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How A Co-Worker's Breast Cancer Diagnosis Affects Colleagues

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 3:57am

When a woman at work experiences breast cancer, does that make her colleagues more likely to get mammograms and be proactive about their own health?

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Biologists Choose Sides In Safety Debate Over Lab-Made Pathogens

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 2:25am

The debate about whether it's OK to engineer and study microbes that could prompt a human pandemic has reignited. Each side now has a website and its own list of Nobelists and superstar supporters.

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The Perseid Meteor Shower Due To Shine Tonight

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 6:22pm

The best time to see the shower, which comes every August, is between 3 and 4 a.m. in your local time zone.

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In 'Um' Or 'Uh,' A Few Clues To What We're Saying — And Who's Saying It

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 4:13pm

Linguist Mark Liberman, who works at the University of Pennsylvania, says the use of "um" or "uh" can provide signs about the speaker's gender, language skills and life experience.

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Unlocking France's Secrets To Safer Raw Milk Cheese

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 3:58pm

A British cheesemonger wants to translate a French guide to raw milk microbiology into English. She says it has the potential to revolutionize our approach to cheese flavor and safety.

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Colorado Case Puts Workplace Drug Policies To The Test

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 3:32pm

The urine test employers typically use to detect marijuana picks up cannabis smoked or swallowed days or weeks earlier. Should firms be allowed to fire workers who legally use marijuana at home?

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A Life Of Anxiety Documented

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 2:33pm

John Keedy used to be uncomfortable talking about his problems with anxiety, but not anymore. He hopes his series of photos will help others with mental illness see that they're not alone.

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Many Women Leave Engineering, Blame The Work Culture

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 1:32pm

From the aerospace sector to Silicon Valley, engineering has a retention problem: Close to 40 percent of women with engineering degrees either leave the profession or never enter the field.

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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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