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DNA Tracking Of Ivory Helps Biologists Find Poaching Hotspots

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 4:03am

To stop elephant slaughter in Africa, zoologist Sam Wasser spent years extracting DNA from elephant dung and tissue. Much of the world's poached ivory, he discovered, comes from just three places.

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Pope Francis Uses Encyclical To Deliver Moral Message On Climate Change

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 4:15pm

NPR's Melissa Block speaks to John Carr of Georgetown University's Initiative on Catholic Thought and Public Life about Pope Francis' call to moral action on climate change.

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Both Catholics, Non-Catholics Applaud Pope For Bold Remarks On Climate Change

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 3:26pm

Catholics across the nation are reacting to a sweeping encyclical issued by Pope Francis on the issue of climate change. The 184-page papal letter explains that it is a global problem with far reaching environmental and social ramifications.

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Pope Francis Calls For Urgent Action On Climate Change In Encyclical

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 3:26pm

Pope Francis blames climate change on apathy, political shortsightedness and a pursuit of profits. In a papal encyclical, he calls climate change one of the principal challenges facing humanity today.

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In Search Of Edible Weeds: Adventures In Urban Foraging By App

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 2:19pm

An expert forager has a video and an app for finding weeds to make the ultimate locally grown salad. But even a master foraging app might not lead an amateur to success.

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NASA: Europa Spacecraft Goes Into Development Phase

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 2:12pm

The probe would make dozens of flybys of the Jovian moon in an effort to study its vast subterranean ocean that could harbor life.

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DNA Confirms Kennewick Man's Genetic Ties To Native Americans

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 1:34pm

The new evidence suggests the ancient skeleton is closely related to members of a Washington State tribe. The findings are likely to rekindle an old debate between scientists and Native Americans.

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Surprise! Some Job-Based Health Plans Don't Cover Hospitalization

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 10:51am

Better read the fine print of your health insurance policy. An unlucky woman in Minnesota learned her policy was woefully skimpy only after she fell while walking her dogs, and faced a $19,000 bill.

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Pope Francis: Climate Change A 'Principal Challenge' For Humanity

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 7:47am

In a major encyclical titled Laudato Si, the pontiff calls on humanity to acknowledge a "sense of responsibility" for the Earth and said it was time to stop "masking problems."

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When Should Surgeons Stop Operating?

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 6:03am

A quarter of U.S. physicians are older than 65 and there are no national guidelines for assessing late-career skills. Some say the lack of oversight, especially for surgeons, is cause for concern.

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Worms Know What's Up — And Now Scientists Know Why

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 5:03pm

In what researchers say is a first, they've discovered the neuron in worms that detects Earth's magnetic field. They say the worms have microscopic antenna-shaped sensors to help orient themselves.

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Gambler-Turned-Conservationist Devotes Fortune To Florida Nature Preserve

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 3:53pm

M.C. Davis made millions gambling and buying up land and mineral rights. Now, he's restoring ecosystems destroyed by agriculture and timbering in his private preserve, one of the largest in the U.S.

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Leaked Encyclical Highlights Growing Resistance To Pope's Reform Agenda

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 3:05pm

A draft of Pope Francis' encyclical on climate climate change was leaked Wednesday before its scheduled release.

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Red Crabs Invade Southern California Beaches In Search Of Warm Water

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 3:05pm

Due to warm ocean temperatures, tens of thousands of red crabs are invading beaches in Southern California.

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Why Some Teen Brains May Be Hardwired To Make Risky Choices

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 12:55pm

Individual differences in the brain's working memory could help explain why some teens are especially impulsive about sex. Having engaged parents helps reduce the risk.

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To Tackle Food Waste, Big Grocery Chain Will Sell Produce Rejects

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 12:45pm

If fruits and vegetables don't measure up to cosmetic standards, they're often plowed under in the field. One company wants to help change that by creating a market for less-than-perfect produce.

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NASA Satellites Show World's Thirst For Groundwater

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 12:02pm

New data suggest that many regions in the world are overusing their underground water supplies. And researchers aren't sure how much remains.

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Updated Training Of Birth Control Counselors Boosts Use Of IUDs

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 8:35pm

And when the use of intrauterine devices and hormonal implants by young women goes up, the number of unplanned pregnancies sharply drops, researchers find.

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Disagreeable Teens Fail To Understand Their Blind Spots, Research Reveals

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 4:07am

Disagreeable teens tend to grow up into disagreeable adults. A 10-year study finds that disagreeable teens often have no awareness that their behavior is harming their relationships.

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Endangered Species Protections At Center Of Drought Debate

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 4:59pm

Lawmakers in hard-hit Western states are pushing for suspensions to the Endangered Species Act to free up stored water. But an entrenched partisan divide over the law continues to be a hang-up.

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