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Endangered Species Protections At Center Of Drought Debate

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 4:59pm

Lawmakers in hard-hit Western states are pushing for suspensions to the Endangered Species Act to free up stored water. But an entrenched partisan divide over the law continues to be a hang-up.

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Scientists, Fishing Fleet Team Up To Save Cod — By Listening

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 4:36pm

Atlantic Cod have become scarce along the coast, though catch limits have been reduced by 80 percent. Researchers are now tracking the sound of mating cod, hoping to help fishing boats avoid them.

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Instead Of Replacing Missing Body Parts, Moon Jellies Recycle

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 2:03pm

If a starfish loses a limb, a new arm buds and grows in its place. But young moon jellies have a different strategy for self-repair: Existing limbs rearrange themselves to regain symmetry.

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Having An Older Sister Can Change Siblings' Lives. Study Finds

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 4:00am

According to the research: men who have older sisters, on average, are less competitive than men who don't, and women who have older sisters are more competitive than women who do not.

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Take A Swing At This: Golf Is Exercise, Cart Or No Cart

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 2:48am

Americans play more golf than any other sport. So how much exercise do you get from an afternoon on the links? Players clipped on pedometers and Fitbits to help us find out.

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'Hello Earth! Can You Hear Me?'

Sun, 06/14/2015 - 4:11pm

That was the tweet sent by the European Space Agency's Philae space lander on Sunday morning. Last November, after touching down on Comet 67P, Philae went silent. On Saturday night, it communicated with scientists for the first time since. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Mark McCaughrean of the European Space Agency about Philae's wakeup.

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In Massachusetts Lab, Scientists Grow An Artificial Rat Limb

Sun, 06/14/2015 - 4:11pm

The regenerated forelimb, made from a living rat cells, may be the first step toward creating functional, bioartificial limbs. The scientists were thrilled to see the muscle fibers could even twitch.

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Why MERS Will Likely Crop Up Outside The Middle East Again

Sun, 06/14/2015 - 4:11pm

It's unknown what triggers an outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome. But scientists think the virus comes from camels. So until we stop it in animals, MERS will continue to cause trouble.

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Comet Lander Wakes Up, Calls Home, After Long Sleep

Sun, 06/14/2015 - 10:18am

A little sunlight applied to solar panels proved the cure for what ailed the European Space Agency's Philae lander, which had been dormant from lack of power since November.

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Science Fair Winner Designs Device To Cut Virus Spread On Planes

Sun, 06/14/2015 - 8:03am

When 17-year-old Raymond Wang read about how easily some diseases spread on planes, he thought airlines could do better. So he went to work — and won $75,000 at the international science fair.

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Female Scientists Unleash Comedic Revenge At #Distractinglysexy

Sun, 06/14/2015 - 6:42am

After the sexist comments of Nobel Prize-winning British scientist Tim Hunt went viral, female scientists staged a counterblow on social media.

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Science Of Sadness And Joy: 'Inside Out' Gets Childhood Emotions Right

Sat, 06/13/2015 - 3:51am

Pixar's animated fantasy takes viewers inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl named Riley. Psychologists say the film offers an accurate picture of how emotions and memories help make us who we are.

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What Babies Understand About Adult Sadness

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 4:38pm

Babies may show greater empathy toward adults who overtly show sadness, a study suggests, but the little ones also recognize sadness in people who keep a stiff upper lip.

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Mighty Farming Microbes: Companies Harness Bacteria To Give Crops A Boost

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 3:44pm

Will agricultural chemical dealers start selling microbes? Some big pesticide companies are investing in efforts to turn soil bacteria into tools that farmers can use to grow more food.

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NASCAR Goes Green: Gas-Guzzling Sport Works To Reduce Carbon Footprint

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 3:32pm

NASCAR is probably not what you think of when it comes to being environmentally friendly. But it — and other sports leagues — is working to change that.

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Jack King, NASA's 'Voice Of Apollo,' Dies At 84

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 10:34am

He uttered the countdown heard 'round the world leading up to the launch of the first moon landing mission.

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Scientists Investigate What Makes Us Itch

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 4:03am

Scientists found a molecule crucial to perceiving the sensation of itching. It affects how the brain responds to serotonin, and may explain why anti-depressants that boost serotonin make some itch.

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Organic Farmers Call Foul On Whole Foods' Produce Rating System

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 4:00am

Some organic farmers are protesting a new system Whole Foods is using to rate its suppliers. They say the system devalues the organic label because non-organic producers can earn the highest grades.

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How Little Red Dots Could Help Women And Babies Stay Healthy

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 6:19pm

A nonprofit in India is using bindis to give women an extra boost of iodine — a micronutrient that's especially critical during pregnancy.

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Should Tanning Bed Warnings Take A Cue From Graphic Cigarette Labels?

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 3:12pm

Graphic images showing the effects of melanoma, combined with photos promoting the positives of avoiding indoor tanning, were more persuasive than standard text warnings.

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