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Astronauts To Enjoy First Space-Grown Lettuce Aboard International Space Station

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 3:33pm

On Monday, astronauts aboard the International Space Station will harvest lettuce that has been growing aboard since early July. NASA claims it's an important step towards future exploration of distant worlds.

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EPA Evaluates Impact Of Wastewater Spill In Colorado

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 3:33pm

The Environmental Protection Agency is evaluating the impact of wastewater that spilled from the Gold King Mine in Colorado. An estimated 3 million gallons of orange fluid has traveled from the Animas River in Colorado to the San Juan River in New Mexico.

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Astronomers Present New Research On The Aging Universe

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 3:33pm

An international team of astronomers has measured the energy produced within a large portion of space more precisely than ever before, and their work shows how the universe is slowly dying.

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One Small Bite For Man: NASA Astronauts To Eat Space-Grown Food

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 10:37am

Crew members on the International Space Station sampled red romaine lettuce Monday, the first food to be grown and eaten in space.

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EPA Says It Released 3 Million Gallons Of Contaminated Water Into River

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 7:42am

The spill on Wednesday sent heavy metals, arsenic, and other contaminants into a waterway that flows into the San Juan National Forest. Estimates of its size have risen sharply since then.

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Frances Kelsey, FDA Officer Who Blocked Thalidomide, Dies At 101

Sat, 08/08/2015 - 12:20pm

The physician and pharmacologist worked at the government agency in the early 1960s, when she uncovered a link between the drug and severe birth defects.

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Could Sexting Help Your Relationship?

Sat, 08/08/2015 - 7:03am

Sexting can be risky for teens, research suggests, but is it bad for consenting adults? Researchers are starting to think the behavior may have its perks — both in and out of bed.

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Shall I Compare Thee To An Algorithm? Turing Test Gets A Creative Twist

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 3:04pm

Can a computer program craft passable prose — something readers can't distinguish from human-authored stuff? How about poetry, or dance mixes? New contests pose those challenges.

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Eye Shapes Of The Animal World Hint At Differences In Our Lifestyles

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 1:11pm

Tigers have round pupils, but domestic cats have vertical slits in the center of their eyes. What gives? A census of the shapes of animals' pupils suggests size and way of life each play a big role.

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Men Looking To Get Ripped Are At Risk Of Abusing Legal Supplements

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 12:37pm

We're not talking steroids here, we're talking about the stuff you can buy at the supermarket. They're not dangerous in themselves. But overuse can signal emotional or physical problems.

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#NPRreads: Cecil's Zimbabwe And UCLA Tracks A Superbug

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 12:00pm

Also this week, an in-depth look at Darren Wilson — the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown.

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Disgust Diet: Can You Train Your Brain To Recoil At High-Calorie Foods?

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 9:47am

A psychologist says there could be a simple way to make calorie-packed foods like French fries or ice cream seem unappealing, even a bit disgusting. Others are less sure.

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Can You Protect Your Tummy From Traveler's Diarrhea?

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 9:03pm

It has many names: Montezuma's Revenge. Delhi Belly. And there are about as many misconceptions about traveler's diarrhea as there are names for it. We're here to explain what actually will help.

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Cut Your Bagel The Mathematically Correct Way

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 12:45pm

Bagels are getting too big and puffy, throwing off proper ratios to cream cheese and lox. Something must be done.

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It Took A Musician's Ear To Decode The Complex Song In Whale Calls

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 4:00am

Male humpback whales create 'songs' together, scientists say. Katy Payne was the first to hear the shifts in pitch and pattern in the collective calls as complex music — haunting, evolving tunes.

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Why Did The U.S. Choose Hiroshima?

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 3:22am

Seventy years ago today, an atomic bomb wiped a city off the map. The men who picked the target knew the destruction would be awful, but hoped it could end the war and stop future use of such bombs.

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Green Pie In The Sky? Vertical Farming Is On The Rise In Newark

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 4:06pm

A former steel mill in New Jersey is getting a new lease on life as an indoor farm. AeroFarms is betting it can turn a profit growing greens with lights, using far less water than a traditional farm.

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Sharing Art Helps Medical Students Connect With Dementia Patients

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 3:11pm

It's easy to spot what Alzheimer's patients have lost — memory, communication skills and more. But a study that sent medical students and dementia patients to art classes opened new vistas for all.

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Why You Shouldn't Take Your Milk's Three-Week Shelf Life For Granted

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 12:28pm

What the secret to long-lasting milk? A complex system of refrigeration called the cold chain. But in some parts of developing countries, the chain doesn't exist, leaving a lot of milk to spoil.

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Judge Strikes Down Idaho 'Ag-Gag' Law, Raising Questions For Other States

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 4:26pm

A judge ruled Monday that an Idaho law criminalizing undercover investigations of farms is unconstitutional. Seven states have similar laws, but legal experts say they may not stand much longer.

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