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From Pygmy Hunting Songs To Taylor Swift, What Makes Music Universal

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 2:45pm

Can you hear what's similar about a Palestinian line dance and Swift's "Shake It Off?" Or The Sound Of Music's "Do-Re-Mi" and a Pygmy song? Scientists have finally decoded the language of music.

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Scientists Discover One Of The Oldest Horned Dinosaurs

Wed, 07/08/2015 - 3:42pm

The "new" dinosaur — named Wendiceratops pinhornensis — lived about 79 million years ago and helps scientists understand the early evolution of the family that includes Triceratops.

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Genetic Tweaks Are Restoring Hearing In Animals, Raising Hopes For People

Wed, 07/08/2015 - 1:00pm

The latest accomplishment for gene therapy involves mice with inherited deafness. Meanwhile, the drugmaker Novartis is conducting the first trial of gene therapy for people with hearing loss.

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Budget Cuts Force Colorado National Forest To Rely On Volunteer Labor

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 3:35pm

Uniformed volunteers are working visitors centers and monitoring trails in the busiest national forest in the country. The White River National Forest in Colorado is increasingly relying on free labor as federal budget cuts continue. The volunteers are doing what forest service staff used to do, including maintaining trails and educating visitors about bear safety.

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Why Sit-Down Meals May Be Just As Unhealthful As Fast Food

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 12:15pm

Fast-food restaurants are often demonized as the epitome of unhealthiness. But a study suggests sit-down joints may be no better when it comes to sodium, saturated fat and the risk of overeating.

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Pluto-Bound Spacecraft Nears Its Quarry

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 2:45am

After nearly a decade of traveling through space, NASA's New Horizons probe is about to arrive at Pluto. On Tuesday it will begin an intensive, week-long study of the distant world.

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After Sketchy Science, Shark Week Promises To Turn Over A New Fin

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 2:44am

Shark Week is here, and scientists are afraid. Not of the toothy swimmers — but of inaccuracies, bad science and the demonization of animals that aren't as ferocious as Discovery Channel has made out.

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Russian Supply Capsule Successfully Docks With Space Station

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 8:30am

The Progress M-28M delivered tons of food, water, oxygen, fuel and other supplies after previous attempts ended in failure.

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Sharks Might Not Be To Blame In North Carolina Attacks

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 6:54am

North Carolina beaches usually see one shark attack a summer, if any. This year, they've already seen seven. NPR's Lynn Neary speaks with George Burgess of the International Shark Attack File.

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Don't Blame The Sharks For 'Perfect Storm' Of Attacks In North Carolina

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 6:54am

The state's beaches usually see one shark attack a summer, if any. This year, there have already been seven. But this uptick in attacks is likely not tied to shark populations so much as to our own.

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Millions Of Mummified Dogs Found In Ancient Egyptian Catacombs

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 4:04pm

Researchers have uncovered 8 million mummified animals dating back 2,500 years. Most are dogs. Archaeologist Salima Ikram says the huge number points to the likely existence of ancient puppy mills.

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Aphrodisiacs Can Spark Sexual Imagination, But Probably Not Libido

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 4:04pm

Going on a picnic with someone special? Make sure to pack watermelon, a food that lore says is an aphrodisiac. No food is actually scientifically linked to desire, but here's how some got that rep.

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Strontium Nitrate And Barium Nitrate, The Fuel In Fireworks

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 6:52am

How do they get the brilliant sparks of red, white and blue in fireworks displays? NPR's Eric Westervelt talks with Harry Gilliam, founder of Skylighter, a supplier for pyrotechnics in Round Hill, Va.

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A Rock Band And A Moon, United In Name

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 6:52am

Members of the classic rock band Styx visited NASA mission control for New Horizon, the space probe that discovered Pluto's smallest moon, Styx.

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Pilot In Solar-Powered Plane Sets Aviation Record

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 12:44pm

André Borschberg, flying Solar Impulse 2, set a new record of 120 hours in the cockpit on a journey from Japan to Hawaii.

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Russia Finally Launches Supplies To ISS After Earlier Failures

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 6:24am

The liftoff of the Soyuz Progress 60P was a relief to astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station after two previous resupply missions — one Russian and one American — failed.

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White House: We Have A Beef With GMO Regulations

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 5:13pm

The White House has ordered a review of the government's system for regulating products of biotechnology, including genetically modified crops. That system has been controversial from the start.

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BP Settlement To Address Ecosystem Damage Caused By Oil Spill

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:30pm

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Bethany Kraft, director of the Gulf Restoration Program at Ocean Conservancy, about the BP spill's impact on the environment to date.

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BP To Pay $18.7 Billion In Landmark Settlement Over 2010 Gulf Oil Spill

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:30pm

Oil giant BP agreed to pay $18.7 billion in a settlement announced on Friday by Gulf Coast states and the federal government. The deal pays for the harm from BP's 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, which was the worst in U.S. history. The accident killed 11 rig workers.

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Coping While Black: A Season Of Traumatic News Takes A Psychological Toll

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:30pm

Research on the psychological effects of racism, especially on people of color, is still in the early stages. But psychologists warn that events like the Charleston shooting can cause serious stress.

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