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Do Fictional Geniuses Hold Back Real Women?

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 4:08pm

A new study finds that the academic disciplines most associated with "geniuses" are also the fields in which women are underrepresented.

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Highflying Geese Save Energy By Swooping Like A Roller Coaster

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 1:51pm

They could shoot up to 24,000 feet and maintain that altitude in a long-distance migration across the Himalayas. But it's more efficient for bar-headed geese to soar and dive, scientists find.

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From The Mouths Of Apes, Babble Hints At Origins of Human Speech

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 3:33pm

You say banana; this orangutan says ... well, it's hard to tell what she's saying. But the rhythmic, speech-like sounds of the zoo-dwelling ape have started scientists talking.

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New EPA Guidelines Limit Methane Release From Drilling

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 3:16pm

The rules are mostly voluntary, which disappoints environmental groups, but they should ratchet down the amount of leaked methane from new or modified oil and gas operations, which contributes to climate change.

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GMO Potatoes Have Arrived. But Will Anyone Buy Them?

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 3:30pm

New GMO potatoes don't bruise as easily, and, when fried, they have less of a potentially harmful chemical. Yet some big chip and french fry makers won't touch them because of the stigma of GMOs.

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Stars Shine Bright In Ireland's Dark Sky Reserve

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 3:16pm

The International Dark-Sky Association has named only three "gold-tier reserves" on Earth where a "full array of visible sky phenomena can be viewed." There's only one in the Northern Hemisphere — at the the Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve in far Southwestern Ireland.

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U.S. Funding of Health Research Stalls As Other Nations Rev Up

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 12:00pm

It's not just government-sponsored medical research that's dwindled in the last few years in the U.S. Drug firms have curbed their investment, too, especially in early-stage hunts for new drugs.

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Good News For Bats! Things Are Looking Up For Stemming Disease Spread

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 2:33am

The disease known as white-nose syndrome has killed millions of bats, but scientists are seeing hopeful signs that some bat colonies are recovering.

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3 Kings Holiday Cake Laced With Synthetic Drugs Makes Dozens Hallucinate

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 7:19pm

What seemed like a case of food poisoning has now turned into a police investigation. Synthetic drugs present an evolving problem for the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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Your Online Avatar May Reveal More About You Than You Think

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 9:46am

Even if your avatar for games and social media doesn't look at all like you, it still says a lot about your personality, a study finds. Want to look friendly? Skip the shades, wear a sweater.

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Iowa's Largest City Sues Over Farm Fertilizer Runoff In Rivers

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 2:26am

Fertilizer runoff has provoked a confrontation between Des Moines, Iowa, and the farms that surround it. The city's water utility wants to sue neighboring counties for nitrate in the Raccoon River.

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The Doctor Who Championed Hand Washing And Briefly Saved Lives

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 2:22am

One of the most important medical advances may also be the simplest — hand washing. It's the best defense against spreading disease. And its power was discovered long before anyone knew about germs.

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Ancient Scottish Sea Reptile Not 'Nessie,' But Just As Cute

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 6:08pm

It was 15 feet long, with a snout shaped like a dolphin's. This newly identified meat-eater swam the seas near the Isle of Skye in the time of dinosaurs.

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'Tasty': How Flavor Helped Makes Us Human

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 5:02am

From an evolutionary standpoint, flavor has long helped define who we are as a species, journalist John McQuaid argues in his new book, an exploration of the art and science of taste.

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'Tasty': How Flavor Helped Make Us Human

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 5:02am

From an evolutionary standpoint, flavor has long helped define who we are as a species, journalist John McQuaid argues in his new book, an exploration of the art and science of taste.

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A Musical Memorial For The Face Of Extinction

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 4:43am

Lonesome George was the last of his subspecies of giant tortoise from the Galapagos. For decades scientists tried to find him a mate, but he died alone. NPR's Adam Cole offers this elegiac tribute.

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A Musical Memorial For The Face Of Extinction

Sun, 01/11/2015 - 4:43am

Lonesome George was the last of his subspecies of giant tortoise from the Galapagos. For decades scientists tried to find him a mate, but he died alone. NPR's Adam Cole offers this elegiac tribute.

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'Blood Of The Tiger': Shedding Light On China's Farmed-Tiger Trade

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 4:26pm

The endangered animals are bred for luxury items, like tiger bone wine and tigerskin rugs. By raising the demand for these goods, the farms pose a threat to wild tigers, says author J.A. Mills.

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DNA, It Turns Out, Is A Lot More Loopy

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 4:07pm

There's another image for DNA that goes beyond the double helix — bundles and bundles of loops. NPR's Arun Rath talks to researcher Suhas Rao about how this discovery could help fight disease.

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Bill Gates Raises A Glass To (And Of) Water Made From Poop

Sat, 01/10/2015 - 12:03pm

And he drinks it. It's all thanks to the Janicki Omniprocessor, a new machine that can turn human waste into clean water.

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