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'Defunding' Planned Parenthood Is Easier Promised Than Done

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 3:22pm

Some Republican candidates for president claim they have defunded Planned Parenthood in their states already. But the truth, others say, depends on how you define "defund."

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Octopus Genome Offers Insights Into One Of Ocean's Cleverest Oddballs

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 1:04pm

Octopuses are cool. They can regrow lost arms, change the color of their skin, and are surprisingly smart. Scientists who sequenced the first octopus genome say it's nearly as big as a person's.

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Not Everybody Likes Kissing

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 12:50pm

A passionate kiss may make you swoon, but many cultures don't do it, anthropologists say. And some cultures find such lip-locks downright disgusting.

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Dining Like Darwin: When Scientists Swallow Their Subjects

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:44am

Some scientists carry on the tradition of eating the animals or plants they study: leeches, tadpoles, 30,000-year-old bison. Darwin did it first, but why do it at all? Call it all-consuming curiosity.

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Archeologist Believes He's Found Egyptian Queen Nefertiti's Tomb

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 4:07am

Nicholas Reeves, a resident in scholar at the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona, tells Renee Montagne his hypothesis is based on studying laser scans of King Tutankhamun's tomb.

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Before Humans Showed Up, Huge Animals Were The Norm

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 4:07am

In Earth's history, there have been some incredibly large animals that look sort of like animals we have today, just a lot bigger. In North America, there was a sloth that was the size of an elephant.

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12 Ancient Giants: An Ode To The Enormous And Extinct

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 4:03am

A dragonfly with a 2-foot wingspan? A sloth the size of an elephant? Skunk Bear's latest video introduces the enormous, ancient relatives of modern animals — all in rhyming verse. Of course.

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Whistleblower Says Medicare Advantage Plans Padded Charges In Home Visits

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 4:03am

Medicare Advantage health plans are privately run, but reimbursed by Medicare. A Texas lawsuit claims that, to inflate charges, 30 Advantage plans in 15 states exaggerated how sick patients were.

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LA Rolls Out Water-Saving 'Shade Balls'

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 5:41pm

In an effort to meet EPA regulations, conserve water and prevent algae growth in the Los Angeles Reservoir, officials are using 96 million plastic balls to cover the water's surface.

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Colorado Businesses Struggle As Toxic Waste Flows Through Animas River

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 4:36pm

NPR's Melissa Block speaks to Roger Zalneraitis, executive director of the La Plata County Economic Development Alliance, on plans to aid small business owners after the toxic waste spill.

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Protein Goes Green: Can Algae Become The Next Soy?

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 4:27pm

Some companies think microalgae could be the alternative protein of the future, but can it top plant proteins?

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Coloradans Raise Environmental Concerns Of Proposed Reservoir Projects

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 3:42pm

Colorado will need more water to supply the state's fast-increasing population. So two large reservoir projects have been proposed, but some Coloradans worry about the dams' possible ecological harm.

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Don't Fear The Wild Animals, Researchers Tell Salad-Makers

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 11:04am

According to new research, vegetable farmers who clear away trees and wild vegetation from their fields aren't making their produce any safer to eat. But they are destroying animal habitats.

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Rivers Shut Down Over EPA's Spill Of 3 Million Gallons Of Toxic Water

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 9:10am

Water samples taken after the spill showed lead concentrations that were 3,500 times the levels normally seen in Durango, Colo.

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Women In Combat Zones Can Have Trouble Getting Contraceptives

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 4:33am

Fifteen percent of active duty service members are women, and 97 percent of those women are of childbearing age. So why is it still tough for many to get refills of contraceptives when deployed?

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New Research Explores Why The Universe Is Dying

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 5:56pm

A study by the Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA) project measured energy output of more than 200,000 galaxies. The findings show the galaxies are half as strong as they were 2 billion years ago.

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One Man's Quest To Combat Counterfeit Drugs — With A Suitcase

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 4:14pm

Fake and shoddy medications kill about 100,000 people around the world each year. Many "drugs" are no more than just chalk or water. An engineer in Boston is trying to change that.

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This Salad Is Outta This World: Astronauts Eat Greens Grown In Space

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 3:49pm

Farming plants in space may prove critical for future deep space travel. On Monday NASA announced it had mastered romaine lettuce. "That's awesome, tastes good," astronaut Kjell Lindgren declared.

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Coca-Cola Funds Scientists Who Downplay Diet's Role In Obesity

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 3:33pm

Coca-Cola is funding a new nonprofit that blames obesity on lack of exercise, not on bad diets. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Anahad O'Connor of The New York Times about the group's controversial message.

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Astronauts To Enjoy First Space-Grown Lettuce Aboard International Space Station

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 3:33pm

On Monday, astronauts aboard the International Space Station will harvest lettuce that has been growing aboard since early July. NASA claims it's an important step towards future exploration of distant worlds.

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