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Schools Say Ciao To Plastic Lunch Trays, Hello To Compostable Plates

Sat, 06/06/2015 - 5:48am

Six of the nation's largest school districts are ditching polystyrene lunch trays in favor of compostable plates. The hope is that they'll incentivize cities to build more composting facilities.

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NCAA Tests Out Flat-Seamed Baseballs To Boost Batting Averages

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 5:00pm

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews physicist Alan Nathan, a professor at the University of Illinois, about how homeruns are up by 40 percent after using flat-seamed balls this season.

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Los Angeles Oil Blobs Could Be Related To Santa Barbara Spill

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 3:46pm

Last month's oil spill along the coast near Santa Barbara could be more far reaching than originally thought. The number of dead wildlife being recovered continues to grow by the day.

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#RaceOnTech: Sharing The Experiences Of Diverse Innovators

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 11:09am

Who are some of the diverse voices emerging in tech and science? This summer, All Tech Considered will lead a storytelling project to engage with innovators who are making an impact.

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What Does Space Sound Like?

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 7:46am

Sound artist Honor Harger spent the last few years listening to the stars and recording some of the sounds of space.

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The Pentagon Wants These Robots To Save The Day

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 2:37am

A competition in California is trying to ready robots for disaster response. But the bots have a ways to go.

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Viral Superspreader? How One Man Triggered A Deadly MERS Outbreak

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 6:03pm

In the past week, cases of the Middle East respiratory syndrome have more than tripled in South Korea. Researchers now have a clue to why the outbreak has grown so large, so quickly.

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Scientists Cast Doubt On An Apparent 'Hiatus' In Global Warming

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 5:38pm

Though past measurements have suggested global warming all but stopped in the late 1990s, newly refined figures show Earth's warming has continued unabated.

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EPA Finds No Widespread Drinking Water Pollution From Fracking

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 3:32pm

The report says there are few incidents of tainted water given the number of wells. Energy companies agree. Environmentalists accuse the industry of undue influence over the study.

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California's War Over Water Has Farmer Fighting Farmer

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 1:41pm

Drought-stricken Central Valley farmers are pointing fingers at the Sacramento Delta, where water still flows reliably. There's more pressure than ever to change a long-standing water rights system.

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How Many Viruses Have Infected You?

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 1:02pm

Most tests for viruses aim to detect only one or two. But researchers can now check a drop of blood for antibodies to hundreds of viruses, tracing the history of a lifetime of infections, old and new.

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Newly Identified 'Hellboy' Dinosaur Sported Unique Horns, Scientists Say

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 11:16am

The new species, a close relative of Triceratops that was discovered in Alberta, Canada, has large horns above the eyes and a crown-like frill.

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Pluto's Moons Are 'Tumbling In Absolute Chaos,' NASA Says

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 6:46am

In the NFL, something that behaves like Pluto's football-shaped moons might be called a wobbly duck. NASA calls them astonishing.

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Chimps Are No Chumps: Give Them An Oven, They'll Learn To Cook

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 1:14pm

That's what researchers found when they gave chimps a device that appeared to work like an oven. The findings add to the argument that our ancestors began cooking soon after learning to control fire.

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Avian Flu Outbreak Has U.S. Bakers Begging For Europe's Eggs

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 12:50pm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it will allow pasteurized egg imports from the Netherlands to alleviate dwindling supplies and higher prices from the ongoing outbreak on U.S. poultry farms.

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Emergency Rooms Crack Down On Abusers Of Pain Pills

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 2:46am

Hospitals in some states have begun tracking the names of patients who show up repeatedly seeking opioids. Denying these patients pills saves hospitals money, but some doctors question the ethics.

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Are The Vaccine Court's Requirements Too Strict?

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 2:45am

Before awarding compensation, the court wants a "preponderance of evidence" that a vaccine caused the injury. Some years the nearly $4 billion fund earns more interest than it pays out in claims.

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Grass Gourmands: A Herbivore Food Mystery On The African Savanna

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 4:20pm

A new study sheds light on a longstanding ecological question: How do so many species like impalas and elephants co-exist when they're all feeding on the same limited foods?

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Report Challenges Environmental Friendliness Of U.S. Pellet Industry

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 3:43pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Washington Post reporter Joby Warrick about how the burning of wood pellets instead of coal has led to increased deforestation in the U.S.

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Report Challenges Environmental Friendliness Of Europe's Pellet Industry

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 3:43pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Washington Post reporter Joby Warrick about how the burning of wood pellets instead of coal in the Europe has led to increased deforestation in the U.S.

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