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NPR Listeners Show A Keen Ear For Temperature

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 4:05pm

NPR conducted an online poll asking listeners if they could hear the difference between cold and hot water simply by listening to the sound of the water being poured. Most listeners were spot-on.

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Study Shows Penguins Endangered By Waning Antarctic Ice

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 6:53am

A new study argues emperor penguins should be classified as an endangered species because of shrinking ice. NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with scientist Hal Caswell, who co-authored the study.

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Tell Me, Wave, Where Did You Come From? Who Made You?

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 6:03am

Richard Feynman, one of the greatest science teachers ever, asks a wave to tell him a story.

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What Does Cold Sound Like?

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 2:30pm

A new study found that 96 percent of people can hear the difference between hot and cold liquids being poured. Are you among them? Test your skills by listening to these audio clips.

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Dance of Human Evolution Was Herky-Jerky, Fossils Suggest

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 2:36am

Maybe it was messier than we thought, some scientists now say. Big brains, long legs, and long childhoods may have evolved piecemeal in different spots, in response to frequent swings in climate.

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Study: Surge In Okla. Quakes Can Be Traced To Drilling Operations

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 3:09pm

StateImpact Oklahoma's Joe Wertz reports on a new study that links a "swarm" of earthquakes to four specific, high-volume oil and gas industry disposal wells. It's one of several reports that show oil and gas activity could be causing a rise in earthquake activity.

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Surrounded By Digital Distractions, We Can't Even Stop To Think

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 1:31pm

A study on the wandering mind had a simple request: Just think. But many participants couldn't sit still for very long, and they even were willing to shock themselves to avoid doing nothing.

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20 Thoughts On Facebook's News Feed Experiment Apology

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 5:37pm

A scientific study that manipulated the news feeds of Facebook users has sparked a lot of negative feelings toward the company. A top executive apologized. Now, NPR's Shankar Vedantam weighs in.

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Can We Predict Which Teens Are Likely To Binge Drink? Maybe

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 4:06pm

We know some people are more at risk for abusing alcohol than others. Now scientists say they're getting closer to predicting which teenagers are most at risk.

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Costlier Digital Mammograms May Not Be Better For Older Women

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 12:43pm

Digital mammograms are sharper and aid diagnosis, radiologists say. But these scans aren't significantly better than film scans in finding tumors in older women, a study finds. And they cost more.

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With Help From Extinct Humans, Tibetans Adapted To High Altitude

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 12:03pm

When it comes to living at extreme altitudes, Tibetans may have gotten a leg up from Denisovans, a species of archaic humans that lived about 50,000 years ago.

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Easy Method For Making Stem Cells Was Too Good To Be True

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 10:37am

Scientific papers that claimed stem cells could be made in the laboratory simply by dipping regular cells in acid didn't hold up under scrutiny. Now the work is being retracted because of errors.

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Oh Pooh: Bear Cub Gets Head Stuck In Cookie Jar

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 10:19am

A plastic jar of animal crackers was too enticing for a young bear in New Jersey, which got its head irretrievably wedged

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Watch It Swallow An Entire Tree In Seconds

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 6:03am

It's got big iron teeth and a powerful jaw. When it finds a 30-foot tree it goes to the top, opens its mouth and — watch this.

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Living 63 Feet Underwater Helps Cousteau Team Conduct Experiments

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 4:04am

Fabien Cousteau and a crew of scientists and explorers have spent the past 31 days underwater in the Aquarius Reef Base off the coast of Florida. David Greene talks to Cousteau about the experience.

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Targeting Overweight Workers With Wellness Programs Can Backfire

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 2:49am

Companies say it pays to invest in employee health — productivity climbs and many costs of health care drop. But preserving worker privacy while encouraging fitness can be tricky.

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Breeding Battle Threatens Key Source Of California Strawberries

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 4:37pm

The University of California, Davis is the source of most commercial strawberries. Now, the university's strawberry breeders are going into business for themselves, and farmers are worried.

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A Misspent Youth Doesn't Doom You To Heart Disease

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 3:38pm

You don't necessarily have to waste your days regretting the mistakes of your youth. People who drop bad habits by their 40s can slow or even reverse damage done to their arteries, a study finds.

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IBM's Watson Is Out With Its Own Barbecue Sauce

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 5:55am

The supercomputer first showed off its intellectual prowess on Jeopardy. Now after analyzing a massive number of recipes, Watson has come up with its own sauce.

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Theories On Black Holes Are Full Of Holes

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 5:29am

Scientists have announced they discovered 3 supermassive black holes orbiting close together in a single galaxy. That indicates that black holes are more common than astronomers previously thought.

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