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California Prepares For Difficult Fire Season Amid Drought

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 3:30pm

Firefighters in California depend on water from lakes and reservoirs to help fight wildfires. But water levels have fallen because of the ongoing drought, and some water sources may be too low to use.

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At Long Last, Taxidermied Hyenas In Chicago Get Their Own Diorama

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 3:30pm

After years tucked away in the Reptile Hall at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, four striped taxidermied hyenas are finally getting their own diorama.

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Florida Governor Leaves D.C. Meeting Empty-Handed

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 7:17pm

Despite a "good conversation" with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, Gov. Rick Scott gets no sign that Florida will receive the more than $1 billion he wants for health care.

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Missing Link Microbes May Help Explain How Single Cells Became Us

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 3:47pm

Near a field of deep sea vents between Norway and Greenland, scientists discovered the DNA of microbes that seem to be primitive archaea, but with a lot more genes — typical of complicated creatures.

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Edison's Talking Dolls Can Now Provide The Soundtrack To Your Nightmares

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 4:02pm

Thomas Edison built and sold about 500 dolls back in 1890. Now, new technology has made hearing their supercreepy voices possible for the first time in decades. (Thanks, technology.)

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Baltimore Police Shooting That Wasn't 'Illustrates Malleable Nature Of Memories'

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 3:58pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks to Elizabeth Loftus, professor of psychology at the University of California, Irvine, about inventing memories. False reports Monday said a man was shot by Baltimore police.

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Natural GMO? Sweet Potato Genetically Modified 8,000 Years Ago

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 12:19pm

People have been farming — and eating — a GMO for thousands of years without knowing it. Scientists have found genes from bacteria in sweet potatoes around the world. So who made the GMO?

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Blame Cognitive Biases When Efforts To Conserve Water Aren't Effective

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 4:02am

As California's drought draws national headlines, we look at what a psychology-minded engineer has discovered when it comes to conserving water at home.

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Georgia Tech Studies Chickens' Emotions Based On Their Clucks

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 2:52pm

When a chicken speaks, it's hard to tell whether it's a happy or sad cluck. That's what a research team at Georgia Tech is trying to decipher by recording more than 1,000 hours of chickens clucking.

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Why Your Future Vaccination Might Not Be A Shot

Sun, 05/03/2015 - 6:03am

Step aside, injections! The next flu vaccine you see might look more like a bandage — a patch covered in 100 microscopic needles that dissolve in the skin in just a few minutes.

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Who Keeps Track If Your Surgery Goes Well Or Fails?

Sun, 05/03/2015 - 4:20am

The outcomes of many medical procedures and treatments done in hospitals nationwide aren't tracked or even measured, says a surgeon who thinks that's bad. Understanding outcomes, he says, saves lives.

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Who Keeps Track If Your Surgery Goes Well Or Fails?

Sun, 05/03/2015 - 4:20am

The outcomes of many medical procedures and treatments done in hospitals nationwide aren't tracked or even measured, says a surgeon who thinks that's bad. Understanding outcomes, he says, saves lives.

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A Veteran Scientist Dreams Boldly Of 'Earth And Sky'

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 6:57am

Famous — and occasionally controversial — physicist Freeman Dyson's new essay collection ranges from scientific history to today's hot-button issues like climate change and genetic engineering.

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3-D Printers Bring Historic Instruments Back To The Future

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 1:03am

You just can't stick a modern mouthpiece on an antique saxophone and get the right sound. The answer could be in the lab.

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'Into The Wild' Author Tries Science To Solve Toxic Seed Mystery

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 2:49pm

Jon Krakauer has long been haunted by how Christopher McCandless died in the Alaskan wilderness. In a scientific journal, he and a chemist show that the seeds McCandless consumed can contain a toxin.

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Urine For A Surprise: Your Pee Might Reveal Your Risk For Obesity

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 1:30pm

There are clues about your activity level and metabolism in urine. Researchers hope to one day predict obesity risk by tracking the different levels and ratios of certain molecules in pee.

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Does Reading Harry Potter Have An Effect On Your Behavior?

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 4:02am

New research suggests that school kids who read and identify with Harry Potter display more positive attitudes toward people from disadvantaged groups.

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Western Hemisphere Wipes Out Its Third Virus

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 6:00pm

It took 15 years and 250 million vaccines, but this week, health authorities officially declared North America and South America free of rubella — a virus that can cause severe birth defects.

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Western Hemisphere Eradicates Its Third Virus

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 6:00pm

It took 15 years and 250 million vaccines, but this week, health authorities officially declared North America and South America free of rubella — a virus that can cause severe birth defects.

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NASA Spacecraft Crashes Into Mercury, Concluding 4-Year Study Of Planet

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 3:27pm

A NASA spacecraft plunged into the planet Mercury on Thursday. It's demise comes after four years of studying our solar system's innermost planet.

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