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Don't Blame The Sharks For 'Perfect Storm' Of Attacks In North Carolina

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 6:54am

The state's beaches usually see one shark attack a summer, if any. This year, there have already been seven. But this uptick in attacks is likely not tied to shark populations so much as to our own.

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Millions Of Mummified Dogs Found In Ancient Egyptian Catacombs

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 4:04pm

Researchers have uncovered 8 million mummified animals dating back 2,500 years. Most are dogs. Archaeologist Salima Ikram says the huge number points to the likely existence of ancient puppy mills.

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Aphrodisiacs Can Spark Sexual Imagination, But Probably Not Libido

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 4:04pm

Going on a picnic with someone special? Make sure to pack watermelon, a food that lore says is an aphrodisiac. No food is actually scientifically linked to desire, but here's how some got that rep.

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Strontium Nitrate And Barium Nitrate, The Fuel In Fireworks

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 6:52am

How do they get the brilliant sparks of red, white and blue in fireworks displays? NPR's Eric Westervelt talks with Harry Gilliam, founder of Skylighter, a supplier for pyrotechnics in Round Hill, Va.

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A Rock Band And A Moon, United In Name

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 6:52am

Members of the classic rock band Styx visited NASA mission control for New Horizon, the space probe that discovered Pluto's smallest moon, Styx.

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Pilot In Solar-Powered Plane Sets Aviation Record

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 12:44pm

André Borschberg, flying Solar Impulse 2, set a new record of 120 hours in the cockpit on a journey from Japan to Hawaii.

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Russia Finally Launches Supplies To ISS After Earlier Failures

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 6:24am

The liftoff of the Soyuz Progress 60P was a relief to astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station after two previous resupply missions — one Russian and one American — failed.

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White House: We Have A Beef With GMO Regulations

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 5:13pm

The White House has ordered a review of the government's system for regulating products of biotechnology, including genetically modified crops. That system has been controversial from the start.

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BP Settlement To Address Ecosystem Damage Caused By Oil Spill

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:30pm

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Bethany Kraft, director of the Gulf Restoration Program at Ocean Conservancy, about the BP spill's impact on the environment to date.

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BP To Pay $18.7 Billion In Landmark Settlement Over 2010 Gulf Oil Spill

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:30pm

Oil giant BP agreed to pay $18.7 billion in a settlement announced on Friday by Gulf Coast states and the federal government. The deal pays for the harm from BP's 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, which was the worst in U.S. history. The accident killed 11 rig workers.

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Coping While Black: A Season Of Traumatic News Takes A Psychological Toll

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:30pm

Research on the psychological effects of racism, especially on people of color, is still in the early stages. But psychologists warn that events like the Charleston shooting can cause serious stress.

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Checking DNA Against Elephants Hints At How Mammoths Got Woolly

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:13pm

A clump of a mammoth's fur bought on eBay led scientists to a long list of ways the extinct species was special. One specific gene likely played a role in helping mammoths thrive in icy weather.

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Don't Get Your Kids' Genes Sequenced Just To Keep Up

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 2:09pm

Just because you can get your children's genome sequenced doesn't mean it's going to do their health any good, a report finds. Most benefits from genetic medicine come from a tight focus.

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Do Organic Farmers Need Special Seeds And Money To Breed Them?

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 2:03pm

Organic farmers say they need crop varieties that were bred specifically for conditions on their farms. Clif Bar & Company decided to back their cause with up to $10 million in grants.

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How Salt + Car Battery = Clean Water

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 1:33pm

A clever device uses technology developed by the military to make chlorine quickly and cheaply. The goal is to give schools and hospitals around the world an easy way to purify water.

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Russian Rocket Poised For Crucial Supply Run To Space Station

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 11:58am

After a string of launch failures, NASA says astronauts have just four months of supplies left. A Russian rocket launching early Friday could provide relief.

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Not All Online Restaurant Reviews Are Created Equal

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 4:08am

Reviews on TripAdvisor or Yelp by tourists tend to be significantly more lenient than reviews by locals. Reviews written a long time after the reviewer visits the restaurant are similarly lenient.

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How Your Brain Remembers Where You Parked The Car

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 3:08pm

When people saw photos that linked a famous person with a famous place, it changed the behavior of certain neurons in their brains. And it changed their memories, too.

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Survey Forecasts A Banner Year For Atlantic Sea Scallops

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 12:44pm

Federal fisheries researchers says their survey found about 10 billion scallops in waters off Delaware and southern New Jersey. They're predicting a boom for the nation's most valuable fishery.

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Benefits Of Sports To A Child's Mind And Heart All Part Of The Game

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 3:40am

In NPR's most recent poll a majority of American adults say they played sports in their youth. Many say they encourage their kids to play, too, and see health benefits as well as life-long lessons.

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