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Mistaken Identities Plague Lab Work With Human Cells

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:00am

A line of immortal cells, supposedly from a breast cancer patient, turned out to be from a type of skin cancer. The mix-up wasn't discovered until experiments around the world had been contaminated.

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Nursing Homes Rarely Penalized For Oversedating Patients

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 2:35am

An NPR probe finds many U.S. nursing homes are still prescribing schizophrenia drugs to stem agitation in dementia patients — despite FDA warnings. Find out here how your local nursing home compares.

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NASA Photos Show New Signs Of A Lake On Mars

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 8:09pm

The water and sediment flow might have been massive enough to build a mountain, NASA researchers say.

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Old And Overmedicated: The Real Drug Problem In Nursing Homes

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 3:57am

Way too many residents of U.S. nursing homes are on antipsychotic drugs, critics say. It's often just for the convenience of the staff, to sedate patients agitated by dementia. That's illegal.

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Oh, Snap! NASA Promises Best Photo Yet Of Faraway Pluto

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 3:57am

A spacecraft on its way to Pluto has just woken up from hibernation. By next month, scientists expect to have the first good pictures of the dwarf planet. All the others have been, well, crummy.

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Stephen Hawking Gets A Voice Tech Upgrade

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 6:37am

Stephen Hawking has been using the same communication system for more than 20 years — until now. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Horst Haussecker of Intel about the new and faster technology.

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NASA's Orion Completes First Test Flight

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 4:13pm

NASA's Orion spacecraft — built to take a human crew into deep space — completed a successful test flight Friday. NPR's Arun Rath talks with landing and recovery manager Stuart McClung.

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Coming Soon To A Filling Station Near You: $1.99 Gasoline

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 4:02pm

OnCue in Oklahoma City was the first place in the country to drop its price per gallon below $2. Several other cities are likely to get similarly cheap gas soon, an expert says.

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Lots Of Work Remains After Successful Orion Launch

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 3:15pm

NASA successfully launched and landed a test version of its next-generation Orion spacecraft on Friday morning. The unmanned test is the first for the follow-on to the shuttle.

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Why Did Vitamins Disappear From Non-GMO Breakfast Cereal?

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 2:50pm

When GMO-free cereals landed in supermarkets, some vitamins had mysteriously vanished from them. But these vitamins don't necessarily come from genetically altered organisms.

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It's Brown, It's Barrel-Aged, It's ... Gin?

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 11:27am

Barrel-aged gin resembles young whisky in color and flavor. It's quickly becoming the new darling of distillers and craft bartenders across the U.S.

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Baby's Necklace Could End Up Being A Life Saver

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 11:19am

In countries like India, where vaccine records are kept on paper, kids often miss a dose — with potentially fatal results. Now some Yale students have come up with a high-tech (and cheap) solution.

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DNA Pioneer Watson's Nobel Prize Sells For $4.75 Million

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 6:54pm

The Nobel Prize that James Watson won for helping explain how DNA is structured has a new owner. Watson has said he'll donate much of the $4.75 million sales price to educational institutions.

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Who Made That Flavor? Maybe A Genetically Altered Microbe

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 4:02pm

Biotech companies are inserting new genes into microorganisms, turning them into tiny factories to produce valuable nutrients and flavors. But many of them don't want to talk about it.

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2014 To Be Warmest Year On Record, U.N. Weather Agency Says

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 3:53pm

The World Meteorological Organization says that so far, 2014 is 1.03 degrees Fahrenheit above a benchmark average. It would be the 38th consecutive year with an above normal global average, it says.

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The Mystery Of The Missing Martins

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 1:40pm

In Skunk Bear's latest video, join the search for an enormous flock of missing songbirds, and learn some bizarre facts about Shakespeare and Doppler radar along the way.

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Is The Food Babe A Fearmonger? Scientists Are Speaking Out

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 12:26pm

The food system is awash in chemicals and additives. One woman has made a career out of investigating them. But a cadre of critics says she's creating more confusion than clarity about food.

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NASA Scrubs Orion Launch For Today

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 7:19am

After several issues, including high winds, stuck engine valves and a boat downrange of the launch site, the space agency said it would cancel today's planned launch of the new vehicle.

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World Climate Talks In Lima Aim To Move Beyond Kyoto Treaty

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 2:15am

Unlike the 1997 Kyoto treaty, the plan on the negotiating table in Lima this week asks every country, developed and developing, to limit carbon emissions. Each nation would set its own target.

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To Search For A New Supernova, Build A New Camera

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 2:14am

Most telescope cameras can only capture a small patch of sky at a time. But a new camera has a much larger field of view, and its backers are hoping for help in deciphering its reams of data.

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