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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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What Makes A Star Starry? Is It Me?

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 11:44am

Draw a planet (a circle, right?). Now draw a star (a pointy thing, yes?). Now ask yourself, aren't stars all round? Our sun is. So why do we make them pointy? Come learn the answer.

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Solar Flare Could Trigger Auroras Tonight For Northern U.S.

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 11:15am

The X-class Coronal Mass Ejection, or CME, that erupted on the sun on Wednesday is not expected to cause major disruptions to the electrical grid or communications.

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How Far Can Curiosity Take You?

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 7:35am

As a kid, director James Cameron was fascinated with exploring the world around him — everything from pond water to bugs. Those childhood obsessions led him some of the deepest places underwater.

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How Do Simple Questions Lead To Big Discoveries?

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 7:35am

Mythbusters co-host Adam Savage talks about three people who inspired him to be curious: his dad, a former Earth-science teacher, and physicist Richard Feynman.

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How Do You Build A Toaster ... From Scratch?

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 7:35am

Designer Thomas Thwaites explains what compelled him to build a toaster, literally from the ground up.

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Could Genetics Hold The Answer To Curing Autism?

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 7:35am

Geneticist Wendy Chung describes what it's like to chip away at the mysteries of autism, and the excitement of uncovering tiny but critical clues.

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Are Microbes The Next Frontier?

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 7:35am

Biologist Nathan Wolfe says the unseeable world of microbes is fertile ground for new discoveries.

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Scientists Name Swamp-Creature Fossil After Mick Jagger

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 6:05am

They discovered signs of a water nymph that lived 19 million years ago. It's called Jaggermeryx naida because in imagining this creature, they were reminded of Jagger by its "mobile and tactile lips."

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Crocodile Meets Godzilla — A Swimming Dino Bigger Than T. Rex

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 6:31pm

It roamed land and sea and snacked on giant fish. The first few spinosaurus bones were discovered a century ago, but destroyed in WWII. A more complete, second specimen reveals a terrifying predator.

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SeaWorld Hopes New Orca Habitats Will Stem A Tide Of Criticism

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 5:27pm

The theme park says a 2013 documentary critical of its captive orca attraction has hurt its bottom line. Now, it's pushing back with a social media campaign and plans for new habitats for its whales.

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Fossil Of 'Jaggermeryx' Found Namesake In Another Stone

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 3:23pm

Scientists have named an extinct pig-like creature with big lips after Mick Jagger. Their findings will be published in the September issue of the Journal of Paleontology.

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Some Things You Can Do In Your Sleep, Literally

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 12:32pm

For those who think there are not enough hours in the day, researchers may have just offered you a solution. The brain can continue tasks even while asleep, a study finds. Texting not included, alas.

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Why The U.S. Chills Its Eggs And Most Of The World Doesn't

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 11:31am

In many countries, eggs aren't refrigerated and they're still considered safe to eat. But in the U.S., we have to chill them, because we've washed away the cuticle that protects them from bacteria.

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Ozone Levels Bounce Back, Showing First Increase In 35 Years

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 9:37am

NASA says that a ban on CFCs enacted in the 1980s has contributed to a 4 percent rebound since 2000 in atmospheric ozone in mid-northern latitudes.

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Souls Tumbling In The Light

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 4:30pm

Every fall, birds head south and, around Sept. 11, New York sends two beams into the sky. When birds and lights collide, that could mean trouble — but New York is surprisingly gentle.

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Illegal Loggers Suspected In Death Of Peruvian Activist

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 3:28pm

Audie Cornish talks to geographer David Salisbury about his friend Edwin Chota. Chota — the Peruvian activist who advocated that land that was being illegally logged should be given to indigenous groups — was murdered deep in the Amazon jungle on Sept. 1. The murder was not reported until this week because of the remote location.

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The Comeback Of The Endangered Colorado Orange, An Apple

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 1:00pm

The Colorado Orange is no orange; it is an apple, with a unique texture and citrus taste. There's a new effort to bring it and other endangered Colorado apples back from the brink of extinction.

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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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