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California's Strawberry Feud Ends, But Who Will Breed New Berries?

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 4:06pm

Strawberry farmers have dropped a lawsuit against the University of California, Davis, and the university has hired a new strawberry breeder. But the future of academic berry breeding is uncertain.

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Scientific Pros Weigh The Cons Of Messing With Earth's Thermostat

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 10:03am

Studying techniques for engineering our way out of climate change would be helpful — and not the same as actually trying them, says a panel convened by the National Research Council.

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The Great Solar Panel Debate: To Lease Or To Buy?

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 2:36am

More homeowners are cutting energy costs by installing solar panels, due in part to leasing programs that require no up-front investment. Leasing means less hassle, but may also save you less money.

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Shake, Rattle And Toll: Berkeley's Bells Play Sounds Of Earth

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 4:16pm

In celebration of its 100th anniversary, the bells of UC Berkeley's Sather Tower were programmed to play a score composed in real time by the data from seismic shifts happening under the campus.

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In West Africa, Fewer New Ebola Cases But Epidemic Still Uncontained

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 3:55pm

Robert Siegel speaks with Brice de le Vingne, director of operations dealing with the Ebola outbreak for Doctors without Borders.

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Harnessing The Immune System To Fight Cancer

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 2:33am

Our immune systems constantly fight off disease — protecting us from colds, flu and infection. An experimental treatment called immunotherapy is helping patients' immune systems fight off cancer.

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16 Years After Its Inception, 'GoreSat' Set For Launch

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 1:59pm

In 1998, then-Vice President Gore proposed the satellite, which has since been repurposed for NOAA's needs.

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Medical Research And The End Of Privacy

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 4:03pm

Scientists can no longer guarantee privacy for patients donating tissue and DNA for medical research. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Jennifer Couzin-Frankel of Science Magazine.

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Birders Predict Another Snowy Owl 'Irruption'

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 6:55am

In 2014, ornithologists documented the largest numbers in a century of snowy owls wintering unusually far south. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Talkin' Birds host Ray Brown about this year's numbers.

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To Get Parents To Vaccinate Their Kids, Don't Ask. Just Tell

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 4:34am

The way a pediatrician talks with nervous parents about vaccines may determine whether the child gets immunized or not, a study suggests. Asking "What do you want to do about shots?" doesn't work.

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To Get Parents To Vaccinate Their Kids, Don't Ask. Just Tell

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 4:34am

The way a pediatrician talks with nervous parents about vaccines may determine whether the child gets immunized or not, a study suggests. Asking "What do you want to do about shots?" doesn't work.

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Satellite Set To Stream Daily Images Of Earth From Space

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 3:09pm

In 1998, Al Gore proposed using a satellite and the Internet to let us all see the awe-inspiring view of Earth that wows space travelers. That satellite may finally launch later this year.

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Being With People Like You Offers Comfort Against Death's Chill

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 3:03pm

Iggy Ignatius bet that immigrants from India would long to live with other Indians in his Florida condos. He was right. Psychologists say intimations of mortality make us want to be with our own kind.

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What Microbes Lurk In The Subways Of New York? Mysteries Abound

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 11:22am

Think expedition to the rain forest, but one where you'll need a MetroCard to get around. The microbial life of the New York subways turns out to be as rich, odd and confounding as the city itself.

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Outrage Over Government's Animal Experiments Leads To USDA Review

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 11:07am

Lawmakers also introduced a bill to strengthen laws protecting farm animals used in research. Both moves come out of a New York Times investigation of animal suffering at a federal research center.

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What Did Cavemen Think About Lust?

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 7:44am

Christopher Ryan says that human beings are sexual omnivores and hopes that a better understanding of sexual fidelity may end discrimination, shame and unrealistic expectations.

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Listeners To NPR: Why Don't We Track Planes Like We Do Ships?

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 2:58am

Geoff Brumfiel, the physics guy on our science desk, helps us land on the right answer.

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Why Is Nearsightedness Skyrocketing Among Chinese Youth?

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 3:35pm

More than 80 percent of high school students in Shanghai are myopic. A new study finds a link between higher income and poor eyesight. But the root cause is still hotly debated.

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First Stars Fired Up 140 Million Years Later Than Previously Thought

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 3:18pm

New data collected from the European Space Agency's Planck telescope shows that the first starlight in the universe occurred about 560 million years after the Big Bang.

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FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg To Step Down

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 7:39am

The head of the Food and Drug Administration has been on the job for six years and presided over such controversial decisions as relaxing age restrictions on the Plan B contraceptive.

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