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Human Made From Paper Eats Pepperoni Pizza — And Lives!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

What surgeons see when they open us up and look inside is not pretty — unless you're a surgeon. But when designer Kelli Anderson opens us up, we are feathery, pipe filled, ivory-boned, wired, clean, elegant — just gorgeous. Plus, we are entirely made of colored paper. Check out this new transparent (and interactive!) human body — perfect for kids.

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Comet Flies Into The Sun, Goes Out In A Blaze Of Glory

Thursday, August 22, 2013

NASA says the small object that was caught on video by a spacecraft called the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory was most likely a member of a sun-grazing group of comets known as the Kreutz family.

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Where The Whale Sharks Go

Thursday, August 22, 2013

A nine-year study tracked more than 800 of the massive and largely mysterious whale sharks. For the first time, researchers have tracked the sharks' far-flung migration and where they may go to give birth.

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The Takeaway

Symbiotic Relationships & The Circle of Life

Thursday, August 22, 2013

When studying nature, we often focus on predatory relationships. But there are other kinds of relationships in nature as well. Some, like the suckerfish and shark, fall under the category of commensalism. Others, like coral and algae, are built on mutualism, or symbiosis. Katie McKissick, also known as “Beatrice the Biologist” online, explains.

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The Takeaway

New Documents Show Sweeping NSA Surveillance of Americans | Why Bacteria Can Be Good for Us | Revitalizing & Reinventing Immersion Theater

Thursday, August 22, 2013

New Documents Show Sweeping NSA Surveillance of Americans | The End of an Era: Final Set of Nixon Tapes Released | Mapping Our Digital DNA | North Carolina Overhauls Election Process | Symbiotic Relationships & The Circle of Life | Why Bacteria Can Be Good for Us | Revitalizing & Reinventing ...

Deadly Middle East Coronavirus Found In An Egyptian Tomb Bat

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Just a fragment of genes in bat guano was enough for researchers trying to find out how a deadly new virus spreads. It's the first time the Middle East respiratory syndrome virus has been found in an animal, and offers strong evidence that bats carry the virus.

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On A Rocky Maine Island, Puffins Are Making A Tenuous Comeback

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The windswept island about 6 miles off the coast was a haven for a hugely diverse bird population until fishermen decimated the birds' ranks. Puffins have been successfully reintroduced to Eastern Egg Rock, but warming ocean waters may be threatening their ability to survive.

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Defining A Hole Presents A Philosophical Quandry

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Late summer tends to be a slow month for news. But at All Things Considered, we put on a two hour program, no matter what. So — without a trace of irony — one of our science correspondents offered to help fill some holes in the show with a series of stories about holes. Today, he explores the complex philosophical question, what is a hole? And when is a hole not a hole?

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Inside The Beef Industry's Battle Over Growth-Promotion Drugs

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Beta agonists, a class of drugs widely fed to cattle and hogs to make them put on weight faster, are coming under increasing scrutiny. Reports suggest animals fed these drugs can seem reluctant to move — lethargic, unable to walk properly — and may die more often, too.

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Ebola Treatment Works In Monkeys, Even After Symptoms Appear

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

An experimental drug rescued three out of seven monkeys from lethal doses of Ebola. The study marks the first time researchers have shown that a drug can successfully treat Ebola in animals even after the infection is well underway.

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'Why This Compulsion To Run Long Distances?' A Runner's Beautiful Confession

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Runners often ask themselves, "Why am I doing this? Why do I want to make myself hurt so?" With help from the webcomic The Oatmeal, we might have an answer.

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Imperfection Makes The Universe Beautiful

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

It's time to reconsider the grand quest for "unification" in modern physics, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser. Our unrelenting search for symmetry and perfection in the natural world leaves us blind to data that seems to depict an imperfect and asymmetric Universe.

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Golden Arches: Human Feet More Flexible Than We Thought

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

By precisely measuring footfalls, scientists discovered that healthy human feet bend and flatten much like the feet of tree-dwelling apes. And the flex in one person's foot can vary a lot from one step to the next.

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Study Finds No Link Between Hallucinogens And Mental Problems

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

People who had taken LSD, psilocybin or mescaline at any time in their lives were no more likely than those who hadn't to wind up in mental health treatment or to have symptoms of mental illness, a Norwegian study finds.

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Facebook Makes Us Sadder And Less Satisfied, Study Finds

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Researchers from the University of Michigan find that while Facebook provides an invaluable resource for social connection, it actually undermines well-being.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Study Debunks Left-Brain, Right-Brain Theory

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A new study has found no evidence to support that some people display "right-brained" or "left-brained" personality traits. Jeff Anderson, neuro-radiologist at the University of Utah and lead author of the study that just came out in PLOS ONE, explains the findings and what it changes about our understanding of how we think.

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Features

How Extreme Australian Rains Made Global Sea Levels Drop

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Sea level has been rising steadily as a result of global warming. But in 2010 and 2011, levels dropped sharply by a quarter of an inch. A new analysis says that's because extraordinarily heavy rainfall got trapped in inland Australia.

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How To Win That Music Competition? Send A Video

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A new study shows that judges base musical performances more on sight than on sound.

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Lyme Disease Far More Common Than Previously Known

Monday, August 19, 2013

Fewer than 30,000 cases of the tick-borne illness are reported each year. But the CDC says surveys of labs that test for the disease, six years of insurance claims and other surveillance methods suggest that the number of infections is actually 10 times higher.

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Incredibly Shrinking Avocados: Why This Year's Fruit Are So Tiny

Monday, August 19, 2013

California's crop of Hass avocados — those green fruit essential for guacamole — usually weigh a half-pound or more. But this year's avocados are the smallest in memory — some barely bigger than an egg.

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