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Overexposed? Camera Phones Could Be Washing Out Our Memories

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 4:07pm

When you snap lots of photos, psychologists say you're subconsciously relying on the camera to remember the experience for you. And your memory, they say, may suffer because of it.

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Mars Weathercam Spots Big New Crater

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 4:02pm

A scientist monitoring Martian weather for the Opportunity rover team noticed an inconspicuous dark patch that turned out to be a new impact crater half the size of a football field.

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NOAA Predicts Relatively Quiet Atlantic Hurricane Season

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 3:21pm

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expects a relatively quiet Atlantic hurricane season, with three to six hurricanes developing between June 1 and the end of November. Forecasters say they expect El Nino conditions to develop in the coming months, which should produce winds in the Atlantic that discourage hurricane formation.

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Big Flightless Birds Come From High-Flying Ancestors

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 2:59pm

We're sure glad ostriches and emus don't fly. But DNA evidence now suggests their small ancestors flew to each continent, where they evolved independently into giants with stubby wings.

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Jupiter's Dot And Mine. Why Life Is Unfair

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 1:26pm

Jupiter has a large red dot on its surface. I, too, have a dot on my surface. It's on my cheek. Jupiter just got lucky with its dot. Me? Not.

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Experimental Malaria Vaccine Blocks The Bad Guy's Exit

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 1:01pm

Most attempts at a malaria vaccine have unsuccessfully tried to keep the parasite from breaking into red blood cells. But a new twist that keeps the parasite from escaping the cells may work better.

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Scientists Discover Carbon Cycle Is Out Of Whack

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 4:05am

Scientists who track carbon say the way it cycles from the atmosphere back to earth and into plants and animals has apparently changed. It could be the whole planetary carbon treadmill is speeding up.

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Snake Species That Went Missing For 78 Years Is Found

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 6:04pm

A secretive, nocturnal species that lives on a remote island off the coast of Mexico had not been spotted since 1936. Scientists have concluded it is genetically distinct from mainland neighbors.

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The Universe Cares About How Fast You — Yes, You — Travel

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 3:10pm

NPR's resident physicist and commentator, Adam Frank, reflects on how your velocity — how quickly you move — affects how you experience life.

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So What If It's Ugly? It Just Keeps On Going ...

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 6:03am

Thank heavens it's not pretty, not thirsty, not useful, not a bother, not nearby. It looks like a mess of rope. But, oh my, is this plant old. Really, really old.

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Mating Rituals: Why Certain Risky Behaviors Can Make You Look Hot

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 4:18am

Social science research suggests risky behavior such as braving heights or swimming in deep waters increases your sex appeal. Driving without a seat belt? Not so much.

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Should HPV Testing Replace The Pap Smear?

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 2:24am

The recent FDA approval of an HPV test to screen for cervical cancer has ignited debate among doctors. Some say the viral test will catch cancers earlier. Others warn it increases needless biopsies.

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For N.J. Mayor, The Time To Adapt To Rising Sea Levels Is Now

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 2:20am

Hoboken, N.J., has experienced several major floods since Hurricane Sandy. Mayor Dawn Zimmer says her city can't isn't waiting to prepare for the effects of climate change.

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Why Those Tiny Microbeads In Soap May Pose Problem For Great Lakes

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 2:20am

The plastic beads in some face soaps look a lot like fish food when they end up in the water. Two states are close to banning the beads, which researchers say can spread toxins through the food chain.

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Double Trouble For Coffee: Drought And Disease Send Prices Up

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 2:18am

Coffee prices have spiked this year because of drought in Brazil and a disease that's crippling coffee production in parts of Central America. Coffee traders says prices could rise to $3 a pound.

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Big Bang's Ripples: Two Scientists Recall Their Big Discovery

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 3:42pm

Fifty years ago today two astronomers in New Jersey accidentally discovered the Big Bang's afterglow. The roaring space static their hilltop antenna detected came from the birth of the universe.

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UK Government Asks: What's The Greatest Challenge Of Our Time?

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 3:27pm

In 1714, the British government established a prize to solve the greatest challenge of that time: Pinpoint a ship's location at sea by knowing its longitude. Now, 300 years later, it's bringing back the Longitude Prize. This time, the public will choose the greatest challenge in a vote that begins Thursday.

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Before You Get Too Excited About The Titanosaur, Listen To This Guy

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 3:24pm

Science writer Brian Switek responds to the recent discovery of bones that many say are from the largest dinosaur ever. Switek disputes the claim, explaining why a statement like that can't be made.

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Global Temperatures Tied Record High Last Month

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 2:14pm

Warmer weather in Australia and Siberia helped make last month the hottest April on record, tying levels last seen in 2010. Climate change may be putting landmarks like the Statue of Liberty at risk.

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Beezin' May Be Bogus, But Other Dopey Teen Fads Can Bite Back

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 7:50am

Teenagers have always been creative about repurposing household products in search of a high, and social media is helping them. That leaves parents wondering how to tell danger from harmless hype.

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