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Salt Is Slowly Crippling California's Almond Industry

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 3:33pm

California's ongoing drought has forced many almond growers to use groundwater on the thirsty crop. The problem: That water is high in salt, and it's killing almond trees.

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Retracing Ralph Waldo Emerson's Steps In A Now 'Unchanged Eden'

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 3:28pm

A century and a half ago, the poet and philosopher headed to New York's Adirondack Mountains with some notable pals. Today, we follow his journey with a new crew, the help of a painting and a book.

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Delaware Gets A Rare Out-Of-State Visitor: A 7-Foot Manatee

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 12:04pm

The marine mammal was spotted in the narrow canal that connects the Chesapeake and Delaware bays just a few days after one was seen in an estuary of the Potomac River.

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The Gene For Sweet: Why We Don't All Taste Sugar The Same Way

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 11:10am

We know that a gene can determine how strongly we experience bitter flavors. Scientists wanted to know if this was also true for sweet. Their study shows genetics may affect our taste for sugar, too.

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Well-Off Baby Boomers Know How To Binge Drink, Too

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 9:39am

Think binge drinking, and college students downing cheap beer from red cups come into mind. But healthy affluent adults over 50 are more likely to drink dangerously than their peers.

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Maine Fisherman Catches His Second Rare Lobster

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 6:07pm

The Portland Press Herald reports that "Captain Eli," a rare orange lobster, will be kept at the Fisherman's Catch Café in Raymond, Maine, before Bill Coppersmith releases it back into the ocean.

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Live Samples Of Anthrax Were Sent Worldwide In May Due To Ineffective Procedure

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 5:33pm

NPR's Geoff Brumfiel reports that the samples of anthrax the Pentagon thought were dead, were still alive. The Pentagon says the public was never at risk.

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What If Chemo Doesn't Help You Live Longer Or Better?

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 4:51pm

Terminal cancer patients sometimes get chemotherapy in the belief that it will ease their symptoms. But a study finds many who get the treatment near death actually have a poorer quality of life.

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Looking For Earth-Like Planets Provides Clues For Finding 'Life Like Ours'

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 3:39pm

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Katie Mack, an astrophysicist at the University of Melbourne, about NASA's discovery of an Earth-like planet, and why humankind is so fascinated with twin-earths.

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NASA Announces Discovery Of Earth-Like Planet Around Distant Star

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 3:39pm

NASA is revealing the latest results from the Kepler Space Telescope, which was designed to hunt for planets around distant stars, including ones that might be Earth-like.

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Kepler Telescope Introduces Earth To A Very Distant Cousin

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 12:35pm

The spacecraft has detected the nearest thing to Earth yet discovered — a planet that's a bit bigger and squarely inside the "habitable zone" for life.

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Younger Adults with Alzheimer's Are Key to Drug Search

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 2:47am

A very rare genetic mutation causes some people to develop Alzheimer's in their 30s. It also makes these people the ideal candidates for tests of potential Alzheimer's drugs.

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Leprosy From An Armadillo? That's An Unlikely Pecadillo

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 5:05pm

Yes, health officials in Florida have reported nine cases of leprosy so far this year. And yes, armadillos can transmit leprosy. But scientists say we needn't fear the armored mammals.

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Eggs Go AWOL, And Bakers Scramble For High-Tech Substitutes

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 3:48pm

The national egg shortage is hitting bakers hard. Some are replacing eggs with highly engineered ingredients that promise to work just as well.

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'New Yorker' Article Sparks Upsurge In Earthquake Survival Kit Sales

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 3:33pm

After a frightening article a few weeks ago in The New Yorker magazine about a potentially devastating earthquake in the Pacific Northwest, there's been a run on survival supplies there. NPR talks to the maker of survival kits about his business.

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Amid Stark Realities, How Do Climate Scientists 'Stay Positive?'

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 3:33pm

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with John H. Richardson about his recent Esquire piece, "When the End of Human Civilization Is Your Day Job."

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A Strengthening El Nino Could Mean Wet Winter On The West Coast

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 3:52pm

NPR's Melissa Block speaks to Mike Halpert, deputy director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center, about a strengthening El Nino season.

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Women's Brains Appear More Vulnerable To Alzheimer's Than Men's

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 3:21pm

Researchers at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference say there's growing evidence that women are more likely than men of the same age to develop Alzheimer's disease.

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Two Gene Studies Suggest First Migrants To Americas A Complex Mix

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 2:45pm

Scientists assume a wave of people from what's now Siberia crossed into North America via Alaska, maybe 23,000 years ago. Genetics support that, but may also suggest another wave from Australasia.

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A 3-D Food Lab And Restaurant Wants To Turn Yuck Into Yum

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 11:39am

A group of top chefs, food scientists and tech geeks have set up a lab in Belgium to master 3-D food printing. Their goal: to create nutritionally enhanced foods that appeal to the pickiest palates.

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