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Scientists Urge Ban On Salamander Imports To U.S. To Keep Fungus At Bay

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 1:03pm

The chytrid fungus has wiped out populations of amphibians around the world. A type of the fungus infects only salamanders, and researchers have identified vulnerable areas in North America.

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Close Listening: How Sound Reveals The Invisible

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 3:47am

The stethoscope seems so simple — a 19th century tool for listening more closely to the human heart or lungs. It also sparked a culture of listening that is transforming the way scientists learn.

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Some Google Street View Cars Now Track Pollution Levels

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 8:28pm

Google's already tested three of the pollution-sensor equipped cars in Denver, and is currently trying them out in the Bay Area.

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SpaceShipTwo 'Pilot Was Thrown From The Vehicle' High In Atmosphere

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 4:24pm

SpaceShipTwo broke apart soon after it reached supersonic speeds and an altitude of around 50,000 feet. Its pilot says his parachute opened in a "gentlemanly" fashion, after he had fallen for a while.

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Europe's Taste For Caviar Is Putting Pressure On A Great Lakes Fish

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 4:12pm

Scientists say lake herring, a key fish in Lake Superior's food web, is suffering because of mild winters and Europe's appetite for roe. Some say the species may be at risk of "collapse."

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Greenpeace Activists Protest Shell Oil's Plan To Drill In The Arctic Ocean

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 4:10pm

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with KUCB reporter John Ryan about how protesters are trying to block Shell's plan to drill in the Arctic by keeping a Shell icebreaker from leaving Portland, Ore.

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One Point Of View On How Lions Can Earn Money For Africa

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 3:53pm

Cecil the lion died in an apparently illegal hunt in Zimbabwe. But legal trophy hunting can bring in big bucks for Africa nations. Our interviewee thinks tourism is a far more profitable venture.

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Beam Me Up? Teleporting Is Real, Even If Trekkie Transport Isn't

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 4:00am

Teleporting from one place to the next looks so fun on the big and little screen. But physicists who actually can do something like that with single atoms say teleporting people would be much messier.

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Researchers Warn Against 'Autonomous Weapons' Arms Race

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 4:32pm

Already, researcher Stuart Russell says, sentry robots in South Korea "can spot and track a human being for a distance of two miles – and can very accurately kill that person."

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Crews Scramble To Contain 3,000-Acre Fire In Glacier National Park

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 3:39pm

The more than 3,000-acre fire in Glacier National Park in Montana is forcing evacuations and road closures. The fire comes at peak tourist season for park area businesses.

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University Of Lisbon Scientists Solve Pendulum Clock Mystery

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 3:39pm

Two professors at the University of Lisbon say they have discovered why the pendulums of clocks set on the same surface will eventually swing together in opposing directions.

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Human Error Caused Virgin Galactic Crash, Investigators Say

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 2:39pm

SpaceShipTwo broke apart during an October test flight because the co-pilot unlocked a section of the spaceship's tail too early, the National Transportation and Safety Board announced.

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A Sense Of Self: What Happens When Your Brain Says You Don't Exist

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 12:17pm

In his new book, The Man Who Wasn't There, Anil Ananthaswamy examines the ways people think of themselves — and how those perceptions can be distorted by certain brain conditions.

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A Sense Of Self: What Happens When Your Brain Says You Don't Exist

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 12:17pm

In his new book, The Man Who Wasn't There, Anil Ananthaswamy examines the ways people think of themselves — and how those perceptions can be distorted by certain brain conditions.

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Bones In Church Ruins Likely The Remains Of Early Jamestown's Elite

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:19am

Scientists say remains of four men exhumed from what was once an Anglican church suggest they were well-nourished, "high-status" leaders in the early 17th century colony. And one was likely Catholic.

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Happy 50th Birthday, Medicare. Your Patients Are Getting Healthier

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 10:01am

The past 15 years have seen a drop in deaths and hospitalizations among Medicare patients — people 65 and older. Teasing out why is tricky, but it seems a good trend for the 50-year-old program.

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Research: Let Your Fingers Stroll Down Yellow Pages' Listings

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 4:13am

Researchers examined the quality of plumbers in the Chicago area who choose names that are designed to show up first alphabetically in the Yellow Pages. The first company isn't necessarily the best.

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Squeezed By Drought, California Farmers Switch To Less Thirsty Crops

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 4:05am

Water scarcity is leading farmers away from planting staples and towards planting higher-value, lower-water specialty crops. Think wine grapes and pomegranates instead of citrus and avocados.

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California Health Insurance Exchange Keeps Rate Hikes Low — Again

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 6:14pm

Monthly premiums for health insurance plans in the Covered California marketplace will increase by an average of 4 percent for 2016. The price for some plans will drop.

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A Scientist Deploys Light And Sound To Reveal The Brain

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 2:57am

Try to look inside the brain and you're not going to get very far. But photoacoustic imaging may be a solution for the shortcomings of conventional imaging. It uses lasers to make the brain sing.

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