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A Night Sky Matchup: Supermoon Vs. Meteors

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 6:39am

This year's Perseid meteor shower may be hard to see because it coincides with a so-called supermoon. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Caltech professor Mike Brown about the dueling celestial events.

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These Waves Keep Sharks Away From Swimmers

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 4:14am

Sharks are sensitive to electromagnetic fields, thanks to certain receptors in their snouts. Surfers, divers and others nervous about attacks can strap on field-generating devices for peace of mind.

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Glass-Free Menagerie: New Zoo Concept Gets Rid Of Enclosures

Sat, 08/09/2014 - 4:12pm

An architectural firm is designing a zoo that will forgo cages, working barriers into a natural landscape. "You won't have a lonely tiger walking around inside a cage," says architect Bjarke Ingels.

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Pump Up The Bass, Feel Like A Boss

Sat, 08/09/2014 - 4:12pm

A new study found that listening to music with heavy bass lines — think "We Will Rock You" and "In Da Club" — makes people feel more powerful.

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WATCH: NASA Tests New Mars Braking System

Sat, 08/09/2014 - 8:21am

The saucer-like Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator went up 190,000 feet to simulate the conditions of an orbital entry at the Red Planet.

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New Mexico's Northern Landscape Gets A New Burst Of Color

Sat, 08/09/2014 - 3:53am

An unusually wet monsoon season has painted the desert, normally dusty brown, a lush green. It has been a welcome respite from the years of devastating drought that have plagued the state.

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Lake Erie's Toxic Bloom Has Ohio Farmers On The Defensive

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 4:36pm

Ohio farmers say they are not the only ones to blame for Toledo's polluted drinking water. They say they are using only as much fertilizer as they need to grow their crops.

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Lake Erie's Toxin-Fueled Bloom Has Ohio Famers On The Defensive

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 3:05pm

A recent water crisis cast a light on fertilizers used by farmers in the region of Toledo, Ohio.

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Transformer Paper Turns Itself Into A Robot. Cool!

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 1:03pm

Start with paper; add Shrinky Dinks, a microprocessor, heat, and voila! It's not quite that easy. But this engineering project might one day lead to a printable, flat spacecraft that folds itself.

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Butterfly Shifts From Shabby To Chic With A Tweak Of The Scales

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:58am

By playing with the physics of wing color, scientists get a glimpse into how butterflies get their colors, and how quickly they can evolve from brown to brilliant.

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House Calls Keep People Out Of Nursing Homes And Save Money

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 10:08am

In the case of an elderly patient with multiple medical problems, having a team of health workers deliver care to the home can be cheaper than expensive stays in nursing homes and emergency rooms.

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What A Balloon Shouldn't Do, But For Some Reason Does

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 6:03am

Tether a balloon to the floor of a car, step on the gas, and watch the balloon do something it shouldn't. Ask why. Then discover the answer. Then feel smart.

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Do Negative Stereotypes Affect Terminal Illness Decisions?

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:59am

Millions of people around the world face difficult choices at the end of their lives. Researchers delved into whether stereotypes affect medical decisions when it comes to terminal illness.

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Will Americans Buy Bug Snacks? Maybe ... If They're Funny And Cute

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 2:25am

The "ick factor" has kept consumers in the U.S. from eating crickets, locusts and mealworms. To convert skeptics, bug-food advocates are trying to win them over with sleek packages and clever names.

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Mass. To Make Big Food Wasters Lose The Landfill

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 6:06pm

By October, the state will have the most ambitious commercial food waste ban in the U.S. Institutions that produce more than a ton of waste a week will have to find new uses for their scraps.

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Do You Want To Be Happy? Don't Set Your Expectations Too High

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 3:47pm

Pretty much everyone thinks that rewards bring happiness, but it's not the size of the payoff that matters, researchers say. Rather it's whether the reward exceeds your immediate expectations.

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Brief Counseling May Not Help With Most Drug Problems

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 2:02pm

Studies show that a chat with a doctor during a routine checkup can sometimes be enough to curb problem drinking. But the model doesn't work as well with problem drug use.

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Hawaii, Which Almost Never Has Hurricanes, Is Getting Ready For 2

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 8:18am

Hurricanes Iselle and Julio are both expected to weaken into tropical storms before approaching the islands later this week, but residents are being urged to stock up on supplies.

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Hawaii, Which Almost Never Has Hurricanes, Is Getting Ready For 2

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 8:18am

Hurricanes Iselle and Julio are both expected to weaken into tropical storms before approaching the islands later this week, but residents are being urged to stock up on supplies.

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Employers Forced To Judge Job Candidates' Career Trajectory

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 4:07am

Analysis of freelance jobs suggests employers are conservative when it comes to hiring, and dislike candidates who have done a lot of different things.

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