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Why Vegetables Get Freakish In The Land Of The Midnight Sun

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 1:57pm

Long summer days in Alaska help cabbages, turnips and other vegetables grow to gargantuan sizes. These "giants" are celebrated at the annual state fair, which kicks off on Thursday.

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What Kids' Drawings Say About Their Future Thinking Skills

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 8:23am

There's a link between how children draw at age 4 and how well they perform on intelligence tests at age 14, researchers say.

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If You're Born In The Sky, What's Your Nationality? An Airplane Puzzler

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 6:03am

Suppose two Chinese parents get on an Australian airplane and, while flying over U.S. territory, they have a baby on the plane. Can that baby be an American citizen?

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Ebola In The Skies? How The Virus Made It To West Africa

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 4:14pm

The type of Ebola erupting in West Africa is closely related to one found 2,500 miles away — the distance between Boston and San Francisco. How did the virus spread so far without anyone noticing?

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Mental Health Cops Help Reweave Social Safety Net In San Antonio

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 2:34am

Across the U.S., jails hold many more people with serious mental illness than state hospitals do. San Antonio is reweaving its safety net for the mentally ill — and saving $10 million annually.

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Experimental Vaccine For Chikungunya Passes First Test

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 6:12pm

Using a new technology, scientists have created a vaccine for an emerging mosquito-borne virus. The vaccine was safe and produced some degree of immunity in a preliminary study.

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Often On The Move, Restless Elephants Are Tough To Count — And Keep Safe

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 3:16pm

A recent study tried to pin down just how many elephants have been killed by poachers. It's a lot — enough to eventually eliminate the species — but pinning down an exact death toll is difficult. The reason elephants are so hard to protect is the same that makes them so hard to count: They roam — exceptionally far.

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At The Nano Level, Wrinkles Aren't Always A No-No

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 3:16pm

What happens when you add folds to materials that are only a few atoms thick? Several scientists set out to find the answer — and discovered that these nano-wrinkles can be quite useful.

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Seeking 'Proof' For Why We Feel Terrible After Too Many Drinks

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 2:35pm

Author Adam Rogers says there are lots of myths about what causes hangovers. His new book Proof: The Science of Booze explores these and other scientific mysteries about alcohol's effect on the body.

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Elephant Slaughter, African Slavery And America's Pianos

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 12:11pm

Two New England towns dominated the world's ivory market from 1840 to 1940 — transforming imported tusks from African elephants into piano keys and combs. Today's residents grapple with a dark past.

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Broken Teeth And Fake-umentaries: Another Shark Week Gone By

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 9:31am

Alastair Bland looks at the dangers to real sharks and the hazards of pseudo-documentaries as another Shark Week draws to a close.

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How Does Winning Math's Fields Medal Effect Productivity?

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 4:25am

An analysis by two economists finds that winners of the medal, the most significant prize in mathematics, become significantly less productive in their chosen field of study after they win the prize.

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New Cameras Will Map Florida's Reefs

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 6:58am

A scientific survey of coral reefs off the Florida keys is being done using the same fish-eye camera lenses that Google uses to capture street views. Scientists will use the images for research.

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Cold Winter Depleted Some Coastal Fish Populations

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 6:58am

The extreme cold weather on the East Coast last winter has meant that some fishermen have smaller catches this summer. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to fishing forecaster Mitchell Roffer in Florida.

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Fighting (Tasty) Invasive Fish With Forks And Knives

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 4:25am

Invasive fish like snakeheads and Asian carp are threatening to wipe out aquatic ecosystems across the U.S. So chefs and environmental agencies are encouraging their communities to eat them up.

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Fighting (Tasty) Invasive Fish With Forks And Knives

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 4:25am

Invasive fish like snakeheads and Asian carp are threatening to wipe out aquatic ecosystems across the U.S. So chefs and environmental agencies are encouraging their communities to eat them up.

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The Machine That Tried To Scan The Brain — In 1882

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 4:24am

The inspiration for modern MRI brain scanners was built before the first World War, the Titanic sank, and humans took flight. Now neuroscientists are trying to give its inventor his due credit.

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For City Dwellers, Stargazing Can Make For A Stellar Vacation

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 4:49pm

For those willing to travel a bit, venture out and allow your eyes to adjust to the darkness, many places still offer the chance to enjoy the soul-lifting sight of a starry night sky.

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Making Scripts And Science Match

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 6:53am

How can screenwriters make sure the science and medical details of their shows are true to life? NPR's Scott Simon talks with Kate Langrall Folb of Hollywood, Health & Society, who helps them out.

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Scientists Test The World's Seas On Ocean Sampling Day

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 6:53am

For one day this summer, scientists from around the globe decided to find out what's in our oceans' water. We go to the coast of Savannah, Ga., to find out what exactly they were looking for.

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