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NASA: Rumors Of Impending Doom Are Greatly Exaggerated

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 10:08am

NASA says "numerous recent blogs and web postings" that a giant asteroid will smash into Earth next month are just a hoax.

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Food Waste And Beef Fat Will Be Making Airplanes Soar

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 5:31pm

Biofuel producers are teaming up with farms, meatpackers and waste management companies to tap the gassy waste on farms to make renewable jet fuel and diesel for vehicles.

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Study Suggests Some Treatment For Early Breast Cancer Is Unnecessary

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 3:32pm

A new study renews questions about how aggressively doctors should treat a very early form of breast cancer or pre-cancer.

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Preventing Armageddon: The Economic Hurdles Of Asteroid Defense

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 3:32pm

Some scientists say we should be doing more to protect the Earth from asteroids. The technical issues are relatively easy, but the economics of asteroid defense are much harder.

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3 Firefighters Killed While Battling Wildfires In Washington State

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 3:32pm

Three firefighters in Washington state died while battling wildfires Wednesday. Scores of wildfires are burning throughout the western U.S. and nearly 30,000 firefighters are involved.

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Can Health Care Be Cured Of Racial Bias?

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 3:14pm

A growing body of research suggests that doctors' racial biases and other prejudices continue to affect the care patients received. Medical educators say self-awareness is an important first step.

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Does This Phylum Make Me Look Fat?

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 9:35am

The relationship between the types of microbes in our gut and belly fat is turning out to be a lot more complicated than scientists first thought.

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To Decode Elephant Conversation, You Must Feel The Jungle Rumble

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 4:01am

The trumpeting roar of an elephant is loud. But scientists living with herds in the forests of central Africa say the deep rumbles that humans can't hear, but can feel, carry crucial messages, too.

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A Lot Of Heat Is Wasted, So Why Not Convert It Into Power?

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 4:00am

What if there were a way to take the waste heat that spews from car tailpipes or power plant chimneys and turn it into electricity? An entrepreneur says something called thermoelectrics is the key.

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Researchers Explore Declining Bat Population In North America

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 3:49pm

As bat populations dwindle, a new effort is aimed at getting North America's bat researchers working on the same page.

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GMOs Are Becoming A Proxy For Bigger Concerns About The Food System

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 3:46am

Social scientists and consumer researchers say the battle over GMOs isn't really about GMOs. They say GMOs have become a stand-in for what consumers really want: less processed, natural food.

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FDA Approves First Drug To Boost Women's Sexual Desire

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 5:46pm

The daily pill, called Addyi, modestly increased women's interest in sex in clinical tests. The approval was praised by some women's advocates as a milestone and condemned by others as irresponsible.

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Scientists Develop App To Turn Smartphones Into Cosmic Ray Detectors

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 3:29pm

If scientists can convince people to use the app, they hope it will help them solve a cosmic mystery. This story originally aired on March 27, 2015 on All Things Considered.

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EPA Announces New Regulations On Methane Emissions

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 3:29pm

The Environmental Protection Agency is aiming to cut methane emissions by 40 to 45 percent over the next 10 years. The new regulations are expected to regulate emissions from natural gas wells.

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Can Reusable Bags At The Grocery Store Change What People Buy?

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 4:22am

Consumers who prefer reusable bags tend to buy more organic food. Researchers say that makes sense, given that the bags suggest a concern for the environment. But they also buy more junk food.

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Medicare Says Doctors Should Get Paid To Discuss End-Of-Life Issues

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 3:48am

After a six-year delay, Medicare proposes to reimburse doctors who hold end-of-life discussions with Medicare patients. The federal program is now soliciting public comments on the idea.

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Were Carbs A Brain Food For Our Ancient Ancestors?

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 5:19pm

Once ancient humans learned to cook, starchy foods could have given them a calorie bump that fueled the evolution of the human brain, British researchers argue in a new paper.

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U.S. Grants Patent For Free-Standing Space Elevator Tower

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 3:56pm

A Canadian company called Thoth Technology has patented a space elevator. The tower would rise some 12 miles into the sky, with a runway or launch pad on top.

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Papal Encyclical On Climate Change Puts Coal Country Catholics In Tough Spot

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 3:20pm

Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment is getting a thorough reading in Wyoming, which is the country's top coal-producing state. The letter presents a moral framework for approaching issues such as global climate change, but it's a difficult subject for Catholics in coal country.

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Can You Teach A Computer To 'Feel' Suspense?

Mon, 08/17/2015 - 2:21pm

Scientists want to make computers into better storytellers, but to do that they have to teach the machines a tricky element: suspense. Now researchers believe they've taken a big step forward.

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