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'Near-Space Dive' Sets New Skydive Record, 25 Miles Above Earth

1 hour 26 min ago

Google's Alan Eustace fell from an altitude of more than 135,000 feet, plummeting for some 15 minutes. The jump broke the record of 127,852 feet that Felix Baumgartner set in 2012.

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Ebola Vaccine Tester Feels A 'Real Satisfaction'

6 hours 41 min ago

Peter Hubbard is one of 20 volunteers in a human safety test of an experimental Ebola vaccine. He tells NPR's Scott Simon about why he signed up and how he has been feeling.

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Wanted: Wind Turbine Mechanic — Must Be Daredevil, Skilled With Hands

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 3:33pm

Wind power is a growing part of the energy mix in the United States. And more wind turbines means there are new jobs for people to install and repair them. The job requires a unique skill set.

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'Freakish' Sunspot Wows Astronomers

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:58pm

AR 2192, the largest sunspot seen since the beginning of the current 11-year cycle that started in 2008, is producing strong solar flares.

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Curiosity: It Helps Us Learn, But Why?

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:53am

New research suggests that curiosity triggers chemical changes in the brain that help us better understand and retain information.

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Are We Evolving Into A Different Species?

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 8:23am

Juan Enriquez argues that human evolution is far from over — homo sapiens are becoming a new species right before our eyes.

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Why Did Humans Migrate Out Of Africa?

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 8:23am

Geneticist Spencer Wells tells the story of early humans, and our eventual migration from Africa.

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Are All Human Beings Related?

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 8:23am

Geneticist Spencer Wells describes how he uses DNA samples to trace our individual origins going back 2,000 generations.

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Where Did Human Beings Originate?

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 8:23am

Louise Leakey describes her family's long search for early human remains in Africa, and how unlocking that mystery is the key to understanding our past and our future.

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Why Do We Continue To Care About Dinosaurs?

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 8:23am

Paleontologist Jack Horner explains what dinosaurs tell us about our own origins and what we can learn by attempting to revive a piece of the past.

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What Are The Origins Of The Universe?

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 8:23am

David Christian explains the history of the universe from the big bang, and how humans occupy little more than a millisecond on that cosmic timeline.

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VIDEO: Talking While Female

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 8:03am

For starters: Your voice is too squeaky, too loud; it lacks authority, is grating or obnoxious or unprofessional. Why is talking while female such an offense?

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A Wisecracking Biochemist Shares Her Kitchen ABCs

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 6:03am

Shirley Corriher, author of Cookwise: The Hows and Whys of Successful Cooking, has tips on taking the bitter bite out of coffee, and holding onto cabbage's red hue while it's in the pan.

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European Scientists Conclude That Distant Comet Smells Terrible

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 3:53am

A European spacecraft has picked up a foul odor emanating from comet called 67P/C-G. Imagine sharing a stable with a drunk person and a dozen rotten eggs.

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How Foodies Were Duped Into Thinking McDonald's Was High-End Food

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 4:53pm

A viral video shows people lauding fare billed as an "organic" fast-food option that was actually McDonald's. It wasn't just pranksters playing tricks on these poor folks, but maybe their brains, too.

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FDA Cracks Down On Fake Ebola Cures Sold Online

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 3:22pm

The Food and Drug Administration has issued warning letters to companies marketing products claimed to be cures for Ebola. One firm says it will drop such claims — but it's still selling the product.

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Why California's Drought-Stressed Fruit May Be Better For You

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:49am

Is California's severe drought hurting the nutrient content of fruit? No, preliminary data on pomegranates suggest. The fruit may be smaller, but packed with more antioxidants, tests show.

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Scientists Fight For Superbug Research As U.S. Pauses Funding

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 7:58am

Frustrated scientists argued Wednesday that making nasty viruses even worse in the lab provides crucial insight into preventing pandemics. Others say it just ups the risk a lab germ will start one.

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Is There Really Such A Thing As A 'Trophy Wife'?

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 3:47am

The idea of a "trophy wife" is common in popular culture: Attractive young women trade beauty for status by "marrying up" and finding wealthy husbands. NPR's Shankar Vedantam questions whether the belief is a real phenomenon.

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Bigger Than A T.Rex, With A Duck's Bill, Huge Arms And A Hump

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 3:31pm

Scientists first figured the claw-tipped, giant arm bones found in 1965 belonged to an ostrich-like dinosaur. But its recently recovered skull looks more like a dino designed by a committee — of kids.

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