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What It Takes To Lift Families Out Of Poverty

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 3:51am

New charities pop up all the time. But how do you know which ones work? Economists have come up with a strategy to figure it out. They've used it to tackle one of the biggest problems in the world.

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Why Do Most Galaxies Die? It's A Case Of Strangulation, Scientists Say

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 11:23am

A team in England looked at thousands of galaxies that had stopped forming stars and determined that the vast majority of them showed signs that their stellar fuel supply had been choked off.

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A Database Of All Things Brainy

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 2:34am

A mouse brain boasts more than 200 different kinds of cells, say scientists, who are busy cataloging everything known about each type. Next up: a data trove of details on human brain cells.

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Smokers More Likely To Quit If Their Own Cash Is On The Line

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:50pm

A carrot isn't enough — bring on the stick. A study finds smokers are more likely to quit tobacco if they lose some of their own money after a relapse, than if they get a bonus for quitting the habit.

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Santa Fe Cuts Water Consumption By Imposing Tiered Pricing Model

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 3:53pm

NPR's Melissa Block interviews Santa Fe, N.M., Mayor Javier Gonzales about how the city managed to cut water usage by one-fifth while its population grew by 10 percent.

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California Builders Prepare For Future Water Needs As Population Grows

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 3:33pm

Under the growing burden of drought, California is struggling to supply enough water to all of the people currently living there. The state is also working on ways to ensure water for millions more residents expected to live there in the future.

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Why Would A Fish Make Its Own Sunscreen?

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 2:16pm

Research suggests that genes that make a natural sunscreen jumped from algae to an ancestor of vertebrates hundreds of millions of years ago. Some animals kept the ability. Others didn't.

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How To Feed A Numbat: Zoo Cookery Aids Endangered Species

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 1:29pm

Zoo nutritionists these days have to do more than try to keep displayed animals happy and healthy. Sometimes the goal is to bring endangered wildlife back from the brink.

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How Bird Beaks Got Their Start As Dinosaur Snouts

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 6:32pm

Hoping to help trace the history of how velociraptors evolved into birds, researchers at Harvard and Yale may have tracked a key beak transformation to two genes.

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Seasons May Tweak Genes That Trigger Some Chronic Diseases

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 12:10pm

Genes linked to inflammation are more active in winter, a study hints. That might partly explain why some diseases, including Type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, are more likely to start then.

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Seasons May Tweak Genes That Trigger Some Chronic Diseases

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 12:10pm

Genes linked to inflammation are more active in winter, a study hints. That might partly explain why some diseases, including Type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, are more likely to start then.

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What Might Make Young People Practice Safe Sex? Lottery Tickets!

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 4:09am

Researchers working in Lesotho found that offering lottery tickets to volunteers who test negative for sexually transmitted infections is a powerful motivator for safe sex.

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Researchers Use Lottery Tickets To Help Slow The Spread Of HIV

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 4:09am

Researchers working in the southern African country of Lesotho found that offering lottery tickets to young volunteers, if they can keep themselves HIV negative, is a powerful motivator for safe sex.

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In 'Organic Life,' The Making Of America's First Certified Organic Restaurant

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 2:40am

Nora Pouillon writes about her lifelong devotion to food in a new memoir, My Organic Life. Her restaurant has been a fixture in the Washington, D.C., food scene since 1979.

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In 'Organic Life,' The Making Of America's First Organic Restaurant

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 2:40am

Nora Pouillon writes about her lifelong devotion to food in a new memoir, My Organic Life. Her restaurant has been a fixture in the Washington, D.C., food scene since 1979.

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Exotic Vinegar Flies Invade California After World Tour

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 5:39pm

One critter traveled around the globe from Australia on a eucalyptus tree. The other hitched a ride on a Central American flower. These flies are the tip of the invasive insect iceberg in California.

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Exotic Vinegar Flies Invade California After World Tour

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 5:39pm

One critter traveled around the globe from Australia on a eucalyptus tree. The other hitched a ride on a Central American flower. These flies are the tip of the invasive insect iceberg in California.

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Why Food Companies Should Be More Afraid Of Water Scarcity

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 5:10pm

An environmental sustainability group assessed how 37 U.S. food companies are responding to escalating water risks. It found most have a long way to go to improve water efficiency and other practices.

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Why Food Companies Should Be More Afraid Of Water Scarcity

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 5:10pm

An environmental sustainability group assessed how 37 U.S. food companies are responding to escalating water risks. It found most have a long way to go to improve water efficiency and other practices.

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U.S. Gives Conditional OK To Shell Oil For Drilling Off Alaska's Arctic Shore

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 4:39pm

The company wants to resume drilling in the Chukchi Sea off northwestern Alaska; it broke off that effort in 2012 because of safety problems.

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