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As Execution Drugs Run Dry, Attention Turns To Source Of Shortage

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 3:00pm

The U.S. is experiencing a nationwide shortage of the drugs commonly used in lethal injections. The situation has stirred controversy not only in the U.S. but in Europe, as well.

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'Bluish' Light May Help Alzheimer's Patients Find Bearings

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 3:00pm

Light has long been used to treat people with various illnesses, including Seasonal Affective Disorder. Now, researchers at the Lighting Research Center at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute are looking at whether light can be used to help patients with Alzheimer's disease sleep better and experience fewer behavioral issues. Robert Siegel discusses the studies with Mariana Figueiro of the Lighting Research Center, as well as with geriatric psychiatrist Guerman Ermolenko.

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What Is The Psychological Effect Of Naming Storms?

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 3:00pm

Nick Epley at the University of Chicago has been studying the effects of naming inanimate things like storms. He finds that doing so gives them human-like qualities --among them, intentionality.

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If Yellowstone Could Talk, It Might Squeak. Blame The Helium.

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 2:39pm

A huge amount of ancient helium rises from the rocks beneath Yellowstone National Park each week — about enough to fill a Goodyear blimp. Scientists say it's due to a huge volcano underneath the park.

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World's Largest Oyster Is Size Of A Man's Shoe

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 1:18pm

At nearly 14 inches long, a mammoth mollusk is still alive and growing, says the biologist who found it in Denmark. The oyster is roughly comparable to a size 11 shoe.

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World's Largest Oyster Is Size Of A Man's Shoe

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 1:18pm

At nearly 14 inches long, a mammoth mollusk is still alive and growing, says the biologist who found it in Denmark. The oyster is roughly comparable to a size 11 shoe.

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Sit More, And You're More Likely To Be Disabled After Age 60

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 11:46am

People tend to relax as they get older, and most people sit more. Each extra hour of sitting increases the odds that they won't be able to get out of bed or do other daily activities.

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Trees On The Move As Temperature Zones Shift 3.8 Feet A Day

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 10:20am

To keep pace with the present rate of temperature change, plants and animals have to migrate poleward a few feet a day, according to a team of ecologists. If they can't, they may not survive.

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Trees On The Move As Temperature Zones Shift 3.8 Feet A Day

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 10:20am

To keep pace with the present rate of temperature change, plants and animals have to migrate poleward a few feet a day, according to a team of ecologists. If they can't, they may not survive.

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California Brewers Fear Drought Could Leave Bad Taste In Your Beer

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 10:00am

Several brewers near Petaluma make beer with Russian River water, which officials say could run out by summer. That could force some to use well water heavy in minerals that might affect beer flavor.

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One Man's Quest To Find The 'Sonic Wonders Of The World'

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 10:00am

Acoustic engineer Trevor Cox has traveled around the globe to hear whispering arches and singing sand dunes. Closer to home, he can also explain why your singing sounds better in the shower.

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Expanding The NPR Brand, Mom By Mom

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 7:03am

What's a "blog?" What's an "NPR?" How do you put a picture on the radio? Cartoonist Connie Sun tries to explain to her mom. (I'm not sure it worked.)

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Candy Flavors Put E-Cigarettes On Kids' Menu

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 2:37am

Electronic cigarettes are often billed as safe and helpful for adult smokers trying to kick their habit. But the CDC says 1 in 5 young teens who try an e-cigarette have never smoked tobacco. And between 2011 and 2012, the devices doubled in popularity among middle-school and high-school students.

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Research Shows New Flu Viruses Often Arise In Domestic Animals

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 12:17pm

Scientists have apparently been wrong about where new flu viruses come from, and they've underestimated the viruses' connection to horses. The dogma is that new viruses always incubate in wild migratory birds first, then get into domestic poultry, and then jump into mammals — especially pigs and humans.

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Kerry Warns Indonesia: Climate Change Threatens 'Entire Way Of Life'

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 10:41am

The secretary of state spoke to a group of students in the capital, Jakarta, saying climate skeptics "are simply burying their heads in the sand."

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Warming Arctic May Be Causing Jet Stream To Lose Its Way

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 9:12am

Rutgers professor Jennifer Francis says the warming polar air is causing the jet stream to meander, slowing down the march of weather systems across the northern latitudes.

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Floods or Family Conflict? Bad Dreams Differ By Gender

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 7:00am

Men's nightmares tend toward the catastrophic, while women often have bad dreams about interpersonal relationships, according to a new study. Why the difference? NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Antonio Zadra, a researcher at the University of Montreal.

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Scientists Discover Universe's Oldest Star

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 7:00am

The star is 4 billion years older than any other found to date. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Timothy Beers of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory in Arizona.

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No Rest For The Snow-Weary: Northeast Braces For Round 2

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 1:51pm

Maine could get a foot and a half of snow, while Massachusetts and Connecticut could see an additional 12 inches on top of what's already still on the ground.

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Mars 'Jelly Doughnut' Mystery Solved: It's Just A Rock, NASA Says

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 12:16pm

The strange red-and-white object that intrigued Mars enthusiasts for weeks turns out to be just a piece of Mars rock chipped off by the Opportunity rover.

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