memory Of What's Said?

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 10:47am

It can be hard to decipher what a non-native speaker is saying. But that might not always be a bad thing when it comes to understanding or remembering, scientists say.

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How TV Show Finales Affect The Stock Market

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:58am

An economist in the United Kingdom looked at how 150 TV series finales affected the U.S. stock market. He observed a decrease in stock returns on the following trading day.

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Learning To Live With A Void In Her Brain In 'Head Case'

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 7:19am

Cole Cohen struggled with math, keeping time, getting lost. Eventually she found out she had a hole in her brain the size of a lemon. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Cole about her new memoir, Head Case.

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Who Did This To Peru's Jungle?

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 5:06am

When the price of gold skyrocketed, illegal miners flooded into the country's Amazon basin, eager to find even the tiniest bits of the precious metal. Trees and villagers have paid a price.

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Unmanned Russian Rocket Burns Up Carrying Mexican Satellite

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 11:54am

The launch is the latest in a string of failures for the Proton-M rocket, a workhorse for the International Launch Services, a joint Russia-American satellite carrier business.

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'Playing Around With Telescopes' To Explore Secrets Of The Universe

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 4:31am

For astrophysicist Shrinivas Kulkarni, "The sky is so much richer and so much more imaginative than the imagination."

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First In Fish: 'Fully Warm-Blooded' Moonfish Prowls The Deep Seas

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 3:53pm

"It's hard to stay warm when you're surrounded by cold water but the opah has figured it out," a NOAA Fisheries biologist says.

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'Not On My Land': Southern Residents Fight Building Of Palmetto Pipeline

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 3:31pm

Kinder Morgan is proposing the pipeline to carry oil and natural gas through South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. But smaller oil suppliers are also concerned about markets like Savannah, Georgia.

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Beekeepers Reported Losing 42 Percent Of Honeybee Colonies Last Summer

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 3:31pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks to Gene Brandi, vice president of the American Beekeeping Federation, about how beekeepers and farmers are coping with the large die-off of honeybees.

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Environmentalists Say Shell's Arctic Drilling Plan Presents Safety Risks

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 3:31pm

The Interior Department on Monday gave Shell conditional approval to drill for oil in the Arctic, a big defeat for environmental activists. But there's still another hurdle: a permit that approves Shell's plan to clean up if there's a spill. Opponents say the Arctic is too tough a place for effective cleanup, but the industry says otherwise.

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Massive Antarctic Ice Shelf Will Be Gone Within Years, NASA Says

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 3:01pm

What's left of the Larsen B shelf, two-thirds of which underwent a spectacular collapse in 2002, will disappear by the end of the decade, according to a new study.

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Bistro In Vitro: A Virtual Playground To Ponder The Future Of Meat

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 12:56pm

Dutch artist Koert van Mensvoort has created a virtual restaurant to help us imagine a future when alluring beef, poultry and fish dishes can be concocted with in vitro techniques.

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Why We Can Depend On The Kindness Of Strangers

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 12:24pm

Our ability to get along with folks who aren't relatives could be a legacy of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. And it's rooted in the fact that those societies had gender equity.

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