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Copenhagen Zoo Euthanizes Giraffe Despite Online Protest

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 1:55pm

Marius, a healthy 2-year-old male giraffe, was killed and his body carved up and fed to the lions. The zoo says it was simply trying to prevent inbreeding.

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Is It Enough Rain For Drought-Stricken California?

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 9:53am

The San Francisco Bay area has gotten about 3 inches so far this season, but normally it should have received 14.5 inches.

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Oil, Gas Drilling Seems To Make The Earth Slip And Go Boom

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 9:47am

People who have never experienced earthquakes are starting to feel rumbles, which scientists say may be linked to the rise in oil and gas activity. Along with the quakes are shockingly loud noises that can put residents on edge.

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Why Confounding Coincidences Happen Every Day

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 7:00am

David Hand, an emeritus professor of mathematics at Imperial College in London, believes that miracles and rare events actually aren't so uncommon. Hand speaks with NPR's Rachel Martin about his new book,

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Learning About Love From The Lifelong Bond Of The Prairie Vole

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 4:47am

Prairie voles look like hamsters, but they have a special trait. The small mammals take on monogamous partners for their entire lives.

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Dr. Wikipedia: The 'Double-Edged Sword' Of Crowd-Sourced Medicine

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 4:43pm

A report on health and social media finds that Wikipedia is the "single leading source of medical information" for patients and health care professionals. But not all the articles are accurate. To address that issue, Dr. Amin Azzam requires his fourth-year medical students to revise and publish medical articles on the site.

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Oldest 'Out Of Africa' Human Footprints Found On British Coast

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 11:10am

Scientists have found the oldest-known footprints outside Africa, dating from between 800,000 and 1 million years ago, on a beach facing the North Sea.

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The Right Way To Hug A Lion

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 6:38am

You can cuddle them, live with them, protect them, but when animals look at you — even when they're purring or licking your face — what's really going on in their heads? In yours? A cartoonist explores this question.

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The Right Way To Hug A Lion

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 6:38am

You can cuddle them, live with them, protect them, but when animals look at you — even when they're purring or licking your face — what's really going on in their heads? In yours? A cartoonist explores this question.

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Who 'Won' The Creation Vs. Evolution Debate?

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 3:27pm

Days after a wide-ranging debate on creationism and evolution between Bill Nye and Ken Ham, the topic is driving an online conversation about points raised in the debate. Themes of belief and literalism, logic and faith – and, for some, relevance – are being debated online.

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NASA Probe Finds Newly Formed Crater On Mars

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 12:37pm

The impact that formed the 100-foot-diameter scar threw Martian rock and soil more than nine miles across the surface.

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Woolly Mammoths' Taste For Flowers May Have Been Their Undoing

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 2:27am

New research shows a big part of the woolly mammoth's diet was made up of tiny flowers, rather than grass. And when the flowers disappeared, so too, did the mammoths.

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Woolly Mammoths' Taste For Flowers May Have Been Their Undoing

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 2:27am

New research shows a big part of the woolly mammoth's diet was made up of tiny flowers, rather than grass. And when the flowers disappeared, so too, did the mammoths.

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California Is So Dry, Some Diners Won't Get Water Unless They Ask

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 3:06pm

Across the state, towns and cities now see waste in the the full water glasses left on diners' tables. Santa Cruz is one of the first California towns to bar restaurants from serving drinking water unless diners request it.

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Seeing Less Helps The Brain Hear More

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 3:00pm

People who are blind from birth are often better than sighted people at processing certain aspects of sound. A mouse study hints at why: Even a few days in the dark helped "rewire" the auditory center of an adult animal's brain.

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Chemical Study Becomes A Tale of Conspiracy And Paranoia

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 3:00pm

Tyrone Hayes, a biology professor at the University of California, Berkeley, has spent the past 15 years to studying the adverse effects of atrazine, a common herbicide used in the U.S. For much of that time, Hayes believed he was being watched and closely followed by Syngenta, the Swiss company that produces the chemical, in an effort to discredit his findings. Audie Cornish talks to New Yorker reporter Rachel Aviv for more.

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Hard Of Hearing? A Few Days In The Dark May Help

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 3:00pm

A few days without sight can improve hearing, scientists report in the journal Neuron. The researchers found that even in grown animals, the brain can rewire itself to emphasize one sense over another. It also suggests that temporarily simulating blindness might help people whose brains have trouble processing certain sounds.

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Electronic Tongues Are The Beer Snobs Of The Future

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 1:36pm

Researchers in Barcelona have developed an electronic tongue that really knows the difference between a pilsner, a lager and a bock. It's still a prototype, but its creators say it could some day replace human taste-testers.

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An Artificial Arm Gives One Man The Chance To Feel Again

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 1:05pm

Many scientists have been trying to create neural implants that will let amputees regain a sense of touch and control. One version has let a Danish man feel the texture of things he's touching. But it's an experimental model that's not yet ready for use outside the laboratory.

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Ladies: Good Bacteria In Yogurt May Be Good For Waistlines, Too

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 12:52pm

Women who took a probiotic commonly found in yogurts daily while on a diet regime lost significantly more weight and fat than their counterparts who received a placebo. The findings offer interesting hints about how probiotics might be interacting with the tiny microbes that live in our guts.

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