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A Fish Gets A New Eye And An Edge In The Tank

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 6:30am

Nothing worse than being bulled in school, especially if you're a fish. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Dr. Martin Haulena from the Vancouver Aquarium about a fish that was picked on by schoolmates.

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WATCH: SpaceX Booster Crashes On Barge

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 3:53pm

The company's resupply mission to the International Space Station went off without a hitch last week, but an attempt to land the spent booster on a floating platform didn't go as well.

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It's Official: 2014 Was The Hottest Year On Record, NOAA Says

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 10:03am

The annually-averaged temperature was 1.24 degrees Fahrenheit over the 20th century average, and easily broke the records set in 2005 and 2010.

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Long-Lost British Spacecraft Spotted By NASA Probe Orbiting Mars

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 7:10am

The Beagle 2 Mars Lander was lost Christmas day 2003. Today, British scientists confirmed their spacecraft was found partially deployed on the surface of Mars.

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By Making A Game Out Of Rejection, A Man Conquers Fear

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 2:23am

Jason Comely's fear of rejection was so strong that he'd become completely isolated. So he set out to get himself rejected at least once a day, every day. Funny thing is, it worked.

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Do Fictional Geniuses Hold Back Real Women?

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 4:08pm

A new study finds that the academic disciplines most associated with "geniuses" are also the fields in which women are underrepresented.

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Highflying Geese Save Energy By Swooping Like A Roller Coaster

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 1:51pm

They could shoot up to 24,000 feet and maintain that altitude in a long-distance migration across the Himalayas. But it's more efficient for bar-headed geese to soar and dive, scientists find.

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From The Mouths Of Apes, Babble Hints At Origins of Human Speech

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 3:33pm

You say banana; this orangutan says ... well, it's hard to tell what she's saying. But the rhythmic, speech-like sounds of the zoo-dwelling ape have started scientists talking.

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New EPA Guidelines Limit Methane Release From Drilling

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 3:16pm

The rules are mostly voluntary, which disappoints environmental groups, but they should ratchet down the amount of leaked methane from new or modified oil and gas operations, which contributes to climate change.

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GMO Potatoes Have Arrived. But Will Anyone Buy Them?

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 3:30pm

New GMO potatoes don't bruise as easily, and, when fried, they have less of a potentially harmful chemical. Yet some big chip and french fry makers won't touch them because of the stigma of GMOs.

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Stars Shine Bright In Ireland's Dark Sky Reserve

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 3:16pm

The International Dark-Sky Association has named only three "gold-tier reserves" on Earth where a "full array of visible sky phenomena can be viewed." There's only one in the Northern Hemisphere — at the the Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve in far Southwestern Ireland.

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U.S. Funding of Health Research Stalls As Other Nations Rev Up

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 12:00pm

It's not just government-sponsored medical research that's dwindled in the last few years in the U.S. Drug firms have curbed their investment, too, especially in early-stage hunts for new drugs.

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Good News For Bats! Things Are Looking Up For Stemming Disease Spread

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 2:33am

The disease known as white-nose syndrome has killed millions of bats, but scientists are seeing hopeful signs that some bat colonies are recovering.

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3 Kings Holiday Cake Laced With Synthetic Drugs Makes Dozens Hallucinate

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 7:19pm

What seemed like a case of food poisoning has now turned into a police investigation. Synthetic drugs present an evolving problem for the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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