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Compound From Soil Bacteria May Help Fight Dangerous Germs

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 12:15pm

A natural compound kills germs that have become resistant to antibiotics, researchers say. If it works in humans, it could help combat diseases like tuberculosis.

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Why Some Chefs Just Can't Quit Serving Bluefin Tuna

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 11:01am

Japanese sushi chefs can't say no to Bluefin tuna on offer. Some American chefs can't either, even though conservation groups and marine biologists have been badgering them about Bluefin for years.

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A Bed Of Mouse Cells Helps Human Cells Thrive In The Lab

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 2:37am

Researchers have developed a powerful method for growing human cells in the laboratory that has led to some unusual findings. Cell tests suggest a malaria drug might work against cervical cancer.

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Kids May Not Benefit From Extended Isolation After Concussions

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 3:56pm

New research suggests isolating children with concussions for more than two days may do more harm than good compared to adults.

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Going Dry: The Benefits Of A Month Without Booze

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 11:15am

Even a brief breakup with alcohol can impart measurable health rewards, a small but intriguing experiment suggests. Indeed, the concept of a dry January is gaining traction in the U.K.

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The Downside Of Cheaper Gas: More Accident Fatalities

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 4:00am

Falling gasoline prices are a benefit to motorists — but those lower prices come with a hidden cost: increased traffic fatalities.

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How Anglers Are Learning To Save Fish That Get 'The Bends'

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 2:52am

Millions of deep-water fish die every year because of barotrauma, a condition divers know as "the bends." But scientists say so-called descending devices can help fish survive a trip to the surface.

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SpaceX Plans A Perfect Landing

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 4:57pm

The space firm will send a supply capsule into orbit, and then try a new way to recover the part of the rocket that carried it. If it works, the cost of going to space could reduce dramatically.

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How A Position Of Power Can Change Your Voice

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 3:22pm

Once you become the boss, it's likely that you'll start to speak quite differently. The pitch, resonance and intensity of your speech change in ways that listeners can detect as signs of power.

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Entrepreneurs Find Ways To Make Money From Carbon Emissions

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

President Obama in September set a formidable goal for American industry and agriculture — reduce greenhouse gases by a quarter in 10 years. But several states are ahead of the game.

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What Heroin Addiction Tells Us About Changing Bad Habits

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 2:33am

Sure, you resolve to exercise more, but somehow it never happens. It could be that your environment is sabotaging you, psychologists say. A famous study about heroin and the Vietnam War explains how.

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A Shadow Economy Lurks In An Electronics Graveyard

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 7:54pm

Two decades ago, the region of Agbogbloshie in Ghana was a lush mangrove swamp. Now, reporter and photographer Yepoka Yeebo explains, it's a vast dump full of electronic waste and young scavengers.

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Researchers Enlist Internet Users To Help Monitor Penguins

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 6:46am

Penguin Watch lets people around the world further science by looking at images of the adorable birds in the wild. Researcher Caitlin Black tells NPR's Rachel Martin how you can help from your chair.

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Despite Last Year's Failures, Many Still Make Resolutions

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 6:46am

Did you make a New Year's resolution? If you did, our data expert Mona Chalabi says you're in the 44 percent of Americans who did. But she tells NPR's Rachel Martin that keeping to them is another story.

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Faith And Aquarium Pumps: The Stuff Of Science In 2014

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 6:46am

It may seem scientists are aloof geniuses who churn out discoveries. Joe Palca's NPR series, Joe's Big Idea, shows us how science really works. He reviews 2014 highlights with NPR's Rachel Martin.

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Trading Pom-Poms For Field Boots: Mireya Mayor's Big Break

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 4:57pm

The explorer's life plays out like an adventure film. But before she ever went diving with great whites, she was cheering for the Miami Dolphins — until a required science course changed her plans.

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NASA Hopes A Hack Will Overcome Mars Rover's Memory Gap

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 6:58am

The Mars rover Opportunity is getting on in years. It has been on Mars' surface for over a decade, and now it's having memory problems. NASA has come up with a plan to fix it.

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Utilities Fight For Revenue Lost To Solar Power

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 6:58am

Solar energy had a banner year in 2014. But as more U.S. households make their own electricity, they're paying electric utilities less. Utility companies across the nation are fighting back.

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Orca Calf Shows Signs Of Orca Midwifery

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 6:58am

A whale researcher has a new hypothesis about orca whales: Whale "midwives" may be assisting births.

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Our Most Popular Stories Of 2014: Ebola ... And Bed Rails?

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 5:12pm

In July, the Goats and Soda blog was born. We came into a world obsessed with Ebola. But our readers also loved stories about chocolate, bed rails and jet-setting viruses.

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