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Ancient Scottish Sea Reptile Not 'Nessie,' But Just As Cute

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 6:08pm

It was 15 feet long, with a snout shaped like a dolphin's. This newly identified meat-eater swam the seas near the Isle of Skye in the time of dinosaurs.

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'Tasty': How Flavor Helped Makes Us Human

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 5:02am

From an evolutionary standpoint, flavor has long helped define who we are as a species, journalist John McQuaid argues in his new book, an exploration of the art and science of taste.

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'Tasty': How Flavor Helped Make Us Human

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 5:02am

From an evolutionary standpoint, flavor has long helped define who we are as a species, journalist John McQuaid argues in his new book, an exploration of the art and science of taste.

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A Musical Memorial For The Face Of Extinction

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 4:43am

Lonesome George was the last of his subspecies of giant tortoise from the Galapagos. For decades scientists tried to find him a mate, but he died alone. NPR's Adam Cole offers this elegiac tribute.

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A Musical Memorial For The Face Of Extinction

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 4:43am

Lonesome George was the last of his subspecies of giant tortoise from the Galapagos. For decades scientists tried to find him a mate, but he died alone. NPR's Adam Cole offers this elegiac tribute.

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'Blood Of The Tiger': Shedding Light On China's Farmed-Tiger Trade

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 4:26pm

The endangered animals are bred for luxury items, like tiger bone wine and tigerskin rugs. By raising the demand for these goods, the farms pose a threat to wild tigers, says author J.A. Mills.

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DNA, It Turns Out, Is A Lot More Loopy

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 4:07pm

There's another image for DNA that goes beyond the double helix — bundles and bundles of loops. NPR's Arun Rath talks to researcher Suhas Rao about how this discovery could help fight disease.

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Bill Gates Raises A Glass To (And Of) Water Made From Poop

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 12:03pm

And he drinks it. It's all thanks to the Janicki Omniprocessor, a new machine that can turn human waste into clean water.

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SpaceX Launch Successful; Recovery Attempt 'Close, But No Cigar'

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 11:46am

The private launch contractor resupplying the ISS said a plan to recover the rocket's spent first stage at sea hit a snag.

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'Theory Of Everything' Probes Stephen Hawkings' Love, Not Theory

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 9:15am

The Theory of Everything actor Eddie Redmayne tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer about the challenges of portraying a genius. This story originally Nov. 8 on Weekend Edition Saturday.

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Rocket Landing At Sea Was 'Close But No Cigar'

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 6:49am

An experimental rocket launched by SpaceX Saturday was a partial success. A cargo capsule will reach the International Space Station, but the spent rocket failed to land on a barge in the Atlantic.

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Future Of Keystone XL Pipeline Back In Obama's Hands

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 3:36pm

The U.S. House passed legislation to approve the pipeline on Friday and the Senate is expected to take up the issue in coming weeks. President Obama has threatened a veto. In the meantime, a legal challenge over the route the pipeline would take through Nebraska has been resolved — for now.

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Trapped In His Body For 12 Years, A Man Breaks Free

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 2:18pm

Martin Pistorius spent more than a decade unable to move or communicate, fearing he would be alone, trapped, forever. NPR's new show Invisibilia tells how his mind helped him create a new life.

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Why Pygmies Aren't Scared By The 'Psycho' Theme

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 12:41pm

Deep in the Congolese rain forest, a group of Pygmies lives in near isolation from Western music. When a team of scientists played them music from Star Wars and Psycho, the results were surprising.

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Why Should We Search For ET?

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 7:51am

Will we find ET in the next 25 years? Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at SETI, says yes. He explains that new technologies and the laws of probability make the breakthrough likely.

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Can Organic Farming Make Perfect Fish?

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 7:51am

Chef Dan Barber tackles a dilemma facing many chefs today: how to keep fish on the menu. He chronicles his search for a fish that would please both diners and environmentalists.

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What Did It Take To Find The Giant Squid?

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 7:51am

Humans have been looking for the giant squid for decades. Oceanographer Edith Widder shares how innovative technology helped her capture the squid on video for the first time.

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Look Out: This Poker-Playing Computer Is Unbeatable

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 5:15pm

Forget chess. Poker may be even harder for a computer. But a software program has now "solved" a variant of Texas Hold'em, the bot's creators say. And nothing can keep it from winning.

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Texas Abortion Case May Hinge On Definition of 'Undue Burden'

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 11:28am

A federal appeals court this week is once again weighing whether Texas restrictions on clinics that perform abortions are too onerous for women who seek the procedure. How far is too far to drive?

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Specialists Split Over HPV Test's Role In Cancer Screening

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 2:17am

An HPV test could replace the Pap smear for many women, two groups of physicians say. But other doctors, including the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, still urge dual testing.

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