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When Humans Quit Hunting And Gathering, Their Bones Got Wimpy

2 hours 28 min ago

Humans have lighter bones than other primates, and that change happened a lot later than anthropologists had thought. Blame our sedentary ways after our ancestors took up farming.

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In The Deep Ocean, Ghostfish Breaks Records

December 21, 2014 - 8:15am

NPR's Rachel Martin takes a moment to talk about a new fish discovered in one of the deepest places on Earth.

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Staff Picks: An Evangelical Christian Believer In Climate Change

December 21, 2014 - 8:15am

Weekend Edition staff have been picking their favorite interviews from 2014. Editor Natalie Winston talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about an interview with an evangelical Christian climate scientist.

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In Wineries Vs. Weather, Drones To The Rescue?

December 20, 2014 - 9:17pm

Rising temperatures have hastened harvest dates in Sonoma County — and they're changing grape-growing patterns around the world. Vineyards are responding with everything from sunscreen to sensors.

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Want To Enhance The Flavor Of Your Food? Put On The Right Music

December 20, 2014 - 6:24pm

Researchers at the University of Oxford have discovered a link between what you taste and what you hear.

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A Snail So Hardcore It's Named After A Punk Rocker

December 20, 2014 - 9:13am

Inspired by the snails' spiky shells and acid-loving nature, researchers named the new species Alviniconcha strummeri, after Clash frontman Joe Strummer.

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3-D Scanning Sonar Brings Light To Deep Ocean Shipwrecks

December 20, 2014 - 7:33am

In San Francisco Bay, researchers are using new technology to investigate shipwrecks. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with James Delgado, director of Maritime Heritage at NOAA, about what they've found.

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New EPA Standards Label Toxic Coal Ash Nonhazardous

December 19, 2014 - 4:50pm

Environmental groups had sought to have coal ash, a byproduct of coal-fired power plants, regulated as hazardous waste.

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At Last, I Meet My Microbes

December 19, 2014 - 2:00pm

At 31, a woman had the bacteria in her gut catalogued as part of scientific project that aims to characterize the creatures that live inside us and affect our health. Here's what she found out.

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How Peppermint Tricks Us Into Feeling (Deliciously) Cold

December 19, 2014 - 11:59am

We have the chemical menthol to thank for the wonderful mouth-feel of peppermint. Scientists now know that menthol fools the brain by activating receptors involved with sensing cold.

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Playlist: Science!

December 19, 2014 - 9:49am

From monkeys to microbes, TED speakers in this playlist cover all different realms of the scientific world.

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Why Aren't We More Compassionate?

December 19, 2014 - 9:34am

Psychologist Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, examines why we aren't more compassionate more of the time.

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Are We Wired To Be Compassionate?

December 19, 2014 - 9:34am

Author Robert Wright says humans are not simply wired to be compassionate — we have evolved to feel compassion out of self-interest.

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7 Miles Beneath The Sea's Surface: Who Goes There?

December 19, 2014 - 4:02am

Marine scientists plumbing the deepest part of the ocean sent microphones and collection probes baited with chicken to the bottom of a trench near Guam. Now they watch, wait ... and listen.

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Once Written Off, Kepler Telescope Finds New Planet

December 18, 2014 - 8:05pm

The Kepler space telescope, which cost some $600 million, was feared to be at the end of its useful life in 2013. But NASA says it just found another exoplanet.

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What The Change In U.S.-Cuba Relations Might Mean For Food

December 18, 2014 - 5:06pm

The decision to normalize relations is driving all kinds of speculation about American food companies opening up shop in Cuba. But analysts say: Don't expect to see McDonald's there anytime soon.

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NIH Allows Restart Of MERS Research That Had Been Questioned

December 18, 2014 - 2:20pm

The National Institutes of Health has approved requests for waivers from a moratorium on experiments that aim to make the virus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome more infectious in mice.

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Worries About Unusual Botulinum Toxin Prove Unfounded

December 18, 2014 - 9:47am

A previously unknown form of botulinum toxin thought to be resistant to standard treatment raised public health concerns. Subsequent research has allayed those fears.

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Citing Health, Environment Concerns, New York Moves To Ban Fracking

December 18, 2014 - 5:11am

Officials in New York said on Wednesday that the state will ban hydraulic fracturing there. The move follows years of efforts by environmentalists, who have called on the state to ban the practice.

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Research Examines Character Concerns Versus Performance In The NFL

December 18, 2014 - 5:11am

There has been a spate of interest recently in criminal behavior among NFL athletes. Research examines the performance of athletes charged with wrongdoing, and raises questions about NFL policy.

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