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Could Ebola Become As Contagious As The Flu?

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:42pm

President Obama is set to ramp up the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak, in part because of concerns that if the virus continues to spread, it could mutate and become more contagious.

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Key Brain Connection Slow To Develop In Kids With ADHD

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:36pm

A network in the brain that helps control daydreaming seem to be slower to develop in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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Ebola Response Hampered By Limited Air Travel

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:22pm

One of the major barriers keeping aid workers out of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea is limited and unpredictable air travel. Many airlines don't want to have their crews overnight in an Ebola area or send them to a place where they can't get adequate healthcare if something goes wrong.

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European Scientists Choose Site For Rosetta's Comet Touchdown

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:35am

After a decade-long journey to reach Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the ESA says it has found the best spot for a planned November landing.

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The Perfect Summer Peach Wasn't Always So Rosy

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:29am

The peaches we eat today look very little like the first peaches planted. We can thank the Chinese farmers who first domesticated the fruit for kicking off millennia of breeding for perfection.

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Covering Up With The Hijab May Aid Women's Body Image

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 5:04am

A few studies have found that modest clothing is connected with a healthier body image. So a British psychologist looked at whether the hijab protected women against the pressure to be thin.

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Covering Up With The Hijab May Aid Women's Body Image

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 5:00am

A few studies have found that modest clothing is connected with a healthier body image. So a British psychologist looked at whether the hijab protected women against the pressure to be thin.

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Can Looking At Food Photos Make You Feel Full?

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:52am

We know that eating food fills us up. But research indicates looking at photos of food might have the same effect.

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Patients Vulnerable When Cash-Strapped Scientists Cut Corners

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:31am

A shrinking pool of grant money for medical research has led competing applicants to oversell weak scientific findings, critics say. The result: Many experimental treatments are worthless.

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Howling Babies Drove Prehistoric Warriors Into Battle?

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 6:03am

Can a colicky baby's piercing scream be militarized? As in, made (literally) into a weapon of war? Oh, absolutely, says this scholar, smiling ever so slightly.

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California Blue Whales On The Rebound, Study Says

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 4:09pm

California blue whales are rebounding to historic levels after being hammered by whaling, a University of Washington study says. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Trevor Branch, co-author of the study.

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Northern Lights Put On Show, Thanks To Large Solar Flare

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 7:35am

If you weren't far enough in the north — or well-rested enough – to see the show, don't worry: stunning images were posted to Twitter and elsewhere. Here's a selection.

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Can A Cow Even Jump — Let Alone Circle The Moon?

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 6:39am

For Cow Week, NPR's Wade Goodwyn blows the lid off of a children's nursery rhyme. He talks to Modern Farmer correspondent Tyler LeBlanc about whether a cow could jump over the moon.

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Hey-Diddle, A Fiddle And A Moon-Jumping Cow? NPR Moos Investigates

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 6:39am

For Cow Week, NPR's Wade Goodwyn blows the lid off of a children's nursery rhyme. He talks to Modern Farmer correspondent Tyler LeBlanc about whether a cow could jump over the moon.

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How Do You Catch Ebola: By Air, Sweat Or Water?

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:12pm

Americans have many questions — and misconceptions — about the deadly virus that's rapidly spreading in West Africa. We asked two scientists to explain more about how Ebola is transmitted.

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What Makes A Star Starry? Is It Me?

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 11:44am

Draw a planet (a circle, right?). Now draw a star (a pointy thing, yes?). Now ask yourself, aren't stars all round? Our sun is. So why do we make them pointy? Come learn the answer.

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Solar Flare Could Trigger Auroras Tonight For Northern U.S.

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 11:15am

The X-class Coronal Mass Ejection, or CME, that erupted on the sun on Wednesday is not expected to cause major disruptions to the electrical grid or communications.

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How Far Can Curiosity Take You?

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 7:35am

As a kid, director James Cameron was fascinated with exploring the world around him — everything from pond water to bugs. Those childhood obsessions led him some of the deepest places underwater.

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How Do Simple Questions Lead To Big Discoveries?

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 7:35am

Mythbusters co-host Adam Savage talks about three people who inspired him to be curious: his dad, a former Earth-science teacher, and physicist Richard Feynman.

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How Do You Build A Toaster ... From Scratch?

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 7:35am

Designer Thomas Thwaites explains what compelled him to build a toaster, literally from the ground up.

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