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What Do Low Oil Prices Mean For Unconventional Extraction Methods?

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 3:33pm

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Barbara R. Shook, senior reporter-at-large at the Energy Intelligence Group, about how low oil prices need to go to make "unconventional oil" extraction too expensive.

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How Shows Like 'Will & Grace' And 'Black-ish' Can Change Your Brain

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 9:19am

Go ahead, use this article to justify binge-watching Orange Is The New Black all weekend.

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To Thrive, Many Young Female Athletes Need A Lot More Food

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 4:03am

Doctors and parents often miss the signs of female athlete triad syndrome — low energy, low bone density and irregular menstruation in an otherwise healthy-looking girl or teen.

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How Are U.N. Climate Talks Like A Middle School? Cliques Rule

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 4:02am

Tiny island nations, Latin American developing countries, and even non-joiners like Switzerland have all found more power and influence in climate negotiations after forming or joining a group.

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Obama Renaming Continent's Highest Peak From Mt. McKinley To Denali

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 6:10pm

Efforts to change the mountain's name back to Denali date back to 1975. The White House says changing the name back "recognizes the sacred status of Denali to generations of Alaska Natives."

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WATCH: Octopuses Appear To Take Up Arms As Submarine Warfare Escalates

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 5:34pm

An Australian bay has gotten a bit too crowded for the local octopuses, who have been fighting and bullying each other. They now appear to be hurling shells as weapons — and there's video evidence.

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Small Shocks Help Enormous Birds Learn To Avoid Power Lines

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 4:34pm

With wingspans over 9 feet long, California condors are so big that they're at risk for electrocution when they fly into or land on power poles. One San Diego program seeks to change this behavior.

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A View On Oliver Sacks, From A Longtime Friend And Colleague

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 4:09pm

Renowned neuroscientist Oliver Sacks died Sunday at the age of 82. NPR's Arun Rath talks with his friend and colleague Dr. Orrin Devinsky.

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Oliver Sacks, Renowned Neurologist And Author, Dies At 82

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 7:53am

His book Awakenings, about reviving patients from a catatonic state was turned into a 1990 film. He also wrote more than a dozen other books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.

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NASA Scientists Simulate A Year On Mars — On Hawaii

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 7:02am

NPR's Rachel Martin reports on a year-long NASA mission to Hawaii.

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As Alaska's Climate Warms, Seabird Population Shrinks

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 7:02am

Alaska's seabirds are suffering a steep decline in population. There's evidence linking this to climate change, a problem President Obama will address Monday when he visits the state.

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Scientific Findings Often Fail To Be Replicated, Researchers Say

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 4:06am

A massive effort to test the validity of 100 psychology experiments finds that more than 50 percent of the studies fail to replicate. This is based on a new study published in the journal "Science."

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Froggy Went A-Courtin', But Lady Frogs Chose Second-Best Guy Instead

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:01pm

Given two choices of attractive mates, female frogs pick the top vocalist. But add a third, inferior male to the mix, and females go for No. 2. The "decoy effect" shapes some human choices, too.

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A Message In A Bottle Makes Its Way Home — More Than A Century Later

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 3:38pm

Guy Baker of England's Marine Biological Association tells the story of a postcard his group recently received. It was addressed to George Parker Bidder — the MBA's esteemed former president, dead for more than 60 years — and had been found in a bottle dropped in the North Sea more than a century earlier.

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Help Wanted: Last Pediatrician On Mendocino Coast Retires

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 12:23pm

For 35 years, Dr. Bill Mahon has tended newborns and broken bones, given kids checkups and spinal taps. But luring new doctors with big debt and urban dreams to the redwoods is harder than it sounds.

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Good Vibrations Key To Insect Communication

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 4:05am

For some insects, sound waves or vibrations are the real social media — high-speed rumbles sent through the air and along leaf stems to help the bugs claim territory, send warnings and find mates.

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Illicit Version Of Painkiller Fentanyl Makes Heroin Deadlier

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 1:41pm

U.S. drug officials have traced a sharp spike in the already climbing death toll from heroin overdoses to an additive — acetyl fentanyl. The fentanyl is being cooked up in clandestine labs in Mexico.

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In The Search For The Perfect Sugar Substitute, Another Candidate Emerges

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 3:22pm

There's a new contender in the century-old quest for perfect, guiltless sweetness: allulose. It's sugar — but in a form that our bodies don't convert into calories. Perfect? Not quite.

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Particles From The Edge Of Space Shine A Light On Fukushima

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 11:47am

Researchers have been using muons to take a peek inside the nuclear reactors in Japan that melted down in 2011. The results could aid the continuing cleanup operations.

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Katrina Shut Down Charity Hospital But Led To More Primary Care

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 11:40am

More than 70 percent of New Orleans residents say some progress has been made in the availability of medical services since the storm. Still, most say care for the poor continues to lag.

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