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Fraught U.S.-Russia Relationship Could Undermine Nuclear Security

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 3:30pm

A former head of the Los Alamos National Laboratory has worked with Russia for years on securing loose nukes and upgrading facilities in the former Soviet Union. Siegfried Hecker is now writing a book about two decades of of nuclear cooperation.

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These Xs Are The Same Shade, So What's That Say About Color?

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 3:30pm

Never mind the physics. Color isn't just a particular wavelength of light, it turns out. It's a fascinating mix of context, and what's happening outside and inside your head.

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Solar Bike Path Opens This Week In The Netherlands

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 10:03am

Integrating solar panels into a bike commuter path, a special roadway outside Amsterdam will generate power that's then funneled into the national energy grid.

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Inhalable Chocolate? Ingestible Ideas From A Lab For The Senses

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 10:22am

A real-life Willy Wonka invites scientists, designers, composers, artists and chefs to collaborate on novel foods and other cultural confections.

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How Catchy Songs Lodge Their Hooks In Your Ears

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 6:45am

"Wannabe," by the Spice Girls, is the catchiest song in the U.K., according to a new study. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Ashley Burgoyne, a computational musicologist from the University of Amsterdam.

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Obese Women Make Less Money, Work More Physically Demanding Jobs

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 4:51pm

A 65 percent increase in a woman's weight is associated with a 9 percent drop in earnings. A recent study investigated what's behind that "obesity penalty," and why it hits women harder than men.

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In Space, No One Can Hear You Sample

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 4:08pm

NASA just released a collection of sound effects from both this world and deep, intergalactic space into the Public Domain. They are now available for all of us to enjoy and perhaps use to make music.

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Still Unknown In Virgin Space Crash: How Pilot Got Out

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 6:37am

NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to science correspondent Geoff Brumfiel about last week's tragic loss of the Virgin Galactic spaceship.

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The Ancient Art Of Cheese-Making Attracts Scientific Gawkers

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 4:52am

In England, cheese-making is an art stretching back hundreds of years. But recently, scientists have become interested in the microbes that make the country's artisan cheeses so tasty.

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The Ancient Art Of Cheese-Making Attracts Scientific Gawkers

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 4:52am

In England, cheese-making is an art stretching back hundreds of years. But recently, scientists have become interested in the microbes that make the country's artisan cheeses so tasty.

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