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At The Nano Level, Wrinkles Aren't Always A No-No

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 3:16pm

What happens when you add folds to materials that are only a few atoms thick? Several scientists set out to find the answer — and discovered that these nano-wrinkles can be quite useful.

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Seeking 'Proof' For Why We Feel Terrible After Too Many Drinks

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 2:35pm

Author Adam Rogers says there are lots of myths about what causes hangovers. His new book Proof: The Science of Booze explores these and other scientific mysteries about alcohol's effect on the body.

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Elephant Slaughter, African Slavery And America's Pianos

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 12:11pm

Two New England towns dominated the world's ivory market from 1840 to 1940 — transforming imported tusks from African elephants into piano keys and combs. Today's residents grapple with a dark past.

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Broken Teeth And Fake-umentaries: Another Shark Week Gone By

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:31am

Alastair Bland looks at the dangers to real sharks and the hazards of pseudo-documentaries as another Shark Week draws to a close.

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How Does Winning Math's Fields Medal Effect Productivity?

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 4:25am

An analysis by two economists finds that winners of the medal, the most significant prize in mathematics, become significantly less productive in their chosen field of study after they win the prize.

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New Cameras Will Map Florida's Reefs

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 6:58am

A scientific survey of coral reefs off the Florida keys is being done using the same fish-eye camera lenses that Google uses to capture street views. Scientists will use the images for research.

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Cold Winter Depleted Some Coastal Fish Populations

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 6:58am

The extreme cold weather on the East Coast last winter has meant that some fishermen have smaller catches this summer. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to fishing forecaster Mitchell Roffer in Florida.

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Fighting (Tasty) Invasive Fish With Forks And Knives

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 4:25am

Invasive fish like snakeheads and Asian carp are threatening to wipe out aquatic ecosystems across the U.S. So chefs and environmental agencies are encouraging their communities to eat them up.

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Fighting (Tasty) Invasive Fish With Forks And Knives

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 4:25am

Invasive fish like snakeheads and Asian carp are threatening to wipe out aquatic ecosystems across the U.S. So chefs and environmental agencies are encouraging their communities to eat them up.

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The Machine That Tried To Scan The Brain — In 1882

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 4:24am

The inspiration for modern MRI brain scanners was built before the first World War, the Titanic sank, and humans took flight. Now neuroscientists are trying to give its inventor his due credit.

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For City Dwellers, Stargazing Can Make For A Stellar Vacation

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 4:49pm

For those willing to travel a bit, venture out and allow your eyes to adjust to the darkness, many places still offer the chance to enjoy the soul-lifting sight of a starry night sky.

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Making Scripts And Science Match

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 6:53am

How can screenwriters make sure the science and medical details of their shows are true to life? NPR's Scott Simon talks with Kate Langrall Folb of Hollywood, Health & Society, who helps them out.

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Scientists Test The World's Seas On Ocean Sampling Day

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 6:53am

For one day this summer, scientists from around the globe decided to find out what's in our oceans' water. We go to the coast of Savannah, Ga., to find out what exactly they were looking for.

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Startups Pitch Cricket Flour As The Best Protein You Could Eat

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 2:26pm

Could crickets compete with soy or even meat as a main source of protein in our diet? A few companies are testing the water with cricket flour for baking and bars fortified with powdered crickets.

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Has Health Law Helped Young People Get Mental Health Treatment? Maybe

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 12:55pm

The Affordable Care Act has allowed many young adults to stay on their parents' insurance. A study suggest the coverage may be helping more of them get treatment for mental health issues.

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When Snails Lose Their Way

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 6:03am

There are happy snails. There are lonely snails. And there are lost snails. This one is lost. Totally. But it sings.

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A Virtual Outbreak Offers Hints Of Ebola's Future

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 4:56pm

As the Ebola outbreak rages in West Africa, it is also unfolding — in a virtual sense — inside the computers of scientists trying to predict how far the outbreak will spread and when it will end.

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How A Dissolvable 'Tampon' Could One Day Help Women Stop HIV

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 4:41pm

Engineers have come up with an experimental technology that could make HIV prevention as easy as using a tampon. It's based on an ultrafine fabric that's thinner than a human hair.

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A Scientist's Mission To Break The Itch-Scratch Cycle

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 1:49pm

Dr. Gil Yosipovitch is a leading scientist in the field of itch. He says he hopes to gain more respect for the debilitating power of chronic itch — and to get more doctors on the search for a cure.

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Do Not Fear This Giant Robot Swarm

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 1:14pm

Researchers created a swarm of 1,024 tiny robots to do their bidding. So far, the only job they're given is to arrange themselves into a shape. But future versions could perform all sorts of tasks.

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