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Mars Has A New Visitor From Earth

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 3:59am

NASA's MAVEN spacecraft on Sunday night fired its six main rocket engines for 33 minutes. That slowed the probe down enough so it could be captured by the Red Planet's gravity.

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NFL Looks To Training To Prevent Domestic Violence By Players

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 2:33am

It's not violence on the job that makes some pro football players beat their wives or children, psychologists say. It's often childhood experience, fanned by a culture that accepts such behavior.

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The Biology Of Altruism: Good Deeds May Be Rooted In The Brain

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 2:32am

Angela Stimpson donated a kidney to a complete stranger. Why did she do it? Researchers found that the brains of Stimpson and other altruists are sensitive to fear and distress in a stranger's face.

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Mission To Study Mars' Climate Reaches Next Step

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 4:00pm

Tonight, NASA's MAVEN spacecraft will arrive at Mars to study the thin Martian atmosphere to give scientists a better idea of why the Martian climate changed so dramatically billions of years ago.

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Large Protests In Hundreds Of Cities Vents Ire At Climate Change

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 7:46am

The People's Climate March is timed to draw the notice of world leaders gathering for this week's U.N. Climate Summit in New York.

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Study Pits Head Strength Of Crossworders And Scrabblers

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 6:45am

Michael Toma of Claremont University has looked into the differing cognitive abilities of crossword puzzle experts versus Scrabble aficionados. NPR's Wade Goodwyn discovers the differences.

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Jargon-Free History Of The Universe Finds Beauty In Ordinary Words

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 6:45am

Astrophysicist Roberto Trotta argues that we don't need jargon. He tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn he's compiled a history of the universe as we know it, using only the 1,000 most-common English words.

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Mammoth On The Move: Rare, Nearly-Intact Skeleton Heads To Dallas

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 3:55pm

The skeleton lay buried in a gravel pit for tens of thousands of years. This week, paleontologists carefully transported the last and largest section to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

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The Odor Of Political Attraction

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 6:34am

Ooh, you smell so good ... and we're both members of the Whig party, too! Turns out there's scientific evidence that people who share political beliefs are attracted to each other's body odor.

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Organizers Hope U.N. Climate March Will Be Largest In History

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 6:34am

Hundreds of thousands are expected at a march in New York City ahead of the United Nations climate summit. Organizers want to send a message to world leaders that it's time to take concrete action.

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His Camera Takes Us To The World 'We Must Preserve'

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 12:44pm

In the new exhibit "Genesis," the noted photographer Sebastiao Salgado shares his vision of "a kind of state of humanity of the planet," from Amazon tribes to frozen Siberia.

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'Murdersquishing' Them To Death: How Little Bees Take On Enormous Hornets

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 10:53am

They are small. They are weak. They are vulnerable. But these little bees take on a humongous predator in the most ingenious way.

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The Poor Don't Always Benefit From Democracy, Mortality Rates Show

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 4:02am

Is Democracy a key to better levels of health in a country? That's long been the belief, but we hear about some research that shows that isn't always the case.

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How NASA's New Spaceships Stack Up

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 3:20am

Earlier this week, NASA awarded two contracts for new spaceships to commercial companies. Here's how they compare.

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Why The Math Of The Ebola Epidemic Is So Scary

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 5:00pm

Health leaders now say the Ebola epidemic is growing exponentially. That means, if nothing changes in the next few weeks, we could see at least 60,000 Ebola cases by the end of 2014.

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A Coastal Paradise Confronts Its Watery Future

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 4:49pm

With rising seas, cities like Satellite Beach, Fla., are debating options: defend the shoreline to avoid destruction, or retreat, withdrawing homes and businesses from the water's edge.

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Sweet: Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme Pump Up Pledge On Palm Oil

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 3:33pm

Two major doughnut chains have bowed to consumer pressure to better police their palm oil purchases. Environmentalists say its a win for consumers, trees and animals.

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Killing Comes Naturally To Chimps, Scientists Say

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:22am

A new study bolsters the theory that chimpanzees kill rivals as an adaptation to their natural environment and not as a result of human impact.

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From Coffee To Chicory To Beer, 'Bitter' Flavor Can Be Addictive

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 4:06am

If you don't think you like bitter foods, try them again. Jennifer McLagan, the author of Bitter: A Taste Of The World's Most Dangerous Flavor, is on a mission to change hearts and minds.

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Diet Soda May Alter Our Gut Microbes And The Risk Of Diabetes

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 3:47pm

There's a new wrinkle to the old debate over diet soda: Artificial sweeteners can alter our microbiomes. And for some, this may raise blood sugar levels and set the stage for diabetes.

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