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'Freakish' Sunspot Wows Astronomers

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:58pm

AR 2192, the largest sunspot seen since the beginning of the current 11-year cycle that started in 2008, is producing strong solar flares.

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It’s Prank Season In Michigan As The Football Rivalry Sparks Up

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:57pm

This year, the University of Michigan let its guard down. Kate Wells of Michigan Radio explains.

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Amazon's Political Sitcom 'Alpha House' Launches Second Season

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:50pm

The show, by the creator of the "Doonesbury" comic strip, centers on four U.S. Senators who share a house in Washington, D.C.

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U.S. Faces Challenges In Fight Against ISIS

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:40pm

The Syrian opposition forces who will be recruited to fight ISIS will be trained to defend territory, not to seize it back from the militants.

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As McDonald's Prices Rise, Some Customers Go Elsewhere

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:35pm

With prices up about 3 percent over last year, some customers are turning to chains like IHOP, Denny's and Chili's instead.

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Brazil’s Runoffs: Economy, Drought And Lindsay Lohan

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:12pm

NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro joins us from Sao Paulo to discuss what Brazilians are saying a few days before they head to the polls.

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Should Ebola Doctors Be Quarantined After Returning To U.S.?

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:06pm

Dr. Craig Spencer rode the subway, went bowling and took a taxi before reporting he had a fever yesterday morning.

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Study Says Motorcycle Lane Splitting Is Safe

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:50am

It may seem risky, but researchers at the University of California Berkeley say it's relatively safe for motorcycles to ride between lanes.

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On Stage: Texas Renaissance Festival

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:50am

The festival bills itself as the largest renaissance festival in the country, and is celebrating its 40 years.

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Canada Scrambles To Reduce Terrorism Risk

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:40am

Canadian terrorism expert Wesley Wark wonders if Canadian authorities missed an opportunity to arrest the attackers.

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In Minnesota, Abandoned Wheelchairs Are Just Part Of The Landscape

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:09am

If you live in Rochester, Minn., you'll get used to seeing wheelchairs left in odd places. The city is home to the Mayo Clinic, after all. But some of those wheelchairs venture far afield indeed.

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Curiosity: It Helps Us Learn, But Why?

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:53am

New research suggests that curiosity triggers chemical changes in the brain that help us better understand and retain information.

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Halloween High Jinks For Fun And Nonprofits

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:13am

Many Americans are not scared to reuse old clothes for new Halloween costumes.

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Dallas Nurse Nina Pham, Now 'Ebola Free,' To Be Discharged Today

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:04am

The National Institutes of Health in Maryland announced that the 26-year-old who was infected while caring for a Liberian patient, has no detectable virus in her blood.

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Book News: Lily King, Roz Chast And Kate Samworth Win Inaugural Kirkus Prize

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:02am

Earning honors for fiction, nonfiction and young children's literature, respectively, the writers are the first to win the award. Also: The Bronx's bookstore returns, while the U.K. shows off doodles.

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Drum Fill Friday, With Sleater-Kinney's Janet Weiss

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 9:40am

Our recurring puzzler for careful listeners, this week featuring a selection of handpicked fills from Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss. Hear the drum fill (or intro) and match it to the song.

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Boko Haram Reportedly Abducts More Girls Despite Cease-Fire Deal

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 9:22am

Within hours of a government announcement last week that a truce had been signed and the release of more than 200 schoolgirls secured, another 25 were kidnapped by Boko Haram extremists.

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Pursuing The Mafia Into All 'Four Corners' Of Palermo

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 9:03am

Reporter Giuseppe di Piazza's debut novel, The Four Corners of Palermo, follows an unnamed young reporter during the brutal early days of the mafia's conflict with the Italian government in the 1980s.

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Are We Evolving Into A Different Species?

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 8:23am

Juan Enriquez argues that human evolution is far from over — homo sapiens are becoming a new species right before our eyes.

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Why Did Humans Migrate Out Of Africa?

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 8:23am

Geneticist Spencer Wells tells the story of early humans, and our eventual migration from Africa.

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