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WATCH: Magnus Effect Whisks Basketball Into The Spin Zone

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 3:20pm

A viral video by the Australian trick basketball team How Ridiculous demonstrates a property of physics can make the ball appear to momentarily defy gravity.

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NASA's New Pluto Images Point To Geologically Active World

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 1:46pm

The latest photos show ice plains that appear to be only 100 million years old and a hilly region that could be what is left when surrounding material is eroded away.

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Can Limited Resources Lead To Better Innovation?

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 8:30am

Navi Radjou has spent years studying "jugaad," also known as frugal innovation. While researching emerging markets, he realized that creativity might be the most precious renewable resource.

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Will Our Demand For Food Threaten Our Supply of Water?

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 8:30am

Ecologist Jon Foley says agriculture is the "most powerful force unleashed on this planet since the end of the ice age." He says we're using too much to irrigate and we have to rethink how we farm.

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How Did A Medical Miracle Turn Into A Global Threat?

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 8:30am

Antibiotics save lives, but we rely on them too much. Eventually, the drugs may stop working. Economist Ramanan Laxminarayan asks us to think twice before reaching for this double-edged resource.

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What's Disappearing From the Amazon — Even Faster Than Wildlife?

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 8:30am

The isolated tribes of the Amazon are getting dispersed or dying out. Ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin describes what we'll lose if their culture and collective wisdom vanish with them.

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'When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors' To Best Avoid Lightning's Pain

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 4:35am

Deaths in the U.S. from lightning strikes are up in 2015, compared to recent years. A convertible won't save you. Get inside at the first rumble of thunder, and stay away from plugged-in appliances.

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On The Cold, Dead Fringes Of The Galaxy, Pluto Looks Shockingly Lively

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 4:09am

NASA scientist Carly Howett says no one expected the kind of geologic activity that the New Horizons spacecraft appears to have found on the dwarf planet and its moon.

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Seven Decades Ago, A New, Enormous Kind Of Explosion

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 4:09am

Seventy years ago this week, in the New Mexico desert, U.S. Army scientists detonated the first atom bomb. NYU physics professor Benjamin Bederson was among those who worked on the Manhattan Project.

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Science Confirms 2014 Was Hottest Yet Recorded, On Land And Sea

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 4:09am

The international report card's out and confirms the hottest average on record — for a third time in 15 years. More than 400 scientists contributed data, finding a spike in sea and air temperatures.

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Little Hero, Big Screen: The Entomology Of 'Ant-Man'

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 4:09am

In Ant-Man, the latest Avengers superhero movie, Marvel Studios had to portray the tiny insects as realistic, yet relatable. Two ant scientists weigh in on whether the attempt was successful.

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How Air Pollution May Have Caused Catastrophic Flooding in China

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 4:26pm

Scientists believe soot that hangs over the mountains of Sichuan Basin — a byproduct of factories and cars — brought about the 2013 floods that devastated the region.

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Nice Kids Finish First: Study Finds Social Skills Can Predict Future Success

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 3:59pm

A study finds that children who demonstrate more "pro-social" skills — those who share more and who are better listeners — are more likely to have jobs and stay out of trouble as young adults.

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Screaming For Science: The Secrets Of Crying Babies And Car Alarms

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 11:04am

Why do screams demand our attention like no other sound? The answer seems to involve an acoustic quality called roughness that triggers fear circuits in the brain.

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Webcast: Sports And Health In America

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 10:45am

What are the obstacles that keep adults off the field? How can sports help keep kids and adults in good health? What are the best ways to encourage more widespread and enduring participation?

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'Buckyballs' Solve Century-Old Mystery About Interstellar Space

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 4:02am

Scientists have long wondered what's in the wispy cloud of gas floating in the space between the stars, absorbing starlight. Turns out it's a form of carbon named after architect Buckminster Fuller.

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Why We Play Sports: Winning Motivates, But Can Backfire, Too

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 4:02am

How we view winning and losing may help shape whether we play sports as adults, some psychologists say. In NPR's recent poll, 56 percent of adults who play sports say winning is important to them.

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Strange Worlds At The Edge Of Our Solar System Finally Come Into Focus

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 2:36pm

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has beamed back its best photos of Pluto and its moons. Scientists will puzzle over them for years to come.

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Even Mild Mental Health Problems In Children Can Cause Trouble Later

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 12:24pm

Children with mental health issues are more likely to struggle with jobs, family and social life as adults. And that's true even for children whose problems aren't severe enough to be diagnosed.

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3 Emerging Themes From #RaceOnTech

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 9:46am

This week, our #RaceOnTech discussion has turned up some common themes regarding diversity in the science and technology fields: the role of identity, the the wealth gap and the importance of mentors.

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