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Has The FDA Brought On A Cheese Apocalypse? Probably Not

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:10am

An FDA official warned that wooden boards used to age cheese could harbor harmful bacteria. But cheesemakers say they've long had safety measures in place to prevent any contamination from the boards.

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Fight Over Calif. Oyster Company Splits Chefs And Land Defenders

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 2:09am

Drakes Bay Oyster Company is resisting the expiration of its lease in Marin County, Calif. The debate may reach the Supreme Court, and it's dividing residents of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Suicide Rate In U.S. And Europe Climbed During Great Recession

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 7:45pm

Scientists can't prove a causal link, but the disturbing correlation in the data deserves a closer look, researchers say. Some countries seemed more resilient than others.

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Can You Call Yourself An Environmentalist And Still Eat Meat?

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 3:41pm

After a Hollywood environmentalist told us the answer to this question was no, we posed it to the followers of the @NPRFood Twitter account. We got a big — and diverse — response.

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Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy Gains Fans, But Remains Unproven

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 1:50pm

Pro athletes and duffers alike are trying injections of platelet-rich plasma to treat chronic injuries like tennis elbow. But despite thousands of studies, it's not clear that the treatment works.

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How We Learned That Frogs Fly

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 5:03am

Two Harvard professors. One on a rooftop with a bucket of frogs. The other in the front yard, down below. Ready? Get set. Throw!

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Bye-Bye To The Home Of A Favorite Internet Conspiracy Theory

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 3:00pm

The U.S. military is closing a facility scientists have used to study the edge of Earth's atmosphere. Conspiracy theorists suspect it's also been used for nefarious activity — like mind control.

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Doctors Don't Know What Women Want To Know About Birth Control

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 2:35pm

Doctors tend to think it's most important to discuss how to use contraceptives and whether they're effective, a survey found. But women care more about safety and side effects.

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The Salad Frontier: Why Astronauts Need To Grow Lettuce In Space

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 11:04am

With the help of grow lights and air exchange fans, NASA is growing lettuce on the International Space Station. The scheme could help keep food costs down — and keep astronauts happy tending plants.

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Spiders Tune In To Web's Music To Size Up Meals And Mates

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 2:48am

Pluck the silk of a spiderweb and it vibrates like a guitar string, scientists say. By strumming the strands and detecting the tune via sensors in its legs, a spider gets key information.

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How Coal Industry Jobs Coexist With Rising Sea Levels In Virginia

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 2:47am

Virginia is dependent on coal mining and export, but it also faces routine flooding from rising sea levels. That irony is a very real, day-to-day problem for residents.

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Human Or Machine? AI Experts Reportedly Pass The 'Turing Test'

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 3:16pm

A program by two Russian artificial intelligence experts is said to have passed the iconic test by fooling a group of judges into thinking they were talking to a 13-year-old boy.

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To Put Two Rovers On Mars, Scientists Had To Get Clever With Packing

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 3:06pm

To fit in their shipping container, two Mars rovers had to be folded up into a tiny package and then unfolded — a prime example of what NPR science correspondent Joe Palca calls "unfolding science."

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James Cameron-Backed School To Terminate Meat And Dairy

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 9:08am

A private school in Malibu Canyon supported by director James Cameron and his wife is set to go vegan. Meanwhile, Congress is debating whether to delay healthy school lunch rules for the rest of us.

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Big Moments Get Less Weighty: Whatever Happened To Stiff Paper?

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 4:20am

It had weight. It lasted. It got punched, torn, reused. It got us into ballparks, airplanes, buses, theaters. I'm talking about stiff paper — and it's vanishing.

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Stuck In The Machine Zone: Your Sweet Tooth For 'Candy Crush'

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 3:31pm

The mobile game, with its flow of moving candies, has reeled us in. The endless repetition — without a plot or character development — can be mesmerizing. Psychologically, why can't we stay away?

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Photos: After A Storm, A Red Sky, Double Rainbow Over Atlanta

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 7:14am

Sunset and a strong storm happened at just the right time for a celestial treat. The resulting rainbows were so stunning, they were documented all over Twitter.

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Doughnut Day Downer: Palm Oil In Pastries Drives Deforestation

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 4:31pm

An environmental group is blasting Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme for buying palm oil from suppliers who destroy rain forest and peatlands. The group says sustainable palm oil should be used instead.

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New Look At Apollo Rocks Finds Evidence Of Moon's Birth

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 2:13pm

An examination of rocks collected by Apollo astronauts shows a peculiar type of oxygen indicating a massive collision between Earth and another object 4.5 billion years ago that formed the moon.

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Can Farmed Fish Feed The World Without Destroying The Environment?

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 11:27am

Farmed fish production will have to more than double by 2050 to keep up with global demand, a report finds. And aquaculture can be far more sustainable than meat production, the researchers say.

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