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Should More Women Give Birth Outside The Hospital?

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 2:37am

The British medical system says healthy women with normal pregnancies should give birth outside the hospital. But 99 percent of babies in the U.S. are born in one. Do they know something we don't?

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Trying To Remember Multiple Things May Be The Best Way To Forget Them

Sat, 07/11/2015 - 7:11am

When you have to remember many things at once, you might try to juggle all those to-do items in your head simultaneously. But new scientific research suggests there might be a better approach.

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For This Tarantula-Killing Wasp, Dinner's A Meal Best Served Living

Sat, 07/11/2015 - 6:45am

All the recent rain in Texas is great for insects — including the terrifying tarantula hawk. It's a big, nasty wasp that doesn't just sting tarantulas ... it turns them into food for its offspring.

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Classical Composers' Feathered Influences

Sat, 07/11/2015 - 6:40am

Did Beethoven cop from a warbler? Did Mozart plagiarize a starling? NPR's Wade Goodwyn speaks with Talkin' Birds host Ray Brown about these musical mysteries.

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Vaccine For Cholera Protects Whole Community, Even Unvaccinated

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 5:31pm

A cheap, oral vaccine — about the size of an "energy shot" — offers fresh hope for preventing cholera epidemics, like the one that has killed nearly 10,000 people in Haiti.

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Study Finds Most Ants In A Colony Are Slackers

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 4:11pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Anna Dornhaus, associate professor with the University of Arizona's ecology and evolutionary biology department, about its study on slacker ants.

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Buzz Kill For Bumblebees: Climate Change Is Shrinking Their Range

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 3:47pm

Wild bees are some of nature's busiest pollinators of crops and flowers. But new evidence suggests a warming climate is squeezing the bounds of where bumblebees can live.

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Tom Selleck Accused Of Stealing Water For California Ranch

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 3:31pm

TV star Tom Selleck has been accused of stealing water amid California's drought from a neighboring water district. Los Angeles Times reporter Matt Hamilton has been reporting on the the mystery of Magnum PI's water supply.

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From Pygmy Hunting Songs To Taylor Swift, What Makes Music Universal

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 2:45pm

Can you hear what's similar about a Palestinian line dance and Swift's "Shake It Off?" Or The Sound Of Music's "Do-Re-Mi" and a Pygmy song? Scientists have finally decoded the language of music.

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Scientists Discover One Of The Oldest Horned Dinosaurs

Wed, 07/08/2015 - 3:42pm

The "new" dinosaur — named Wendiceratops pinhornensis — lived about 79 million years ago and helps scientists understand the early evolution of the family that includes Triceratops.

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Genetic Tweaks Are Restoring Hearing In Animals, Raising Hopes For People

Wed, 07/08/2015 - 1:00pm

The latest accomplishment for gene therapy involves mice with inherited deafness. Meanwhile, the drugmaker Novartis is conducting the first trial of gene therapy for people with hearing loss.

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Budget Cuts Force Colorado National Forest To Rely On Volunteer Labor

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 3:35pm

Uniformed volunteers are working visitors centers and monitoring trails in the busiest national forest in the country. The White River National Forest in Colorado is increasingly relying on free labor as federal budget cuts continue. The volunteers are doing what forest service staff used to do, including maintaining trails and educating visitors about bear safety.

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Why Sit-Down Meals May Be Just As Unhealthful As Fast Food

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 12:15pm

Fast-food restaurants are often demonized as the epitome of unhealthiness. But a study suggests sit-down joints may be no better when it comes to sodium, saturated fat and the risk of overeating.

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Pluto-Bound Spacecraft Nears Its Quarry

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 2:45am

After nearly a decade of traveling through space, NASA's New Horizons probe is about to arrive at Pluto. On Tuesday it will begin an intensive, week-long study of the distant world.

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After Sketchy Science, Shark Week Promises To Turn Over A New Fin

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 2:44am

Shark Week is here, and scientists are afraid. Not of the toothy swimmers — but of inaccuracies, bad science and the demonization of animals that aren't as ferocious as Discovery Channel has made out.

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Russian Supply Capsule Successfully Docks With Space Station

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 8:30am

The Progress M-28M delivered tons of food, water, oxygen, fuel and other supplies after previous attempts ended in failure.

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Sharks Might Not Be To Blame In North Carolina Attacks

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 6:54am

North Carolina beaches usually see one shark attack a summer, if any. This year, they've already seen seven. NPR's Lynn Neary speaks with George Burgess of the International Shark Attack File.

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Don't Blame The Sharks For 'Perfect Storm' Of Attacks In North Carolina

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 6:54am

The state's beaches usually see one shark attack a summer, if any. This year, there have already been seven. But this uptick in attacks is likely not tied to shark populations so much as to our own.

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Millions Of Mummified Dogs Found In Ancient Egyptian Catacombs

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 4:04pm

Researchers have uncovered 8 million mummified animals dating back 2,500 years. Most are dogs. Archaeologist Salima Ikram says the huge number points to the likely existence of ancient puppy mills.

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Aphrodisiacs Can Spark Sexual Imagination, But Probably Not Libido

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 4:04pm

Going on a picnic with someone special? Make sure to pack watermelon, a food that lore says is an aphrodisiac. No food is actually scientifically linked to desire, but here's how some got that rep.

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