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Before Humans Showed Up, Huge Animals Were The Norm

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 4:07am

In Earth's history, there have been some incredibly large animals that look sort of like animals we have today, just a lot bigger. In North America, there was a sloth that was the size of an elephant.

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12 Ancient Giants: An Ode To The Enormous And Extinct

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 4:03am

A dragonfly with a 2-foot wingspan? A sloth the size of an elephant? Skunk Bear's latest video introduces the enormous, ancient relatives of modern animals — all in rhyming verse. Of course.

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Whistleblower Says Medicare Advantage Plans Padded Charges In Home Visits

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 4:03am

Medicare Advantage health plans are privately run, but reimbursed by Medicare. A Texas lawsuit claims that, to inflate charges, 30 Advantage plans in 15 states exaggerated how sick patients were.

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LA Rolls Out Water-Saving 'Shade Balls'

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 5:41pm

In an effort to meet EPA regulations, conserve water and prevent algae growth in the Los Angeles Reservoir, officials are using 96 million plastic balls to cover the water's surface.

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Colorado Businesses Struggle As Toxic Waste Flows Through Animas River

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 4:36pm

NPR's Melissa Block speaks to Roger Zalneraitis, executive director of the La Plata County Economic Development Alliance, on plans to aid small business owners after the toxic waste spill.

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Protein Goes Green: Can Algae Become The Next Soy?

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 4:27pm

Some companies think microalgae could be the alternative protein of the future, but can it top plant proteins?

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Coloradans Raise Environmental Concerns Of Proposed Reservoir Projects

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 3:42pm

Colorado will need more water to supply the state's fast-increasing population. So two large reservoir projects have been proposed, but some Coloradans worry about the dams' possible ecological harm.

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Don't Fear The Wild Animals, Researchers Tell Salad-Makers

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 11:04am

According to new research, vegetable farmers who clear away trees and wild vegetation from their fields aren't making their produce any safer to eat. But they are destroying animal habitats.

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Rivers Shut Down Over EPA's Spill Of 3 Million Gallons Of Toxic Water

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 9:10am

Water samples taken after the spill showed lead concentrations that were 3,500 times the levels normally seen in Durango, Colo.

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Women In Combat Zones Can Have Trouble Getting Contraceptives

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 4:33am

Fifteen percent of active duty service members are women, and 97 percent of those women are of childbearing age. So why is it still tough for many to get refills of contraceptives when deployed?

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New Research Explores Why The Universe Is Dying

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 5:56pm

A study by the Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA) project measured energy output of more than 200,000 galaxies. The findings show the galaxies are half as strong as they were 2 billion years ago.

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One Man's Quest To Combat Counterfeit Drugs — With A Suitcase

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 4:14pm

Fake and shoddy medications kill about 100,000 people around the world each year. Many "drugs" are no more than just chalk or water. An engineer in Boston is trying to change that.

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This Salad Is Outta This World: Astronauts Eat Greens Grown In Space

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 3:49pm

Farming plants in space may prove critical for future deep space travel. On Monday NASA announced it had mastered romaine lettuce. "That's awesome, tastes good," astronaut Kjell Lindgren declared.

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Coca-Cola Funds Scientists Who Downplay Diet's Role In Obesity

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 3:33pm

Coca-Cola is funding a new nonprofit that blames obesity on lack of exercise, not on bad diets. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Anahad O'Connor of The New York Times about the group's controversial message.

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Astronauts To Enjoy First Space-Grown Lettuce Aboard International Space Station

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 3:33pm

On Monday, astronauts aboard the International Space Station will harvest lettuce that has been growing aboard since early July. NASA claims it's an important step towards future exploration of distant worlds.

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EPA Evaluates Impact Of Wastewater Spill In Colorado

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 3:33pm

The Environmental Protection Agency is evaluating the impact of wastewater that spilled from the Gold King Mine in Colorado. An estimated 3 million gallons of orange fluid has traveled from the Animas River in Colorado to the San Juan River in New Mexico.

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Astronomers Present New Research On The Aging Universe

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 3:33pm

An international team of astronomers has measured the energy produced within a large portion of space more precisely than ever before, and their work shows how the universe is slowly dying.

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One Small Bite For Man: NASA Astronauts To Eat Space-Grown Food

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 10:37am

Crew members on the International Space Station sampled red romaine lettuce Monday, the first food to be grown and eaten in space.

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EPA Says It Released 3 Million Gallons Of Contaminated Water Into River

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 7:42am

The spill on Wednesday sent heavy metals, arsenic, and other contaminants into a waterway that flows into the San Juan National Forest. Estimates of its size have risen sharply since then.

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Frances Kelsey, FDA Officer Who Blocked Thalidomide, Dies At 101

Sat, 08/08/2015 - 12:20pm

The physician and pharmacologist worked at the government agency in the early 1960s, when she uncovered a link between the drug and severe birth defects.

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