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The Universe Cares About How Fast You — Yes, You — Travel

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 3:10pm

NPR's resident physicist and commentator, Adam Frank, reflects on how your velocity — how quickly you move — affects how you experience life.

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So What If It's Ugly? It Just Keeps On Going ...

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 6:03am

Thank heavens it's not pretty, not thirsty, not useful, not a bother, not nearby. It looks like a mess of rope. But, oh my, is this plant old. Really, really old.

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Mating Rituals: Why Certain Risky Behaviors Can Make You Look Hot

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 4:18am

Social science research suggests risky behavior such as braving heights or swimming in deep waters increases your sex appeal. Driving without a seat belt? Not so much.

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Should HPV Testing Replace The Pap Smear?

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 2:24am

The recent FDA approval of an HPV test to screen for cervical cancer has ignited debate among doctors. Some say the viral test will catch cancers earlier. Others warn it increases needless biopsies.

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For N.J. Mayor, The Time To Adapt To Rising Sea Levels Is Now

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 2:20am

Hoboken, N.J., has experienced several major floods since Hurricane Sandy. Mayor Dawn Zimmer says her city can't isn't waiting to prepare for the effects of climate change.

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Why Those Tiny Microbeads In Soap May Pose Problem For Great Lakes

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 2:20am

The plastic beads in some face soaps look a lot like fish food when they end up in the water. Two states are close to banning the beads, which researchers say can spread toxins through the food chain.

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Double Trouble For Coffee: Drought And Disease Send Prices Up

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 2:18am

Coffee prices have spiked this year because of drought in Brazil and a disease that's crippling coffee production in parts of Central America. Coffee traders says prices could rise to $3 a pound.

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Big Bang's Ripples: Two Scientists Recall Their Big Discovery

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 3:42pm

Fifty years ago today two astronomers in New Jersey accidentally discovered the Big Bang's afterglow. The roaring space static their hilltop antenna detected came from the birth of the universe.

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UK Government Asks: What's The Greatest Challenge Of Our Time?

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 3:27pm

In 1714, the British government established a prize to solve the greatest challenge of that time: Pinpoint a ship's location at sea by knowing its longitude. Now, 300 years later, it's bringing back the Longitude Prize. This time, the public will choose the greatest challenge in a vote that begins Thursday.

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Before You Get Too Excited About The Titanosaur, Listen To This Guy

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 3:24pm

Science writer Brian Switek responds to the recent discovery of bones that many say are from the largest dinosaur ever. Switek disputes the claim, explaining why a statement like that can't be made.

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Global Temperatures Tied Record High Last Month

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 2:14pm

Warmer weather in Australia and Siberia helped make last month the hottest April on record, tying levels last seen in 2010. Climate change may be putting landmarks like the Statue of Liberty at risk.

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Beezin' May Be Bogus, But Other Dopey Teen Fads Can Bite Back

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 7:50am

Teenagers have always been creative about repurposing household products in search of a high, and social media is helping them. That leaves parents wondering how to tell danger from harmless hype.

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NASA Chief Dismisses Concern Over Russia Quitting Space Station

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 3:04pm

Administrator Charles Bolden said no one country was indispensable to the ISS after Moscow last week said it would not participate in a plan to extend the station's life past 2020.

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Why Reporting On Scientific Research May Warp Findings

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 5:35am

The pressure to publish original research can mean scientists are neglecting to verify the work of others. In its current issue, the Journal of Social Science is trying a different approach.

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The First American Teenager, Millennia-Old And Underwater

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 4:00pm

DNA from the skeleton of a 12,000-year-old teenage girl found on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula shows that today's Native Americans are descended from Siberians who spread southward across North America.

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Fighting Bugs With Bugs: Hatching A Solution For Troubled Trees

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 4:00pm

The Asian citrus psyllid is a tiny bug that spreads a devastating tree disease. Pesticides can't always control it, so California farmers have turned to a different solution: another bug.

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Fighting Bugs With Bugs: Hatching A Solution For Troubled Trees

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 4:00pm

The Asian citrus psyllid is a tiny bug that spreads a devastating tree disease. Pesticides can't always control it, so California farmers have turned to a different solution: another bug.

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A Giant Among Dinosaurs Discovered In Argentina

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 2:11pm

Paleontologists say the titanosaur fossils are from the biggest dinosaur ever to walk the planet.

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MERS Appears To Spread With Business-Meeting Contact

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 6:37am

NPR's Lynn Neary talks to science correspondent Rob Stein about the first human-to-human infection of MERS in the U.S.

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Intriguing Lime Green Blobs Appear In The Andes Mountains. Are They Alive?

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 4:27am

It's dry. Empty. Rocks everywhere. About 10,000 feet up in the Andes. Then, all of a sudden you see an enormous, lime green, tasty-looking lump. Should you lick it?

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