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Science Confirms 2014 Was Hottest Yet Recorded, On Land And Sea

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 4:09am

The international report card's out and confirms the hottest average on record — for a third time in 15 years. More than 400 scientists contributed data, finding a spike in sea and air temperatures.

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Little Hero, Big Screen: The Entomology Of 'Ant-Man'

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 4:09am

In Ant-Man, the latest Avengers superhero movie, Marvel Studios had to portray the tiny insects as realistic, yet relatable. Two ant scientists weigh in on whether the attempt was successful.

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How Air Pollution May Have Caused Catastrophic Flooding in China

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 4:26pm

Scientists believe soot that hangs over the mountains of Sichuan Basin — a byproduct of factories and cars — brought about the 2013 floods that devastated the region.

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Nice Kids Finish First: Study Finds Social Skills Can Predict Future Success

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 3:59pm

A study finds that children who demonstrate more "pro-social" skills — those who share more and who are better listeners — are more likely to have jobs and stay out of trouble as young adults.

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Screaming For Science: The Secrets Of Crying Babies And Car Alarms

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 11:04am

Why do screams demand our attention like no other sound? The answer seems to involve an acoustic quality called roughness that triggers fear circuits in the brain.

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Webcast: Sports And Health In America

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 10:45am

What are the obstacles that keep adults off the field? How can sports help keep kids and adults in good health? What are the best ways to encourage more widespread and enduring participation?

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'Buckyballs' Solve Century-Old Mystery About Interstellar Space

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 4:02am

Scientists have long wondered what's in the wispy cloud of gas floating in the space between the stars, absorbing starlight. Turns out it's a form of carbon named after architect Buckminster Fuller.

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Why We Play Sports: Winning Motivates, But Can Backfire, Too

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 4:02am

How we view winning and losing may help shape whether we play sports as adults, some psychologists say. In NPR's recent poll, 56 percent of adults who play sports say winning is important to them.

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Strange Worlds At The Edge Of Our Solar System Finally Come Into Focus

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 2:36pm

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has beamed back its best photos of Pluto and its moons. Scientists will puzzle over them for years to come.

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Even Mild Mental Health Problems In Children Can Cause Trouble Later

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 12:24pm

Children with mental health issues are more likely to struggle with jobs, family and social life as adults. And that's true even for children whose problems aren't severe enough to be diagnosed.

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3 Emerging Themes From #RaceOnTech

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 9:46am

This week, our #RaceOnTech discussion has turned up some common themes regarding diversity in the science and technology fields: the role of identity, the the wealth gap and the importance of mentors.

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States Make Laws To Protect Patients From Hidden Medical Bills

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 9:19am

Too many patients only learn after they get the bill that their insurer won't cover some medical services provided in the hospital. New laws in several states aim to stop those nasty surprises.

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Solar Airplane's Round-The-World Trip Is Halted Until 2016

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 8:58am

Battery problems on the Solar Impulse, the airplane that's been flying around the world using only the sun's-power, have grounded it until next spring.

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Pluto Discoverer's Hometown Throws Big Bash For (Non-Dwarf!) Planet

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 4:08am

Clyde Tombaugh, the man who discovered Pluto, grew up under the dark, open skies of rural Streator, Ill. This week the town has been full of celebration, as NASA made its first visit to Pluto.

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No. 1 With A Bullet Point: To Get Research Cited, Make Sure It's Listed First

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 4:08am

Sometimes our eyes are just drawn to the top of a list. Using a regular e-mail of headlines sent out to economists, a study found the ones listed higher get read more — and cited more in future work.

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Hey Yogurt-Maker, Where'd You Get Those Microbes?

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 4:08am

Making yogurt requires bacteria — but which strains of bacteria? There are dozens to choose from, and that choice affects yogurt's tartness and texture.

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After Nuclear Deal, Iranian Oil Could Flow At Molasses Pace

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 3:31pm

Iran holds the fourth-largest oil reserves in the world, and the nuclear deal could mean millions oil barrels flowing into an already saturated market, pushing the global price down further.

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How Long Would It Take To Drive To Pluto?

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 3:31pm

As New Horizons completes its journey to the far reaches of the solar system, NPR takes a look at just how long it takes to get to Pluto.

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NASA Spacecraft Flies Past Pluto After 10-Year Journey

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 3:31pm

On Tuesday morning, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft swooped past the surface of Pluto. The vast distance between Earth and Pluto means they're still waiting to hear what happened.

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When Weed Is The Cure: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 1:59pm

Dr. David Casarett used to think of medical marijuana as "a joke." But after taking a deeper look, he's changed his mind. Casarett's new book is Stoned: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana.

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