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Discovery Of 'Inner GPS' Wins Nobel Prize In Medicine

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 4:56am

U.S.-British scientist John O'Keefe and Norwegian husband and wife Edvard Moser and May-Britt Moser have won for discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain.

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Dolphins: Adorable, Playful, Not As Smart As You Might Think

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 4:11pm

Dolphins are often considered the geniuses of the ocean. But some researchers have begun to challenge that notion, saying many mammals have similar skills and dolphins might not be that special.

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The World's Largest Cave Chamber Rises 1,000 Feet

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 6:57am

Newly measured, the world's largest chamber is as tall as the Eiffel Tower. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to long-time caver, Andy Eavis, who has explored the ethereally beautiful underground cave.

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Dancer Needed To Move To Think

Sat, 10/04/2014 - 6:55am

From the TED Radio Hour, an idea worth spreading: When she was 7, Dame Gillian Lynne's mother took her to a doctor, worried she had a learning disorder. The diagnosis? She was just born to dance.

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GMOs Are Old Hat. Synthetically Modified Food Is The New Frontier

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 3:54pm

Scientists hyping synthetic biology say it may one day give us biofuels, drugs and organisms that will solve hefty global problems. But synthetic biology food is already here, and causing controversy.

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Canada Identifies Ship Found From 1846 Arctic Expedition

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 9:26am

The announcement that a vessel from the doomed Franklin team had been found came last month, but now archaeologists say they've determined that it's the HMS Erebus.

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VIDEO: Glimpse The History Of Life In A Beer

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 7:51am

It took more than a billion years of evolution to yield the biology behind a beer. Here, we bring you a video celebration of the science in a cold one.

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Your Fellow Diners' Size May Affect How Much You Eat

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 2:34pm

In one study, people who ate near a heavier dining companion served themselves lots more food. Researchers say a fellow diner's weight is just one of many subconscious cues influencing what we eat.

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No, Seriously, How Contagious Is Ebola?

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 9:59am

A man with Ebola spent four days out in the Dallas community, possibly infecting others. So why are health officials so sure they can stop Ebola from spreading?

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Soil Doctors Hit Pay Dirt In Manhattan's Central Park

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 2:59am

The urban oasis boasts about 170,000 different types of microbes, recent dirt samples show. That diversity is comparable to a tropical rainforest. Plus, about 2,000 species are found only in the park.

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On The Alert For Ebola, Texas Hospital Still Missed First Case

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 5:40pm

Diagnosing and treating Ebola isn't so hard, health workers say; hospitals across the U.S. should be ready. But initial symptoms, such as fever and headache, can look the same as other illnesses.

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When Can A Big Storm Or Drought Be Blamed On Climate Change?

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 4:07pm

Scientists wince when people blame every big tropical cyclone, heat wave or drought on a shifting climate. But now some are trying to figure out just what the evidence for such a link would be.

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Experimental Drug Jams Ebola Gene To Fight The Virus

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:06pm

A drug being tested against Ebola makes use of new scientific insights that could prove useful for treating other illnesses, including one that is inherited.

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Is That A Lark I Hear? A Nightingale? Surprise! It's a Bat

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:42am

There are animals famous for their songs. Whales sing. Birds sing. We humans have Aretha, Elvis, Ray Charles, Pavarotti. But bats — who knew?

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Toll From Japanese Volcano Reaches 48 Dead

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 8:01am

Mount Ontake, located about 125 miles west of Tokyo, unexpectedly belched toxic gas last week as scores of people hiked near the summit.

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From Kale To Pale Ale, A Love of Bitter May Be In Your Genes

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 2:45am

Researchers have found a gene that affects how strongly you experience bitter flavors. And those who aren't as sensitive eat about 200 more servings of vegetables per year.

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Federal Judges Sends Wyo. Wolves Back To Endangered Species List

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 3:08pm

Just two years after the Obama administration removed federal protections for wolves in the state of Wyoming, a federal judge has reinstated them, saying that the state's plan for managing the species was inadequate and largely unenforceable.

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'Human Flesh' Burger Is A Treat To Tempt The Walking Dead

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 3:04pm

In a stunt to promote the next season of the hit zombie show The Walking Dead, London chefs have concocted a burger inspired by human flesh. They're giving them away Tuesday at a pop-up restaurant.

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Ban On Single-Use Plastic Bags Is Enacted In California

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 2:07pm

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed SB 270, the first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags in the U.S. It requires a 10-cent fee for the use of compostable or paper bags.

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Instead Of Staring At Screens, These Kids Stared At Faces

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 12:43pm

A recent study from researchers at UCLA found that kids who spent a week at outdoor camp — away from all electronic devices — got a lot better at picking up emotion in other people's faces.

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