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With Malaysia Airlines Crash, A Loss For AIDS Research

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 4:05pm

A number of scientists and others members of the AIDS research community died in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine. NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with journalist and editor in chief of HIV Plus magazine Diane Anderson-Minshall about the loss.

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200,000+ Sign Petition To Move 'Sad Bear' To Better Life In Canada

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 9:28am

Arturo the polar bear, living in a cramped and hot zoo enclosure in Argentina, is the subject of an online campaign that includes former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

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In Tracking Bats, It Helps To Find Them Adorable

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 7:00am

Julia Hoeh is a bat tracker. For $350 a week plus basic housing in rural Tennessee, she stays up long after midnight to affix radio trackers to bats and collect samples of their DNA.

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People Share Moon Landing Memories On Youtube Channel

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 7:00am

Sunday is the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Buzz Aldrin about his new Youtube channel, where people around the world can share memories from the historic day.

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What It Takes To Be A Champion

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 7:00am

TED Radio Host Guy Raz speaks with science writer and Sports Illustrated contributor David Epstein about why athletes are getting faster and stronger every year.

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A Pillar Of AIDS Research And Activism, Lost With Shot-Down Jet

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 3:05pm

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 had been carrying several researchers and activists on their way to a global AIDS conference in Australia. Among them was Dr. Joep Lange, a leading researcher and former president of the International AIDS Society. He was a giant in the field and a mentor to many.

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When It Comes To Thinking, 2 Fish Heads Are Better Than 1

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 4:29am

Maybe we can learn from fish — they don't call a group of them a school for nothing. Researchers found that when 2 fish swim together, they make better decisions than when 2 fish are swimming alone.

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Head Scientist At CDC Weighs Costs Of Recent Lab Safety Breaches

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 2:36am

The mishaps mean federal scientists need to "take a hard look" at all federal research on deadly pathogens and make sure, in each case, that the benefits justify risks, says Dr. Tom Frieden.

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Sizing Down Food Waste: What's The Worst Thing To Toss?

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 5:41pm

Americans throw out a lot of food. And a lot of meat. That means our waste has a bigger impact on the global food supply than vegetarian discards. Why? Blame it on hidden calories.

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To Make A Spacecraft That Folds And Unfolds, Try Origami

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 3:27pm

The traditional Japanese art of folding paper is now adding grace and ease to the deployment of fragile solar panels, seismometers and other vital instruments in outer space.

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Young Scientists Say They're Sexually Abused In The Field

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 9:26am

Heading off to exotic locales to conduct research is one of the great joys of science. But many young scientists say they have been sexually harassed or assaulted by superiors while in the field.

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Australia Repeals An Unpopular Tax On Carbon Emissions

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 9:07am

The tax was imposed on about 350 of the nation's top polluters under the country's previous center-left government.

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Physicists Crush Diamonds With Giant Laser

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 2:34am

It's not a plot from a Bond film: Zapping diamonds could tell researchers more about the insides of giant planets.

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Skimping On Sleep Can Stress Body And Brain

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 2:31am

Too stressed to get seven hours of solid shut-eye tonight? Prepare to be even less resilient tomorrow. Stress disrupts sleep, which feeds depression, anxiety — and more stress, scientists say.

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This Dirty Little Weed May Have Cleaned Up Ancient Teeth

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 5:07pm

Turns out that for 7,000 years, snacking on nutsedge may have helped people avoid tooth decay. But at some point, the root it lost its charm. By the 1970s, it was branded "the world's worst weed."

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Even Among Babies, Practice Makes Perfect

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 3:06pm

Babies as young as 7 months old are already rehearsing the motions behind speech, even though they can't talk yet. Robert Siegel speaks with the woman behind these findings — Patricia Kuhl, the co-director of the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences at University of Washington.

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Dogs Carry Kissing Bug Disease In Texas And Latin America

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 2:56pm

From shelter mutts to show dogs, Texas canines are getting a parasite that causes heart problems in people. Dogs don't spread the parasite directly to humans. But they help to make it more prevalent.

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Neil Whosis? What You Don't Know About The 1969 Moon Landing

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 10:51am

The year he landed on the moon, astronaut Neil Armstrong was famous, iconic, an American hero. One year later he wasn't. In 1970, how many people remembered his name? This will surprise you.

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A Huge New Crater Is Found In Siberia, And The Theories Fly

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 10:40am

The crater is estimated at 262 feet wide and is in the northern Siberian area of Yamal, a name The Siberian Times says roughly translates as "the end of the world."

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Dialing Back Stress With A Bubble Bath, Beach Trip And Bees

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 9:57am

Socializing topped the list of stress reducers for those dealing with a great deal of stress, according to an NPR poll. Prayer, meditation, exercise and playing with pets were also common responses.

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