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Another Place Plastics Are Turning Up: Organic Fertilizer From Food Waste

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 1:34pm

Turning food waste into fertilizer is popular in parts of Europe and is catching on in the U.S. But tiny plastics are also making their way into that fertilizer — and into the food chain.

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Are Humans Biologically Programmed To Fear What They Don't Understand?

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 3:19pm

In a world increasingly drawn to the black-and-white of defined categories, Allie n Steve Mullen has found living in between those categories to be invigorating. They switch between male and female throughout each day, based on their activities.

NASA Hopes Supersonic X Plane Will Deliver Less Bang For The Buck

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 2:21pm

The new plane will test technologies to reduce the loud boom planes make when they break the sound barrier.

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How The NRA Worked To Stifle Gun Violence Research

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 2:01pm

For decades, the NRA pushed legislation designed to stifle the study and spread of information about the causes of gun violence. Now some researchers are calling for a resumption of that research.

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What Do Hamburgers Have To Do With Gender?

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 12:32pm

Meat and veggie burgers evolved together in the 20th century, but when it comes to associations with gender, their histories diverge. Anthropologist Barbara J. King explores a new book on the topic.

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Invisibilia: When Daydreaming Gets In The Way Of Real Life

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 7:00am

In this episode of the Invisibilia podcast, our hosts explore how it feels to be "in-between," including the story of one woman who spends so much time daydreaming that it interferes with her life.

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USDA Defies Advisors, Allows Carrageenan To Keep Organic Label

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 6:00pm

The Department of Agriculture says organic food makers can keep using carrageenan, a thickener made from seaweed. It's the second time this year that it has reversed an organic board's recommendation.

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DNA Test Reveals Fertility Doctor Used His Own Sperm To Impregnate Patient

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 4:43pm

Kelli Rowlette first thought the results were a mistake when she learned her dad was not her dad. But she learned her mother's OB-GYN had lied and inseminated her using his semen and not a donor's.

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A Novel Virus Killed 24,000 Piglets In China. Where Did It Come From?

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 12:54pm

At first, tests were positive for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus. Then something strange happened. The pigs stopped testing positive for that virus — but kept getting sick.

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Center Of The Milky Way Has Thousands Of Black Holes, Study Shows

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 12:26pm

The supermassive black hole lurking at the center of our galaxy appears to have a lot of company, according to a new study that suggests the monster is surrounded by about 10,000 other black holes.

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Suffering From Nature Deficit Disorder? Try Forest Bathing

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 10:54am

Positive scientific results aside, the idea of shinrin-yoku shouldn't be surprising: Who hasn't felt an inner sense of well-being when walking along a forest trail? asks commentator Marcelo Gleiser.

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GMO Yeast Mimics Flavors Of Hops, But Will Craft Brewers Bite?

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 7:00am

Some beer-brewing scientists have developed a genetically modified yeast that produces the same hoppy aromas and flavors beer drinkers like, without the hops. But some craft brewers are skeptical.

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A Tale Of 2 Whale Songs

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 4:09am

Oceanographer Kate Stafford of the University of Washington talks about a new study on the differences between the whale songs of bowhead whales and humpback whales.

Michigan OKs Nestlé Water Extraction, Despite Over 80K Public Comments Against It

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 4:01pm

Many public comments cited a clash between corporate greed versus people and the environment, after Nestlé asked to pump 576,000 gallons of water each day from a well in western Michigan.

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A Look At The Ethical Questions EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Is Facing

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 3:21pm

A new report in The Atlantic says that Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, bypassed the White House to grant raises to two of his closest aids. Reporter Robinson Meyer speaks with NPR's Audie Cornish about his reporting and other ethics questions Pruitt is facing.

Federal Efforts To Control Rare And Deadly Bacteria Working

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 2:29pm

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's efforts to control drug-resistant bacteria finds that the percentage of bacteria carrying this resistance is declining. But it wants more data.

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EPA Chief Pruitt Faces Mounting Scrutiny For Ethics Violations

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 1:32pm

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is fending of accusations he misused taxpayer funds and maintained improper ties to companies regulated by the EPA.

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Time Travel With Your Fridge?

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 11:55am

If the history of thermodynamics can teach us anything, it is that modest entropy reversals have not taken us back in time at all. But it is more fun to think otherwise, says guest Jimena Canales.

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WATCH: See How Leeches Can Be A Surgeon's Sidekick

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 8:53am

The idea of using leeches to treat ailments is ancient — and no longer in favor. But now these blood-suckers are gaining new respect as a doctor's helper during surgery.

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When Going Gluten-Free is Not Enough: New Tests Detect Hidden Exposure

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 7:00am

For people with celiac disease, incidental ingestion of gluten can lead to to painful symptoms and lasting intestinal damage. Two new studies suggest such exposure may be greater than many realize.

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