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Boeing And SpaceX Win $6.8 Billion In NASA Contracts

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 4:52pm

By 2017, the two American companies are expected to take over a job that NASA has relied upon Russia to perform: shuttling astronauts to the International Space Station.

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U.S. To Send 3,000 Troops To West Africa To Aid In Ebola Epidemic

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 3:19pm

On Tuesday, President Obama announced that the U.S. will send more military personnel and resources to Africa to fight the deadly virus.

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When Patients Set Science's Research Agenda, Who Loses?

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 3:11pm

Tired of waiting for a cure for breast cancer, a coalition of activists now leans hard on Congress to steer money to particular research projects. Critics say that approach may miss promising leads.

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Too Few University Jobs For America's Young Scientists

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 2:38am

So, you want to be a science professor? Good luck. Highly educated, relatively low-paid postdoctoral fellows may drive U.S. biomedical research, but they're training for jobs that don't exist.

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Could Ebola Become As Contagious As The Flu?

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:42pm

Currently, Ebola is known to spread only through contact with body fluids. Some people have worried that Ebola could start spreading through the air. But scientists say that's not likely.

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Could Ebola Become As Contagious As The Flu?

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:42pm

President Obama is set to ramp up the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak, in part because of concerns that if the virus continues to spread, it could mutate and become more contagious.

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Key Brain Connection Slow To Develop In Kids With ADHD

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:36pm

A network in the brain that helps control daydreaming seem to be slower to develop in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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Ebola Response Hampered By Limited Air Travel

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:22pm

One of the major barriers keeping aid workers out of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea is limited and unpredictable air travel. Many airlines don't want to have their crews overnight in an Ebola area or send them to a place where they can't get adequate healthcare if something goes wrong.

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European Scientists Choose Site For Rosetta's Comet Touchdown

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:35am

After a decade-long journey to reach Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the ESA says it has found the best spot for a planned November landing.

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The Perfect Summer Peach Wasn't Always So Rosy

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:29am

The peaches we eat today look very little like the first peaches planted. We can thank the Chinese farmers who first domesticated the fruit for kicking off millennia of breeding for perfection.

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Covering Up With The Hijab May Aid Women's Body Image

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 5:04am

A few studies have found that modest clothing is connected with a healthier body image. So a British psychologist looked at whether the hijab protected women against the pressure to be thin.

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Covering Up With The Hijab May Aid Women's Body Image

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 5:00am

A few studies have found that modest clothing is connected with a healthier body image. So a British psychologist looked at whether the hijab protected women against the pressure to be thin.

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Can Looking At Food Photos Make You Feel Full?

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:52am

We know that eating food fills us up. But research indicates looking at photos of food might have the same effect.

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Patients Vulnerable When Cash-Strapped Scientists Cut Corners

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:31am

A shrinking pool of grant money for medical research has led competing applicants to oversell weak scientific findings, critics say. The result: Many experimental treatments are worthless.

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Howling Babies Drove Prehistoric Warriors Into Battle?

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 6:03am

Can a colicky baby's piercing scream be militarized? As in, made (literally) into a weapon of war? Oh, absolutely, says this scholar, smiling ever so slightly.

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California Blue Whales On The Rebound, Study Says

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 4:09pm

California blue whales are rebounding to historic levels after being hammered by whaling, a University of Washington study says. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Trevor Branch, co-author of the study.

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Northern Lights Put On Show, Thanks To Large Solar Flare

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 7:35am

If you weren't far enough in the north — or well-rested enough – to see the show, don't worry: stunning images were posted to Twitter and elsewhere. Here's a selection.

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Can A Cow Even Jump — Let Alone Circle The Moon?

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 6:39am

For Cow Week, NPR's Wade Goodwyn blows the lid off of a children's nursery rhyme. He talks to Modern Farmer correspondent Tyler LeBlanc about whether a cow could jump over the moon.

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Hey-Diddle, A Fiddle And A Moon-Jumping Cow? NPR Moos Investigates

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 6:39am

For Cow Week, NPR's Wade Goodwyn blows the lid off of a children's nursery rhyme. He talks to Modern Farmer correspondent Tyler LeBlanc about whether a cow could jump over the moon.

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How Do You Catch Ebola: By Air, Sweat Or Water?

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

Americans have many questions — and misconceptions — about the deadly virus that's rapidly spreading in West Africa. We asked two scientists to explain more about how Ebola is transmitted.

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