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Birds, Bees And The Power Of Sex Appeal: The Ribald Lives Of Flowers

Sat, 07/18/2015 - 4:48pm

They're billboards for sexual favors, says ecologist Stephen Buchmann. But get your minds out of the dirt: We're talking pollination — and it's played a surprising role in global trade and history.

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When Losing Memory Means Losing Home

Sat, 07/18/2015 - 4:08pm

As his Alzheimer's progresses, journalist Greg O'Brien and his wife have decided it's time to leave the home where they raised their three kids. The move is turning up some sweet discoveries.

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Iran's Khamenei Signals Approval Of Nuclear Deal With 'Arrogant' U.S.

Sat, 07/18/2015 - 10:57am

The country's supreme religious leader says the deal won't change his country's support for the governments of Syria or Iraq, nor for the "oppressed" Palestinians.

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Photos Of Pluto Reveal A 'Toy Store' Of Surprises

Sat, 07/18/2015 - 5:10am

New Horizons has provided us with our first close look at Pluto. The images are blowing the minds of scientists. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the joy of these new discoveries.

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What Do A Chlorinator And A Condom Tied To A Catheter Have In Common?

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 4:00pm

They're both featured on a list of 30 innovations that could save millions of lives over the next 15 years.

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WATCH: Magnus Effect Whisks Basketball Into The Spin Zone

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 3:20pm

A viral video by the Australian trick basketball team How Ridiculous demonstrates a property of physics can make the ball appear to momentarily defy gravity.

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NASA's New Pluto Images Point To Geologically Active World

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 1:46pm

The latest photos show ice plains that appear to be only 100 million years old and a hilly region that could be what is left when surrounding material is eroded away.

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Can Limited Resources Lead To Better Innovation?

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 8:30am

Navi Radjou has spent years studying "jugaad," also known as frugal innovation. While researching emerging markets, he realized that creativity might be the most precious renewable resource.

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Will Our Demand For Food Threaten Our Supply of Water?

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 8:30am

Ecologist Jon Foley says agriculture is the "most powerful force unleashed on this planet since the end of the ice age." He says we're using too much to irrigate and we have to rethink how we farm.

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How Did A Medical Miracle Turn Into A Global Threat?

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 8:30am

Antibiotics save lives, but we rely on them too much. Eventually, the drugs may stop working. Economist Ramanan Laxminarayan asks us to think twice before reaching for this double-edged resource.

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What's Disappearing From the Amazon — Even Faster Than Wildlife?

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 8:30am

The isolated tribes of the Amazon are getting dispersed or dying out. Ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin describes what we'll lose if their culture and collective wisdom vanish with them.

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'When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors' To Best Avoid Lightning's Pain

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 4:35am

Deaths in the U.S. from lightning strikes are up in 2015, compared to recent years. A convertible won't save you. Get inside at the first rumble of thunder, and stay away from plugged-in appliances.

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On The Cold, Dead Fringes Of The Galaxy, Pluto Looks Shockingly Lively

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 4:09am

NASA scientist Carly Howett says no one expected the kind of geologic activity that the New Horizons spacecraft appears to have found on the dwarf planet and its moon.

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Seven Decades Ago, A New, Enormous Kind Of Explosion

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 4:09am

Seventy years ago this week, in the New Mexico desert, U.S. Army scientists detonated the first atom bomb. NYU physics professor Benjamin Bederson was among those who worked on the Manhattan Project.

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Science Confirms 2014 Was Hottest Yet Recorded, On Land And Sea

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 4:09am

The international report card's out and confirms the hottest average on record — for a third time in 15 years. More than 400 scientists contributed data, finding a spike in sea and air temperatures.

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Little Hero, Big Screen: The Entomology Of 'Ant-Man'

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 4:09am

In Ant-Man, the latest Avengers superhero movie, Marvel Studios had to portray the tiny insects as realistic, yet relatable. Two ant scientists weigh in on whether the attempt was successful.

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How Air Pollution May Have Caused Catastrophic Flooding in China

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 4:26pm

Scientists believe soot that hangs over the mountains of Sichuan Basin — a byproduct of factories and cars — brought about the 2013 floods that devastated the region.

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Nice Kids Finish First: Study Finds Social Skills Can Predict Future Success

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 3:59pm

A study finds that children who demonstrate more "pro-social" skills — those who share more and who are better listeners — are more likely to have jobs and stay out of trouble as young adults.

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Screaming For Science: The Secrets Of Crying Babies And Car Alarms

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 11:04am

Why do screams demand our attention like no other sound? The answer seems to involve an acoustic quality called roughness that triggers fear circuits in the brain.

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Webcast: Sports And Health In America

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 10:45am

What are the obstacles that keep adults off the field? How can sports help keep kids and adults in good health? What are the best ways to encourage more widespread and enduring participation?

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