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Why This Octopus Isn't Stuck-Up

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 11:18am

Some chemical in octopus skin acts as a repellent to the little suction-cups on the arms, a surprise finding shows. Without it, the eight-armed creature would tie itself in knots.

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Just One-Third Of People Can Tell If You're Faking That Laugh

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 7:37am

Plenty of primates laugh, but only humans fake it. So what are we getting out of that phony chuckle? Perhaps an unfair advantage at work and in social situations, researchers say.

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How To Marry The Right Girl: A Mathematical Solution

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 5:49am

Johannes Kepler, one of the world's great mathematicians, decided to marry in 1611. He made a list of 11 women to interview and he wanted, of course, to choose the best. Here's the formula.

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Tropical Storms Hitting Peak Strength Nearer Poles, Study Says

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 3:52pm

A new NOAA-led study has found that hurricanes, typhoons and tropical cyclones are at their most destructive about 90 miles farther north or south of the equator than three decades ago.

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Out There On The Ice: An Intimate View Of The Melting Antarctic Sheet

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 3:11pm

Two groups of scientists have reported that the melting of the giant West Antarctica Ice Sheet appears to be unstoppable. Oceans could rise several feet in the coming centuries because of its melting.

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Neuroscientists Hack Dreams With Tiny Shocks

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 1:15pm

Small electrical pulses make people feel that they can control their dreams, the hallmark of lucid dreams. But researchers are far away from inducing powers like those seen in the movie Inception.

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Debate: Is Death Final?

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:54pm

The idea of an afterlife has fascinated humans for millennia. In a recent Intelligence Squared debate, two teams faced off over the concept of life after death from a scientific perspective.

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Doctors Debate Whether Screening For Domestic Abuse Helps Stop It

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 8:54am

After your doctor asks you whether you smoke, she might also ask if you feel safe with your partner. But an analysis suggests universal screening may not be helping people who have been abused.

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Last Chance To See Astronaut's 'Space Oddity' Video

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 5:06pm

The YouTube video of astronaut Chris Hadfield aboard the International Space Station is set to come down as the licensing agreement on the iconic David Bowie song expires.

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Gardeners' Gems: Designer Crops That Will Wow The Neighbors

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 3:38pm

For the fashion-conscious gardener, here are the most colorful and flavorful new edibles. This year's picks include the indigo tomato, wasabi and a pineapple-flavored berry.

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Russia Aborts Rocket Engine Sales, GPS Cooperation With U.S.

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 3:12pm

The moves come after Washington banned some high-tech equipment sales to Russia as part of sanctions in response to the annexation of Crimea.

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More Parental Attention May Give First-Born Kids Advantages

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 3:56am

Firstborn kids often do better in school and, on average, go on to earn more money than their younger siblings. A new theory tries to explain why.

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Melting Of Antarctic Ice Sheet Might Be Unstoppable

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 4:19pm

A new study examined 40 years of data collected by ground, air and satellite stations and found that sea level could rise by more than 10 feet in coming centuries.

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'Past The Point Of No Return:' An Antarctic Ice Sheet's Slow Collapse

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 3:02pm

NASA held a press conference to discuss the stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and its potential contribution to future sea level rise. The researchers announced that the ice sheet's collapse is both underway and unstoppable.

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Driving While Pregnant Is Riskier Than You Might Think

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 12:30pm

Expectant mothers are more likely to get into serious car crashes, a study finds. The risk is highest in the second trimester, when accident rates are similar to those for people with sleep apnea.

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Rocket Wars: Will A Suit By SpaceX Get Off The Ground?

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 4:03am

The Calif.-based maker of the Falcon 9 is hoping to break up a monopoly on the launch market for national security satellites.

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Plenty Of Women Enter Academic Science. They Just Don't Stay

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 6:33am

Women are underrepresented in the senior ranks of academic science, but they attend grad school in equal numbers as men. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to science correspondent Joe Palca about the disparity.

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Did Homer Simpson Actually Solve Fermat's Last Theorem? Take A Look

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 4:33am

Simon Singh spotted the equation on a Homer Simpson blackboard. Had Homer just solved one of the toughest puzzles in math? His solution, crazily, seemed "valid" – so Singh checked Homer's numbers.

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Did Homer Simpson Actually Solve Fermat's Last Theorem? Take A Look

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 4:33am

Simon Singh spotted the equation on a Homer Simpson blackboard. Had Homer just solved one of the toughest puzzles in math? His solution, crazily, seemed "valid" — so Singh checked Homer's numbers.

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Athletes Chased By Technology In The Sport Of Anti-Doping

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 5:40pm

As testing for doping in sports becomes more sophisticated, so do the drugs. Looking at the recent history of cycling can make you wonder how many cheaters continue to slip by undetected.

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