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Plastics Don't Disappear, But They Do End Up In Sea Birds' Bellies

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 5:12pm

When bottles and bags are cast out to sea, the debris never truly goes away — it just gets smaller. And these plastic particles, called microplastics, are ready meals for fish and birds.

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Hubble To Search For Last Stop On Pluto Probe's Itinerary

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 3:59pm

Before NASA's New Horizons probe visits Pluto next year, scientists hope they can find another "icy body" at the edge of the solar system for a final flyby.

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Your Brain's Got Rhythm, And Syncs When You Think

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 3:06pm

Scientists have evidence that beats in the brain — in the form of rhythmic electrical pulses — are involved in everything from memory to motion. And music can help when those rhythms go wrong.

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'Pink Slime' Is Making A Comeback. Do You Have A Beef With That?

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 3:06pm

Since beef prices are going up, food processors are once again looking at cheap "lean, finely textured beef." But this time, they're preparing for consumers' concerns.

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Red Fish, Blue Fish: Where The Fish Flesh Rainbow Comes From

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 12:37pm

From ruby red tuna to turquoise lingcod, the fish we eat can span the color spectrum. Flesh color can also tell us something about where a fish came from, its swimming routine and what it ate.

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Finally! A Decent Espresso On The International Space Station

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 3:06pm

An Italian aerospace firm, in conjunction with coffee company Lavazza and the Italian space agency, have jointly developed a system for producing zero-G espresso.

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Microwave Helmet Could Diagnose Strokes As Patients Ride To Hospital

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 12:26pm

Strokes come in two varieties, and drugs that treat one type can be deadly for the other. An experimental device could help get the right treatment to patients while they're still in ambulances.

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Lights, Lights, Lights, Action! A Crazy New Light Projector

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 6:03am

What if you could turn your finger into a paintbrush and, in real time, draw anything on any surface (even in the air), then turn your creation into a moving figure? No, don't imagine. Watch this.

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Lights, Lights, Lights, Action! A Crazy New Light Projector

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 6:03am

What if you could turn your finger into a paintbrush and, in real time, draw anything on any surface (even in the air), then turn your creation into a moving figure? No, don't imagine. Watch this.

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Kerry Gathers World Players To Focus On Protecting Oceans

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 4:10am

About 80 countries will be represented over the next two days at a State Department conference. They will discuss overfishing and pollution with government officials, scientists and business leaders.

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Deep Below, Oceans Of Water May Be Trapped In A Crystal 'Sponge'

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 2:27pm

Scientists have discovered evidence of a vast reservoir of water, maybe three times the volume of all the world's oceans, hiding up to 400 miles beneath the Earth's surface.

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How Trauma Affects The Brain Of A Learner

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 8:03am

Science may be able to help schools combat the adverse effects of poverty.

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Moving Beyond The Turing Test To Judge Artificial Intelligence

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 4:03pm

A computer program known as "Eugene Goostman" passed the Turing Test by convincing a group of people, via chat, that it was actually a 13-year-old boy. Cognitive scientist Gary Marcus argues that the Turing Test needs an update for the 21st Century.

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Unstealing Treasures: A Reverse Burglary

Sat, 06/14/2014 - 4:48am

The American desert was once filled with hidden treasures — Native American baskets, pots — but no longer. They've been looted. Now, a reverse burglary. Time to return the loot.

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Cool Kids Lose, Though It May Take A Few Years

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 1:11pm

Call it revenge of the nerds. Popularity at age 13 fades by age 22, a study finds. And kids who try to act cool in their early teens are more likely to have alcohol and relationship problems later.

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Maybe Dinosaurs Were A Cold-Blooded, Warm-Blooded Mix

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 1:03pm

Evidence from bone growth now suggests that T. rex and its kin had the best of both worlds. Their muscles and nerves fired fast like ours, but they burned energy slowly, more like lizards do.

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Has The FDA Brought On A Cheese Apocalypse? Probably Not

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:10am

An FDA official warned that wooden boards used to age cheese could harbor harmful bacteria. But cheesemakers say they've long had safety measures in place to prevent any contamination from the boards.

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Fight Over Calif. Oyster Company Splits Chefs And Land Defenders

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 2:09am

Drakes Bay Oyster Company is resisting the expiration of its lease in Marin County, Calif. The debate may reach the Supreme Court, and it's dividing residents of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Suicide Rate In U.S. And Europe Climbed During Great Recession

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 7:45pm

Scientists can't prove a causal link, but the disturbing correlation in the data deserves a closer look, researchers say. Some countries seemed more resilient than others.

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Can You Call Yourself An Environmentalist And Still Eat Meat?

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 3:41pm

After a Hollywood environmentalist told us the answer to this question was no, we posed it to the followers of the @NPRFood Twitter account. We got a big — and diverse — response.

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