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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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'O Wind A-Blowing!'

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 7:05am

This is the snowy season. Next (very soon) comes the windy season, and to celebrate, here are three of the wildest winds ever — seen through a door in Antarctica, on a street in Norway, and in an outdoor barbershop in a country with no name.

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Performance Drinks Pour Liquid Fuel Into Olympic Athletes

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 7:00am

Olympic athletes burn huge numbers of calories. NPR's Scott Simon talks to nutritionist Dr. Nanna Meyer about what elite athletes drink to recover from their high-intensity workouts.

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1 In 4 Americans Thinks The Sun Goes Around The Earth, Survey Says

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 4:55pm

26 percent in a survey of 2,200 people conducted in 2012 answered that the Sun revolves around the Earth, and fewer than half answered correctly on a question about human origins.

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Illegal, Remote Pot Farms In California Poisoning Rare Wildlife

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 3:00pm

Weasel-like fishers, spotted owls and other small predators have become collateral damage as illegal marijuana growers push deep into remote forests of Northern California. Biologists warn that the heavy use of insecticide and rat poison to protect crops is pushing some wildlife species to the edge.

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The Myth About Mollusks: Are Oysters Aphrodisiacs?

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 3:00pm

Scientists have made some attempts to link mollusks to increased libido. There's even evidence that consuming heavy doses of the amino acids found in oysters can increase sperm count. But do any of these findings actually prove that oysters can — ahem — amp up arousal? Not so much.

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NASA's On Alert For Big Scary Asteroids. What About Smaller Ones?

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 3:00pm

NASA has reactivated a mothballed spacecraft to look for big objects that might strike Earth. It's part of an increased effort to find potential hazards — but some scientists sizing up the sky think we should try harder.

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Here's One More Reason To Play Video Games: Beating Dyslexia

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:26pm

People with dyslexia take longer to alternate their attention between visual and audio cues, researchers say. That's particularly true if they have to attend to a sound after seeing something. That difference may provide clues to better treatments for dyslexia.

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Here's One More Reason To Play Video Games: Beating Dyslexia

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:26pm

People with dyslexia take longer to alternate their attention between visual and audio cues, researchers say. That's particularly true if they have to attend to a sound after seeing something. That difference may provide clues to better treatments for dyslexia.

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Make It A Grande: Mammoth Tusk Find Likely Seattle's Largest

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:11pm

A giant tusk from a Columbian mammoth that lived 16,000 years ago appears to be the largest, most intact ever found in the region.

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How Does Misfortune Affect Long-Term Happiness?

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 11:00am

We're doomed to be miserable if we don't get what we want - right? Not quite, says psychologist Dan Gilbert. He says our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things don't go as planned.

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Are We Happier When We Stay In The Moment?

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 11:00am

When are humans most happy? To answer this question, Matt Killingsworth built an app, Track Your Happiness, that let people report their feelings in real time. Among the results: We're often happiest when we're lost in the moment.

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Sexually Transmitted Food Poisoning? A Fish Toxin Could Be To Blame

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 10:29am

Tropical fish, like red snapper and grouper, can accumulate one of the most poisonous toxins on Earth, known as ciguatera. A few bites of an infected filet can trigger strange neurological effects: painful intercourse, reversal of how you feel temperature and the sensation of your teeth falling out. And doctors say there's a chance it spreads through sex.

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Sexually Transmitted Food Poisoning? A Fish Toxin Could Be To Blame

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 10:29am

Tropical fish, like red snapper and grouper, can accumulate one of the most poisonous toxins on Earth, known as ciguatera. A few bites of an infected filet can trigger strange neurological effects: painful intercourse, reversal of how you feel temperature and the sensation of your teeth falling out. And doctors say there's a chance it spreads through sex.

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Shiny And New: World's Largest Solar Plant Opens In Nevada

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 9:56am

The $2.2 billion, 400-megawatt Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System will provide electricity to 140,000 homes.

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Massive Volcanic Eruption In Indonesia Blankets Region In Ash

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 7:36am

Mount Kelud blasted volcanic soot 12 miles into the air on the island of Java as it erupted, killing several people and forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands.

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Report: Burning Natural Gas Is Better Than Using Coal

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 4:00am

Methane is both a fuel and a potent greenhouse gas. A study in Science magazine suggests that about 50 percent more methane is leaking into the atmosphere than official estimates suggest. Even so, they conclude that it's better for the environment to switch electricity generation from coal power plants to those that burn methane.

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