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Like Humans, Chimps Fall For Fashion Trends

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 8:51am

It's long been known that chimps learn from each other to make useful tools. Now researchers have seen them copy each other's "fashion statement," Dr. Katherine Cronin tells NPR's Arun Rath.

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The Most Astonishing Wave-Tracking Experiment Ever

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 4:30am

What if I told you that an ordinary-looking wave hitting your beach had traveled, intact, halfway across the planet? Would you believe me? Well, believe this.

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Well, I'll Be Un-Dammed: Colorado River (Briefly) Reached The Sea

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 3:54pm

This spring, the river's final stretch flowed freely for the first time in 50 years. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to writer Rowan Jacobsen about his paddling trip down the temporarily-restored delta.

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The Moon Puts On A Triple Super Summer Spectacle

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 6:42am

This summer, the moon will reach "super" status — turning full at its closest point to the Earth — no fewer than three times. The first supermoon appears Saturday.

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WATCH: Giant Undulating Anchovy School

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 2:11pm

The largest school of the tiny fish seen in 30 years was spotted earlier this week off La Jolla, Calif.

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Elephant Featured In Film 'Alexander' Killed By Thai Poachers

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 9:01am

The 50-year-old Asian elephant, named Phlai Khlao, was apparently poisoned before his tusks were hacked off. Thai authorities are questioning a suspect who is a former elephant handler.

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Mississippi Child Thought Cured Of HIV Shows Signs Of Infection

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 7:40pm

Scientists hoped the baby's apparent cure would lead to similar treatments in infants worldwide. But with the child still HIV-positive, some question the ethics of a large study in other children.

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Alcohol Test: Does Eating Yeast Keep You From Getting Drunk?

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 3:33pm

When we read about a way to stave off intoxication in Esquire, we were dubious. So we bought a breathylzer, a few IPAs and tested out the kooky theory.

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Why HIV Spreads Less Easily In Heterosexual Couples

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 2:10pm

People in heterosexual relationships are about 20 times less likely to pass HIV to their partners than homosexual men. Now scientists have found a clue to why this disparity exists.

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Why HIV Spreads Less Easily In Heterosexual Couples

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 2:10pm

People in heterosexual relationships are about 20 times less likely to pass HIV to their partners than homosexual men. Now scientists have found a clue to why this disparity exists.

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Math Nerd Or Bookworm? Many Of The Same Genes Shape Both Abilities

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 8:46am

About half the genetic contribution to a child's reading ability also shapes how math-savvy she is, a big study of twins finds. But there's still no telling exactly which genes are involved.

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The Science Of Settling: Calculate Your Mate With Moneyball

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 6:15am

Haven't found your soul mate yet? You might be searching for all the wrong things. One psychologist argues that you don't need to lower your standards — just shift your priorities.

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The Little Spacecraft That Couldn't

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 2:28am

A team of volunteer space cowboys may have to say goodbye to ISEE-3 and to their dream of reviving for a final mission the creaky, 36-year-old hardware. Failed tests Wednesday suggest a fuel problem.

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The Little Spacecraft That Couldn't

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 2:28am

A team of volunteer space cowboys may have to say goodbye to ICEE-3 and to their dream of reviving for a final mission the creaky, 36-year-old hardware. Failed tests Wednesday suggest a fuel problem.

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Binging On Bad News Can Fuel Daily Stress

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 2:27am

Simply watching, reading, or listening to steady news coverage of a traumatic event can be as stressful as experiencing the event in person, research suggests.

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Last-Resort Antibiotics In Jeopardy As Use Rises Globally

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 6:18pm

Antibiotic sales in clinics and pharmacies around the world rose by more than a third over a decade. Now drugs reserved for the most dangerous bacteria are at risk of losing their effectiveness.

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A User-Friendly Gardening System For The Plant-Challenged

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 3:54pm

If you always end up killing your house plants, this week's innovation pick may help. This new microfarming appliance grows produce indoors with just seeds, an electrical outlet and a little water.

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Biologist Says Promoting Diversity Is Key To 'Keeping The Bees'

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 1:33pm

Laurence Packer says humans need to appreciate both domestic bees and the some 20,000 species of wild bees. His book Keeping The Bees explores all types, including some that feed on tears.

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A Tough Little Droplet Fights To Stick Around

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 6:03am

It's just a drop of water. It's about to fall. And when it does, a story begins. What happens next may feel oddly familiar. Maybe it's telling you — about you.

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Like All Animals, We Need Stress. Just Not Too Much

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 2:32am

A racing mind and a pounding heart aren't all bad — the stress response can help humans and other animals deal with the unexpected. So what makes a vital system, that evolved to help us, turn toxic?

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