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The Songs That Saved The Whales

2 hours 52 min ago

A 1970 collection of humpback whale songs is the biggest selling natural recording of all time. It inspired artists from Judy Collins to Kate Bush and helped fuel a nascent environmental movement.

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One More Reason To Reach For A Paper Book Before Bed

2 hours 52 min ago

Using an E-Reader before trying to nod off may disrupt sleep more than reading a paper book, a study suggests. Scientists suspect the screen's blue light is messing with a sleep-inducing hormone.

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Military Policy Impedes Research On Traumatic Brain Injuries

2 hours 52 min ago

The U.S. military set up a bank to collect brain tissue samples to better understand battlefield brain injury. But a law that prevents tissue donations from U.S. troops has severely hampered efforts.

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Want To Solve The World's Most Heated Disagreements? Bring Your Wallet

10 hours 55 min ago

Research found that a little cash goes a long way toward making people more thoughtful about what motivates their longtime foes, be it Israelis and Palestinians or Republicans and Democrats.

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Solving The Mystery Of Why Rock Ants Avoid Right Turns

14 hours 7 min ago

Ants that live in a rocky maze-like setting prefer to turn left when they enter a space. Ants aren't as symmetrical as they appear. Their left eye may be better than the right for detecting predators.

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Do Fish Have Fingers?

14 hours 7 min ago

Of course they don't, but they do have the genetic machinery to make fingers — something that shows how similar fish are to modern mammals.

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Unexpected Life Found In The Ocean's Deepest Trench

December 25, 2014 - 3:34am

An expedition to the Pacific's Mariana Trench has found evidence that life exists miles below the surface. But it's not life as we know it.

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Research Suggests Generosity Is Hardwired Into Our Brains

December 24, 2014 - 5:02am

If generosity makes us happy, and lots of research suggests that it does, why do many of us find it difficult to be generous?

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Obama Administration Downplays Court Challenge To Health Law

December 24, 2014 - 3:25am

With this year's enrollment in Obamacare brisk, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell says she's not worried that the U.S. Supreme Court may yet overturn a key provision of the law.

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Costly Hepatitis C Drugs Threaten To Bust Prison Budgets

December 24, 2014 - 3:18am

Inmates in the U.S. have a high rate of infection with chronic hepatitis C — up to 35 percent or more by some estimates. New drugs introduced this year can cure the disease quickly, but at a cost.

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A Vanished Jetliner Still Haunts Families Of The Missing

December 23, 2014 - 4:21pm

Months after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared from radar screens, families of the lost passengers and crew struggle to cope. Many are unwilling to declare their loved ones dead.

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Could Glitter Help Solve NASA's Giant Telescope Problem?

December 23, 2014 - 4:21pm

NASA's next big space telescope costs $8 billion and is very heavy. New York scientists think they may have found the makings of a cheaper, lighter answer for future space scopes — in a crafts store.

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Floating Toilets That Clean Themselves Grow On A Lake

December 23, 2014 - 1:46pm

A new project places little kayaks filled with aquatic plants under latrines in floating homes on Southeast Asia's largest freshwater lake. So how do the toilets clean the wastewater?

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FDA Proposes End To Lifetime Ban On Gay Blood Donors

December 23, 2014 - 1:39pm

Men who haven't had sex with other men in a year will be allowed to donate blood under a proposed change in FDA policy.

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Farm Fresh? Natural? Eggs Not Always What They're Cracked Up To Be

December 23, 2014 - 10:56am

Egg cartons these days are often plastered with an array of terms that can confuse and even mislead consumers. Here's a glossary of carton jargon for the wannabe informed egg buyer.

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Orangutan Declared To Have Basic Legal Rights In Argentina

December 23, 2014 - 8:28am

A Buenos Aires judge ruled in favor of advocates, who are calling for more freedom for Sandra, a 28-year-old orangutan who was born in a zoo.

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Baby Thrives Once 3-D-Printed Windpipe Helps Him Breathe

December 23, 2014 - 3:29am

Michigan doctors used 3-D printing to custom-make a splint to prop open Garrett Peterson's defective windpipe last January. He's home with his parents this Christmas, as "normal life" begins.

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What Motivates People To Give?

December 22, 2014 - 4:22pm

The holiday season is a big time of year for charitable giving. Host Audie Cornish speaks with NPR's Shankar Vedantam about a study that says portion of charitable giving is driven by social pressure.

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When Humans Quit Hunting And Gathering, Their Bones Got Wimpy

December 22, 2014 - 3:03pm

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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