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Lost Posture: Why Indigenous Cultures Don't Have Back Pain

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 2:25am

There are a few populations in the world where back pain hardly exists. One woman thinks she has figured out why, and she's sharing their secrets. Have Americans forgotten how to stand properly?

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What Makes Algorithms Go Awry?

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 4:27pm

Every time you "Like" a Facebook post, among other things, you help provide data to an algorithm. But algorithms, like the humans who design them, aren't foolproof — and can reflect bias.

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Both Sides Claim Victory Over EPA Fracking Study

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 6:26am

The Environmental Protection Agency has found no evidence that fracking has let to widespread, systemic pollution of water. Correspondent Jeff Brady tells NPR's Rachel Martin what the report means.

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Once Feared, Now Celebrated, Hudson River Cleanup Nears Its End

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 4:15pm

General Electric is entering the final year of a billion-dollar cleanup of PCB-contaminated water. The project was once controversial — now, even some early critics are asking for it to be continued.

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For New Mexico's Chiles, The Enemy Isn't Just Drought But Salt, Too

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 6:34am

Farmers in New Mexico are worried about the future of the state's most beloved crop: green and red chiles. They're increasingly relying on salty groundwater, which damages the soil and the crops.

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Schools Say Ciao To Plastic Lunch Trays, Hello To Compostable Plates

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 5:48am

Six of the nation's largest school districts are ditching polystyrene lunch trays in favor of compostable plates. The hope is that they'll incentivize cities to build more composting facilities.

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NCAA Tests Out Flat-Seamed Baseballs To Boost Batting Averages

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 5:00pm

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews physicist Alan Nathan, a professor at the University of Illinois, about how homeruns are up by 40 percent after using flat-seamed balls this season.

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Los Angeles Oil Blobs Could Be Related To Santa Barbara Spill

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 3:46pm

Last month's oil spill along the coast near Santa Barbara could be more far reaching than originally thought. The number of dead wildlife being recovered continues to grow by the day.

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#RaceOnTech: Sharing The Experiences Of Diverse Innovators

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 11:09am

Who are some of the diverse voices emerging in tech and science? This summer, All Tech Considered will lead a storytelling project to engage with innovators who are making an impact.

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What Does Space Sound Like?

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 7:46am

Sound artist Honor Harger spent the last few years listening to the stars and recording some of the sounds of space.

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The Pentagon Wants These Robots To Save The Day

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 2:37am

A competition in California is trying to ready robots for disaster response. But the bots have a ways to go.

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Viral Superspreader? How One Man Triggered A Deadly MERS Outbreak

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 6:03pm

In the past week, cases of the Middle East respiratory syndrome have more than tripled in South Korea. Researchers now have a clue to why the outbreak has grown so large, so quickly.

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Scientists Cast Doubt On An Apparent 'Hiatus' In Global Warming

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 5:38pm

Though past measurements have suggested global warming all but stopped in the late 1990s, newly refined figures show Earth's warming has continued unabated.

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EPA Finds No Widespread Drinking Water Pollution From Fracking

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 3:32pm

The report says there are few incidents of tainted water given the number of wells. Energy companies agree. Environmentalists accuse the industry of undue influence over the study.

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California's War Over Water Has Farmer Fighting Farmer

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 1:41pm

Drought-stricken Central Valley farmers are pointing fingers at the Sacramento Delta, where water still flows reliably. There's more pressure than ever to change a long-standing water rights system.

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How Many Viruses Have Infected You?

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 1:02pm

Most tests for viruses aim to detect only one or two. But researchers can now check a drop of blood for antibodies to hundreds of viruses, tracing the history of a lifetime of infections, old and new.

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Newly Identified 'Hellboy' Dinosaur Sported Unique Horns, Scientists Say

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 11:16am

The new species, a close relative of Triceratops that was discovered in Alberta, Canada, has large horns above the eyes and a crown-like frill.

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Pluto's Moons Are 'Tumbling In Absolute Chaos,' NASA Says

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 6:46am

In the NFL, something that behaves like Pluto's football-shaped moons might be called a wobbly duck. NASA calls them astonishing.

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Chimps Are No Chumps: Give Them An Oven, They'll Learn To Cook

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 1:14pm

That's what researchers found when they gave chimps a device that appeared to work like an oven. The findings add to the argument that our ancestors began cooking soon after learning to control fire.

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Avian Flu Outbreak Has U.S. Bakers Begging For Europe's Eggs

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 12:50pm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it will allow pasteurized egg imports from the Netherlands to alleviate dwindling supplies and higher prices from the ongoing outbreak on U.S. poultry farms.

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