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This Just (Flew) In: The Formerly 'Extinct' Jerdon's Babbler

Sat, 03/07/2015 - 11:23am

The sparrow-sized bird, native to Myanmar, hadn't been seen since 1941. But recently a team of scientists recorded its call and played it back, attracting more of the tan-colored subspecies.

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These Tunes Are Music To Your Cats' Furry Ears

Sat, 03/07/2015 - 7:02am

Composer David Teie's most recent compositions are catered to our feline friends. His music mimics purring, and might be just the thing to perk your cat up.

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FDA Approves First Of New Type Of Generic Drugs

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 11:57am

So-called "biosimilar" drugs closely mimic existing drugs but are made from living cells, blood components and tissue. In some cases, they could substantially reduce the cost of drugs.

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Can Math Help You Fall in Love?

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 8:10am

Mathematician Hannah Fry says math can help you find love. Using mathematical models, she explains how to find an ideal mate and the secret to maintaining a healthy relationship.

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Should We Be Wary of Algorithms?

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 8:10am

Our lives are, in part, governed by algorithms. Professor Kevin Slavin shows how these formulas can reshape finance, culture and physical environments, with potentially harmful consequences.

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Why Do We Solve For 'X'?

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 8:10am

Polymath Terry Moore wondered why "X" is the universal unknown in algebra. He dove into the history of numbers to come up with an unexpected answer.

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Can Math Answer Absurd Questions?

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 8:10am

When Randall Munroe volunteered to teach physics to high schoolers, his textbook approach to teaching the subject fell flat. Then he realized a way to get the kids excited about math -- Star Wars.

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How Can Math Help You Imagine The Impossible?

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 8:10am

Writer Randall Munroe doesn't love math, but has made a career out of solving equations. By answering outlandish hypotheticals, he uses numbers as a playground for the imagination.

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NASA Probe To Arrive At Dwarf Planet

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 2:47am

On Friday morning, NASA's Dawn mission will arrive at the dwarf planet Ceres. NPR's Geoff Brumfiel reports on the end of an odyssey to explore an odd, in-between world.

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Could A Quokka Beat A Numbat? Oddsmakers Say Yes

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 2:36am

In "Mammal March Madness," you win or die. No basketball in this tournament — it's a simulated survival-of-the-fittest game set up by evolutionary biologists. The battle cry? Mammals suck ... milk!

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Arsenic Antidote Hidden In Our Genes

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 3:56pm

Even at low doses, the potent poison damages organs and causes cancers. Now scientists have found a population high in the Andes Mountains that has adapted to the toxic metal over thousands of years.

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Eat Your Veggies! Even The Ones From Fukushima

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 3:55pm

Foods from Fukushima, Japan, are back to pre-accident levels of radiation but people still aren't eating them. One way to ease concerns: a chemical that blocks radioactive cesium from entering plants.

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Study: At 'Rate My Professors,' A Foreign Accent Can Hurt A Teacher's Score

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 1:24pm

A recent study found that teachers with Asian-sounding names were given poorer marks, and their accents were the main reason.

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We're Not Taking Enough Lunch Breaks. Why That's Bad For Business

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 9:47am

Research shows that only 1 in 5 five people take a break and leave their desks to eat. Most workers are simply eating at their desks. But creativity can take a big hit without a change of scenery.

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Jaw Fossil In Ethiopia Likely Oldest Ever Found In Human Line

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 2:45am

The 2.8 million-year-old bone may mark the first human branch in the primate family tree. It wasn't just a bigger brain that marked the shift, scientists say. It was also big changes in the mouth.

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Toronto Infertility Clinic Offers Controversial Treatment

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 2:43am

The technique claims to "recharge the batteries" in a woman's eggs using mitochondria from other cells extracted from her ovaries. The clinic's first births are due soon, though other doctors worry.

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Justices Roberts And Kennedy The Key Votes In Health Law Case

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 6:40pm

No telling yet which side will win. But did Justice Kennedy's mixed signals Wednesday hint that he was leaning toward the administration's view of federal subsidies for health insurance?

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Archaeologists Use Moles To Solve Mysteries Of Middle Ages' Fort

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 3:26pm

Danish archaeologists have recruited moles to help them dig. By sifting through molehills, they're able to map the location of the fort's buildings buried underground.

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Jawbone Fossil Fills Big Gap In Human Evolution, Scientists Say

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 1:37pm

Writing in Science, scientists say the 2.8-million-year-old fossil appears to belong to an individual from the beginning of the ancestral line that led to humans.

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People With Eczema Are Itching For Better Health Care

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 12:01pm

Just a rash? Not if you have eczema. People with eczema often have a hard time finding appropriate health care and are apt to miss work dealing with the chronic skin problem, a study finds.

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