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At 13 Billion Light-Years Away, Galaxy Is Farthest To Be Measured From Earth

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 4:23pm

A new glimpse of what the universe looked like in its youth has been captured. Researchers say light from galaxy EGS-zs8-1 has spent the past 13 billion years traveling to Earth.

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At 13 Billion Light Years Away, Galaxy Is Farthest To Be Measured From Earth

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 4:23pm

A new glimpse of what the universe looked like in its youth has been captured. Researchers say light from galaxy EGS-zs8-1 has spent the past 13 billion years traveling to Earth.

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Global Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach Milestone

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 3:30pm

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with Pieter Tans of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Earth System Research Laboratory about greenhouse gas emissions surpassing 400 parts per million.

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Scientists Crack A 50-Year-Old Mystery About The Measles Vaccine

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 7:58pm

When the U.S. introduced the measles vaccine, childhood deaths from all infections plummeted. Scientists think they might know why: Benefits of the measles vaccine go way beyond the measles.

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A Fish With Cancer Raises Questions About Health Of Susquehanna River

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 4:53pm

The smallmouth bass with a malignant tumor was caught late last year near Duncannon, Pa. Officials say it's the first time such a tumor has been found in the state on that type of fish.

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DNA 'Printing' A Big Boon To Research, But Some Raise Concerns

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 3:56pm

Companies are assembling and churning out tailored stretches of DNA faster and more cheaply than ever before. The tool speeds research into diseases of plants and people. But what about eugenics?

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California Prepares For Difficult Fire Season Amid Drought

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 3:30pm

Firefighters in California depend on water from lakes and reservoirs to help fight wildfires. But water levels have fallen because of the ongoing drought, and some water sources may be too low to use.

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At Long Last, Taxidermied Hyenas In Chicago Get Their Own Diorama

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 3:30pm

After years tucked away in the Reptile Hall at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, four striped taxidermied hyenas are finally getting their own diorama.

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Florida Governor Leaves D.C. Meeting Empty-Handed

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 7:17pm

Despite a "good conversation" with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, Gov. Rick Scott gets no sign that Florida will receive the more than $1 billion he wants for health care.

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Missing Link Microbes May Help Explain How Single Cells Became Us

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 3:47pm

Near a field of deep sea vents between Norway and Greenland, scientists discovered the DNA of microbes that seem to be primitive archaea, but with a lot more genes — typical of complicated creatures.

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Edison's Talking Dolls Can Now Provide The Soundtrack To Your Nightmares

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 4:02pm

Thomas Edison built and sold about 500 dolls back in 1890. Now, new technology has made hearing their supercreepy voices possible for the first time in decades. (Thanks, technology.)

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Baltimore Police Shooting That Wasn't 'Illustrates Malleable Nature Of Memories'

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 3:58pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks to Elizabeth Loftus, professor of psychology at the University of California, Irvine, about inventing memories. False reports Monday said a man was shot by Baltimore police.

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Natural GMO? Sweet Potato Genetically Modified 8,000 Years Ago

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 12:19pm

People have been farming — and eating — a GMO for thousands of years without knowing it. Scientists have found genes from bacteria in sweet potatoes around the world. So who made the GMO?

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Blame Cognitive Biases When Efforts To Conserve Water Aren't Effective

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 4:02am

As California's drought draws national headlines, we look at what a psychology-minded engineer has discovered when it comes to conserving water at home.

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Georgia Tech Studies Chickens' Emotions Based On Their Clucks

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 2:52pm

When a chicken speaks, it's hard to tell whether it's a happy or sad cluck. That's what a research team at Georgia Tech is trying to decipher by recording more than 1,000 hours of chickens clucking.

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Why Your Future Vaccination Might Not Be A Shot

Sun, 05/03/2015 - 6:03am

Step aside, injections! The next flu vaccine you see might look more like a bandage — a patch covered in 100 microscopic needles that dissolve in the skin in just a few minutes.

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Who Keeps Track If Your Surgery Goes Well Or Fails?

Sun, 05/03/2015 - 4:20am

The outcomes of many medical procedures and treatments done in hospitals nationwide aren't tracked or even measured, says a surgeon who thinks that's bad. Understanding outcomes, he says, saves lives.

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Who Keeps Track If Your Surgery Goes Well Or Fails?

Sun, 05/03/2015 - 4:20am

The outcomes of many medical procedures and treatments done in hospitals nationwide aren't tracked or even measured, says a surgeon who thinks that's bad. Understanding outcomes, he says, saves lives.

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A Veteran Scientist Dreams Boldly Of 'Earth And Sky'

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 6:57am

Famous — and occasionally controversial — physicist Freeman Dyson's new essay collection ranges from scientific history to today's hot-button issues like climate change and genetic engineering.

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3-D Printers Bring Historic Instruments Back To The Future

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 1:03am

You just can't stick a modern mouthpiece on an antique saxophone and get the right sound. The answer could be in the lab.

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