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Elemental Storytelling

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:44am

Thomas Doyle tells stories with teeny frozen people. They aren't cold. They are frozen in time, but he freezes them with exquisitely suspenseful, Sherlock Holmes-like care.

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Craft Brewers Tweak N.C. Water To Match Western Mountain Flavor

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 4:11am

Several craft beer makers from the western U.S. are setting up operations in the East. But producing there means they must tinker with local water so the beer tastes the same wherever it's brewed.

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To Resolve Feud Over Fracking, Colo. Democrats Turn To Plan C

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 3:14pm

Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper has declared a compromise to avert a fight over oil and gas drilling. It's meant to solve fracking-related disputes, but it also serves Democrats' political interests.

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'Shark Week' Fuels Shark-Meat Feeding Frenzy At Restaurants

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 2:30pm

The craze to embrace all things shark during Discovery's "Shark Week" in August is exploding onto menus. But the hype doesn't hide the fact that many of these creatures are endangered.

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Scientists Investigate Outbreak Of Sea Star Wasting Syndrome

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 4:06am

Sea stars, commonly referred to as starfish, are experiencing a massive die off. Sea star wasting syndrome has wiped out millions of them along the West Coast — from Mexico to Canada.

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A Coping Plan Can Help Fend Off Depression From Vision Loss

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 2:28am

About 25 percent of people with macular degeneration in both eyes develop clinical depression. But developing strategies for staying engaged in passions and people may cut that risk by more than half.

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Tonight Look For The Super-Est Moon Of The Summer

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 1:34pm

The second of three so-called "supermoons" this year can be seen under clear skies tonight, but some argue the term is a bit of a stretch.

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In Just 6 Generations, Butterflies Brighten Their Colors

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 6:39am

It's a mystery how butterflies manage to make their brilliant wing colors, but Yale physicists got a glimpse when they took the question to the lab, breeding dull brown butterflies into purple ones.

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A Night Sky Matchup: Supermoon Vs. Meteors

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 6:39am

This year's Perseid meteor shower may be hard to see because it coincides with a so-called supermoon. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Caltech professor Mike Brown about the dueling celestial events.

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These Waves Keep Sharks Away From Swimmers

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 4:14am

Sharks are sensitive to electromagnetic fields, thanks to certain receptors in their snouts. Surfers, divers and others nervous about attacks can strap on field-generating devices for peace of mind.

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Glass-Free Menagerie: New Zoo Concept Gets Rid Of Enclosures

Sat, 08/09/2014 - 4:12pm

An architectural firm is designing a zoo that will forgo cages, working barriers into a natural landscape. "You won't have a lonely tiger walking around inside a cage," says architect Bjarke Ingels.

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Pump Up The Bass, Feel Like A Boss

Sat, 08/09/2014 - 4:12pm

A new study found that listening to music with heavy bass lines — think "We Will Rock You" and "In Da Club" — makes people feel more powerful.

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WATCH: NASA Tests New Mars Braking System

Sat, 08/09/2014 - 8:21am

The saucer-like Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator went up 190,000 feet to simulate the conditions of an orbital entry at the Red Planet.

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New Mexico's Northern Landscape Gets A New Burst Of Color

Sat, 08/09/2014 - 3:53am

An unusually wet monsoon season has painted the desert, normally dusty brown, a lush green. It has been a welcome respite from the years of devastating drought that have plagued the state.

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Lake Erie's Toxic Bloom Has Ohio Farmers On The Defensive

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 4:36pm

Ohio farmers say they are not the only ones to blame for Toledo's polluted drinking water. They say they are using only as much fertilizer as they need to grow their crops.

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Lake Erie's Toxin-Fueled Bloom Has Ohio Famers On The Defensive

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 3:05pm

A recent water crisis cast a light on fertilizers used by farmers in the region of Toledo, Ohio.

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Transformer Paper Turns Itself Into A Robot. Cool!

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 1:03pm

Start with paper; add Shrinky Dinks, a microprocessor, heat, and voila! It's not quite that easy. But this engineering project might one day lead to a printable, flat spacecraft that folds itself.

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Butterfly Shifts From Shabby To Chic With A Tweak Of The Scales

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:58am

By playing with the physics of wing color, scientists get a glimpse into how butterflies get their colors, and how quickly they can evolve from brown to brilliant.

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House Calls Keep People Out Of Nursing Homes And Save Money

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:08am

In the case of an elderly patient with multiple medical problems, having a team of health workers deliver care to the home can be cheaper than expensive stays in nursing homes and emergency rooms.

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What A Balloon Shouldn't Do, But For Some Reason Does

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 6:03am

Tether a balloon to the floor of a car, step on the gas, and watch the balloon do something it shouldn't. Ask why. Then discover the answer. Then feel smart.

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