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Reptile Breeders Angry More Snakes Added To Banned Species List

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 4:08am

After banning the importation and sale of Burmese pythons and similar species, the federal government is now taking aim at boa constrictors and four species of anacondas. Reptile breeders and retailers are hissing mad.

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How Do You Get People To Work Harder? Keep The Reward A Secret

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 4:08am

When we're asked to do something, we often ask, "What's in it for me?" or "What am I going to get out of it?" Research suggests not knowing what you will get can sometimes be a strong motivator.

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More Snakes Added To U.S. Banned Species List

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 4:08am

After banning the importation and sale of Burmese pythons and similar species, federal officials are taking aim at boa constrictors and 4 species of anacondas. Breeders and retailers are hissing mad.

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Why China's Pollution Could Be Behind Our Cold, Snowy Winters

Sun, 03/08/2015 - 6:03am

A video from NASA shows how air pollution moves around the world. So what happens when emissions from Asia blow across the Pacific Ocean to North America?

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Why China's Pollution Could Be Behind Our Cold, Snowy Winters

Sun, 03/08/2015 - 6:03am

A video from NASA shows how air pollution moves around the world. So what happens when emissions from Asia blow across the Pacific Ocean to North America?

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Supporting A Spouse With Alzheimer's: 'I Don't Get Angry Anymore'

Sat, 03/07/2015 - 4:00pm

Mary Catherine O'Brien says when she married her husband, Greg, in 1977, he was funny and outgoing. Alzheimer's disease has stolen much of that, she says, but the two are closer than ever.

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Supporting A Spouse With Alzheimer's: 'I Don't Get Angry Anymore'

Sat, 03/07/2015 - 4:00pm

Mary Catherine O'Brien says when she first married her husband Greg in 1977, he was funny and outgoing. Alzheimer's disease has stolen much of that, she says, but the two are closer than ever.

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This Just (Flew) In: The Formerly 'Extinct' Jerdon's Babbler

Sat, 03/07/2015 - 11:23am

The sparrow-sized bird, native to Myanmar, hadn't been seen since 1941 when a team of scientists recorded its call and played it back, attracting more of the tan-colored subspecies.

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This Just (Flew) In: The Formerly 'Extinct' Jerdon's Babbler

Sat, 03/07/2015 - 11:23am

The sparrow-sized bird, native to Myanmar, hadn't been seen since 1941. But recently a team of scientists recorded its call and played it back, attracting more of the tan-colored subspecies.

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These Tunes Are Music To Your Cats' Furry Ears

Sat, 03/07/2015 - 7:02am

Composer David Teie's most recent compositions are catered to our feline friends. His music mimics purring, and might be just the thing to perk your cat up.

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FDA Approves First Of New Type Of Generic Drugs

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 11:57am

So-called "biosimilar" drugs closely mimic existing drugs but are made from living cells, blood components and tissue. In some cases, they could substantially reduce the cost of drugs.

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Can Math Help You Fall in Love?

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 8:10am

Mathematician Hannah Fry says math can help you find love. Using mathematical models, she explains how to find an ideal mate and the secret to maintaining a healthy relationship.

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Should We Be Wary of Algorithms?

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 8:10am

Our lives are, in part, governed by algorithms. Professor Kevin Slavin shows how these formulas can reshape finance, culture and physical environments, with potentially harmful consequences.

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Why Do We Solve For 'X'?

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 8:10am

Polymath Terry Moore wondered why "X" is the universal unknown in algebra. He dove into the history of numbers to come up with an unexpected answer.

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Can Math Answer Absurd Questions?

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 8:10am

When Randall Munroe volunteered to teach physics to high schoolers, his textbook approach to teaching the subject fell flat. Then he realized a way to get the kids excited about math -- Star Wars.

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How Can Math Help You Imagine The Impossible?

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 8:10am

Writer Randall Munroe doesn't love math, but has made a career out of solving equations. By answering outlandish hypotheticals, he uses numbers as a playground for the imagination.

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NASA Probe To Arrive At Dwarf Planet

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 2:47am

On Friday morning, NASA's Dawn mission will arrive at the dwarf planet Ceres. NPR's Geoff Brumfiel reports on the end of an odyssey to explore an odd, in-between world.

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Could A Quokka Beat A Numbat? Oddsmakers Say Yes

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 2:36am

In "Mammal March Madness," you win or die. No basketball in this tournament — it's a simulated survival-of-the-fittest game set up by evolutionary biologists. The battle cry? Mammals suck ... milk!

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Arsenic Antidote Hidden In Our Genes

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 3:56pm

Even at low doses, the potent poison damages organs and causes cancers. Now scientists have found a population high in the Andes Mountains that has adapted to the toxic metal over thousands of years.

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Eat Your Veggies! Even The Ones From Fukushima

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 3:55pm

Foods from Fukushima, Japan, are back to pre-accident levels of radiation but people still aren't eating them. One way to ease concerns: a chemical that blocks radioactive cesium from entering plants.

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