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Winds Of Change? Rhode Island Hopes For First Offshore Wind Farm

8 hours 12 min ago

Rhode Island is trying to have more success than a similar project off the coast of Massachusetts. However some residents worry the farm will disrupt the ocean view.

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Ebola Vaccine Hailed As 'Game Changer' In Fight Against The Virus

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 4:38pm

In a small trial, an experimental vaccine protected 100 percent of people at high risk for Ebola. But more data are needed to figure out exactly how well the vaccine works.

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As Beijing Prepares To Host Winter Olympics, Where Will It Get The Snow?

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 4:24pm

NPR's Melissa Block talks with Jennifer Turner, director of the China Environment Forum at the Woodrow Wilson Center, about water resources and environmental concerns in the extremely arid region.

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As The West Craves Drought Relief, El Nino May Do More Harm Than Good

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 3:28pm

There is much hype around a potential El Nino that could help ease the drought on the West Coast. But there are concerns that a deluge of rain could do more harm than good for the long term drought outlook.

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Planned Parenthood Controversy Raises Questions About Fetal Tissue Research

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 3:28pm

A series of sting videos targeting Planned Parenthood is raising questions about the field of fetal tissue research. Companies who buy and sell such tissue defend their work.

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As Midwest Dams Reach End Of Life, Soaked States Can't Handle Repair Costs

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 3:28pm

More than 11,000 dams across the U.S. have protected lives and property from flooding for decades. But age is catching up to them, and many need repairs. Record rain hasn't helped matters this year.

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Can Healthy Eating Reverse Some Cancers?

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 8:36am

Dr. Dean Ornish studied how lifestyle changes could help people with chronic heart disease; he wanted to figure out if there was a way to do the same with some types of cancer.

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How Will Open-Source Research Help Cure Cancer?

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 8:36am

Giving away something that could make you a billion dollars sounds foolish. But Dr. Jay Bradner believes it's essential to share even the most prized scientific discoveries if we hope to cure cancer.

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Is Our Narrow Focus On Cancer Doing More Harm Than Good?

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 8:36am

Dr. David Agus believes that current research is too narrowly focused on the specifics of cancer. Instead, he thinks broader, more interdisciplinary methods are needed to control and treat it.

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What's A Better Way To Detect Cancer?

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 8:36am

We often discover cancer after it's too late to treat. Jorge Soto is in the process of creating a simple, fast and cheap method for early cancer detection and all it takes is a few drops of blood.

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Tonight, Look For A Rare (But Not Quite Blue) Moon

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 8:22am

The modern definition of a "blue moon" has nothing to do with its color.

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Why Peer Pressure Doesn't Add Up To Retirement Savings

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 4:08am

People often do what their neighbors do. A firm decided to get more people to sign up for retirement plans by telling employees how many of their coworkers had signed up. We examine happened next.

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New York Court: Chimps Are Still Property, Not People

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 7:08pm

The judge wrote that someday they may get legal rights, but courts don't embrace change quickly. The chimps are held by Stony Brook University.

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Humans Aren't The Only Ones To Go Ape Over Diets: Chimps Detox, Too

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 4:16pm

A group of Ugandan chimps has found a great way to boost their mineral intake and neutralize bitter compounds in their diet: by eating clay.

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Shell Announces Plans To Eliminate 6,500 Jobs

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 3:31pm

Royal Dutch Shell has announced plans to eliminate 6,500 jobs as slumping oil prices force the industry to make adjustments. Shell's profits fell by more than 30 percent in the second quarter.

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AP Study Finds Viruses Linked To Raw Sewage In Rio De Janeiro Olympic Waters

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 3:31pm

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with the AP's Brazil bureau chief Brad Brooks about the investigation, which found high levels of dangerous viruses in water venues for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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Debris Found In The Indian Ocean May Be From Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 3:28pm

Investigators believe a piece of debris found on the French island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean could be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014.

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Experts: MH370 Debris Could Have Reached Western Indian Ocean

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 2:05pm

An scientist who studies ocean circulation patterns tells NPR that it's "highly likely" that floating wreckage from the airliner could have reached the island of Reunion near Madagascar.

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Scientists Urge Ban On Salamander Imports To U.S. To Keep Fungus At Bay

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 1:03pm

The chytrid fungus has wiped out populations of amphibians around the world. A type of the fungus infects only salamanders, and researchers have identified vulnerable areas in North America.

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Close Listening: How Sound Reveals The Invisible

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 3:47am

The stethoscope seems so simple — a 19th century tool for listening more closely to the human heart or lungs. It also sparked a culture of listening that is transforming the way scientists learn.

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