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When Can A Big Storm Or Drought Be Blamed On Climate Change?

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Scientists wince when people blame every big tropical cyclone, heat wave or drought on a shifting climate. But now some are trying to figure out just what the evidence for such a link would be.

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Is That A Lark I Hear? A Nightingale? Surprise! It's a Bat

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

There are animals famous for their songs. Whales sing. Birds sing. We humans have Aretha, Elvis, Ray Charles, Pavarotti. But bats — who knew?

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Morning Edition

Certain English Errors May Decipher Clues To Dying Languages

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Linguists try to understand the nuances of languages, and how they relate to one another. A computer scientist says the English mistakes of non-native speakers can reveal something about languages.

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Morning Edition

For Single Women, An 'Infinite Variety Of Paths'

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Getting married used to mark the start of a woman's adult life. But the average age women get married has gone from about 22 to about 27. The shift, says writer Rebecca Traister, has been profound.

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To Predict Nobel Winners, Skip Vegas And Check The Fine Print

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A careful analysis of the number of times research is cited in subsequent scientific papers can shed light on who is most likely to pick up a Nobel Prize.

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Morning Edition

For Police, A Debate Over Force, Cop Culture And Confrontation

Thursday, September 25, 2014

When it comes to police using force, what is acceptable and when? And are police too aggressive? Cops say they're trying to survive, but reformers say aggressive cop culture is making things worse.

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Research Institutions Will Have To Identify 'Dual-Use' Pathogens

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Scientists are deeply divided on whether lab-made flu viruses are legitimate medical research or national security threats. A new federal policy asks institutions to evaluate those risks early on.

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After The NIH Funding 'Euphoria' Comes The 'Hangover'

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The way the National Institutes of Health doles out research grants accentuates booms and busts in the financing of scientific research. More variety in the length of grants could help.

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After The NIH Funding 'Euphoria' Comes The 'Hangover'

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The way the National Institutes of Health doles out research grants accentuates booms and busts in the financing of scientific research. More variety in the length of grants could help.

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Scientists Step Up Food Fraud Efforts Following Horse Meat Scandal

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The latest report in response to the horse meat scandal of 2013 reminds us that the potential for fraud in the food supply is high. But scientists are working to predict and prevent the next incident.

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Morning Edition

Why Some Federal Agencies Panic This Time Of Year

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Analysis finds that federal agencies green-light projects in late September to fund them before the fiscal year expires. And quality suffers, compared with projects approved at other times of year.

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All Things Considered

Dire Predictions On Ebola's Spread From Top Health Organizations

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The World Health Organization warns of more than 20,000 cases by early November if help doesn't arrive quickly in West Africa. The CDC projects 1.4 million cases by late January.

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Before You Take A Bite Of That Mushroom, Consider This

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Guess what scientists found lurking inside a common-looking packet of supermarket porcini? Three entirely new species of fungi. That's what happens when you sequence the DNA of your dinner.

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IG Nobels Honor Inane Yet Useful Scientific Discoveries

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Detroit Medical Center rediscovered a folk remedy from the 1800s — stop a nosebleed by shoving pork up your nostrils. Other winners: banana research and dogs sense the Earth's magnetic field.

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NFL Looks To Training To Prevent Domestic Violence By Players

Monday, September 22, 2014

It's not violence on the job that makes some pro football players beat their wives or children, psychologists say. It's often childhood experience, fanned by a culture that accepts such behavior.

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Study Pits Head Strength Of Crossworders And Scrabblers

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Michael Toma of Claremont University has looked into the differing cognitive abilities of crossword puzzle experts versus Scrabble aficionados. NPR's Wade Goodwyn discovers the differences.

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Mammoth On The Move: Rare, Nearly-Intact Skeleton Heads To Dallas

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The skeleton lay buried in a gravel pit for tens of thousands of years. This week, paleontologists carefully transported the last and largest section to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

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The Odor Of Political Attraction

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Ooh, you smell so good ... and we're both members of the Whig party, too! Turns out there's scientific evidence that people who share political beliefs are attracted to each other's body odor.

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The Poor Don't Always Benefit From Democracy, Mortality Rates Show

Friday, September 19, 2014

Is Democracy a key to better levels of health in a country? That's long been the belief, but we hear about some research that shows that isn't always the case.

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A Coastal Paradise Confronts Its Watery Future

Thursday, September 18, 2014

With rising seas, cities like Satellite Beach, Fla., are debating options: defend the shoreline to avoid destruction, or retreat, withdrawing homes and businesses from the water's edge.

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