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Can You Learn To Spot A Liar?

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 7:49am

We're surrounded by deception: in politics and pop culture, in the workplace and on social media. Pamela Meyer points out manners and cues that can help us suss out a lie.

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Does Technology Make Us More Honest?

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 7:49am

Who hasn't sent a text message saying "I'm on my way" when it wasn't true? But some technology might actually force us to be more honest, says psychologist Jeff Hancock.

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6 Decades Of Research Examines Prisoners Of War

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 6:00am

The release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl prompted a firestorm of debate. We step away from that debate to look at what's been learned about the psychological effects of being captured in wartime

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Scientists Keep A Careful Eye On The World Cup Ball

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 2:38am

After a botched redesign in 2010 caused the ball to behave erratically, independent scientists have carefully studied the new ball.

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Seeking the Solstice: Kick Off Your Summer of Cosmic Sunsets

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 4:29pm

Just in time for the official start of summer, NPR's Adam Frank heads outside to better understand the summer solstice. The secret, he says, is in the sunsets.

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Cut Your Cake And Keep It (Fresh), Too

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 2:50pm

A British mathematician proclaimed in 1906 that there's a better way to cut a cake than dividing it into wedges. Now a video by Alex Bellos is bringing his method back to life.

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To Defeat A Deadly Toxin, Disrupt Its Landing Gear

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 2:17pm

Scientists have figured out how botulinum toxin moves from the intestine into the bloodstream. Specialized molecules that serve as carriers for the toxin provide clues about its potency.

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New York Passes Bill To Outlaw Tattooing Pets

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 2:04pm

Getting Fido inked or pierced, except for purposes of medical identification, will be against the law in New York after Gov. Cuomo signs the measure.

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How To Build A Neanderthal

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 1:03pm

The strong jawline and pronounced teeth of of Neanderthals likely evolved before their large braincase, scientists say. The evidence? A treasure of bones recovered from a single cave in Spain.

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Eating Broccoli May Give Harmful Chemicals The Boot

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 4:20pm

A study found that people who consumed broccoli sprouts excreted two air pollutants faster than usual. So does that mean there's something to detoxing with cruciferous veggies? Scientists say maybe.

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Kids In Juvenile Detention Face Risk Of Violent Death As Adults

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 11:49am

Young delinquents are much more likely than their peers to die violently as adults. And girls are at particular risk. Lack of access to preventive care is partly to blame, researchers say.

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Goats In The City? Making A Case For Detroit's Munching Mowers

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 10:54am

Goats aren't allowed in Detroit, but billionaire Mark Spitznagel thinks they could help revitalize blighted neighborhoods. Goat raisers in other cities say the animals can be eco-friendly landscapers.

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U.S. Offshore Wind Energy Area Would Nearly Double Under New Plan

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 8:18am

The U.S. Department of the Interior says the new Massachusetts Wind Energy Area would be auctioned off in four leases. It includes more than 1,000 square miles of ocean.

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Is Collecting Animals For Science A Noble Mission Or A Threat?

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 2:25am

Museums are filled with dead insects, birds, fish, mammals, and reptiles meticulously gathered worldwide in the name of scientific discovery. But some researchers now say, better think twice.

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Plastics Don't Disappear, But They Do End Up In Sea Birds' Bellies

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 5:12pm

When bottles and bags are cast out to sea, the debris never truly goes away — it just gets smaller. And these plastic particles, called microplastics, are ready meals for fish and birds.

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Hubble To Search For Last Stop On Pluto Probe's Itinerary

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 3:59pm

Before NASA's New Horizons probe visits Pluto next year, scientists hope they can find another "icy body" at the edge of the solar system for a final flyby.

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Your Brain's Got Rhythm, And Syncs When You Think

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 3:06pm

Scientists have evidence that beats in the brain — in the form of rhythmic electrical pulses — are involved in everything from memory to motion. And music can help when those rhythms go wrong.

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'Pink Slime' Is Making A Comeback. Do You Have A Beef With That?

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 3:06pm

Since beef prices are going up, food processors are once again looking at cheap "lean, finely textured beef." But this time, they're preparing for consumers' concerns.

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Red Fish, Blue Fish: Where The Fish Flesh Rainbow Comes From

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 12:37pm

From ruby red tuna to turquoise lingcod, the fish we eat can span the color spectrum. Flesh color can also tell us something about where a fish came from, its swimming routine and what it ate.

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Finally! A Decent Espresso On The International Space Station

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

An Italian aerospace firm, in conjunction with coffee company Lavazza and the Italian space agency, have jointly developed a system for producing zero-G espresso.

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