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Why We Play Sports: Winning Motivates, But Can Backfire, Too

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 4:02am

How we view winning and losing may help shape whether we play sports as adults, some psychologists say. In NPR's recent poll, 56 percent of adults who play sports say winning is important to them.

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Strange Worlds At The Edge Of Our Solar System Finally Come Into Focus

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 2:36pm

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has beamed back its best photos of Pluto and its moons. Scientists will puzzle over them for years to come.

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Even Mild Mental Health Problems In Children Can Cause Trouble Later

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 12:24pm

Children with mental health issues are more likely to struggle with jobs, family and social life as adults. And that's true even for children whose problems aren't severe enough to be diagnosed.

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3 Emerging Themes From #RaceOnTech

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 9:46am

This week, our #RaceOnTech discussion has turned up some common themes regarding diversity in the science and technology fields: the role of identity, the the wealth gap and the importance of mentors.

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States Make Laws To Protect Patients From Hidden Medical Bills

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 9:19am

Too many patients only learn after they get the bill that their insurer won't cover some medical services provided in the hospital. New laws in several states aim to stop those nasty surprises.

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Solar Airplane's Round-The-World Trip Is Halted Until 2016

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 8:58am

Battery problems on the Solar Impulse, the airplane that's been flying around the world using only the sun's-power, have grounded it until next spring.

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Pluto Discoverer's Hometown Throws Big Bash For (Non-Dwarf!) Planet

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 4:08am

Clyde Tombaugh, the man who discovered Pluto, grew up under the dark, open skies of rural Streator, Ill. This week the town has been full of celebration, as NASA made its first visit to Pluto.

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No. 1 With A Bullet Point: To Get Research Cited, Make Sure It's Listed First

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 4:08am

Sometimes our eyes are just drawn to the top of a list. Using a regular e-mail of headlines sent out to economists, a study found the ones listed higher get read more — and cited more in future work.

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Hey Yogurt-Maker, Where'd You Get Those Microbes?

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 4:08am

Making yogurt requires bacteria — but which strains of bacteria? There are dozens to choose from, and that choice affects yogurt's tartness and texture.

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After Nuclear Deal, Iranian Oil Could Flow At Molasses Pace

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 3:31pm

Iran holds the fourth-largest oil reserves in the world, and the nuclear deal could mean millions oil barrels flowing into an already saturated market, pushing the global price down further.

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How Long Would It Take To Drive To Pluto?

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 3:31pm

As New Horizons completes its journey to the far reaches of the solar system, NPR takes a look at just how long it takes to get to Pluto.

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NASA Spacecraft Flies Past Pluto After 10-Year Journey

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 3:31pm

On Tuesday morning, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft swooped past the surface of Pluto. The vast distance between Earth and Pluto means they're still waiting to hear what happened.

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When Weed Is The Cure: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 1:59pm

Dr. David Casarett used to think of medical marijuana as "a joke." But after taking a deeper look, he's changed his mind. Casarett's new book is Stoned: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana.

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Pluto Mission Gets A Poetic Tribute

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 8:40am

Skunk Bear's latest video celebrates the hundreds of pictures taken by the New Horizons space probe over the past decade.

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NASA Zooms In On Pluto, For Closest Views Yet

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 7:54am

New images of Pluto are beginning to arrive from NASA's space probe, and they're already allowing scientists to update what we know about the dwarf planet.

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Earth Gets A Close-Up View Of Its Most Distant Neighbors

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 4:01am

Early Tuesday morning, NASA's New Horizons Spacecraft will complete the first-ever flyby of the dwarf planet Pluto. NPR's Geoff Brumfiel reports live from the New Horizons Control center.

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From Fishing With Mom To Becoming A Top Fisheries Official

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 3:20am

For NPR's series #RaceOnTech, we are meeting the diverse men and women who work in America's tech and science fields, like Dr. Mamie Parker, a fish and wildlife biologist who's a pioneer in her field.

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#RaceOnTech: How An Early Love Of Math Led Her To The Role Of CEO

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 2:49pm

This week, NPR's All Tech Considered is connecting with diverse innovators in tech and science. Kiverdi CEO Lisa Dyson discusses an early role model, her work and the need to boost tech education.

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Planet Or Not, Icy Pluto To Finally Get Its Day In The Sun

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 1:48pm

Astronomers kicked Pluto out of the planetary club in 2006 because of its small size. But scientists set to explore the surface Tuesday via a spacecraft's camera say those other guys are just wrong.

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Now You See It, Some Day You Won't: Scientists Get Closer To Invisibility

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 4:04am

Using lenses and meta-materials, science is finding new ways to bend or reroute light. Like Harry Potter's cloak or H.G. Wells' chemical concoction, it could make an object impossible to see.

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