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NASA Battles Rising Sea Levels To Protect Kennedy Space Center

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 4:14pm

Sea level rise is beginning to affect the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. A protective dune not too far from the launchpads has collapsed.

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Go Ahead, Little Goat, Eat Some Poison Ivy. It Won't Hurt A Bit

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 3:08pm

Amazon's getting into the rent-a-goat business (for weed chomping). After all, goats are great at wiping out unwanted plants — even poison ivy. How do they do it?

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Will A Transplanted Hand Feel Like His Own? Surgery Raises Questions

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 3:01pm

A 20-year-old man born without fingers on one hand hopes a transplanted hand will give him more confidence. He knows the risks of such a visible transplant, but says, "It's something I always wanted."

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Tracking Your Own Health Data Too Closely Can Make You Sick

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 1:05pm

Why not get bloodwork done a few times a year, as some celebrities advise? Because too much testing can lead to false positives, abnormalities that don't threaten health, and to unnecessary treatment.

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When Did Humans Start Shaping Earth's Fate? An Epoch Debate

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 3:22am

Some scientists suggest calling the era we live in the Anthropocene, to denote the time when humans came to dominate Earth's fate. But did it start with farming, the atom bomb or other event?

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Will Turning Seawater Into Drinking Water Help Drought-Hit California?

Sun, 04/05/2015 - 5:28pm

During its last major drought, Santa Barbara built a desalination plant. It was never used. Now it's being reopened, but critics say desalination is costly, energy-intensive and may harm marine life.

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LHC, Which Confirmed The Higgs, Goes Back Online After 2-Year Hiatus

Sun, 04/05/2015 - 9:16am

The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland, underwent a number of upgrades, including a doubling of the energy with which it can smash protons together.

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Brief Eclipse Dazzles Skywatchers

Sat, 04/04/2015 - 7:10am

The third in a set of four lunar eclipses that began a year ago and will finish in late September could be seen from the U.S. East Coast to Asia.

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California Faith Groups Divided Over Right-To-Die Bill

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 4:03pm

Many Christian denominations officially oppose legislation that would legalize medically assisted suicide. But some individual churches, pastors and congregants are lending support to the cause.

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Cambridge University Unearths Medieval Hospital Cemetery

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 3:29pm

Cambridge University has unearthed one of Britain's largest medieval hospital cemeteries, containing more than 1,000 human remains. NPR's Audie Cornish and Melissa Block talked to the leader of the dig, Craig Cessford, about the new findings.

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Get Ready For The Third Installment In The Lunar Eclipse Tetrad

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 3:06pm

Weather permitting, a "blood moon" eclipse — the penultimate in a four-eclipse cycle — can be seen in its totality by those living on the U.S West Coast.

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Men And Women Use Different Scales To Weigh Moral Dilemmas

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 1:52pm

Would you kill a young Hitler to prevent World War II? Men are more likely to say yes, a study finds, while women weigh the moral cost of murder along with lives saved.

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Drug-Resistant Food Poisoning Lands In The U.S.

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 3:52pm

Travelers are bringing a nasty bacterial disease to the U.S. and spreading it to others. The bacteria cause bad diarrhea and are tough to treat because they're resistant to the top antibiotic.

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Searching Online May Make You Think You're Smarter Than You Are

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 8:52am

Googling that fact can make insufferable know-it-alls even more sure of their superior abilities, a study finds. The mere act of searching seems to boost faith in one's knowledge.

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Germanwings Crash Highlights Workplace Approaches To Mental Health

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 5:03pm

The case of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz has focused attention on what Lufthansa, or any employer, can really know about an employee's state of mind. Requiring a psychological evaluation has risks, too.

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A Virus In Your Mouth Helps Fight The Flu

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 2:20pm

It's related to herpes. And it infects most of the world — about half of Americans, nearly all the developing world. But don't go out and get infected. The virus has a dark side, too.

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A Leap Forward In The Science Of Human Locomotion

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 9:56am

Researchers at Nevada State University have discovered a surprising truth about the most efficient way to travel on two legs.

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Tobacco Firm Asks FDA To Lift Warning Label On This Product

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 2:53am

The product is called Snus — a tiny bag of tobacco that users slip between the lip and gum. Its Swedish maker claims the product is safer than cigarettes, cigars, dip and chewing tobacco.

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Hackers Teach Computers To Tell Healthy And Sick Brain Cells Apart

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 1:36pm

Scientists are still better than computers at assessing a neuron's health by looking at its shape. But an effort that includes an international series of hackathons could help speed the process.

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Meet The Bacteria That Make A Stink In Your Pits

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 10:19am

Scientists say they've IDed the bacteria that emits that rank smell after a hard workout. Future deodorants might target that bad actor rather than blocking sweat glands or nuking all bacteria.

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