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Research Examines Character Concerns Versus Performance In The NFL

54 min 57 sec ago

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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Arctic Is Warming Twice As Fast As Anyplace Else On Earth

2 hours 29 min ago

Polar bears continue to take a hit in regions with the greatest loss of snow and ice, the latest report card on the Arctic shows. Meanwhile, plankton are thriving as the sea heats up.

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Behind The Scenes At The Lab That Fingerprints Microbiomes

December 17, 2014 - 12:06pm

Inside the lab, a lone technician sorts through new samples, snipping off swab heads intentionally fouled with fecal material. One head goes to cold storage and the other is processed for sequencing.

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Abuse Of Synthetic Drugs Declines Across U.S.

December 16, 2014 - 4:30pm

Use of synthetic drugs, like bath salts, by young people continues to decline across the nation, according to a study by the University of Michigan.

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Methane Bursts On Mars Could Hint At Previous Life

December 16, 2014 - 4:19pm

Scientists have seen mysterious bursts of methane in the Martian atmosphere, and they can't rule out the possibility that the methane was made by something that was once alive on Mars.

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Scientists Debate If It's OK To Make Viruses More Dangerous In The Lab

December 16, 2014 - 1:19pm

Researchers are struggling with how to balance the benefits and risks of genetic experiments that can give viruses new talents for causing infections.

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Dengue Fever Strikes Millions. Now Scientists Hope To Strike Back

December 16, 2014 - 12:12pm

It's called "breakbone fever" because that's how bad you feel when you get it. There's no cure. But scientists have found powerful antibodies that could lead to the development of a simple vaccine.

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To Get To The Bottom Of Your Microbiome, Start With A Swab Of Poo

December 15, 2014 - 3:58pm

To find helpful patterns in personal microbe populations, scientists also need to gather a long list of information about the people who serve as homes for the microscopic critters.

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Why Some Scientific Collaborations Are More Beneficial Than Others

December 15, 2014 - 5:01am

It turns out that when scientists collaborate internationally, they are more like to have an impact on science than purely domestic collaborations.

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Nations Agree To Deal To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

December 15, 2014 - 5:01am

In Lima, Peru, almost all of the world's governments agreed on a document meant to galvanize efforts to curb climate change. While the outcome was modest, it did establish some important principles.

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Congress To Nutritionists: Don't Talk About The Environment

December 15, 2014 - 3:25am

Should dietary guidelines consider the environmental effects of our food choices? The government-appointed Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee thinks they should. Congress, however, says no.

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To Stop Teen Drinking Parties, Fine The Parents

December 15, 2014 - 3:24am

For some teenagers, parties with alcohol are almost a rite of passage. Surveys show the vast majority of parents in these homes know the alcohol is flowing. Cities are now cracking down on the adults.

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More Than Just Cute, Sea Otters Are Superheroes Of The Marsh

December 14, 2014 - 5:39pm

Sea otters are furry and photogenic, but those aren't the only reasons to save them from extinction. Turns out that just by eating, they can preserve their entire estuarine ecosystems.

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Geminid Meteor Showers Light Up Both Hemispheres

December 14, 2014 - 11:22am

Pieces of gravel and dust from a "rock comet" called 3200 Phaethon are still shooting across the sky, dazzling the Earthlings below.

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Nations Salvage Deal To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

December 14, 2014 - 8:16am

The deal is the first-ever to require all nations to reduce emissions, but it doesn't include a mechanism to monitor compliance.

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How Can You Tell If Your Goat Is Happy? Now We Know!

December 14, 2014 - 5:39am

Farmers raise millions of goats. But little has been known about how to tell if a goat is doing OK — until now. A new study reveals the signs of a happy ruminant.

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How Can You Tell If Your Goat Is Happy? Now We Know!

December 14, 2014 - 5:39am

Farmers raise millions of goats. But little has been known about how to tell if a goat is doing OK — until now. A new study reveals the signs of a happy ruminant.

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Climate Negotiators Reach A Compromise In Lima

December 14, 2014 - 5:10am

The deal sets the stage for a global pact in Paris next year, but rejected a rigorous review of the greenhouse gas emissions limits the plan.

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Geminids Promise A Light Show In The Night Sky

December 13, 2014 - 8:11am

The best and most easily-watched meteor shower of the year is happening this weekend. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Jackie Faherty, an astronomer at the Carnegie Institution for Science.

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Electric Eels Jolt Their Prey By Remote Control

December 13, 2014 - 8:11am

The electric eel creates its own electricity, sure, but Vanderbilt University professor Ken Catania tells NPR's Scott Simon what's shocking is how the eel uses it to remotely control prey.

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