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'TED Radio Hour': What We Fear And How To Fight It

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 6:47am

TED Radio Hour host Guy Raz examines what makes us afraid. He spoke to retired astronaut Chris Hadfield about the scariest day of his life: being shot into space.

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If Local Farms Aren't Local Enough, Buy From The Rooftop

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 5:38am

Urban farmers are experimenting with growing food right near or even inside the grocery store. But it's not yet clear whether customers will value that degree of freshness over other options.

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Organic Kitty Litter Chief Suspect In Nuclear Waste Accident

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 3:24pm

The release of plutonium at a New Mexico nuclear dump may have been caused by a bad purchase at the pet shop.

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Uncertainty Swirls Saturday's Predicted Meteor Shower

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 3:16pm

Alan MacRobert of Sky and Telescope magazine says that Earth on Saturday may pass through relatively dense streams of debris, resulting in a vivid display of shooting stars — or it won't.

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California's Drought Isn't Making Food Cost More. Here's Why

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 3:01pm

California produces most of America's vegetables and nuts. Yet there's little sign the drought there is creating food shortages in the U.S. because farmers are rationing water and draining aquifers.

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Sushi's Secret: Why We Get Hooked On Raw Fish

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 11:42am

We love raw seafood but can't stand uncooked fowl or pork. Why? A big part of it is the effective lack of gravity in water, a scientist says. Weightlessness gives fish muscles a smooth, soft texture.

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Tonight's New 'Giraffes' Meteor Shower Could Be A Great One

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 11:28am

Astronomers say an all-new meteor shower could put on a show for much of the U.S., starting as early as 10:30 p.m. ET Friday. The Camelopardalids shower is named after the giraffe constellation.

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How Do You Deal With Fear Versus Danger?

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 8:10am

Astronaut and retired colonel Chris Hadfield discusses how to prepare your mind for the unexpected, and the worst.

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Overexposed? Camera Phones Could Be Washing Out Our Memories

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 4:07pm

When you snap lots of photos, psychologists say you're subconsciously relying on the camera to remember the experience for you. And your memory, they say, may suffer because of it.

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Mars Weathercam Spots Big New Crater

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 4:02pm

A scientist monitoring Martian weather for the Opportunity rover team noticed an inconspicuous dark patch that turned out to be a new impact crater half the size of a football field.

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NOAA Predicts Relatively Quiet Atlantic Hurricane Season

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 3:21pm

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expects a relatively quiet Atlantic hurricane season, with three to six hurricanes developing between June 1 and the end of November. Forecasters say they expect El Nino conditions to develop in the coming months, which should produce winds in the Atlantic that discourage hurricane formation.

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Big Flightless Birds Come From High-Flying Ancestors

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 2:59pm

We're sure glad ostriches and emus don't fly. But DNA evidence now suggests their small ancestors flew to each continent, where they evolved independently into giants with stubby wings.

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Jupiter's Dot And Mine. Why Life Is Unfair

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 1:26pm

Jupiter has a large red dot on its surface. I, too, have a dot on my surface. It's on my cheek. Jupiter just got lucky with its dot. Me? Not.

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Experimental Malaria Vaccine Blocks The Bad Guy's Exit

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 1:01pm

Most attempts at a malaria vaccine have unsuccessfully tried to keep the parasite from breaking into red blood cells. But a new twist that keeps the parasite from escaping the cells may work better.

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Scientists Discover Carbon Cycle Is Out Of Whack

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 4:05am

Scientists who track carbon say the way it cycles from the atmosphere back to earth and into plants and animals has apparently changed. It could be the whole planetary carbon treadmill is speeding up.

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Snake Species That Went Missing For 78 Years Is Found

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 6:04pm

A secretive, nocturnal species that lives on a remote island off the coast of Mexico had not been spotted since 1936. Scientists have concluded it is genetically distinct from mainland neighbors.

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The Universe Cares About How Fast You — Yes, You — Travel

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 3:10pm

NPR's resident physicist and commentator, Adam Frank, reflects on how your velocity — how quickly you move — affects how you experience life.

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So What If It's Ugly? It Just Keeps On Going ...

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 6:03am

Thank heavens it's not pretty, not thirsty, not useful, not a bother, not nearby. It looks like a mess of rope. But, oh my, is this plant old. Really, really old.

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Mating Rituals: Why Certain Risky Behaviors Can Make You Look Hot

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 4:18am

Social science research suggests risky behavior such as braving heights or swimming in deep waters increases your sex appeal. Driving without a seat belt? Not so much.

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Should HPV Testing Replace The Pap Smear?

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 2:24am

The recent FDA approval of an HPV test to screen for cervical cancer has ignited debate among doctors. Some say the viral test will catch cancers earlier. Others warn it increases needless biopsies.

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