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Bringing A 'Million Orchids' To Florida's Trees

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 3:00pm

The state's once-abundant orchid population has dwindled. Conservationists hope to change that by planting lab-grown flowers in urban areas throughout South Florida.

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You Yawn. She Doesn't Yawn Back. Uh-Oh

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 2:32pm

There you are: face to face, looking into her eyes, a puddle of love, when all of a sudden, you yawn. Usually, she yawns back; but what if she doesn't?

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Food Giants Want 'Sustainable' Beef. But What Does That Mean?

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 11:43am

McDonald's says it will start to buy beef that's "verified sustainable" in 2016. But defining sustainable beef production is tricky because the environmental issues involved are so complex.

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Can You Open A Bottle Of Wine With A Shoe? Yes, But It Ain't Pretty

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 6:30am

A YouTube video makes it look so easy: Nine swift strikes against a wall and voila! Your cabernet is ready for pouring. We weren't as successful. But we did figure out the physics behind the trick.

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Can Mathematics Find Missing Malaysia Jetliner?

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 4:00am

Investigators will be using every tool available to hunt for the missing Malaysian Air flight. Probabilistic analysis played a big hand in finding the missing Air France flight a few years ago.

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A Dubious Birthday For The Exxon Valdez

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 3:00pm

The Exxon Valdez spill prompted lawmakers and regulators to change how they oversee the oil industry. And while experts say the industry's safer now, riskier work continues to test the rules.

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The Hearts Of Fish Still Bear Scars Of Oil Spilled Years Ago

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 3:00pm

The Exxon Valdez spill happened 25 years ago Monday, and only 4 years ago this spring, a British Petroleum well spewed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. New research shows the effects of such disasters on the fish in those regions. The study focuses on commercially valuable fish and finds that concentrations of oil can be toxic to developing fish hearts.

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Oil Spill Disrupts A Waterway Thick With Barges And Birds

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 3:00pm

Thousands of gallons of fuel oil spilled from a barge in Galveston Bay, Texas, over the weekend. The spill disrupted shipping and threatens wildlife in the area, and the containment effort has begun.

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25 Years After Spill, Alaska Town Struggles Back From 'Dead Zone'

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 4:00am

The tiny fishing town of Cordova, Alaska, has weathered disruption in every facet of life since an oil tanker ran aground in 1989, spilling millions of gallons of oil into Prince William Sound.

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New Test Improves Detection Of Performance-Enhancing Drugs

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 7:00am

A group of scientists has developed a doping test 1,000 times more sensitive than those currently used. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with lead researcher Daniel Armstrong about how the test works.

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The Most Powerful Nerd In The Universe Is A Scientific Anomaly

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 6:00am

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is everywhere these days. And his current stature is remarkable, in part because he's a black astrophysicist — seemingly as elusive a phenomenon as the Higgs boson.

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Why The Exxon Valdez Spill Was A Eureka Moment For Science

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 1:03pm

In the aftermath of the 1989 oil spill off the Alaskan coast, scientists expected the worst damage to be short-lived. Instead, the spill shattered conventional wisdom about oil's affect on wildlife.

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I Can't Believe What I'm Seeing: A Springtime (Froggy) Miracle

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 4:03am

A few weeks ago, this little frog was frozen solid, hard like an ashtray, basically dead. And then, we don't know how, this amazing thing happened ...

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I Can't Believe What I'm Seeing: A Springtime (Froggy) Miracle

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 4:03am

A few weeks ago, this little frog was frozen solid, hard like an ashtray, basically dead. And then, we don't know how, this amazing thing happened ...

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How Your Love Of Burgers May Be Helping To Drive Wildlife Extinct

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 12:43pm

Many meat-eating animal lovers may not realize that their hankering for hamburgers hurts wildlife. A conservation group says some species have already been driven extinct by the livestock industry.

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Why 500 Million U.S. Seafood Meals Get Dumped In The Sea

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 9:26am

Nine American fisheries together throw overboard as much as 340 million pounds of fish and other species they were not trying to catch, a report finds. Much of it is perfectly edible fish.

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What's The Biggest Animal Gathering Ever? (Was Rod Stewart There?)

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 6:19am

Count the army ants; count the starlings; count the herring, the pigeons, and the fans at a Rod Stewart concert in Rio and then ask: What's the greatest gathering of animals ever?

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Does Diversity On Research Team Improve Quality Of Science?

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 4:00am

As science becomes more diverse, scientific collaborators are growing more diverse, too. New research exploring the effect of this change suggests the diversity of the teams that produce scientific research play a big role in how successful the science turns out to be.

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Never Mind Eyesight, Your Nose Knows Much More

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 3:18pm

The human nose may be able to distinguish more than a trillion different odors and fragrances, research hints. If true, our noses are much more discerning with smells than our eyes are with color.

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This Freeloading Bird Brings Help — And The Help Smells Gross

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 3:00pm

The great spotted cuckoo is a parasitic bird that plops its eggs in nests of other birds, so others can care for its chicks. Those chicks might aid the caretaker bird by helping to repel predators.

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