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Fossils In Amber May Provide Link Between Ancient Arachnids And Modern Spiders

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 5:46pm

Two teams of researchers are studying tailed spiders captured and preserved about 100 million years ago, which could provide evidence of the species' evolution.

Could A More Individualistic World Also Be A More Altruistic One?

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 2:11pm

Equating individualism with selfishness may be a mistake: Some of the world's wealthiest and most individualistic countries are some of the most altruistic, says 13.7 guest commentator Abigail Marsh.

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Lethal Pneumonia Outbreak Caused By Low Chlorine In Flint Water

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 2:00pm

Two new studies confirm that an outbreak of deadly Legionnaires' disease in Flint, Mich., was caused by the city's water crisis in 2014 and 2015.

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Can Computers Learn Like Humans?

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 1:46pm

Computers use artificial intelligence to do everything from drive cars to pick music we like. But what exactly is artificial intelligence? How does it work? What are its limits?

(Image credit: Sam Rowe for NPR)

SpaceX Set To Launch World's Most Powerful Rocket

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 11:00am

The company is getting ready for the first flight of its massive Falcon Heavy. It will be the most powerful rocket in use — if it doesn't blow up.

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Why You Don't Hear Much About Sickle Cell Anymore

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 10:06am

It was cured … wasn't it?

Eating Leafy Greens Daily May Help Keep Minds Sharp

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 4:00am

Scientists are keen to figure out how diet influences aging, including brain health. A 5-year study of healthy seniors found those who ate a serving or two of daily greens had less cognitive decline.

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Trump Administration Reverses Policy On Protecting Migrating Birds

Sun, 02/04/2018 - 4:08pm

The Trump administration has reversed a key policy for protecting migrating birds. Officials say a century old federal law is outdated, and poses a burden for utilities and energy companies.

The Forgotten Renewable: Geothermal Energy Production Heats Up

Sun, 02/04/2018 - 4:08pm

Experts say the American West is full of geothermal reservoirs whose energy could power millions of homes. But extracting that energy isn't easy.

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In The U.S. Virgin Islands, Health Care Remains In A Critical State

Sun, 02/04/2018 - 7:09am

In September, two Category 5 hurricanes devastated the region. Now, its hospitals can no longer provide major surgery, cancer treatment or specialized care, forcing daily staff cuts and revenue loss.

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Reports: White House To Withdraw Controversial Nominee For Top Environmental Post

Sun, 02/04/2018 - 12:38am

The White House will reportedly pull nominee Kathleen Hartnett White to lead the Council on Environmental Quality. White has drawn criticism for her comments on climate change.

Making Space Food With Space Poop

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 7:33am

One of the difficult aspects of getting humans to Mars is the need to bring food. Researchers are experimenting with a way to make edible "microbial goo" with help from human waste.

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Gone With A Shot? Hopeful New Signs Of Relief For Migraine Sufferers

Sat, 02/03/2018 - 7:00am

Novel migraine therapies could change how physicians treat these debilitating headaches. But they are likely to be expensive and the long-term side effects will not be known for some time.

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CEO Of The Humane Society Resigns Amid Allegations of Sexual Harassment

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 5:59pm

The resignation of Wayne Pacelle comes just hours after the nonprofit had issued a statement endorsing his leadership and dismissing allegations made by three women.

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Mars Rover Curiosity's Panoramic Photo Depicts Its Epic Journey

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 4:43pm

It captured images that show some of the key regions NASA's robot has explored since 2012.

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'Game Changer': Maya Cities Unearthed In Guatemala Forest Using Lasers

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 4:20pm

The technology provides them with an unprecedented view into how the ancient civilization worked and lived, revealing almost industrial agricultural infrastructure and new insights into warfare.

(Image credit: PACUNAM/Marcello Canuto & Luke Auld-Thomas)

When The Flu Hits Campus, The Gesundheit Machine Will Be Ready

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 2:00pm

It's a particularly harsh flu season. In the close quarters of dorm rooms and cafeterias and study groups — the flu will come to college campuses. And when it does, one scientist will be ready.

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Buried in Trump's Nuclear Report: A Russian Doomsday Weapon

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 1:33pm

The administration's Nuclear Posture Review mentions a massive, nuclear-armed torpedo capable of incinerating cities. But is it real?

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'Leaky Pipelines': Plug The Holes Or Change The System?

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 8:52am

There are many reasons women leave careers: It's not fair to assume they have not met the mark; some are making positive choices for more impactful, and varied, lives, says 13.7 guest Patricia Fara.

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From Scraps To Snacks: Pulp Left Over From Juice Bars Is Reborn In New Foods

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 7:00am

Juicing is all the rage – and produces lots of leftover fruit and vegetable bits. Once thrown out as compost, that fiber is now sneaking its way into snacks, breakfast foods and even burgers.

(Image credit: Grace Hwang Lynch for NPR)

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