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Despite Last Year's Failures, Many Still Make Resolutions

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 6:46am

Did you make a New Year's resolution? If you did, our data expert Mona Chalabi says you're in the 44 percent of Americans who did. But she tells NPR's Rachel Martin that keeping to them is another story.

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Faith And Aquarium Pumps: The Stuff Of Science In 2014

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 6:46am

It may seem scientists are aloof geniuses who churn out discoveries. Joe Palca's NPR series, Joe's Big Idea, shows us how science really works. He reviews 2014 highlights with NPR's Rachel Martin.

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Trading Pom-Poms For Field Boots: Mireya Mayor's Big Break

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 4:57pm

The explorer's life plays out like an adventure film. But before she ever went diving with great whites, she was cheering for the Miami Dolphins — until a required science course changed her plans.

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NASA Hopes A Hack Will Overcome Mars Rover's Memory Gap

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 6:58am

The Mars rover Opportunity is getting on in years. It has been on Mars' surface for over a decade, and now it's having memory problems. NASA has come up with a plan to fix it.

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Utilities Fight For Revenue Lost To Solar Power

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 6:58am

Solar energy had a banner year in 2014. But as more U.S. households make their own electricity, they're paying electric utilities less. Utility companies across the nation are fighting back.

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Orca Calf Shows Signs Of Orca Midwifery

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 6:58am

A whale researcher has a new hypothesis about orca whales: Whale "midwives" may be assisting births.

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Our Most Popular Stories Of 2014: Ebola ... And Bed Rails?

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 5:12pm

In July, the Goats and Soda blog was born. We came into a world obsessed with Ebola. But our readers also loved stories about chocolate, bed rails and jet-setting viruses.

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Congress Could Find Energy Compromise With Hydropower

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 3:18pm

With the Republicans in the majority in both the House and Senate in Washington, there will be changes in energy policy in the next few years. Republicans are pledging to approve the Keystone XL pipeline and to delay or derail the Obama administration's clean air proposals.

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Researchers Create Artificial Organs On Microchips

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 3:18pm

Scientists are growing mock organs made of human cells to better study diseases and to help test drugs. Researchers at Johns Hopkins are working on a gut-on-a-chip.

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Where Could Ebola Strike Next? Scientists Virus Hunt In Asia

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 2:24am

A handful of ecologists knew for years that West Africa was at risk for an Ebola outbreak. Now they're figuring out where else in the world the virus could be hiding. Many signs point to Asia.

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These Froggies Went A Courtin' And Gave Birth To Live Tadpoles

Thu, 01/01/2015 - 3:21pm

Who needs eggs? Scientists have discovered an unusual frog species that gives birth to live tadpoles.

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Ebola Aid Workers Still Avoiding New York And New Jersey

Thu, 01/01/2015 - 2:49am

It's been months since a nurse who treated Ebola patients in Africa was quarantined by New Jersey's governor upon arrival at Newark airport. But a legacy of confusion about state travel rules remains.

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Food Psychology: How To Trick Your Palate Into A Tastier Meal

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 12:45pm

Ingredients and preparation matter in making a delicious dinner. But so do a lot of other external factors, from your mood to room lighting. Here, a guide to enhancing the pleasures of the plate.

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Potent Powdered Caffeine Raises Safety Worries

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 2:28am

With two young men dead, the Food and Drug Administration is considering banning sales to consumers of a highly concentrated form of pure caffeine. A lethal overdose is too easy, officials warn.

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Scientists Bring The Sun Down To Earth To Learn How It Works

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 3:20pm

Using a giant pulsed powered machine in New Mexico, researchers have recreated the conditions inside the Sun, and their results help reconcile theoretical models with how the Sun behaves.

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2014 Brought Lasting Action On Climate Change Policy

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 3:03pm

The EPA moved ahead with far-reaching polices to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. And the president struck a landmark deal with China to curb its carbon output as well.

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Tribute: The Man Who Linked Climate Change To Global Health

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 2:06pm

Dr. Tony McMichael was a lonely crusader. He wanted governments to pay attention to ways that earth's changing climate will affect the health of all — with the poor likely to suffer the most.

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Same-Sex Couples May Have More Egalitarian Relationships

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 3:22pm

Lourdes Garcia-Navarro talks to researcher Robert-Jay Green about how people behave in same-sex marriage compared with heterosexual marriage. Green has studied LGBT relationships going back to 1975.

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Doctors Not Cutting Back On Radiation For Breast Cancer Patients

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 3:11pm

Breast cancer treatment typically involves surgery and chemotherapy, followed by radiation. But growing scientific evidence shows that in most cases, women get more radiation than they actually need.

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Playlist: Stories That Will Spark Your Imagination

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 8:08am

These TED Radio Hour stories will make you curious and maybe even ignite some creative ideas of your own.

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