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Thousands Of Migrating Birds Take Their Layover In A Texas Parking Lot

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:14pm

For one month every summer, hundreds of thousands of purple martins stop by an abandoned shopping mall parking lot in Austin, Texas, on their way to the Amazon Basin. Reporter Luke Quinton visited this year's roosting and offers a glimpse of the phenomenon.

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Don't Pop That Bubble Wrap! Scientists Turn Trash Into Test Tubes

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 2:31pm

Researchers have stumbled on an ingenious idea: Use bubble wrap as a cheap test tube and petri dish. They've even run tests on blood that's sitting inside the poppable packaging. So how does it work?

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What's Better Than A Total Eclipse Of The Sun? Check This

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 12:55pm

This may be the most heart-rending, most beautiful eclipse in our solar system. But you can't travel to see it. Not yet.

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Rosetta Spacecraft Readies For Rendezvous With Comet

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:44am

The Rosetta spacecraft hibernated for 31 months while its orbit took it too far away from the sun for its solar arrays to keep it operational. It's ready for a rendezvous with a comet Aug. 6.

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Son's Mental Illness Prompts Billionaire's Big Donation To Psychiatric Research

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:44am

Ted Stanley is giving $650 million to the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard to find and treat the genetic underpinnings of mental illnesses. His son has bipolar disorder.

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Sixth-Grader's Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 4:31pm

Florida-native Lauren Arrington discovered that invasive lionfish, which usually live in the ocean, could survive in nearly fresh water. The 12-year-old's experiment blew away professional scientists.

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45 Years Ago, Armstrong Took His 'One Small Step'

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 11:40am

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11's Lunar Module, Eagle, touched down in the moon's Sea of Tranquility, marking humankind's first journey to another world.

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Astronaut Who Walked On The Moon: 'It Was Science Fiction To Us'

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 10:03am

Forty-five years after man first walked on the moon, Alan Bean, who was part of the second lunar landing, talks to NPR's Arun Rath about his stormy launch and how he translates space travel into art.

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With Malaysia Airlines Crash, A Loss For AIDS Research

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 4:05pm

A number of scientists and others members of the AIDS research community died in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine. NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with journalist and editor in chief of HIV Plus magazine Diane Anderson-Minshall about the loss.

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200,000+ Sign Petition To Move 'Sad Bear' To Better Life In Canada

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 9:28am

Arturo the polar bear, living in a cramped and hot zoo enclosure in Argentina, is the subject of an online campaign that includes former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

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In Tracking Bats, It Helps To Find Them Adorable

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 7:00am

Julia Hoeh is a bat tracker. For $350 a week plus basic housing in rural Tennessee, she stays up long after midnight to affix radio trackers to bats and collect samples of their DNA.

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People Share Moon Landing Memories On Youtube Channel

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 7:00am

Sunday is the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Buzz Aldrin about his new Youtube channel, where people around the world can share memories from the historic day.

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What It Takes To Be A Champion

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 7:00am

TED Radio Host Guy Raz speaks with science writer and Sports Illustrated contributor David Epstein about why athletes are getting faster and stronger every year.

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A Pillar Of AIDS Research And Activism, Lost With Shot-Down Jet

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 3:05pm

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 had been carrying several researchers and activists on their way to a global AIDS conference in Australia. Among them was Dr. Joep Lange, a leading researcher and former president of the International AIDS Society. He was a giant in the field and a mentor to many.

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When It Comes To Thinking, 2 Fish Heads Are Better Than 1

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 4:29am

Maybe we can learn from fish — they don't call a group of them a school for nothing. Researchers found that when 2 fish swim together, they make better decisions than when 2 fish are swimming alone.

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Head Scientist At CDC Weighs Costs Of Recent Lab Safety Breaches

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 2:36am

The mishaps mean federal scientists need to "take a hard look" at all federal research on deadly pathogens and make sure, in each case, that the benefits justify risks, says Dr. Tom Frieden.

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Sizing Down Food Waste: What's The Worst Thing To Toss?

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 5:41pm

Americans throw out a lot of food. And a lot of meat. That means our waste has a bigger impact on the global food supply than vegetarian discards. Why? Blame it on hidden calories.

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To Make A Spacecraft That Folds And Unfolds, Try Origami

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 3:27pm

The traditional Japanese art of folding paper is now adding grace and ease to the deployment of fragile solar panels, seismometers and other vital instruments in outer space.

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Young Scientists Say They're Sexually Abused In The Field

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 9:26am

Heading off to exotic locales to conduct research is one of the great joys of science. But many young scientists say they have been sexually harassed or assaulted by superiors while in the field.

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Australia Repeals An Unpopular Tax On Carbon Emissions

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 9:07am

The tax was imposed on about 350 of the nation's top polluters under the country's previous center-left government.

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