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Buried in Trump's Nuclear Report: A Russian Doomsday Weapon

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 1:33pm

The administration's Nuclear Posture Review mentions a massive, nuclear-armed torpedo capable of incinerating cities. But is it real?

(Image credit: USAF Lookout Moutain Laboratory)

'Leaky Pipelines': Plug The Holes Or Change The System?

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 8:52am

There are many reasons women leave careers: It's not fair to assume they have not met the mark; some are making positive choices for more impactful, and varied, lives, says 13.7 guest Patricia Fara.

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From Scraps To Snacks: Pulp Left Over From Juice Bars Is Reborn In New Foods

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 7:00am

Juicing is all the rage – and produces lots of leftover fruit and vegetable bits. Once thrown out as compost, that fiber is now sneaking its way into snacks, breakfast foods and even burgers.

(Image credit: Grace Hwang Lynch for NPR)

California Appears Headed Back To Drought

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 8:48pm

Less than a year ago, California declared an end to a five-year drought, but a lack of winter precipitation is bringing new worries.

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Your Team Made It To The Super Bowl. Now Maybe It's Time For Flu Shot.

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 3:37pm

A new study finds that counties with teams in the Super Bowl experienced significantly higher influenza deaths for people 65 and older compared to counties that didn't have a team that participated.

Her Seizures Looked Like Epilepsy, But Her Brain Looked Fine

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 2:50pm

For a surprising number of people who appear to have epilepsy, the real problem is psychogenic non-epileptic seizures, a little-known condition.

(Image credit: Maria Fabrizio for NPR)

Would College Students Retain More If Professors Dialed Back The Pace?

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 10:02am

Why do we forget so much of what we read? Anthropologist Barbara J. King suggests that the answer might point toward benefits of a slower pace of teaching in the college classroom.

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Whale Hello: Orcas Can Imitate Human Speech, Researchers Find

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 5:33pm

A killer whale attempting to say "hello" or "Amy" did not sound as clear as, say, a parrot. But scientists found that the whales could repeat human vocalizations with some success.

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Discovery In India Suggests An Early Global Spread Of Stone Age Technology

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 5:28pm

Scientists have found stone tools in India dating back to 385,000 years ago. The sharp tools were made with a Stone Age technique thought to have originated in Africa and Europe.

(Image credit: Sharma Centre for Heritage Education, India/Nature)

Ancient Turkey Bones In Mexico Reveal A Strange Relationship With Humans

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 12:57pm

New tests reveal humans have long raised the birds, and not just for food. Ancient Mesoamericans were buried with turkeys, perhaps as snacks, companions or status symbols. There was even a turkey god.

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Researchers Discover 'Anxiety Cells' In The Brain

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 11:00am

Scientists who identified specific brain cells in mice that control anxiety say the discovery could provide insights that might eventually help people with panic disorder and social phobia.

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How To Drive Down Smoking In Groups That Still Light Up

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 9:10am

Only around 15 percent of adults in America smoke — but that still leaves 40 million people who smoke cigarettes, and many of them belong to the most vulnerable population groups.

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The Microbial Eve: Our Oldest Ancestors Were Single-Celled Organisms

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 9:03am

Consider this: Evidence points to a microbial Eve as our first ancestor — a tough, underwater organism withstanding extremes that became every other creature to ever live, says Marcelo Gleiser.

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Wednesday's Rare Super Blue Blood Moon: How To See It And What We Can Learn

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 4:04pm

Early Wednesday morning, there's a lunar event that hasn't been seen since 1866. And scientists say data gathered during the event could help them figure out where to land a rover on the moon.

(Image credit: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP)

EPA Chief Worried Trump Would Be 'Abusive To The Constitution'

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 2:02pm

In comments to a Tulsa radio host in February 2016, then Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said he feared President Trump would use executive orders unconstitutionally if he were elected.

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Why Males Are Biology's Riskier Sex

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 10:40am

New data have confirmed major differences in mutation rates between the sexes — showing that children inherit more mutations from their dads than from their moms, says guest commentator Robert Martin.

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A Century-Old Dairy Ditches Cows For High-Tech Plant Milk

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 7:00am

American aren't drinking as much milk. One long-established dairy is spurring business by replacing cows with nuts and grains, and using new technology to make alternative "milk" sources.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Elmhurst Milked)

Amateur Astronomer Finds NASA Satellite Long Given Up For Dead

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 6:31am

Scott Tilley was searching for a secret U.S. spy satellite when he found the spacecraft. "The odds are extremely good that it's alive," said a mission co-investigator.

(Image credit: NASA)

Can Seaweed Save Shellfish From Climate Change?

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 4:01am

Warming oceans are hurting the shellfish industry. Scientists are hoping that seagrasses, like seaweed, can help soak up extra carbon in the water.

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Why Dogs Have Floppy Ears: An Animated Tale

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 4:01am

Why do dogs look different from wolves? The question bedeviled Charles Darwin. Now scientists have a fascinating theory that links droopy ears and splotchy coats with domestication.

(Image credit: Adam Cole/NPR's Skunk Bear)

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