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Fraught U.S.-Russia Relationship Could Undermine Nuclear Security

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 3:30pm

A former head of the Los Alamos National Laboratory has worked with Russia for years on securing loose nukes and upgrading facilities in the former Soviet Union. Siegfried Hecker is now writing a book about two decades of of nuclear cooperation.

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These Xs Are The Same Shade, So What's That Say About Color?

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 3:30pm

Never mind the physics. Color isn't just a particular wavelength of light, it turns out. It's a fascinating mix of context, and what's happening outside and inside your head.

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Solar Bike Path Opens This Week In The Netherlands

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 10:03am

Integrating solar panels into a bike commuter path, a special roadway outside Amsterdam will generate power that's then funneled into the national energy grid.

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Inhalable Chocolate? Ingestible Ideas From A Lab For The Senses

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 10:22am

A real-life Willy Wonka invites scientists, designers, composers, artists and chefs to collaborate on novel foods and other cultural confections.

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How Catchy Songs Lodge Their Hooks In Your Ears

Sun, 11/09/2014 - 6:45am

"Wannabe," by the Spice Girls, is the catchiest song in the U.K., according to a new study. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Ashley Burgoyne, a computational musicologist from the University of Amsterdam.

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Obese Women Make Less Money, Work More Physically Demanding Jobs

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 4:51pm

A 65 percent increase in a woman's weight is associated with a 9 percent drop in earnings. A recent study investigated what's behind that "obesity penalty," and why it hits women harder than men.

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In Space, No One Can Hear You Sample

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 4:08pm

NASA just released a collection of sound effects from both this world and deep, intergalactic space into the Public Domain. They are now available for all of us to enjoy and perhaps use to make music.

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Still Unknown In Virgin Space Crash: How Pilot Got Out

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 6:37am

NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to science correspondent Geoff Brumfiel about last week's tragic loss of the Virgin Galactic spaceship.

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The Ancient Art Of Cheese-Making Attracts Scientific Gawkers

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 4:52am

In England, cheese-making is an art stretching back hundreds of years. But recently, scientists have become interested in the microbes that make the country's artisan cheeses so tasty.

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The Ancient Art Of Cheese-Making Attracts Scientific Gawkers

Sat, 11/08/2014 - 4:52am

In England, cheese-making is an art stretching back hundreds of years. But recently, scientists have become interested in the microbes that make the country's artisan cheeses so tasty.

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Can A Smell-Emitting Fork Alter How We Savor Flavor?

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 1:05pm

Flavor is a combination of taste and aroma. So can a scent-emitting fork trick our brains into thinking we're tasting something, when we're only just smelling it? The Salt team tests it out.

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How A Tilt Toward Safety Stopped A Scientist's Virus Research

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 2:27am

The U.S. government has stopped some experiments with dangerous viruses, saying the risks need to be reconsidered. Key work in one scientist's lab have been halted.

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Security Agents Often Miss When Passports Don't Match Faces

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 5:09pm

The people checking travelers' passports aren't great at catching fake or stolen documents. One solution might be to screen the screeners and only hire those with a talent for recognizing faces.

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What Does A GOP Majority Mean For Environmental Policy?

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 3:35pm

Melissa Block talks to New York Times reporter Coral Davenport about the impact of a GOP majority Congress on environmental policies.

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Battle Lines Drawn After Texas Town Bans Fracking

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 3:20pm

Residents of Denton, Texas, voted Tuesday to ban hydraulic fracturing in their city. It's the first time a city in the state — where energy is king — has voted to ban fracking. State officials have already filed lawsuits to try and overturn the ban.

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Astronomers Glimpse Distant Planetary Nursery

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 3:01pm

Images produced by a giant radio telescope array in Chile's Atacama desert show a nascent star and what's thought to be its solar system in the process of being born.

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How Boy Bits First Came To Be

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 2:34pm

Certain birth defects in male children are on the rise, and nobody knows why. Scientists say basic research into how external genitalia evolved in reptiles and rodents might offer a few clues.

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Innovation: Harness Could Allow Dogs, Humans To Communicate

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 11:38am

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a dog harness, equipped with speakers and vibrating motors, that could be used in search and rescue or to improve dog training.

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Discovery's Man-Swallowing Snake Stunt Stretches Credulity

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 9:24am

The channel promises to air an episode featuring a man in a protective suit who is swallowed alive by a giant green anaconda.

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Republican Sweep Highlights Climate Change Politics In Alaska

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 2:26am

GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is set to head the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. It can be easier for her oil-reliant state to adapt to the changing climate rather than address its causes.

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