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Sugar Vs. Sugar: Which Crop Is More Environmentally Friendly?

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 3:31pm

Sugar is sugar, but it comes from very different crops. Half of the U.S. supply comes from sugar cane in the tropics and half from sugar beets, which grow where it's cold. NPR explores whether one version is better for the environment than the other.

Risk Of Opioid Overdose Climbs At Middle Age

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 2:51pm

Most of the millions taking prescription painkillers are older than 45, research shows, and there's been a recent increase in drug overdose deaths among people over 55. Drug mixing is partly to blame.

A Long, Complicated Battle Over 9,000-Year-Old Bones Is Finally Over

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 10:48am

The 1996 discovery of Kennewick Man, one of the oldest North American human skeletons ever found, erupted in an unprecedented fight between scientists and Native American beliefs.

After Moore's Law: Predicting The Future Beyond Silicon Chips

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 10:29am

Scientists are preparing for the day when powerful computing can no longer rely on chips getting smaller and faster. One of them offers a sneak peek at some of the new/old ideas that may save the day.

California Raises Age Of Tobacco Purchase To 21 And Tightens Vaping Rules

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 9:58am

A package of tobacco bills signed into state law this week aims to cut the use of tobacco and e-cigarettes by adolescents and young adults, proponents say. Military personnel can still buy at age 18.

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