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Will Turning Seawater Into Drinking Water Help Drought-Hit California?

Sun, 04/05/2015 - 5:28pm

During its last major drought, Santa Barbara built a desalination plant. It was never used. Now it's being reopened, but critics say desalination is costly, energy-intensive and may harm marine life.

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LHC, Which Confirmed The Higgs, Goes Back Online After 2-Year Hiatus

Sun, 04/05/2015 - 9:16am

The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland, underwent a number of upgrades, including a doubling of the energy with which it can smash protons together.

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Brief Eclipse Dazzles Skywatchers

Sat, 04/04/2015 - 7:10am

The third in a set of four lunar eclipses that began a year ago and will finish in late September could be seen from the U.S. East Coast to Asia.

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California Faith Groups Divided Over Right-To-Die Bill

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 4:03pm

Many Christian denominations officially oppose legislation that would legalize medically assisted suicide. But some individual churches, pastors and congregants are lending support to the cause.

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Cambridge University Unearths Medieval Hospital Cemetery

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 3:29pm

Cambridge University has unearthed one of Britain's largest medieval hospital cemeteries, containing more than 1,000 human remains. NPR's Audie Cornish and Melissa Block talked to the leader of the dig, Craig Cessford, about the new findings.

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Get Ready For The Third Installment In The Lunar Eclipse Tetrad

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 3:06pm

Weather permitting, a "blood moon" eclipse — the penultimate in a four-eclipse cycle — can be seen in its totality by those living on the U.S West Coast.

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Men And Women Use Different Scales To Weigh Moral Dilemmas

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 1:52pm

Would you kill a young Hitler to prevent World War II? Men are more likely to say yes, a study finds, while women weigh the moral cost of murder along with lives saved.

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Drug-Resistant Food Poisoning Lands In The U.S.

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 3:52pm

Travelers are bringing a nasty bacterial disease to the U.S. and spreading it to others. The bacteria cause bad diarrhea and are tough to treat because they're resistant to the top antibiotic.

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Searching Online May Make You Think You're Smarter Than You Are

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 8:52am

Googling that fact can make insufferable know-it-alls even more sure of their superior abilities, a study finds. The mere act of searching seems to boost faith in one's knowledge.

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Germanwings Crash Highlights Workplace Approaches To Mental Health

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 5:03pm

The case of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz has focused attention on what Lufthansa, or any employer, can really know about an employee's state of mind. Requiring a psychological evaluation has risks, too.

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A Virus In Your Mouth Helps Fight The Flu

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 2:20pm

It's related to herpes. And it infects most of the world — about half of Americans, nearly all the developing world. But don't go out and get infected. The virus has a dark side, too.

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A Leap Forward In The Science Of Human Locomotion

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 9:56am

Researchers at Nevada State University have discovered a surprising truth about the most efficient way to travel on two legs.

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Tobacco Firm Asks FDA To Lift Warning Label On This Product

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 2:53am

The product is called Snus — a tiny bag of tobacco that users slip between the lip and gum. Its Swedish maker claims the product is safer than cigarettes, cigars, dip and chewing tobacco.

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Hackers Teach Computers To Tell Healthy And Sick Brain Cells Apart

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 1:36pm

Scientists are still better than computers at assessing a neuron's health by looking at its shape. But an effort that includes an international series of hackathons could help speed the process.

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Meet The Bacteria That Make A Stink In Your Pits

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

Scientists say they've IDed the bacteria that emits that rank smell after a hard workout. Future deodorants might target that bad actor rather than blocking sweat glands or nuking all bacteria.

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U.S. Promises To Cut Greenhouse Gases By A Quarter Of 2005 Levels

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 10:03am

The new target was submitted to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Tuesday. Part of a plan for a new international treaty, it would give the U.S. 10 years to reach its goal.

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No Easy, Reliable Way To Screen For Suicide, Specialists Say

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 3:58am

Clinicians correctly predict a suicide attempt about half the time — no better than a coin toss. Certain tests of involuntary responses, although still experimental, aim to improve the odds.

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After Snowden, The NSA Faces Recruitment Challenge

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 3:58am

To keep its code-breaking prowess, the NSA must recruit scores of the brightest students in math and computer science each year. But the Snowden revelations are hurting those efforts.

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Want To Do A Little Astrophysics? This App Detects Cosmic Rays

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 1:34pm

Two physicists keen to detect a a very rare, high energy particle think you and I can help. The researchers are working on an app that would allow any smartphone to detect rare particles from space.

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Videos On End-Of-Life Choices Ease Tough Conversation

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 4:21pm

A program in Hawaii aims to reduce the number of older people who spend their final days of life in a hospital. Hawaii has one of the highest rates of hospital deaths for those over age 65 in the U.S.

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