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The Fate Of The World's Chocolate Depends On This Spot In Rural England

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 4:24am

Cocoa is unusually susceptible to disease. Every year, a third of the crop is destroyed, even as the appetite for chocolate grows. That's why the world needs the International Cocoa Quarantine Centre.

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Pi Day Isn't Just Magical, It's Mathematics. And There's Pie!

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 8:28am

Math geeks are excited about 3-14-15, this year's Pi Day. The San Francisco Exploratorium will celebrate with a pizza-pi-dough-tossing contest, a pi parade and special pie. Mmmm, pie. Or is it pi?

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Guardian Editor Pledges To Bolster Coverage Of Climate Change

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 6:35am

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian, about his recent column detailing his personal motivation for intensifying the paper's focus on climate change coverage.

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Ooze, Fog And Climate Change Threaten Mummies

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 6:35am

The oldest mummies in the world are in northern Chile. Preserved for seven thousand years, the mummies are now deteriorating, and scientists say climate changes are to blame.

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The 'Math Guy' Presents 5 Facts About 3.14

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 6:35am

Want to impress the guests at your local Pi Day celebration this Saturday (3/14/15, hopefully at 9:26)? Pick up some tidbits of mathematical trivia from Keith Devlin.

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Making Pies For Pi Day: Think Inside The Circle

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 10:37am

As math lovers know, it's almost Pi Day. And what better way to celebrate than by rolling out the dough? An NPR editor known for her experimental baking shares some of her favorite recipes.

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Behold! The Cosmos Created From The Contents Of A Kitchen

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 6:03am

From spices, flour, milk, water and food coloring, a photographer creates startlingly realistic-looking images of space. These photos are convincing enough to impress an astrophysicist.

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Moon River? No, It's An Ocean On One Of Jupiter's Moons!

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 2:45pm

Scientists announced in a NASA teleconference that the biggest moon in our solar system has a salty ocean hidden below its icy surface.

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After Rescue, Massive Sea Turtle Will Be Released In SC Thursday

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 1:32pm

A rare 475-pound leatherback sea turtle "immediately responded to treatments" of fluids, vitamins and antibiotics after it was rescued Saturday.

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Before The Gas Is Passed, Researchers Aim To Measure It In The Gut

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 11:04am

As people's health waxes or wanes because of stress or disease, their intestinal ecosystems change, too. It may be possible someday to diagnose disease by analyzing the gas the microbes make.

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When Life Overwhelms, This Group Lends A Healthy Hand

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 3:26am

Health care should go beyond a doctor's office, the creators of this program say. Students work as health advocates, helping patients find affordable housing, fresh food and social services as needed.

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Researchers Think There's A Warm Ocean On Enceladus

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 3:24am

A new analysis of particles believed to be from the bottom of oceans inside Enceladus suggest the moon is toasty warm.

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Results Of Many Clinical Trials Not Being Reported

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 4:41pm

Federal law requires publicly-funded medical researchers to promptly report the results of many experimental treatments. But few are doing so, a review shows, and patients may be hurt.

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Think Man-Sized Swimming Centipede — And Be Glad It's A Fossil

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 2:02pm

This sea monster swam Earth's seas about 480 million years ago and was the biggest creature of its day, scientists say.

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Documents Detail Sugar Industry Efforts To Direct Medical Research

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 9:45am

A dentist unearths documents detailing the sugar industry's influence over the National Institutes of Health's research agenda in the 1960s and 1970s. At issue: setting limits for sugar intake.

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FDA Decision Signals New Competition For Some Of The Costliest Drugs

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 3:50pm

Drugs made from proteins or antibodies are difficult for rival manufacturers to copy. The Food and Drug Administration just approved a copycat drug for cancer patients that shows it can be done.

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FDA Decision Signals New Competition For Some Of The Costliest Drugs

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 3:50pm

Drugs made from proteins or antibodies are difficult for rival manufacturers to copy. The Food and Drug Administration just approved a copycat drug for cancer patients that shows it can be done.

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As Climate Wars Heat Up, Some Skeptics Are Targets

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 3:38pm

Environmentalists and Democrats have launched investigations into the funding of climate skeptics. Some say the probes are necessary, while others worry they could rightly be seen as harassment.

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As Climate Wars Heat Up, Some Skeptics Are Targets

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 3:38pm

Environmentalists and Democrats have launched investigations into the funding of climate skeptics. Some say the probes are necessary, while others worry they could rightly be seen as harassment.

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Florida Gov. Scott Denies Banning Phrase 'Climate Change'

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 3:16pm

University scientists and former state employees say Florida Gov. Rick Scott's administration has directed them to avoid using the phrase "climate change." Scott denies the charge.

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