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A Wisecracking Biochemist Shares Her Kitchen ABCs

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 6:03am

Shirley Corriher, author of Cookwise: The Hows and Whys of Successful Cooking, has tips on taking the bitter bite out of coffee, and holding onto cabbage's red hue while it's in the pan.

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European Scientists Conclude That Distant Comet Smells Terrible

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 3:53am

A European spacecraft has picked up a foul odor emanating from comet called 67P/C-G. Imagine sharing a stable with a drunk person and a dozen rotten eggs.

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How Foodies Were Duped Into Thinking McDonald's Was High-End Food

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 4:53pm

A viral video shows people lauding fare billed as an "organic" fast-food option that was actually McDonald's. It wasn't just pranksters playing tricks on these poor folks, but maybe their brains, too.

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FDA Cracks Down On Fake Ebola Cures Sold Online

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 3:22pm

The Food and Drug Administration has issued warning letters to companies marketing products claimed to be cures for Ebola. One firm says it will drop such claims — but it's still selling the product.

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Why California's Drought-Stressed Fruit May Be Better For You

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:49am

Is California's severe drought hurting the nutrient content of fruit? No, preliminary data on pomegranates suggest. The fruit may be smaller, but packed with more antioxidants, tests show.

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Scientists Fight For Superbug Research As U.S. Pauses Funding

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 7:58am

Frustrated scientists argued Wednesday that making nasty viruses even worse in the lab provides crucial insight into preventing pandemics. Others say it just ups the risk a lab germ will start one.

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Is There Really Such A Thing As A 'Trophy Wife'?

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 3:47am

The idea of a "trophy wife" is common in popular culture: Attractive young women trade beauty for status by "marrying up" and finding wealthy husbands. NPR's Shankar Vedantam questions whether the belief is a real phenomenon.

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Bigger Than A T.Rex, With A Duck's Bill, Huge Arms And A Hump

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 3:31pm

Scientists first figured the claw-tipped, giant arm bones found in 1965 belonged to an ostrich-like dinosaur. But its recently recovered skull looks more like a dino designed by a committee — of kids.

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Sunken U-Boats Off North Carolina Coast A Significant Find For Historians

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 3:31pm

The North Carolina coast may be the last place you'd think to find a sunken German submarine from World War II. But that's what Joe Hoyt — a nautical archeologist — found on a recent expedition to the ocean floor. Robert Siegel talks to him about the underwater battle site there.

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A 45,000-Year-Old Leg Bone Reveals The Oldest Human Genome Yet

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 1:39pm

The DNA in this ancient Siberian leg bone shows that the man had Neanderthal ancestors — yet more proof that humans and Neanderthals interbred. And he lived much farther north than expected.

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Banned Drugs Still Turning Up In Weight-Loss Supplements

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 7:49am

Just because the Food and Drug Administration recalls a supplement because it contains dangerous substances, doesn't mean the product disappears from the market.

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Ebola Vaccine Could Start Testing In Africa By January

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 5:08pm

The World Health Organization says two vaccine candidates now undergoing small-scale tests of dosage and safety in people might be ready for broader deployment in Africa by early 2015.

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When Reassuring Isn't: Cruise's Needless Rush To Test For Ebola

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 4:47pm

Officials in Galveston, Texas, meant well when they tested a passenger while she was still at sea. But some say the rush (which included a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter) was needlessly alarming.

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Why Are The Great Lakes On The Rise?

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:53pm

Host Audie Cornish talks with Drew Gronewold, a hydrologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, about why water levels in lakes Superior, Michigan and Huron are rising.

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Our Skulls Might Have Evolved To Withstand Blows To The Face

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 11:04am

Many scientists believe that a diet of nuts, seeds and other tough, brittle foods shaped our faces, but a June study in Biological Reviews suggests that violence had a heavier hand in its evolution.

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DOD: Climate Change Is A Volatile Factor In International Security

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 6:43am

The Department of Defense says climate change is an "immediate risk" to the nation. Admiral David Titley talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about how the military must respond.

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Mars Probes Give Scientists Box Seats For Rare Comet Flyby

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 11:14am

A "mountain-sized" comet known as Siding Spring will pass very close to the Red Planet, where orbiters from the U.S., Europe and India, hope to get close - but not too close — to the action.

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U.S. To Temporarily Halt Funding For Controversial Virus Research

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 3:44pm

The federal government will suspend funding while it reviews the potential risks and benefits of certain experiments with three viruses: SARS, MERS and influenza.

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NASA To Replace Iconic Countdown Clock After Maintenance Skyrockets

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 3:04pm

NASA says it plans to replace the digital countdown timer that's featured prominently in broadcasts and images of Kennedy Space Center launches ever since the second moon landing mission 45 years ago.

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Spike In ER, Hospital Use Short-Lived After Calif. Medicaid Expansion

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 1:02pm

Previous research found that going on Medicaid increased a poor person's use of costly emergency room visits. Now an analysis suggests that initial spike in ER visits quickly tapers off.

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