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Built In Better Times, University Labs Now Lack Research Funding

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:03am

When the National Institutes of Health budget doubled, some schools scrambled to build new laboratory buildings. But the funding has declined, leaving institutions struggling to pay for the buildings.

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Love And Sex In The Time Of Viagra — 16 Years On

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 5:00pm

Longer lives means more decades of intimacy. Drugs that help male physiology match desire have affected more than just the body, men who take these pills say.

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When Scientists Give Up

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 3:27pm

They were talented, idealistic risk takers, on the road to what they thought would be important medical discoveries. But when the funding for risk-takers dried up, these two academics called it quits.

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U.S. Gets Middling Marks On 2014 'State Of Birds' Report Card

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 3:27pm

Domestic cats, high-rises and vanishing habitat are taking a toll on more than 33 species of American birds, a comprehensive update reports. Still, wetland and coastal birds are faring better.

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Why Food Pilgrims Will Wait Four Hours For A Taste Of The Sublime

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 1:12pm

Psychology tells us that waiting for an experience can boost our happiness, as can talking about the experience afterwards. That's one reason food pilgrims seem to be queuing up and Instagramming it.

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Scientists Doubt That Meteor Caused Crater In Nicaragua

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 8:35am

Authorities first said the 40-foot crater outside Managua's international airport was caused by a meteor that may have broken off from an Earth-passing asteroid. But scientists are skeptical.

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In Some Jobs, Past Achievements May Work Against Female Workers

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 4:06am

London Business School researchers find that the more competent and accomplished women are, the worse their performance evaluations — when it comes to managers with traditional gender attitudes.

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More Than Half Of U.S. Bird Species Threatened By Climate Change

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 2:33am

According to a study released Tuesday by the National Audubon Society, the survival at least half of the bird species in the United States is at risk.

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U.S. Science Suffering From Booms And Busts In Funding

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 2:03am

The federal budget for bioscience has undergone big swings since 2000. Some scientists are now out of work and others are abandoning the ambitious, creative ideas that fuel discovery.

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Could Great Lakes Fisheries Be Revived Through Fish Farms?

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 4:15pm

This summer, Michigan's aquaculture industry took a step forward. And that has touched off a debate over whether the Great Lakes are an appropriate place for fish farming.

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Researcher Urges Wider Genetic Screening For Breast Cancer

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 3:24pm

Genetic tests are recommended for women with a family history of breast cancer. One researcher says all women should be screened, but others say there's not enough evidence that they are at risk.

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Meteor Leaves 40-Foot Crater Near Managua's Airport

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 9:20am

The space rock, thought to have broken off from an Earth-passing asteroid, left a hole 16-feet deep just outside the international airport in the Nicaraguan capital.

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U.S. Pacific Blue Whales Seen Rebounding Close To Historic Levels

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 9:12am

With their population estimated at roughly 97 percent of historical levels, blue whales off the West Coast are being called a conservation success story.

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At 60 Tons, This Dinosaur Feared Nothing

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 6:52am

Researchers have dug up the skeleton of one of the largest animals to have ever walked the earth. NPR's Lynn Neary talks to Matt Lamanna, who was part of the research team that made the discovery.

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Near-Earth Object To Come 25,000 Miles Close

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 6:52am

An asteroid named Pitbull will barely miss Earth on Sunday. NPR's Lynn Neary talks to Paul Cox of the citizen astronomer group Slooh about why it's so difficult to keep track of these space rocks.

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For Lack Of Mississippi Silt, The Gulf Is Losing Coastal Land

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 6:52am

Thousands of miles of Louisiana's coastline have been disappearing over the last century. NPR's Lynn Neary talks to fishing guide Ryan Lambert about what's happening to his community.

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Mapping What You Cannot See, Cannot Know, Cannot Visit

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 5:47am

We live on a planet, next to a star that's part of galaxy that's part of ... ah, here comes the new discovery. We are at the very tip of a giant galactic "supercluster." Take a look.

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Mapping What You Cannot See, Cannot Know, Cannot Visit

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 5:47am

We live on a planet, next to a star that's part of galaxy that's part of ... ah, here comes the new discovery. We are at the very tip of a giant galactic "supercluster." Take a look.

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Up Close, The Lava Rolls From Bardarbunga

Sat, 09/06/2014 - 6:50am

Simon Redfeld of Cambridge is a volcano researcher who is literally scooping up lava at the active volcano in Iceland. NPR's Scott Simon talks to him about whether Bardarbunga is ready to blow.

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Cheap Drinking Water From The Sun, Aided By A Pop Of Pencil Shavings

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 12:37pm

Engineers have developed a low-cost material that efficiently sterilizes and desalinates water using only solar energy. The secret to the new technology is likely sitting right on your desk.

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