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Experimental Vaccine For Chikungunya Passes First Test

August 18, 2014 - 7:12pm

Using a new technology, scientists have created a vaccine for an emerging mosquito-borne virus. The vaccine was safe and produced some degree of immunity in a preliminary study.

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Often On The Move, Restless Elephants Are Tough To Count — And Keep Safe

August 18, 2014 - 4:16pm

A recent study tried to pin down just how many elephants have been killed by poachers. It's a lot — enough to eventually eliminate the species — but pinning down an exact death toll is difficult. The reason elephants are so hard to protect is the same that makes them so hard to count: They roam — exceptionally far.

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At The Nano Level, Wrinkles Aren't Always A No-No

August 18, 2014 - 4:16pm

What happens when you add folds to materials that are only a few atoms thick? Several scientists set out to find the answer — and discovered that these nano-wrinkles can be quite useful.

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Seeking Proof For Why We Feel Terrible After Too Many Drinks

August 18, 2014 - 3:35pm

Author Adam Rogers says there are lots of myths about what causes hangovers. His new book, Proof: The Science of Booze, explores these and other scientific mysteries of alcohol's effect on the body.

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Elephant Slaughter, African Slavery And America's Pianos

August 18, 2014 - 1:11pm

Two New England towns dominated the world's ivory market from 1840 to 1940 — transforming imported tusks from African elephants into piano keys and combs. Today's residents grapple with a dark past.

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Broken Teeth And Fake-umentaries: Another Shark Week Gone By

August 18, 2014 - 10:31am

Alastair Bland looks at the dangers to real sharks and the hazards of pseudo-documentaries as another Shark Week draws to a close.

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How Does Winning Math's Fields Medal Affect Productivity?

August 18, 2014 - 5:25am

An analysis by two economists finds that winners of the medal, the most significant prize in mathematics, become significantly less productive in their chosen field of study after they win the prize.

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New Cameras Will Map Florida's Reefs

August 17, 2014 - 7:58am

A scientific survey of coral reefs off the Florida keys is being done using the same fish-eye camera lenses that Google uses to capture street views. Scientists will use the images for research.

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Cold Winter Depleted Some Coastal Fish Populations

August 17, 2014 - 7:58am

The extreme cold weather on the East Coast last winter has meant that some fishermen have smaller catches this summer. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to fishing forecaster Mitchell Roffer in Florida.

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Fighting (Tasty) Invasive Fish With Forks And Knives

August 17, 2014 - 5:25am

Invasive fish like snakeheads and Asian carp are threatening to wipe out aquatic ecosystems across the U.S. So chefs and environmental agencies are encouraging their communities to eat them up.

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Fighting (Tasty) Invasive Fish With Forks And Knives

August 17, 2014 - 5:25am

Invasive fish like snakeheads and Asian carp are threatening to wipe out aquatic ecosystems across the U.S. So chefs and environmental agencies are encouraging their communities to eat them up.

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The Machine That Tried To Scan The Brain — In 1882

August 17, 2014 - 5:24am

The inspiration for modern MRI brain scanners was built before World War I began, the Titanic sank, and humans took flight. Now neuroscientists are trying to give its inventor his due credit.

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For City Dwellers, Stargazing Can Make For A Stellar Vacation

August 16, 2014 - 5:49pm

For those willing to travel a bit, venture out and allow your eyes to adjust to the darkness, many places still offer the chance to enjoy the soul-lifting sight of a starry night sky.

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For City Dwellers, Stargazing Can Make For A Stellar Vacation

August 16, 2014 - 5:49pm

For those willing to travel a bit, venture out and allow your eyes to adjust to the darkness, many places still offer the chance to enjoy the soul-lifting sight of a starry night sky.

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Making Scripts And Science Match

August 16, 2014 - 7:53am

How can screenwriters make sure the science and medical details of their shows are true to life? NPR's Scott Simon talks with Kate Langrall Folb of Hollywood, Health & Society, who helps them out.

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Scientists Test The World's Seas On Ocean Sampling Day

August 16, 2014 - 7:53am

For one day this summer, scientists from around the globe decided to find out what's in our oceans' water. We go to the coast of Savannah, Ga., to find out what exactly they were looking for.

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Startups Pitch Cricket Flour As The Best Protein You Could Eat

August 15, 2014 - 3:20pm

Cricket flour is a thing, and it's showing up in protein bars and baked goods. A few companies are testing the water to see if Americans can get on board with cricket as an alternative to meat or soy.

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Has Health Law Helped Young People Get Mental Health Treatment? Maybe

August 15, 2014 - 1:55pm

The Affordable Care Act has allowed many young adults to stay on their parents' insurance. A study suggests the coverage may be helping more of them get treatment for mental health issues.

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When Snails Lose Their Way

August 15, 2014 - 7:03am

There are happy snails. There are lonely snails. And there are lost snails. This one is lost. Totally. But it sings.

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