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Going Dry: The Benefits Of A Month Without Booze

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Even a brief breakup with alcohol can impart measurable health rewards, a small but intriguing experiment suggests. Indeed, the concept of a dry January is gaining traction in the U.K.

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Setting The Record Straight For Alan Turing

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

The world lost a young genius because people were uncomfortable with whom he was inclined to love, says commentator Adam Frank. The future of computing may have been very different if he'd been alive.

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The Takeaway

This Land is Your Land

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

The D.C. power shift is putting pressure on the amount of public land controlled by government. Leading the charge is the new House Natural Resources Committee chair, Rep. Rob Bishop.

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Morning Edition

The Downside Of Cheaper Gas: More Accident Fatalities

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Falling gasoline prices are a benefit to motorists — but those lower prices come with a hidden cost: increased traffic fatalities.

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Morning Edition

How Anglers Are Learning To Save Fish That Get 'The Bends'

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Millions of deep-water fish die every year because of barotrauma, a condition divers know as "the bends." But scientists say descending devices can help fish survive a trip to the surface.

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SpaceX Plans A Perfect Landing

Monday, January 05, 2015

The space firm will send a supply capsule into orbit, and then try a new way to recover the part of the rocket that carried it. If it works, the cost of going to space could be reduced dramatically.

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All Things Considered

How A Position Of Power Can Change Your Voice

Monday, January 05, 2015

Once you become the boss, it's likely that you'll start to speak quite differently. The pitch, resonance and intensity of your speech change in ways that listeners can detect as signs of power.

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PRI's The World

After a long, cold journey, NASA's New Horizons probe has Pluto in its sights

Monday, January 05, 2015

Talk about a long, strange trip. A NASA spacecraft called New Horizons has traveled 3 billion miles through space over the last nine years and now is approaching Pluto. Aboard: Ashes of the astronomer who discovered the distant orb in 1930.

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PRI's The World

What I've learned after my Mom got hacked (and her data held for ransom)

Monday, January 05, 2015

Her mother was hacked and her data ransomed. So what was her first step after the ordeal was over? Backing up her own computer to stop hackers.

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Morning Edition

Entrepreneurs Find Ways To Make Money From Carbon Emissions

Monday, January 05, 2015

President Obama in September set a formidable goal for American industry and agriculture — reduce greenhouse gases by a quarter in 10 years. But several states are ahead of the game.

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Morning Edition

What Heroin Addiction Tells Us About Changing Bad Habits

Monday, January 05, 2015

Sure, you resolve to exercise more, but somehow it never happens. It could be that your environment is sabotaging you, psychologists say. A famous study about heroin and the Vietnam War explains how.

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All Things Considered

A Shadow Economy Lurks In An Electronics Graveyard

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Two decades ago, the region of Agbogbloshie in Ghana was a lush mangrove swamp. Now, reporter and photographer Yepoka Yeebo explains, it's a vast dump full of electronic waste and young scavengers.

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Researchers Enlist Internet Users To Help Monitor Penguins

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Penguin Watch lets people around the world further science by looking at images of the adorable birds in the wild. Researcher Caitlin Black tells NPR's Rachel Martin how you can help from your chair.

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Despite Last Year's Failures, Many Still Make Resolutions

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Did you make a New Year's resolution? If you did, our data expert Mona Chalabi says you're in the 44 percent of Americans who did. She tells NPR's Rachel Martin that keeping to them is another story.

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Faith And Aquarium Pumps: The Stuff Of Science In 2014

Sunday, January 04, 2015

It may seem scientists are aloof geniuses who churn out discoveries. Joe Palca's NPR series, Joe's Big Idea, shows us how science really works. He reviews 2014 highlights with NPR's Rachel Martin.

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All Things Considered

Trading Pom-Poms For Field Boots: Mireya Mayor's Big Break

Saturday, January 03, 2015

The explorer's life plays out like an adventure film. But before she ever went diving with great whites, she was cheering for the Miami Dolphins — until a required science course changed her plans.

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NASA Hopes A Hack Will Overcome Mars Rover's Memory Gap

Saturday, January 03, 2015

The Mars rover Opportunity is getting on in years. It has been on Mars' surface for over a decade, and now it's having memory problems. NASA has come up with a plan to fix it.

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Utilities Fight For Revenue Lost To Solar Power

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Solar energy had a banner year in 2014, but as more U.S. households make their own electricity, they're paying electric utilities less. Utility companies across the nation are fighting back.

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Orca Calf Shows Signs Of Whale Midwifery

Saturday, January 03, 2015

A whale researcher has a new hypothesis about orca whales: Whale "midwives" may be assisting births.

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Our Most Popular Stories Of 2014: Ebola ... And Bed Rails?

Friday, January 02, 2015

In July, the Goats and Soda blog was born. We came into a world obsessed with Ebola. But our readers also loved stories about chocolate, bed rails and jet-setting viruses.

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