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The Man Behind The National Anthem Paid Little Attention To It

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 11:40am

Francis Scott Key is most famous for writing the "Star Spangled Banner." But after he penned the now-famous lyrics, he hardly mentioned them.

Peach Shortage Hits U.S. Just In Time For Summer

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 11:33am

Thanks to some bad weather, many U.S. farmers are facing a peach crisis.

Inside One of America’s Deadliest Firefighting Disasters

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 11:20am

As Arizona is in the midst of another fire season, lessons are still being learned from the Yarnell Hill Fire of 2013, when 19 firefighters lost their lives.

Celebrating Independence Day In America's Fourth Of July City: Seward, Nebraska

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 11:12am

On Independence Day, towns and cities across the U.S. pride themselves on their patriotic spirit. But none, perhaps, as much as Seward, Nebraska.

Western Companies Make Big Investments In Iran

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 11:06am

The French oil company Total made a $5 billion deal this week with Iran to develop the country's massive offshore natural gas field.

Scientists Are Not So Hot At Predicting Which Cancer Studies Will Succeed

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 10:30am

A scientist tested his peers' ability to pick which cancer experiments would pan out. They failed more often than not, which doesn't say much for intuition or efficiency in the scientific process.

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Trump Puts A Twist On The Meaning Of 'Bully Pulpit'

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 9:00am

For Teddy Roosevelt, it was a way of saying the presidency was a matchless opportunity to raise consciousness, to lecture if you will — relying on independent media to convey the president's ideas.

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QUIZ: 11 Random Facts About Independence Day For Your Backyard Party

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 9:00am

How many people lived in the original 13 Colonies? How much do we import in American flags? The pressing questions to get you through July Fourth.

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Some People Are Great At Recognizing Faces. Others...Not So Much

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 8:39am

Being able to recognize faces is a crucial part of life. But why are some of us so good or bad at it, and how skilled at it are we on average? The answers may surprise you.

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Government Blows Up Mannequins In Annual Plea For Fireworks Safety

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 8:00am

Every year, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reminds Americans that fireworks are dangerous — with some memorable demonstrations. And seriously, be careful with do-it-yourself displays.

(Image credit: U.S. CPSC/Screenshot by NPR)

In Russia's Siberian Silicon Valley, Business Is Good But Risks Can Be High

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 7:15am

The Soviet Union built research institutes in Siberia as innovation centers during the Cold War. Since then, there's been a brain drain. Tech innovators remain, but some have faced legal challenges.

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Why Isn't The Housing Market Booming The Way Experts Expected?

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 6:39am

Interest rates are near historic lows and consumer confidence is high, but the market isn't booming. One reason may be mobility: people moving from state to state is half what it was two decades ago.

Dozens Of States Reject Trump Administration Voter Initiative

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 6:33am

The Commission on Election Integrity asked for details on voters, seeking evidence of fraud. Many states can't legally comply with the request which grew out of the president losing the popular vote.

101-Year-Old Woman Sets Track Record In Her Age Group

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 6:06am

Julie Hawkins competed last month at the National Senior Games in Birmingham, Ala. And no matter the heat, she set the women's world record for the 100-yard dash in her age group — under 40 seconds.

For The 4th Of July, La Santa Cecilia Expands The Meaning Of Patriotism

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 6:00am

The band's new video for "México Americano" celebrates fervent loyalty to two countries at once — appropriate for this most patriotic of holidays.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the artist)

'South Pole Station' Takes A Cool Look At A Hot Topic

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 6:00am

Ashley Shelby's debut novel — set among an appealing mix of nerds and oddballs at Antarctica's Amundsen-Scott research station — is a refreshing diversion from summer's heat.

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Makers Of Self-Driving Cars Need Programs To Dodge Animals

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 5:40am

In Sweden, Volvo researchers figured out how to brake for big, slow animals — like moose and reindeer. But Australia brings the conundrum of the kangaroo. Volvo hopes to solve the conundrum by 2020.

A Plan For Raising Brilliant Kids, According to Science

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 5:00am

A developmental framework for building 21st century skills--no technology or money required.

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For Job Retraining Programs To Work, People Need To Show Up

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 4:44am

Retraining workers who've lost jobs is tough. If the program isn't good, workers may get trained for jobs that no longer exist. And even when the training is good, it's hard to get people to show up.

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