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Old Ship Logs Reveal Adventure, Tragedy And Hints About Climate

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 2:30am

Volunteers are combing through old ships logbooks for The Old Weather project. It aims to help scientists better understand the climate today by looking at conditions of the past.

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To Save A Species, Scientists Trick Jays With An Egg Bait-And-Switch

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 3:08pm

Scientists hope to protect the endangered marbled murrelet with a new strategy: tainted decoy eggs that give the bird's predator a bit of tummy trouble.

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More Evidence That ADHD Drugs Don't Curb Ultimate Height

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 6:03am

Some earlier research hinted that Ritalin and Adderall can hamper a child's growth. But a study of adults who took the drugs as kids now suggests any such effect is only temporary.

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Our Use Of Little Words Can, Uh, Reveal Hidden Interests

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 2:17am

When we talk, we focus on the "content" words — the ones that convey information. But the tiny words that tie our sentences together have a lot to say about power and relationships.

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Citizen Scientists On A Mission To Find Frogs

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 6:46am

Summer is high season for "frogging." The North American Amphibian Monitoring Project has hundreds of volunteers criss-crossing the country to get a better handle on the fate of the nation's frogs.

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Study Finds Nothing Special About Breakfast

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 6:46am

Maybe we don't need to eat our Wheaties. NPR'S Linda Wertheimer speaks with Emily Dhurandhar, lead author of a study that finds breakfast may not be the most important meal of the day.

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The Salmon Cannon: Easier Than Shooting Fish Out Of A Barrel

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 4:23am

Alarmed by the rapid decline of wild salmon populations, a company has invented a novel way to help migratory fish over blocked rivers. It uses air pressure to fire them out of a cannon.

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Federal Judge Blocks Texas Restriction On Abortion Clinics

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 9:22pm

Requiring every center that performs abortions to meet all the standards of a surgical center is excessively restrictive, said the federal district court judge who blocked that state rule Friday.

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Volcanoes In Iceland, Papua New Guinea, Keep Residents On Edge

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 8:09am

Two eruptions a half a world apart have caused evacuations and aviation warnings, but so far no injuries.

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As BP Pays For Oil Spill Impact, Some People Aren't Seeing The Cash

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:38am

The oil giant is paying billions of dollars to businesses hurt by the 2010 spill. But BP refuses to pay business owners hurt by a government drilling moratorium that was put in place after the spill.

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Rats! New York City Tries To Drain Rodent 'Reservoirs'

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:29am

Health officials want to reduce the rat population, so they're hiring extra exterminators, sealing up holes and teaching regular New Yorkers how to make homes and gardens less rat-friendly.

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What We Really See When We Go See A Movie

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 3:11pm

Dr. Tim Smith, a visual scientist at the University of London, discusses how our brains perceive what's seen on the big screen. How do we process images, events and stories that we see in the movies?

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Night Of The Cemetery Bats

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 3:11pm

And you thought cemeteries were for the dead. A nighttime census of leafy Bellefontaine in St. Louis reveals at least two species of bats. Parklike graveyards provide key habitat for urban wildlife.

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Scientists Study How We Evolved To Stand On Our Own Two Fins

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 1:56pm

They examined an African fish that can breathe air and walk on its fins, discovering insights into the transition from sea to land some 400 million years ago.

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Ebola Is Rapidly Mutating As It Spreads Across West Africa

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 1:08pm

For the first time, researchers have tracked the spread of Ebola, in almost real time, during an outbreak. The virus is quickly changing its DNA. But it's still unclear what these mutations mean.

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An Icy Solution To The Mystery Of The Slithering Stones

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 2:46am

In the moonscape of Death Valley, one mystery stands out: boulders that seem to creep along the desert floor when nobody's looking. Thanks to video and GPS, scientists now think they know why.

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Life After Ice Buckets: ALS Group Faces $94 Million Challenge

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 3:43pm

The ALS Association has raised more than $94 million in recent weeks via its online ice bucket challenge — compared with $2.7 million this time last year. Now what?

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There's A Big Leak In America's Water Tower

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 2:53pm

Peaks around Glacier National Park store water that irrigates a large section of North America. But a warming climate is shrinking that snowpack, with ominous consequences for wildlife and people.

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Science Crowns Mozzarella The King Of Pizza Cheese

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 6:31am

Why do some cheeses melt and caramelize better than others? Researchers used high-tech cameras and special software to figure it out.

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Parking Behavior May Reflect Economic Drive

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 4:02am

Scholars have long tried to understand how culture affects communities. New research argues that the parking behavior of drivers may tell us something about the economic productivity of nations.

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