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You Think Your City Is Full Of Trash? Ha!

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 11:56am

Welcome to Kathmandu — or as some call it, Trashmandu. Even in the best of times, rubbish piles up everywhere. Now things have gotten worse.

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Rethinking Alcohol: Can Heavy Drinkers Learn To Cut Back?

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 2:33am

The limit for healthy drinking may be less than you think — one drink a day for women and two for men, according to the CDC. New strategies are aimed at helping heavy drinkers reduce their intake.

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Top Beijing Scientist: China Faces 'Huge Impact' From Climate Change

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 12:48pm

The head of the country's meteorological administration says it faces climate disasters and ecological degradation resulting from a warming planet.

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How The First Bite Of Food Sets The Body's Clock

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 6:11am

Researchers are starting to learn why, when we cross time zones or pull an all-nighter, our bodies get out of sync. This story first aired March 10 on Morning Edition.

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Why Some Mushrooms Glow In The Dark

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 6:11am

Scientists outfitted some fake fungi with LEDs and put them in a Brazilian forest to test their theory that light, not some funky mushroom fragrance, was luring bugs.

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Scientists Urge Temporary Moratorium On Human Genome Edits

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 4:12pm

Researchers who helped develop powerful techniques warn that tweaking the genome is now easy. More public debate's needed, they say, before making changes in genes passed from parent to child.

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For The Love Of Pork: Antibiotic Use On Farms Skyrockets Worldwide

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 2:36pm

For the first time, scientists have estimated how much antibiotics livestock consume globally — and how fast consumption is growing. Which country uses the most drugs on farms?

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Wireless Sensors Help Scientists Map Staph Spread Inside Hospital

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 1:53pm

Over four months of tracking and testing, French researchers mapped the hops that bacteria made from one person to another. Within a month, a third of patients were newly colonized with staph.

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Interior Dept. Issues New Fracking Rules For Federal Lands

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 12:03pm

The regulations, which go into effect in 90 days, establishes safety measures for wells and for drilling companies to publicly disclose chemicals used in the process.

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Solar Eclipse Wows Parts Of Europe, Middle East And Russia

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 9:28am

The eclipse, total in some areas far north and partial for many others, lasted about 2 1/2 hours and was visible from South America To Asia.

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No Pain, No Scientific Gain: One Man's Quest To Quantify Bug Stings

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 4:05am

How much does a bee sting hurt, exactly? How about a bullet ant bite? To help find an answer, an entomologist has built an index ranking insect stings — after getting stung over a thousand times.

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The Man Who Measures The Pain Of Insect Stings

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 4:05am

It may still feel like winter for many of us on the East Coast, but today spring is officially here. That means flowers, gardens and bugs. One man couldn't be happier about the return of the insects — especially the ones poised to sting.

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Watch Your Back, Kale. Kelp Is Gunning For The Veggie Du Jour Title

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 5:22pm

With a little help, scientists say that seaweed growing along the Maine and New Hampshire coasts could become the "kale of the sea." The first step is teaching chefs and consumers how to enjoy it.

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Fossil Collection Calls Berkeley's Clock Tower Home

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 3:44pm

Why are 20 tons of fossils being stored in the bell tower at the University of California at Berkeley? A look into the world's only paleontological collection that has its own carillon.

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'Looks Like Laury' Shines The Power Of Friendship On A Failing Mind

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 2:29pm

When actress and writer Laury Sacks started losing words fast, her best friends, who happened to be filmmakers, captured her experience. Looks Like Laury, Sounds Like Laury shows how they reached her.

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Cramped Chicken Cages Are Going Away. What Comes Next?

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 10:31am

The results are in from a long-running study of three different ways to house egg-laying chickens. It found that more hens survive in cages, and cages are cheaper. But consumers prefer cage-free eggs.

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Scientists Catch Up On The Sex Life Of Coral To Help Reefs Survive

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 2:35am

It's all in the timing. Biologists haven't been able to breed embryos of the rare, pillar coral in the lab because it's been tough to catch the creatures in the act.

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Why Is U.S. Insulin So Expensive?

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 2:06am

The hormone that controls blood sugar among diabetics is one of the oldest medicines used today. But more than 90 years after its discovery, a low-cost version is no longer available in the U.S.

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How Malaria In The Brain Kills: Doctors Solve A Medical Mystery

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 4:53pm

A child stricken with the deadliest form of the disease can quickly fall unconscious and die. A doctor in Michigan has dedicated her life to figuring out how this happens. At last, she has the answer.

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The Dangerous Distractions Of Spring Break

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 4:09am

Does Spring Break cause an increase in traffic fatalities? There's new research that may give parents and students pause.

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