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Finding A New Self When Your Brain Betrays You

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 7:03pm

As his Alzheimer's disease advances, Greg O'Brien finds his personality shifting, too. "I know I can't go back to who I was before," he says. "I've got to learn to live with the new me.

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For Environmentalists, Mines Near Wilderness Are Too Close For Comfort

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 11:03am

A couple is spending 365 days in the nation's most visited wilderness area to raise awareness of a sulfide-ore mining plan they say will put the watershed ecosystem in danger. Some locals disagree.

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What's At The Edge Of A Cloud?

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 12:09pm

Scientists soared through clouds with a new instrument that takes 3-D pictures of the edge. What they learned about the size and density of droplets surprised them, and might lead to better forecasts.

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Atlas Rocket Lifts Off In Florida, Delivering A Spectacular Sky Show

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 9:19am

The exhaust plume left by the booster, which was carrying a Mexican satellite into orbit, left some strange and interesting patterns in the morning sky.

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How Do You Break Into an Industry While Breaking All the Rules?

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 8:00am

What's in a name? For tech entrepreneur Dame Stephanie Shirley, bidding contracts under the name "Steve" enabled her to launch and grow a freelance software company with a virtually all-female staff.

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What Pushes Us To Work Hard — Even When We Don't Have To?

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 8:00am

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely says we work hard not because we have to, but because we want to. He examines the intrinsic values we need to feel motivated to work.

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How Can A Monotonous Job Be Meaningful?

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 8:00am

Psychologist Barry Schwartz says our current thinking about work focuses too much on paychecks and too little on ways we can find fulfillment — even in jobs many might consider mundane.

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EPA Sets New, Tougher Standards Aimed At Reducing Smog

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 3:57am

The Environmental Protection Agency has released its much-anticipated ozone standards. The agency is setting more stringent thresholds for the particles that contribute to smog.

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EPA Issues New Standard Restricting Ozone Emissions

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 3:34pm

The Environmental Protection Agency's new rule sets reduces the threshold for the particles that contribute to smog at 70 parts per billion, lower than than 75 ppb currently on the books. NPR's Ari Shapiro learns more from reporters Joe Wertz in Oklahoma and Mose Buchele in Texas.

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Here's Why Hurricane Joaquin Is So Inscrutable

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 3:34pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Jeff Halverson, severe weather expert for the Capitol Weather Gang. He also teaches meteorology at University Of Maryland, Baltimore County about how and why computer models for hurricane predictions get such different results.

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'Nation's T. Rex' Strikes A Rapacious Pose

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 11:52am

Drills and screws would damage the frail, 65.5-million-year-old bones of the Smithsonian's 38-foot-long Tyrannosaurus rex. So how do you make it stand? Blacksmiths in Canada are working their magic.

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How 'The Martian' Became A Science Love Story

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 3:25pm

The movie about a stranded astronaut is being hailed for its scientific realism. Andy Weir, who wrote the book the film is based on, is a longtime computer programmer who sees romance in numbers.

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Disgraced Scientist Clones Dogs, And Critics Question His Intent

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 2:01pm

A lab in Seoul is the only place in the world known to commercially clone dogs. But often the dog clones are sickly, critics say, and many other dogs are subjected to surgery in order to make a clone.

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Cloning Your Dog, For A Mere $100,000

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 5:33am

The Duponts in Louisiana loved their mutt Melvin so much they jumped at the chance to replicate him. Melvin is gone now, but he's left behind two clones, Ken and Harry.

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Childhood Stress May Prime Pump For Chronic Disease Later

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 6:03pm

A British study that tracked the health of thousands from childhood through midlife finds early distress to be even more potent than adult stress in predicting later diabetes and heart disease.

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The Big-Money Effort To Turn The GOP Greener

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 3:00pm

Republican entrepreneur Jay Faison tells NPR's Robert Siegel why his foundation, ClearPath, brought together GOP pollsters to help find a way to get Americans to take climate change seriously.

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Why NASA Didn't Just Send Over A Rover To Look For Water On Mars

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 12:50pm

One reason is that it would take the Curiosity rover about a year to get there, even with no obstacles and no traffic. But the other reason might surprise you.

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Research On Fetal Tissue Draws Renewed Political, Scientific Scrutiny

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 9:18am

Critics say research on fetal tissue is no longer needed to answer crucial medical questions. But National Institutes of Health officials and other scientists say alternatives don't yet measure up.

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Drought Is Driving Beekeepers And Their Hives From California

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 2:39am

A lack of crops for bees to pollinate has California's beekeeping industry on edge. Some are feeding their colonies pricey processed bee food or moving their hives out of state to forage.

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Journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates Among 2015 MacArthur 'Genius' Award Winners

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 11:04pm

Representing fields from chemistry to poetry, the 24 MacArthur Foundation Fellows will each receive $500,000 over the next five years.

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