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The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 4:26pm

So much of the food we eat these days is encased in plastic. And behind it is a whole lot of research and innovation. We dive into some of the materials that keep food fresh and portable.

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Zoo In Argentina Says 'Sad Bear' Too Old To Go To Canada

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 12:01pm

The plight of the nearly 30-year-old polar bear, who lost his enclosure mate two years ago, has attracted attention from well-wishers the world over who want him moved.

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Globe-Trotting Virus Hides Inside People's Gut Bacteria

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:32am

Scientists have discovered what may be the most common virus in people worldwide. The tiny critter doesn't make us sick but may be involved in obesity and diabetes.

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As Millions Of People Fast For Ramadan, Does The Economy Suffer?

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 5:01am

New research examines the effects of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month during which millions of people around the world go without food all day. Does religious practice affect economic growth?

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Nuclear Plant May Be In Hot Water Over Its Cooling System

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:08pm

Operators of the Turkey Point nuclear plant near Miami have received federal permission to run their cooling system above the old 100 degree limit. The decision is meant to combat algae growth and rising temperature in cooling canals, but environmental groups in nearby Biscayne National Park are concerned.

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Does Your Dog Feel Jealous, Or Is That A Purely Human Flaw?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 1:32pm

Dog owners don't doubt that their pooch has feelings. But scientists aren't so sure. An experiment found that dogs act upset, dare we say jealous, when their owners ignore them for a stuffed animal.

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This Aspiring Astronaut Might Be The World's Most Amazing Teen

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 1:03pm

He lived in a village in Tanzania. He dreamed of being an astronaut. Now he's studying in a Florida flight academy — and hoping his secret potato salad recipe will bring support to pay the tuition.

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An Animal Makes A $10,000 Deposit, But Not At The Bank

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:03am

A Beverly Hills auction house has an unusual fossil for sale. It's not an ancient animal. It's something an ancient animal left behind — and it's very, very long.

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Many Kids Who Are Obese Or Overweight Don't Know It

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 6:29am

A significant percentage of obese kids think their weight is just fine. But do they need to know the truth to get healthier?

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Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella?

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 4:08pm

What does a 20 percent chance of rain or snow actually mean? Interpreting probabilities in forecasts can be hard even for mathematicians and meteorologists — never mind the average person.

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Thousands Of Migrating Birds Take Their Layover In A Texas Parking Lot

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:14pm

For one month every summer, hundreds of thousands of purple martins stop by an abandoned shopping mall parking lot in Austin, Texas, on their way to the Amazon Basin. Reporter Luke Quinton visited this year's roosting and offers a glimpse of the phenomenon.

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Don't Pop That Bubble Wrap! Scientists Turn Trash Into Test Tubes

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 2:31pm

Researchers have stumbled on an ingenious idea: Use bubble wrap as a cheap test tube and petri dish. They've even run tests on blood that's sitting inside the poppable packaging. So how does it work?

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What's Better Than A Total Eclipse Of The Sun? Check This

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 12:55pm

This may be the most heart-rending, most beautiful eclipse in our solar system. But you can't travel to see it. Not yet.

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Rosetta Spacecraft Readies For Rendezvous With Comet

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:44am

The Rosetta spacecraft hibernated for 31 months while its orbit took it too far away from the sun for its solar arrays to keep it operational. It's ready for a rendezvous with a comet Aug. 6.

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Son's Mental Illness Prompts Billionaire's Big Donation To Psychiatric Research

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:44am

Ted Stanley is giving $650 million to the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard to find and treat the genetic underpinnings of mental illnesses. His son has bipolar disorder.

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Sixth-Grader's Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 4:31pm

Florida-native Lauren Arrington discovered that invasive lionfish, which usually live in the ocean, could survive in nearly fresh water. The 12-year-old's experiment blew away professional scientists.

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45 Years Ago, Armstrong Took His 'One Small Step'

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 11:40am

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11's Lunar Module, Eagle, touched down in the moon's Sea of Tranquility, marking humankind's first journey to another world.

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Astronaut Who Walked On The Moon: 'It Was Science Fiction To Us'

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 10:03am

Forty-five years after man first walked on the moon, Alan Bean, who was part of the second lunar landing, talks to NPR's Arun Rath about his stormy launch and how he translates space travel into art.

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With Malaysia Airlines Crash, A Loss For AIDS Research

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 4:05pm

A number of scientists and others members of the AIDS research community died in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine. NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with journalist and editor in chief of HIV Plus magazine Diane Anderson-Minshall about the loss.

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200,000+ Sign Petition To Move 'Sad Bear' To Better Life In Canada

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 9:28am

Arturo the polar bear, living in a cramped and hot zoo enclosure in Argentina, is the subject of an online campaign that includes former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

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