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Dust Clouds Big Bang Signal

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 4:35pm

A team claiming to have spied the earliest moments of the universe may have actually seen little more than galactic dust.

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Going Against The Grain: FDA Threatens Brewers' Feed For Farmers

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:19am

Breweries have been providing farmers with free or discounted grain to feed their animals for centuries. But a proposed FDA rule intended to make food safer could disrupt that relationship.

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Stephanie Kwolek, Chemist Who Created Kevlar, Dies At 90

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:30am

Kwolek, a DuPont scientist, invented the remarkable fibers — lightweight, flexible and five times stronger than steel — that are used around the world in bulletproof body armor.

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Wrong! Deconstructing 5 Famous History Stories

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 8:46am

You don't question them. You don't doubt them. You hear them so often, you wouldn't know they are lies. Here are five historical "facts" that aren't true. Never were. And now you'll know.

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Where's The Line Between Cheating A Little and Cheating A Lot?

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 7:49am

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely explains the hidden reasons we think it's okay to cheat or steal. He says we're predictably irrational — and can be influenced in ways we don't even realize.

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Can You Learn To Spot A Liar?

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 7:49am

We're surrounded by deception: in politics and pop culture, in the workplace and on social media. Pamela Meyer points out manners and cues that can help us suss out a lie.

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Does Technology Make Us More Honest?

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 7:49am

Who hasn't sent a text message saying "I'm on my way" when it wasn't true? But some technology might actually force us to be more honest, says psychologist Jeff Hancock.

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6 Decades Of Research Examines Prisoners Of War

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 6:00am

The release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl prompted a firestorm of debate. We step away from that debate to look at what's been learned about the psychological effects of being captured in wartime

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Scientists Keep A Careful Eye On The World Cup Ball

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 2:38am

After a botched redesign in 2010 caused the ball to behave erratically, independent scientists have carefully studied the new ball.

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Seeking the Solstice: Kick Off Your Summer of Cosmic Sunsets

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 4:29pm

Just in time for the official start of summer, NPR's Adam Frank heads outside to better understand the summer solstice. The secret, he says, is in the sunsets.

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Cut Your Cake And Keep It (Fresh), Too

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 2:50pm

A British mathematician proclaimed in 1906 that there's a better way to cut a cake than dividing it into wedges. Now a video by Alex Bellos is bringing his method back to life.

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To Defeat A Deadly Toxin, Disrupt Its Landing Gear

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 2:17pm

Scientists have figured out how botulinum toxin moves from the intestine into the bloodstream. Specialized molecules that serve as carriers for the toxin provide clues about its potency.

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New York Passes Bill To Outlaw Tattooing Pets

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 2:04pm

Getting Fido inked or pierced, except for purposes of medical identification, will be against the law in New York after Gov. Cuomo signs the measure.

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How To Build A Neanderthal

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 1:03pm

The strong jawline and pronounced teeth of of Neanderthals likely evolved before their large braincase, scientists say. The evidence? A treasure of bones recovered from a single cave in Spain.

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Eating Broccoli May Give Harmful Chemicals The Boot

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 4:20pm

A study found that people who consumed broccoli sprouts excreted two air pollutants faster than usual. So does that mean there's something to detoxing with cruciferous veggies? Scientists say maybe.

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Kids In Juvenile Detention Face Risk Of Violent Death As Adults

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 11:49am

Young delinquents are much more likely than their peers to die violently as adults. And girls are at particular risk. Lack of access to preventive care is partly to blame, researchers say.

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Goats In The City? Making A Case For Detroit's Munching Mowers

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 10:54am

Goats aren't allowed in Detroit, but billionaire Mark Spitznagel thinks they could help revitalize blighted neighborhoods. Goat raisers in other cities say the animals can be eco-friendly landscapers.

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U.S. Offshore Wind Energy Area Would Nearly Double Under New Plan

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 8:18am

The U.S. Department of the Interior says the new Massachusetts Wind Energy Area would be auctioned off in four leases. It includes more than 1,000 square miles of ocean.

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Is Collecting Animals For Science A Noble Mission Or A Threat?

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 2:25am

Museums are filled with dead insects, birds, fish, mammals, and reptiles meticulously gathered worldwide in the name of scientific discovery. But some researchers now say, better think twice.

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Plastics Don't Disappear, But They Do End Up In Sea Birds' Bellies

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 5:12pm

When bottles and bags are cast out to sea, the debris never truly goes away — it just gets smaller. And these plastic particles, called microplastics, are ready meals for fish and birds.

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