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Are The Vaccine Court's Requirements Too Strict?

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 2:45am

Before awarding compensation, the court wants a "preponderance of evidence" that a vaccine caused the injury. Some years the nearly $4 billion fund earns more interest than it pays out in claims.

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Grass Gourmands: A Herbivore Food Mystery On The African Savanna

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 4:20pm

A new study sheds light on a longstanding ecological question: How do so many species like impalas and elephants co-exist when they're all feeding on the same limited foods?

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Report Challenges Environmental Friendliness Of U.S. Pellet Industry

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 3:43pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Washington Post reporter Joby Warrick about how the burning of wood pellets instead of coal has led to increased deforestation in the U.S.

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Report Challenges Environmental Friendliness Of Europe's Pellet Industry

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 3:43pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Washington Post reporter Joby Warrick about how the burning of wood pellets instead of coal in the Europe has led to increased deforestation in the U.S.

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Vaccine Court Aims To Protect Patients And Vaccines

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 2:21pm

It's been nearly 30 years since Congress established a special court to help keep good vaccines on the market and fairly compensate the rare person who has a severe reaction. Who wins these cases?

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The White House Has A New Visitor, And It's Got Feathers

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 1:15pm

Politicians in Washington currently have an actual hawk in their neighborhood.

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Texas Put Brakes On Telemedicine — And Teladoc Cries Foul

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 2:38am

As consulting a doctor exclusively by phone, text or video becomes more popular, the Texas Medical Board moves to restrict these e-visits. Is the real battle over patient safety, money or turf?

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It's Raining Nitrogen In A Colorado Park. Farmers Can Make It Stop

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 4:26pm

Scientists say too much airborne nitrogen from farms is throwing off the ecological balance of Rocky Mountain National Park. So the federal government is hoping weather alerts for farmers will help.

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As Caviar Prices Skyrocket, Sturgeon Poachers Invade Pacific Northwest

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 1:31pm

Global sturgeon populations are collapsing — most notably in Russia, where caviar is known as black gold. That's fueling a market for illegal caviar and driving poachers to the Columbia River.

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Researchers Link Feelings Of Disgust And Ethical Behavior

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 4:08am

Research finds that people respond to feelings of disgust by trying to protect themselves from it — and this can quickly translate into self-interested behavior and cheating.

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Editing The Climate Talkers: Punctuation's Effect On Earth's Fate

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 2:34am

The littlest things — punctuation, precise word choice and grammar — can hold tremendous power in worldwide climate negotiations. This year in Europe, editors get a chance to help make history.

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Planetary Society Regains Communication With LightSail Spacecraft

Sun, 05/31/2015 - 7:14am

The organization launched the tiny satellite earlier this month, but then lost contact last week due to a software glitch.

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At World's Fair In Italy, The Future Of Food Is On The Table

Sun, 05/31/2015 - 6:34am

Vertical farms, food trucks, tropical forests and the supermarket of the future are on display at Expo 2015 in Milan. Exhibits from 145 countries focus on how to feed the planet sustainably.

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Fact-Checking 'San Andreas': Are Earthquake Swarms For Real?

Sat, 05/30/2015 - 4:05pm

Seismologist Lucile Jones discusses how accurate — or not — the plot of this new California earthquake thriller really is. Bonus: Her advice on what to include in an earthquake kit.

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Seeing What Isn't There: Inside Alzheimer's Hallucinations

Sat, 05/30/2015 - 4:05pm

Sometimes Greg O'Brien gets a tingling in the back of his brain that tells him a hallucination is coming. Lions. Spiders. Birds. Sometimes the creatures are friendly. Too often, they're not.

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Manhattanhenge Set To Wow New Yorkers Tonight

Sat, 05/30/2015 - 1:00pm

The semi-annual phenomenon in late May and mid-July each year occurs when the Sun aligns with the street grid in Manhattan, casting a shaft of light between the skyscrapers.

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Trickster Journalist Explains Why He Duped The Media On Chocolate Study

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 5:08pm

John Bohannon, the man behind a stunt that bamboozled many news organizations into publishing junk science on dieting, talks to NPR's Robert Siegel about why he carried out the scheme.

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When Are Employee Wellness Incentives No Longer Voluntary?

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 4:18pm

Many workers like the programs, and employers say they help hold down health insurance costs. But there are legal questions about how far companies can go to encourage participation.

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America's Elite Cows Don't Give Birth — Their Surrogates Do

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 1:56pm

Implanting cows with the embryos of genetically superior heifers is big business these days. It's helping elite cattle breeders and beef and dairy producers spread U.S. cow genetics around the globe.

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CDC Investigates Live Anthrax Shipments

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 4:32pm

The chief disease agency in the U.S. is looking into why the spores shipped to laboratories in nine states and a military base in South Korea hadn't been properly neutralized. So far no one is sick.

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