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To Master Stage Fright, Practice Makes Imperfect OK

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 8:34am

Most people suffer stage fright when speaking or performing in front of a group. One pianist found she could manage the anxiety if she practiced often for an audience.

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Study Reveals What Happens During A 'Glacial Earthquake'

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 2:54pm

Scientists have figured out how massive chunks of ice trigger these seismically-detectable events when they break off a glacier. The findings could help researchers track ice loss from glaciers.

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Make Lava, Not War

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 2:12pm

A sculptor and a geologist are melting hundreds of pounds of rock in a giant cauldron to create realistic lava flows. Cool! NPR reporter Adam Cole pays a visit to learn more about lava's allure.

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'Stealthy' Giant Rhea Eludes Police In U.K.

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 9:33am

The ostrich-like bird, native to South America, escaped from a farm in Nottinghamshire last week.

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Dynamic Duos: How To Get More Nutrition By Pairing Foods

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 4:51pm

Adding eggs to salads helps us absorb the beneficial pigments like beta carotene in the raw vegetables, a new study finds. Here are other foods that, when eaten together, pack a more nutritious punch.

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How The Turtle Got Its Shell

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 12:04pm

The ribs of a 240-million-year-old fossil hold clues to how the first turtle shell evolved. And its skull shape seems closer to that of lizards and snakes than to an ancestor of dinosaurs and birds.

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Genetically Modified Salmon: Coming To A River Near You?

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 11:08am

Scientists are trying to predict what might happen if genetically modified salmon escaped growth facilities. It's a scenario often raised by critics who don't want the FDA to approve sale of the fish.

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Survival Of The Greenest Beer? Breweries Adapt To A Changing Climate

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 10:51am

Breweries are grappling with more weather extremes — heat waves, snowy winters, heavy rains and drought. Many are coming up with creative ways to adjust to their changing environments.

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That's Not Fair! Crime And Punishment In A Preschooler's Mind

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 7:54am

Children as young as 3 years old will step in to right the wrong if they see someone being mistreated, a study finds. But they aren't as keen as 5-year-olds to dole out punishment.

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NASA Flummoxed By Dwarf Planet's Bright Spots, 'Pyramid-Shaped Peak'

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 11:44am

The view captured by the Dawn spacecraft this month "shows even more small spots in the crater than were previously visible," NASA says.

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How Fracking Is Fueling A Power Shift From Coal To Gas

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 3:49am

Driven by new regulations and fracking, more coal power plants are retiring for cheaper, cleaner-burning natural gas. But scientists have yet to work out the fossil fuel's imperfect climate footprint.

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Take A Hike To Do Your Heart And Spirit Good

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 3:45am

For many Americans, an NPR poll suggests, walking is their most consistent exercise. But how much can a moderately paced walk really help your health?

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EPA Official: Decisions On Climate Change Will Affect Economic Future Of U.S.

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 4:40pm

NPR's Melissa Block interviews Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy on the second anniversary of the president's Climate Action Plan.

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Will A Surgical Mask Keep You Safe In A Viral Outbreak?

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 2:47pm

When Middle East respiratory syndrome erupted in South Korea, people started wearing masks everywhere, even at weddings. So how good are these masks at stopping MERS or even the flu?

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'Speed,' Galápagos Tortoise Who Came To San Diego In 1933, Dies At 150

Sun, 06/21/2015 - 12:04pm

The giant reptile was taken from Isabela Island in Ecuador's Galápagos archipelago as part of an early effort to sustain the species, which is native only to the remote Pacific island chain.

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Israel Bets On Recycled Water To Meet Its Growing Thirst

Sun, 06/21/2015 - 8:43am

Treated sewage water accounts for half the water used by Israel's farms. Entrepreneurs are experimenting with ways to cut costs and to ensure that the 86 percent of wastewater that's recycled is safe.

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Fitness App Aims To Deliver Live Feedback From A Personal Trainer 24/7

Sun, 06/21/2015 - 6:03am

The Fitnet app uses your phone's camera to analyze your workout and give feedback. Next step is a live trainer on the other end. The hitch: Your Internet speed likely needs to be 40 times faster.

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Volunteer Rangers Work To Rein In Antler Poachers

Sat, 06/20/2015 - 7:15am

The popularity of antlers as rustic décor is threatening deer and elk in the Pacific Northwest. The animals can naturally shed antlers, but some people harass or kill animals to get at prized racks.

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