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In Latest Calif. Earthquake, Shake Alert Tests Its Legs

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 3:06pm

Before the earthquake that struck Napa, Calif., an earthquake early warning system blared an alarm 10 seconds early. Doug Given, the Earthquake Early Warning coordinator for the U.S. Geological Survey, tells Melissa Block about the system that he's helped to institute.

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Grocers Lead Kids To Produce Aisle With Junk Food-Style Marketing

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 2:29am

Grocers are hoping to entice young consumers and their parents to eat more vegetables by creating kid-focused produce. They're borrowing tactics from the soda and snack industries to win them over.

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Ebola Outbreak Reportedly Spreads To Central Africa

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 4:02pm

With two deaths caused by the virus reported by the Democratic Republic of Congo's health ministry, the disease appears to have moved beyond West Africa.

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Iceland Lowers Volcano Warning

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 8:12am

Scientists in the island nation say after an earlier sub-glacial eruption, there are no signs of ongoing volcanic activity at Bardarbunga.

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S. Africa Makes A Plan To Protect Rhinos From Poachers

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 6:54am

NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks to Jo Shaw, Rhino Program Manager at the World Wildlife Fund in Cape Town, South Africa, about the country's new rhino conservation plan.

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Strong Early Morning Quake Rocks San Francisco Area

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 6:20am

The 6.0-magnitude temblor reportedly caused power outages in Napa Valley, but there were no immediate reports of major damage.

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Roadways You Can Install Like Throw Rugs

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 3:57am

You look. You gape. You can't believe your eyes. Well, take a peek at this image and ask yourself, 'How did they do this?'

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Studying? Take A Break And Embrace Your Distractions

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 4:12pm

This back-to-school season, it's time to reevaluate a few common assumptions about how best to study. Benedict Carey, the author of How We Learn, says science shows that discipline isn't everything.

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Veteran Space Shuttle Astronaut Steven Nagel Dies At 67

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 12:42pm

The Air Force colonel was among the first group selected by NASA to train for the space shuttle program. He went on to fly four missions, two as commander.

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Antarctic Lakes, Rivers, Wetlands, All Under A Kilometer Of Ice

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 6:32am

Biologists have discovered what may be the largest unexplored ecosystem on earth, and it's all hidden under the Antarctic ice sheet. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the lead scientist, Brent Christner.

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In Search Of Alien Life? Seek Out The Smog

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 3:06pm

One of the worst byproducts of our industrial society is air pollution. It's a global problem that humans have yet to get under control. One scientist thinks we might not be alone, though. Alien civilizations may be polluting their worlds, and that pollution might be one way to detect them.

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California Trees Nailed As The Source Of Mystery Infections

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:32pm

Nobody knew how people in Southern California were getting infected with the life-threatening fungus C. gattii. A 13-year-old helped figure out the source: three types of trees.

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Scientists Searching For Alien Air Pollution

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:12am

Looking for extraterrestrial smog may be a good way to search for alien intelligence, according to a Harvard researcher.

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The Dread Factor: Why Ebola And 'Contagion' Scare Us So Much

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:31am

Even just the word Ebola is kind of terrifying. Why? Hollywood has a lot to do with it. But Ebola outbreaks also have all the ingredients for what one psychologist calls the "dread factor."

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When Venus Was Filled With Venusians — 50 Billion Of Them

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:49am

Look up at the night sky and ask, "Anybody there?" Then consider this answer (from the 1830s): There are 22 trillion individuals in our solar system.

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California Drought Has Wild Salmon Competing With Almonds For Water

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:47am

Thousands of Chinook salmon are struggling to survive in the Klamath River, where waters are running dangerously low and warm. Cold reservoir water is instead going to farms in the Central Valley.

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Sea Lions And Seals Likely Spread Tuberculosis To Ancient Peruvians

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 9:24am

By analyzing the DNA found in 1,000-year-old mummies, scientists found evidence that sea mammals were the first to bring tuberculosis to the Americas.

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An Unstoppable Killer: New Research Suggests Cancer Can't Be Eradicated

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 6:09am

A new study finds cancer affects even simple, ancient multicellular organisms — which means the disease and the deaths it causes may simply be a part of life.

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No. 1 Most Expensive Coffee Comes From Elephant's No. 2

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 4:48pm

A coffee entrepreneur claims his brew is different — and better — than the trendy civet poop coffee. And it starts with the idea that elephants, unlike humans or civets, are herbivores.

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EPA Wades Into Water Fight With Farmers

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 3:13pm

The EPA wants to "clarify" the scope of its oversight of water under the Clean Water Act. Big farm groups like the American Farm Bureau Federation call this a power grab that would place every ditch and mud puddle under federal regulation, forcing farmers to get permits for small trenches around the farm.

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