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Space Station Astronauts In Star Wars-Themed Crew Pic

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 4:38pm

First there was suited-up astronaut Leland Melvin posing with his dogs. Now, a Space Station crew set for launch in September has donned Jedi robes.

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8 Million Tons Of Plastic Clutter Our Seas

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 3:09pm

A scientist estimating the weight of candy wrappers, bags, bottles, syringes and other plastic trash in the world's water sees a synthetic tsunami. Should China and India create more landfills?

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Gardener's Twofer: First Ketchup 'N' Fries Plant Hits U.S. Market

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 1:34pm

British horticulturalists have figured out how to graft a tomato plant onto a potato plant. This plant, called Ketchup 'N' Fries, has crossed the pond and is now available to gardeners in the U.S.

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Apps Can Speed The Search For Love, But Nothing Beats A Real Date

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:29pm

Are those hours I spend swiping through Tinder getting me anywhere closer to actual romance? Yes, psychologists say. But chemistry doesn't come in an app, and that's what matters most.

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How Removing Checkpoints Could Make Israelis More Secure

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 4:09am

Social scientists recently analyzed the effects of removing Israeli checkpoints in the West Bank. They found it markedly reduced anti-Israel sentiment, and actual acts of violence against Israel.

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Smoking's Death Toll May Be Higher Than Anyone Knew

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 2:42am

Tobacco's link to lung cancer, stroke and heart attack is well known. But smokers are also more likely to die from kidney failure, infections, and breast cancer, a revised tally suggests.

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PHOTO: Rosetta Sends 'An Impressive New Perspective' On Comet

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:42am

The European Space Agency probe has sent a new image of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko from about 77 miles away.

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From The Cold Depths Of Space, A Smile Emerges

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 10:17am

In the Hubble image of a galaxy cluster, two bright galaxies resemble eyes, NASA says, "and the misleading smile lines are actually arcs caused by an effect known as strong gravitational lensing."

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Know Your Exposure: A Cancer Quiz

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 2:03am

Throughout life we are subjected to many things that can affect our risk for developing cancer. Take our quiz to learn more.

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California's Strawberry Feud Ends, But Who Will Breed New Berries?

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 4:06pm

Strawberry farmers have dropped a lawsuit against the University of California, Davis, and the university has hired a new strawberry breeder. But the future of academic berry breeding is uncertain.

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Scientific Pros Weigh The Cons Of Messing With Earth's Thermostat

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 10:03am

Studying techniques for engineering our way out of climate change would be helpful — and not the same as actually trying them, says a panel convened by the National Research Council.

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The Great Solar Panel Debate: To Lease Or To Buy?

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 2:36am

More homeowners are cutting energy costs by installing solar panels, due in part to leasing programs that require no up-front investment. Leasing means less hassle, but may also save you less money.

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Shake, Rattle And Toll: Berkeley's Bells Play Sounds Of Earth

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 4:16pm

In celebration of its 100th anniversary, the bells of UC Berkeley's Sather Tower were programmed to play a score composed in real time by the data from seismic shifts happening under the campus.

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In West Africa, Fewer New Ebola Cases But Epidemic Still Uncontained

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 3:55pm

Robert Siegel speaks with Brice de le Vingne, director of operations dealing with the Ebola outbreak for Doctors without Borders.

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Harnessing The Immune System To Fight Cancer

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 2:33am

Our immune systems constantly fight off disease — protecting us from colds, flu and infection. An experimental treatment called immunotherapy is helping patients' immune systems fight off cancer.

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16 Years After Its Inception, 'GoreSat' Set For Launch

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 1:59pm

In 1998, then-Vice President Gore proposed the satellite, which has since been repurposed for NOAA's needs.

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Medical Research And The End Of Privacy

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 4:03pm

Scientists can no longer guarantee privacy for patients donating tissue and DNA for medical research. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Jennifer Couzin-Frankel of Science Magazine.

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Birders Predict Another Snowy Owl 'Irruption'

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 6:55am

In 2014, ornithologists documented the largest numbers in a century of snowy owls wintering unusually far south. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Talkin' Birds host Ray Brown about this year's numbers.

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To Get Parents To Vaccinate Their Kids, Don't Ask. Just Tell

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 4:34am

The way a pediatrician talks with nervous parents about vaccines may determine whether the child gets immunized or not, a study suggests. Asking "What do you want to do about shots?" doesn't work.

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To Get Parents To Vaccinate Their Kids, Don't Ask. Just Tell

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 4:34am

The way a pediatrician talks with nervous parents about vaccines may determine whether the child gets immunized or not, a study suggests. Asking "What do you want to do about shots?" doesn't work.

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