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Beekeepers Feel The Sting Of California's Great Hive Heist

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 2:54pm

This year authorities uncovered a "beehive chop shop:" nearly $1 million in stolen hives in a field in Fresno County. There's money to be made by renting out bees to orchards, and thefts are rising.

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Considering Breast-Feeding? This Guide Can Help

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 9:30am

The vast majority of pregnant women in the U.S. say they plan to breast-feed, but aren't told that many new moms worldwide find it tricky. Being mentored the first weeks after birth can help a lot.

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Degrees of Maybe: How We Can All Make Better Predictions

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 8:00pm

Pundits and prognosticators make predictions all the time: about everything from elections, to sports, to global affairs. This week, we explore why they're often wrong, and how we can all do better.

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Routine DNA Sequencing May Be Helpful And Not As Scary As Feared

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 4:01pm

A study of whole genome sequencing found that while many people discovered genetic variations linked to rare diseases, they didn't overreact to the news.

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Secrets Of Breast-Feeding From Global Moms In The Know

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 7:45am

Many American women want to breast-feed. And try to. But only about half keep it up. It's like they've lost the instinct. One researcher thinks she's figured out why. And how to get the instinct back.

Moonwalkers' Apollo 11 Capsule Gets Needed Primping For Its Star Turn On Earth

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 3:58am

In 1969 it was the orbiting home and refuge for the first astronauts who walked on the moon. Today, after decades on display in a Smithsonian museum, the module is being restored for a national tour.

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Congressman Proposes A Military 'Space Corps'

Sun, 06/25/2017 - 7:06am

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with Republican Rep. Mike Rogers of Alabama about a bipartisan bill that would create a new part of the military for space operations, called Space Corps.

'Interlaced Fingers' Traces Roots Of Racial Disparity In Kidney Transplants

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 5:03pm

When Dr. Vanessa Grubbs fell in love with a man whose kidneys were failing, he'd been waiting for a transplant for years. Her book explores the ways racial inequity is embedded in the system.

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Arkansas Tries To Stop An Epidemic Of Herbicide Damage

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 5:09pm

A weedkiller called dicamba, which farmers hoped could banish herbicide-resistant weeds, has become a plague itself in Arkansas. The state's regulators just voted to ban it for 120 days.

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Mountain Lions Terrified By Voices Of Rush Limbaugh, Rachel Maddow

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 3:32pm

Scientists at the University of California, Santa Cruz were trying to understand the nature of fear for mountain lions. By playing a series of audio clips of political talk show hosts, including Rachel Maddow and Rush Limbaugh, researchers discovered that mountain lions fear people.

Invasive Carp Caught 9 Miles From Great Lakes, In 'Cause For Serious Concern'

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 1:13pm

A commercial fisher captured the silver carp beyond the barriers built to keep the invasive species out of the Great Lakes. The incident is raising alarms from local lawmakers.

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Could The Best Memory System Be One That Forgets?

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:46am

Forget thinking about forgetting as failure. Researchers now say that ridding our brains of irrelevant details and outdated information helps us better navigate our ever-changing world.

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Carrie Poppy: Can Science Reveal The Truth Behind Ghost Stories?

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 8:23am

After visiting a bookstore, Carrie Poppy started feeling odd: pressure on her chest and auditory hallucinations. She thought it was a spirit – until she found another explanation for her symptoms.

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When You Talk In Your Sleep, Are You Talking To Your Secret Self?

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 4:27pm

After hearing recordings of herself giggling and cheerfully talking in her sleep, Tanya Marquardt, who always thought of herself as tough and brooding, begins to connect with her other self.

'From The Ashes' Documents Rise And Fall Of Coal In America

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 3:31pm

After President Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged to lead a group of mayors, governors and CEOs in cutting emissions according to the Paris framework. And now Bloomberg also has a film out documenting coal's rise and fall in America, From the Ashes.

Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Removed From Endangered Species List

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 3:31pm

The Interior Department has announced that it will end federal protections for the Yellowstone grizzly bear.

How Do Eggs Get Their Shapes? Scientists Think They've Cracked It

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 1:15pm

Eggs evolved over 300 million years ago and now come in all kinds of shapes, from Tic Tacs to teardrops to pingpong balls. After studying some 50,000 eggs, a team of researchers thinks it knows why.

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Moth Eyes Inspire Glare-Resistant Coating For Cellphone Screens

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 10:11am

The scientists who developed the anti-reflective film were inspired by tiny, light-trapping structures on moth eyes that help the insects avoid predators.

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Forget Freud: Dreams Replay Our Everyday Lives

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 10:05am

Sigmund Freud thought dreams were all about wish fulfillment and repressed desire. But scientists now think they're linked to memory processing and consciousness. And they're often quite mundane.

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Republicans' Proposed Medicaid Cuts Would Hit Rural Patients Hard

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 4:00am

Hundreds of rural hospitals are on the brink of closing. The House Republican health plan drastically reduces one of their key sources of funding and the Senate bill is expected to do the same.

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