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Shop Around: Subsidies May Offset Your 2018 Health Insurance Price Hike

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 3:08pm

Premiums for top-line HealthCare.gov policies are going up, federal officials confirm. But higher subsidies could cut some consumers' out-of-pocket expenses enough to make coverage cheaper overall.

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Toxic. Sour. Atomic. Why We Love To Hate Gross Candy

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 2:35pm

Candy is supposed to be sweet and delicious. So why are we tempted by candy that pretends to be made of hazardous chemicals, that threatens to nuke our tastebuds, or that dares us to be disgusted?

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How Tariffs Could Help And Hurt The Solar Industry

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 4:00am

The U.S. solar industry is bracing for possible tariffs or quotas on imported solar panels. Such action could have very different consequences on different parts of the industry.

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Alexa, Are You Safe For My Kids?

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 3:51am

Talking to a device that talks back can be entertaining and educational for children. But psychologists say children can develop relationships with these devices that can be different than adults.

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Did The EPA Censor Its Scientists?

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 8:08am

Last week, EPA scientists were pulled from speaking at a meeting where they would address climate change. New EPA leaders were quickly accused of censoring their own scientists, says Adam Frank.

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Bats And Tequila: A Once Boo-tiful Relationship Cursed By Growing Demands

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 7:07am

As the tequila industry surges, the early harvesting and cloning of agave are disrupting the ecosystem of some species — leading some groups to go to bat for the hardworking nighttime pollinators.

(Image credit: Merlin Tuttle/Bat Conservation International)

'Hidden No More': Encouraging Girls To Pursue STEM

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 7:09am

NPR's Melissa Block talks to Yefon Mbangsi, a chemical engineer in Cameroon, about coming to the U.S. to participate in a State Department program inspired by the film Hidden Figures.

Who Says You Can't Train A Cat? A Book Of Tips For Feline-Human Harmony

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 12:53pm

Feline behavior specialist Sarah Ellis explains how you can train your kitty to come on command, take medicine and stop waking you up in the middle of the night. Originally broadcast Sept. 12, 2016.

Megan Phelps-Roper: If You're Raised To Hate, Can You Reverse It?

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 7:36am

Megan Phelps-Roper grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church, which preaches a message of hate and fear. But after engaging with her critics--on Twitter, no less--she decided to leave the church.

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South Florida Worries About Possible Dike Failure

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 4:05am

All is not well with Lake Okeechobee in south Florida. All the water is being held back by a troubled earthen dike that surrounds the lake. After strong storms, there's concern it could collapse.

We're Not As Good At Remembering Faces As We Think We Are

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 4:05am

Being able to recognize faces is a crucial part of life. Some of us are very good or bad at it, but in general we aren't as good as we think we are.

Does Smoking Pot Lead To More Sex?

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 3:00am

Surveys of 50,000 people found that those who smoked marijuana had sex more often than those who abstained from the drug. What's unclear is whether other factors explain the apparent link.

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Scientists Spot First Alien Space Rock In Our Solar System

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 4:22pm

Astronomers are eager to learn more about the visitor as it zooms through, like how far-off planets form: "You'd love to see if it looks like stuff in our solar system."

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AI Model Fundamentally Cracks CAPTCHAs, Scientists Say

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 3:03pm

The report says the model has defeated tests used to tell humans from bots. It uses reasoning to explain the jumbled letters.

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Skull Is Potentially From The Oldest Known Victim Of A Tsunami

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 8:37am

Researchers say they've determined that a skull discovered in 1929 likely belonged to an individual who was killed in a tsunami 6,000 years ago.

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When The State Sinks, Science Is The Anchor

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 8:07am

As history has shown, political and ideological repression passes — but scientific knowledge remains, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.

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Court To Rule On Whether Relapse By An Addicted Opioid User Should Be A Crime

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 4:00am

The high court in Massachusetts is weighing legal and scientific evidence to decide whether a woman convicted of larceny violated the terms of her probation by relapsing into drug use.

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Monsanto And The Weed Scientists: Not A Love Story

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 3:57am

Scientists are accusing the seed-and-pesticide giant Monsanto of denying the risks of its latest weedkilling technology. Monsanto has responded by attacking some of its scientific critics.

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$15,500 Reward Offered After Endangered Wolf Shot Dead

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 4:46pm

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has banded together with five conservation groups to offer a reward for information about the killing of a federally protected gray wolf.

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Scientists Work To Overcome Legacy Of Tuskegee Study, Henrietta Lacks

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 2:18pm

An influential Harlem church is trying to help the National Institutes of Health overcome reluctance by some African-Americans to participate in a medical study of 1 million diverse Americans.

(Image credit: Elias Williams for NPR)

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