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Unmanned Russian Rocket Burns Up Carrying Mexican Satellite

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 11:54am

The launch is the latest in a string of failures for the Proton-M rocket, a workhorse for the International Launch Services, a joint Russia-American satellite carrier business.

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'Playing Around With Telescopes' To Explore Secrets Of The Universe

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 4:31am

For astrophysicist Shrinivas Kulkarni, "The sky is so much richer and so much more imaginative than the imagination."

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First In Fish: 'Fully Warm-Blooded' Moonfish Prowls The Deep Seas

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 3:53pm

"It's hard to stay warm when you're surrounded by cold water but the opah has figured it out," a NOAA Fisheries biologist says.

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'Not On My Land': Southern Residents Fight Building Of Palmetto Pipeline

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 3:31pm

Kinder Morgan is proposing the pipeline to carry oil and natural gas through South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. But smaller oil suppliers are also concerned about markets like Savannah, Georgia.

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Beekeepers Reported Losing 42 Percent Of Honeybee Colonies Last Summer

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 3:31pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks to Gene Brandi, vice president of the American Beekeeping Federation, about how beekeepers and farmers are coping with the large die-off of honeybees.

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Environmentalists Say Shell's Arctic Drilling Plan Presents Safety Risks

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 3:31pm

The Interior Department on Monday gave Shell conditional approval to drill for oil in the Arctic, a big defeat for environmental activists. But there's still another hurdle: a permit that approves Shell's plan to clean up if there's a spill. Opponents say the Arctic is too tough a place for effective cleanup, but the industry says otherwise.

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Massive Antarctic Ice Shelf Will Be Gone Within Years, NASA Says

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 3:01pm

What's left of the Larsen B shelf, two-thirds of which underwent a spectacular collapse in 2002, will disappear by the end of the decade, according to a new study.

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Bistro In Vitro: A Virtual Playground To Ponder The Future Of Meat

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 12:56pm

Dutch artist Koert van Mensvoort has created a virtual restaurant to help us imagine a future when alluring beef, poultry and fish dishes can be concocted with in vitro techniques.

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Why We Can Depend On The Kindness Of Strangers

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 12:24pm

Our ability to get along with folks who aren't relatives could be a legacy of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. And it's rooted in the fact that those societies had gender equity.

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What It Takes To Lift Families Out Of Poverty

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 3:51am

New charities pop up all the time. But how do you know which ones work? Economists have come up with a strategy to figure it out. They've used it to tackle one of the biggest problems in the world.

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Why Do Most Galaxies Die? It's A Case Of Strangulation, Scientists Say

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 11:23am

A team in England looked at thousands of galaxies that had stopped forming stars and determined that the vast majority of them showed signs that their stellar fuel supply had been choked off.

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A Database Of All Things Brainy

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 2:34am

A mouse brain boasts more than 200 different kinds of cells, say scientists, who are busy cataloging everything known about each type. Next up: a data trove of details on human brain cells.

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Smokers More Likely To Quit If Their Own Cash Is On The Line

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:50pm

A carrot isn't enough — bring on the stick. A study finds smokers are more likely to quit tobacco if they lose some of their own money after a relapse, than if they get a bonus for quitting the habit.

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Santa Fe Cuts Water Consumption By Imposing Tiered Pricing Model

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 3:53pm

NPR's Melissa Block interviews Santa Fe, N.M., Mayor Javier Gonzales about how the city managed to cut water usage by one-fifth while its population grew by 10 percent.

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California Builders Prepare For Future Water Needs As Population Grows

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 3:33pm

Under the growing burden of drought, California is struggling to supply enough water to all of the people currently living there. The state is also working on ways to ensure water for millions more residents expected to live there in the future.

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Why Would A Fish Make Its Own Sunscreen?

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 2:16pm

Research suggests that genes that make a natural sunscreen jumped from algae to an ancestor of vertebrates hundreds of millions of years ago. Some animals kept the ability. Others didn't.

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How To Feed A Numbat: Zoo Cookery Aids Endangered Species

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 1:29pm

Zoo nutritionists these days have to do more than try to keep displayed animals happy and healthy. Sometimes the goal is to bring endangered wildlife back from the brink.

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