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What's My Chance Of Having A Baby? A Better Predictor Of IVF Success

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 1:02pm

Achieving pregnancy with in vitro fertilization depends largely on your age. But other factors contribute, too. A study compares two online tools aimed at giving couples a realistic sense of the odds.

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A New Kind Of Nuclear Reactor?

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 12:52pm

A young nuclear engineer is testing an idea for cleaner, safer nuclear power plants that use salt instead of uranium.

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'Definite Evidence' Of Alien Life Within 20-30 Years, NASA Chief Scientist Says

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 12:41pm

Ellen Stofan's colleagues on a panel agreed with that assessment. But Stofan was quick to point out: "We are not talking about little green men. We are talking about little microbes."

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Boston Marathon Bombing Jury Finds Tsarnaev Guilty; Death Penalty Possible

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 12:31pm

The twin bombings, carried out by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with his older brother, Tamerlan, killed three people and left 264 others wounded.

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NFL Makes It Official: Sarah Thomas Is First Woman To Be A Full-Time Ref

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 12:04pm

Confirming a long-anticipated move, the NFL has hired its first female official on a full-time basis. Sarah Thomas, 42, has spent nearly a decade working her way through the ranks in the NCAA.

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Small Batch Edition: Remembering Stan Freberg

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 11:59am

Stephen Thompson and Linda Holmes take a few minutes to celebrate the pioneering satirist.

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President Obama's Jamaica Visit Puts Focus On U.S.-Caribbean Relations

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 11:52am

The visit with Jamaica's prime minister and other Caribbean leaders comes as the U.S. is normalizing relations with Cuba.

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The 'Netflix Of Books' Hopes To Open Up The E-Book Market

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 11:48am

Oyster, the subscription e-book service, says it is opening up a retail component and has the Big Five publishers on board. The move sets up Oyster to challenge Amazon.

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4 Things We Learned About What Bill Clinton's Up To

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 11:45am

Despite controversies with the Clinton Foundation, Bill Clinton is aiming to keep it going even if his wife, Hillary, becomes president.

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A Capella Is More Popular Than Ever, Thanks To This Guy

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 11:40am

Deke Sharon is the vocal producer behind the TV show "The Sing-Off" and the musical producer of "Pitch Perfect" and "Pitch Perfect 2."

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Town Fights Drunk Driving, One Busload At A Time

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 11:33am

If you’ve had too much to drink, the usual advice is to call a cab. But in rural areas, taxi services often don’t exist. One town has a solution.

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Think Tuition Is Rising Fast? Try Room And Board

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 11:26am

Universities are raising food and housing prices faster than inflation.

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'Heather Has Two Mommies' Turns 25

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 11:20am

The children's book was the ninth most frequently banned book in the 1990s. Is it still relevant today? Author Lesléa Newman answers.

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Science Sticks Its Neck Out For Brontosaurus

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 11:18am

A new study suggests that the long-defunct Brontosaurus should be back on the books. Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne explain.

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Royal Dutch Shell's $70 Billion Deal For BG Would Create Gas Giant

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:57am

The deal would put Shell on track to become put Shell on track to surpass ExxonMobil as the world's largest publicly traded oil and gas company. It comes as global oil prices have dropped sharply.

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Spam: In Korea, It's Not Junk Meat — It's A Treat

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:56am

It's a gelatinous slab of pork, salt and starch – and in fancy packaging, it's a popular holiday-time gift. So how did South Korea become the world's No. 2 Spam consumer? Blame it on the war.

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Viking's Choice: Luxury, 'You Must Change Your Life'

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:45am

Many bands take extended breaks to pursue other projects or raise families. Luxury is no different, except that three of its members became Orthodox priests.

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What The 'God Of The Gaps' Teaches Us About Science

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:44am

Astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser says that to put God in our current knowledge gaps would not further our understanding of the universe. For that, we need science and its stubbornly secular approach.

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