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Falling Oil Prices Make Fracking Less Lucrative

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 2:23am

As oil prices dip, controversial and relatively expensive production methods, like oil sands and fracking, have become less profitable. Some drillers are already cutting back on plans for more wells.

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Invasive Bug Prompts Quarantine In Pennsylvania Townships

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 6:37pm

The spotted lanternfly has officially arrived in the U.S., and leaders in Pennsylvania are hoping it won't be staying long.

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Incorrect Command May Have Doomed Virgin Spaceship

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 3:29pm

On Friday, an experimental space plane crashed in the Mojave desert, killing one of its pilots. Now new details have emerged about what went wrong in the moments before the crash.

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On The Trail To Preserve Appalachia's Bounty Of Heirloom Crops

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 12:46pm

With some 1,500 heirloom fruits and vegetables under cultivation, Appalachia is the most diverse foodshed in the U.S., Canada and northern Mexico. Among them is a beloved corn called Bloody Butcher.

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A Non-GMO Way To Get More, Tastier Tomatoes

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 11:32am

Farmers want tomato varieties that yield more fruit. Consumers want tastier ones. How to resolve that tension? A new genetic toolkit could help growers maximize the best of both worlds.

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New Clock May End Time As We Know It

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 4:04am

Scientists working to create the perfect atomic clock have a fundamental problem: Right now, on the ceiling, time is passing just a bit faster than it is on the floor.

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U.N. Report Warns Of 'Irreversible' Damage To Earth's Climate

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 4:04am

In Copenhagen on Sunday, scientists gathered to issue their latest assessment of the world's climate. Their report is considered the most comprehensive overview of the state of climate science.

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What Time Is It? It Depends Where You Are In The Universe

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 4:04am

Scientists who study time face much confusion. Their clocks show different times — and the problem has to do with the nature of time itself.

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U.N.: End Greenhouse Emissions By 2100 Or Risk 'Irreversible' Damage

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 1:39pm

A new report says that if human-produced heat-trapping gases aren't phased out by the end of the century, there will be "severe, pervasive and irreversible" consequences.

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Standard Time Starts, And The Summer-Haters Celebrate

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 9:27am

Some people have SAD — seasonal affective disorder — in reverse. For these people, today is the best day of the year.

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Co-Pilot Killed In SpaceShipTwo Crash Was Experienced And Steady

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 7:42am

Mike Alsbury, 39, died when Virgin Galactic's prototype reusable space plane apparently broke apart in mid-air over the Mojave Desert during a test flight on Friday.

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Nutritious Acorns Don't Have To Just Be Snacks For Squirrels

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 4:20am

Despite acorns' wide geographic range and long culinary history, very few people eat them. But some fans say they're untapped nutritional resource — if you're willing to do the work to process them.

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Nutritious Acorns Don't Have To Just Be Snacks For Squirrels

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 4:20am

Despite acorns' wide geographic range and long culinary history, few people eat them. But some fans say they're an untapped nutritional resource — if you're willing to do the work to process them.

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Investigation Of Deadly Spaceship Crash Begins In Mojave Desert

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 1:03pm

Federal officials are looking into why the Virgin Galactic SpaceshipTwo crashed in California during a test flight that left one pilot dead.

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In Texas, The World's Biggest Bat Cave Is Saved From City Sprawl

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 12:07pm

The city of San Antonio and conservation groups teamed up to buy land threatened with development near the Bracken Bat Cave, summer home to millions of bat mothers and babies.

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Entemologist Gets Slammed For Euthenizing 'PuppySpider'

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 7:04am

Piotr Naskrecki's blog post about finding a "puppy-sized" spider in the wilds of Guyana went viral — then the hate mail and death threats started coming in. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Naskrecki.

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With Style And Silo, 'Modern Farmer' Melds Agrarian With Urban Hip

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 4:21am

Modern Farmer is less than two years old but it's already won a National Magazine Award. "We're making fun of ourselves, in a way, because we don't know anything about farming," says the editor.

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With Style And Silo, 'Modern Farmer' Melds Agrarian With Urban Hip

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 4:21am

Modern Farmer is less than two years old but it's already won a National Magazine Award. "We're making fun of ourselves, in a way, because we don't know anything about farming," says the editor.

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Virgin Galactic 'Spaceship Two' Crashes In Calif.

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 3:38pm

The Virgin Galactic Spaceship Two was undergoing a test flight when it crashed in the California Desert. The spaceship is designed to take tourists to space.

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A Field Of Medicine That Wants To Know Where You Live

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 2:46pm

Where do you live? Health specialists think that simple question could make a difference in how doctors prevent and treat diseases for individuals. That's expanding its storied role in public health.

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