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An Icy Solution To The Mystery Of The Slithering Stones

5 hours 3 min ago

In the moonscape of Death Valley, one mystery stands out: boulders that seem to creep along the desert floor when nobody's looking. Thanks to video and GPS, scientists now think they know why.

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Life After Ice Buckets: ALS Group Faces $94 Million Challenge

August 27, 2014 - 4:43pm

The ALS Association has raised more than $94 million in recent weeks via its online ice bucket challenge — compared with $2.7 million this time last year. Now what?

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There's A Big Leak In America's Water Tower

August 27, 2014 - 3:53pm

Peaks around Glacier National Park store water that irrigates a large section of North America. But a warming climate is shrinking that snowpack, with ominous consequences for wildlife and people.

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Science Crowns Mozzarella The King Of Pizza Cheese

August 27, 2014 - 7:31am

Why do some cheeses melt and caramelize better than others? Researchers used high-tech cameras and special software to figure it out.

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Parking Behavior May Reflect Economic Drive

August 27, 2014 - 5:02am

Scholars have long tried to understand how culture affects communities. New research argues that the parking behavior of drivers may tell us something about the economic productivity of nations.

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Hello, May I Help You Plan Your Final Months?

August 27, 2014 - 3:28am

The company Vital Decisions hires social workers to help people make end-of-life plans in advance, over the phone. But the counselors are paid by insurers. Critics see a conflict of interest.

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Build A Toothbrush, Change The World. Or Not

August 27, 2014 - 3:27am

You think bringing a new toothbrush to market is easy? The seven-year saga of two dental entrepreneurs struggling to bring their patented brush to consumers suggests otherwise.

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Depressed Teens May Need Extra Support To Stick With Treatment

August 26, 2014 - 5:30pm

Enlisting parents to make sure teens get counseling is a start, but a lot of families need more support, research suggests. Even finding the right therapist can be daunting.

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How Ebola Kills You: It's Not The Virus

August 26, 2014 - 4:07pm

Ebola has a nasty reputation for damaging the body, especially its blood vessels. But when you look at the nitty-gritty details of what happens after a person is infected, a surprising fact surfaces.

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The 'Greening' Of Florida Citrus Means Less Green In Growers' Pockets

August 26, 2014 - 3:40am

Orange juice sales are at their lowest point in 10 years. Florida's citrus industry is reeling from a disease called "greening," while consumers face dozens of other choices in the supermarket aisle.

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Could A 2-Year-Old Boy Be 'Patient Zero' For The Ebola Outbreak?

August 25, 2014 - 6:29pm

Scientists now think the entire outbreak in West Africa was triggered by one person and then the virus took off from there. Early signs pointed to a little boy in southern Guinea.

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In Latest Calif. Earthquake, Shake Alert Tests Its Legs

August 25, 2014 - 4:06pm

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

August 25, 2014 - 3:29am

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 Emerges In Central Africa

August 24, 2014 - 5:02pm

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

August 24, 2014 - 9:12am

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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South Africa Makes A Plan To Protect Rhinos From Poachers

August 24, 2014 - 7:54am

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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State Of Emergency Declared After Quake Rocks Northern Calif.

August 24, 2014 - 7:20am

The 6.0-magnitude temblor caused nearly 90 injuries, widespread power and water outages and damaged buildings in the wine country just north of San Francisco.

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Roadways You Can Install Like Throw Rugs

August 24, 2014 - 4:57am

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

August 23, 2014 - 5:12pm

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

August 23, 2014 - 1:42pm

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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