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Drought-Stricken Cape Town Braces For Water To Run Out In April

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 8:54am

Officials in the South African city of 3.7 million are restricting water usage amid fears it will run out of water by April 21. Experts say the crisis has been exacerbated by rapid population growth.

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Welcome To The Age Of Digital Transcendence

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 8:40am

Smartphones have become an extension of the owner; it is the closest we've ever become to being omnipresent and omniscient and — in a metaphorical sense, at least — divine, says Marcelo Gleiser.

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Powerful Quake Strikes Off Alaska, Triggering Tsunami Warning For Coast

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 5:51am

The magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck about 175 southeast of Kodiak, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. U.S. Tsunami Warning System has issued a tsunami warning for coastal regions.

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Several Injured After Volcanic Eruption At Japanese Ski Resort

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 1:23am

Mount Kusatsu-Shirane suddenly erupted Tuesday morning, spewing volcanic rocks and belching a curtain of black smoke. An avalanche that followed injured at least 10 people.

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Scientific Theory And The Multiverse Madness

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 9:23am

An increasing number of theoretical physicist think that our universe is only one among infinitely many — but this speculation is not based on sound logic, says guest commentator Sabine Hossenfelder.

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My Grandmother Was Italian. Why Aren't My Genes Italian?

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 4:02am

Popular DNA ancestry tests don't always find what people expect. That's due to how DNA rearranges itself when egg meets sperm, and also the quirks of genetic databases.

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Living Well Now: What Does It Take?

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 2:55pm

Shaping our lives around fulfilling social, intellectual and creative potential — keys to happiness — is more compatible with sustainability than pursuing unlimited wealth, says author Randall Curren.

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When A Tattoo Means Life Or Death. Literally

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 4:00am

A gravely ill man arrives at the hospital, alone and unconscious, with a tattoo across his chest: "Do Not Resuscitate." It sparks deep conversation about end-of-life care in America.

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Saunas Are A Hot Trend, And They Might Even Help Your Health

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 4:30am

Sweating in a sauna feels good, and it's associated with health benefits including a lower risk of heart disease. But is that because of the heat, or because you're able to kick back and relax?

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U.S. Set To Decide In Trade Dispute Threatening Booming Solar Industry

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 2:17pm

President Trump is facing a Jan. 26 deadline to decide whether to impose tariffs on solar imports. While tariffs could help level the playing field for U.S. manfacturers, they could also raise prices.

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Iowa Boys Charged In Connection With Death Of Half A Million Honey Bees

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 1:55am

The unidentified juveniles, aged 12 and 13, allegedly ransacked a Sioux City honey farm, knocking over hives and exposing the bees to frigid winter temperatures.

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Scientists Peek Inside The 'Black Box' Of Soil Microbes To Learn Their Secrets

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 4:51pm

Microorganisms play a vital role in growing food and sustaining the planet, but they do it anonymously. Scientists haven't identified most soil microbes, but they are learning which are most common.

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Moscow Sees Only 6 Minutes Of Sunlight During All Of December

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 3:16pm

Moscow experienced the darkest month in its recorded history in December. There was a total of six minutes of sunlight. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with reporter Charles Maynes, who lived through this dark month.

Scientists Edge Closer To A Blood Test To Detect Cancers

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 1:28pm

This blood test detected signs of cancer in 70 percent of people with eight common forms of the disease. But it was much less good at identifying cancer in people in the early stages.

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That Smells Like ... Um, I Can't Think Of A Word For It!

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 1:25pm

A new study looks at the way we identify smells. English speakers kind of stink at it. But that's not the case in every language.

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Sugar And Sleep: More Rest May Dull Your Sweet Tooth

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 11:44am

When study participants who routinely got less than seven hours of sleep were coached to extend their sleep time, they also changed their diets, without being asked — taking in less sugar each day.

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2017 Among Warmest Years On Record

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:00am

The planet's global surface temperature last year was second warmest since 1880, NASA says. And scientists say the five warmest years on record have been since 2010.

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Repeated Head Hits, Not Just Concussions, May Lead To A Type Of Chronic Brain Damage

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 9:01am

Scientists believe they have solid evidence that repeated direct hits to the head can cause the degenerative brain disease seen in some athletes, even if there are no signs of concussion.

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Cat Lovers, Is Your Cat Right- Or Left-Pawed?

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 8:58am

Do you know which paw your cat uses first when coming down the stairs? Anthropologist and cat lover Barbara J. King discusses with researchers why a new finding of paw preference matters for our pets.

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Photographer Says He Lost His Job After Leaking Pictures Of Rick Perry And Coal CEO

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 1:44am

The former Department of Energy photographer Simon Edelman is filing a federal whistleblower suit after he leaked the photos of a private meeting between the energy secretary and Robert Murray.

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