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40 Percent Of The World's Cropland Is In Or Near Cities

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 5:49pm

Just how much of the world's cropland can we really call urban? That's been a big mystery until now.

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What Exactly Are 'Monster Storms' And 'Bomb Cyclones'?

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 3:42pm

The northern U.S. is getting a blast of unseasonably cold weather, thanks to what has been dubbed a "bomb cyclone." The Washington Post's Jason Samenow explains that and other odd weather terms.

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Successful Comet Landing A Major Step For Space Exploration

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 3:42pm

The European Space Agency on Wednesday successfully landed a probe on the surface of a comet — something that has never been done before. But scientists say the lander may not be fully secure.

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For U.S.-China Deal On Greenhouse Gases, The Devil Is In The Details

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 3:42pm

Scientists say a new deal between the U.S. and China on greenhouse gases is a positive move toward new models for controlling emissions, but that it won't keep the Earth from dangerous levels of warming.

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Comet Landing: European Craft Due To Make Contact Today

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 7:25am

As it hopes to learn the Philae robotic lander successfully settled onto the comet's surface, the European Space Agency says it is in contact with the spacecraft.

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China And U.S., Titans Of Carbon Pollution, Move To Cut Gases

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 6:08am

China and the U.S. account for more than a third of greenhouse gases — making it vital that any broad climate plans include the pair.

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How Animals Hacked The Rainbow And Got Stumped On Blue

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 2:47am

There's more than one way to make color, nature tells us. And more than one way to use it to your own advantage.

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Tennis Players Are Getting Their First Servings Of Sabermetrics

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 6:24pm

Players and managers in major team sports have leveraged sophisticated data analyses for years to improve game-time performance. Now one-on-one athletes are picking up Moneyball tactics, too.

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After Their Numbers Plummet, NOAA Bans Cod Fishing In Gulf Of Maine

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 3:16pm

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is shutting down cod fishing, from Provincetown up to the Canadian border. No fishermen — commercial or recreational — may trawl or use certain large nets that might catch cod.

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Regulators Ban Cod Fishing In New England As Stocks Dwindle

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 3:16pm

The federal government is shutting down cod fishing in the Gulf of Maine for the next six months. But fishermen, who now face an uncertain future, dispute the government's cod counts.

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How 'The Hot Zone' Got It Wrong And Other Tales Of Ebola's History

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 10:04am

Do people with Ebola actually cry tears of blood? What happens if the U.S. Army thinks you might have Ebola? We catch up with science writer David Quammen to discuss truths and myths about the virus.

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Researchers To Attempt Robotic Landing On Comet's Surface

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 2:30am

Putting a probe on a comet's surface would be a first for mankind. But it doesn't look like it will be easy.

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Fraught U.S.-Russia Relationship Could Undermine Nuclear Security

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 3:30pm

A former head of the Los Alamos National Laboratory has worked with Russia for years on securing loose nukes and upgrading facilities in the former Soviet Union. Siegfried Hecker is now writing a book about two decades of of nuclear cooperation.

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These Xs Are The Same Shade, So What's That Say About Color?

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 3:30pm

Never mind the physics. Color isn't just a particular wavelength of light, it turns out. It's a fascinating mix of context, and what's happening outside and inside your head.

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Solar Bike Path Opens This Week In The Netherlands

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 10:03am

Integrating solar panels into a bike commuter path, a special roadway outside Amsterdam will generate power that's then funneled into the national energy grid.

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Inhalable Chocolate? Ingestible Ideas From A Lab For The Senses

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 10:22am

A real-life Willy Wonka invites scientists, designers, composers, artists and chefs to collaborate on novel foods and other cultural confections.

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How Catchy Songs Lodge Their Hooks In Your Ears

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 6:45am

"Wannabe," by the Spice Girls, is the catchiest song in the U.K., according to a new study. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Ashley Burgoyne, a computational musicologist from the University of Amsterdam.

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Obese Women Make Less Money, Work More Physically Demanding Jobs

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 4:51pm

A 65 percent increase in a woman's weight is associated with a 9 percent drop in earnings. A recent study investigated what's behind that "obesity penalty," and why it hits women harder than men.

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In Space, No One Can Hear You Sample

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 4:08pm

NASA just released a collection of sound effects from both this world and deep, intergalactic space into the Public Domain. They are now available for all of us to enjoy and perhaps use to make music.

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Still Unknown In Virgin Space Crash: How Pilot Got Out

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 6:37am

NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to science correspondent Geoff Brumfiel about last week's tragic loss of the Virgin Galactic spaceship.

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