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E-Cigarettes Can Churn Out High Levels Of Formaldehyde

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:03pm

Unexpectedly high levels of the carcinogen were found in an analysis of the vapor from e-cigarettes, researchers say.

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Scientists Give Genetically Modified Organisms A Safety Switch

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 2:03pm

By making E. coli dependent on an artificial amino acid, scientists hope to show that engineered organisms can be safer and more useful for industrial processes like drug production.

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Scandium Middle Man Is A Rare Guy Selling A Rare Element

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:02am

Our Planet Money team has a story about a man who realized at the time, that he was the only person in the world with his job. It was a job selling something, almost no one wanted.

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After Congressional Green Light, Scientists Begin Hemp Studies

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:02am

Scientists are studying how hemp might be used in the electronic, medical and manufacturing industries. Because the plant's been illegal for decades, it's been difficult to do research on its uses.

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Montana Governor Declares State Of Emergency After River Oil Spill

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 3:26pm

As much as 50,000 gallons of oil has spilled into the Yellowstone River in Montana. Those who live in surrounding cities have been told not to drink tap water. In 2011, more than 60,000 gallons of oil spilled in the same river.

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BP Back In Court For Final Phase Of Gulf Oil Spill Trial

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 3:26pm

The third and final phase of the civil trial against BP opened on Tuesday. The last segment will determine the amount of fines BP will pay in the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Scientists Say The NFL's 'Deflate-Gate' Isn't All Hot Air

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 3:26pm

Two scientists say the New England Patriots could have gained some advantage from deflating a ball in Sunday's game. But was it worth the risk?

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How Your Food Gets The 'Non-GMO' Label

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:48am

Demand for foods certified as GMO-free is ballooning. Increasingly, it's conventional companies that want to earn the label. Here's how a company gets into the non-GMO game.

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Origin Unknown: Study Says Blast Of Radio Waves Came From Outside Our Galaxy

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 1:36pm

Scientists call them "fast radio bursts," or FRBs, mysterious pulses of radio waves coming from far, far away. Researchers in Australia say they've observed one in real time.

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New Justice Department Environment Chief Takes Helm Of Gulf Spill Case

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 3:03am

John Cruden returns to the department as litigation over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill intensifies. He'll also defend Obama climate change rules and try to protect wildlife while in the post.

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Why Ants Handle Traffic Better Than You Do

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 2:34am

Ants don't show road rage. In fact, some research shows they rarely get into traffic jams, able to maintain a steady speed even as their numbers swell. Can physics explain it?

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One Scientist's Race To Help Microbes Help You

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 4:46am

Moving the American Gut Project to a biotech hub like San Diego may speed the jump from basic research to real treatments. At least that's microbe tracker Rob Knight's plan.

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Are Stripes A Zebra's Cooling System?

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 6:30am

Scientists say they are closer to knowing how, or rather, why, the zebra got its stripes. It's an answer that would impress even Rudyard Kipling.

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A Fish Gets A New Eye And An Edge In The Tank

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 6:30am

Nothing worse than being bulled in school, especially if you're a fish. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Dr. Martin Haulena from the Vancouver Aquarium about a fish that was picked on by schoolmates.

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WATCH: SpaceX Booster Crashes On Barge

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 3:53pm

The company's resupply mission to the International Space Station went off without a hitch last week, but an attempt to land the spent booster on a floating platform didn't go as well.

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It's Official: 2014 Was The Hottest Year On Record, NOAA Says

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 10:03am

The annually-averaged temperature was 1.24 degrees Fahrenheit over the 20th century average, and easily broke the records set in 2005 and 2010.

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Long-Lost British Spacecraft Spotted By NASA Probe Orbiting Mars

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 7:10am

The Beagle 2 Mars Lander was lost Christmas day 2003. Today, British scientists confirmed their spacecraft was found partially deployed on the surface of Mars.

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By Making A Game Out Of Rejection, A Man Conquers Fear

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 2:23am

Jason Comely's fear of rejection was so strong that he'd become completely isolated. So he set out to get himself rejected at least once a day, every day. Funny thing is, it worked.

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Do Fictional Geniuses Hold Back Real Women?

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 4:08pm

A new study finds that the academic disciplines most associated with "geniuses" are also the fields in which women are underrepresented.

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Highflying Geese Save Energy By Swooping Like A Roller Coaster

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 1:51pm

They could shoot up to 24,000 feet and maintain that altitude in a long-distance migration across the Himalayas. But it's more efficient for bar-headed geese to soar and dive, scientists find.

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