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How Coal Industry Jobs Coexist With Rising Sea Levels In Virginia

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 2:47am

Virginia is dependent on coal mining and export, but it also faces routine flooding from rising sea levels. That irony is a very real, day-to-day problem for residents.

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Human Or Machine? AI Experts Reportedly Pass The 'Turing Test'

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 3:16pm

A program by two Russian artificial intelligence experts is said to have passed the iconic test by fooling a group of judges into thinking they were talking to a 13-year-old boy.

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To Put Two Rovers On Mars, Scientists Had To Get Clever With Packing

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 3:06pm

To fit in their shipping container, two Mars rovers had to be folded up into a tiny package and then unfolded — a prime example of what NPR science correspondent Joe Palca calls "unfolding science."

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James Cameron-Backed School To Terminate Meat And Dairy

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 9:08am

A private school in Malibu Canyon supported by director James Cameron and his wife is set to go vegan. Meanwhile, Congress is debating whether to delay healthy school lunch rules for the rest of us.

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Big Moments Get Less Weighty: Whatever Happened To Stiff Paper?

Sun, 06/08/2014 - 4:20am

It had weight. It lasted. It got punched, torn, reused. It got us into ballparks, airplanes, buses, theaters. I'm talking about stiff paper — and it's vanishing.

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Stuck In The Machine Zone: Your Sweet Tooth For 'Candy Crush'

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 3:31pm

The mobile game, with its flow of moving candies, has reeled us in. The endless repetition — without a plot or character development — can be mesmerizing. Psychologically, why can't we stay away?

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Photos: After A Storm, A Red Sky, Double Rainbow Over Atlanta

Sat, 06/07/2014 - 7:14am

Sunset and a strong storm happened at just the right time for a celestial treat. The resulting rainbows were so stunning, they were documented all over Twitter.

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Doughnut Day Downer: Palm Oil In Pastries Drives Deforestation

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 4:31pm

An environmental group is blasting Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme for buying palm oil from suppliers who destroy rain forest and peatlands. The group says sustainable palm oil should be used instead.

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New Look At Apollo Rocks Finds Evidence Of Moon's Birth

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 2:13pm

An examination of rocks collected by Apollo astronauts shows a peculiar type of oxygen indicating a massive collision between Earth and another object 4.5 billion years ago that formed the moon.

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Can Farmed Fish Feed The World Without Destroying The Environment?

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 11:27am

Farmed fish production will have to more than double by 2050 to keep up with global demand, a report finds. And aquaculture can be far more sustainable than meat production, the researchers say.

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Is Space Tourism Finally About To Take Off?

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 8:34am

Entrepreneur Richard Branson shares his vision for private, commercial space travel.

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How Do You Make New York's Mean Streets A Little Nicer?

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 8:34am

Former New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan says cities can tackle the challenges of tomorrow by completely re-imagining our streets today.

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If We Want to Live In Cities, Will We Have To Share Cars?

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 8:34am

Zipcar co-founder Robin Chase makes the case for car-sharing as the solution to global gridlock.

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How Does Henry Ford's Great-Grandson Envision The Future?

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 8:34am

Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford describes how we can create a green future of smart roads and smart cars.

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Can The Sun Fuel A Flight Around The World?

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 8:34am

Explorer Bertrand Piccard explains why he's aiming to carry out an unprecedented mission: to circle the planet in a solar-powered airplane.

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Tracking Road Kill? There's An App For That, Too

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 5:13pm

A team from Utah State University have developed a smartphone application so "citizen scientists" can help them track animal-vehicle collisions.

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Quick DNA Tests Crack Medical Mysteries Otherwise Missed

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 4:02pm

Scientists used high-powered DNA sequencing to diagnose infections missed by usual lab tests. The pricey method is still experimental, but might offer a way to identify tough-to-diagnose infections.

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Wall Of Ice Surrounding Fukushima Will Contain Radioactive Water

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 2:34pm

Waste water at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, which suffered major damage to its reactors in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, will be contained with a underground frozen barrier.

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The GPS In Your Head May Work A Lot Better Than That Phone

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 1:07pm

The human brain uses two different specialized regions to navigate, scientists say, with one charting a straight line to the destination, and the other figuring out the turns along the way.

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At 'Pestaurant,' Grasshopper Burgers Win Over Eaters Who Say 'Yuck'

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 10:53am

A pest control company and a venerable Washington, D.C., grill teamed up to offer gourmet bugs to anyone who'd try them. The selection included roasted crickets, spiced mealworms and ant lollipops.

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