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The Space Station Gets A Coffee Bar

NPR | April 15, 2015 5:11 a.m.

Italy is sending a high-tech espresso machine to the International Space Station. And NASA is worried it might be too popular.

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Kitchen Science: We Used Peeps To Calculate The Speed Of Light

NPR | April 13, 2015 2:57 p.m.

There's a new use for those stale Easter marshmallows you still have lying around: calculating a constant that governs the universe.

Science | Arts | Books

The Creepy, Crawly World Of Bedbugs And How They Have 'Infested' Homes

NPR | April 8, 2015 12:25 p.m.

Brooke Borel's new book describes the history of bedbugs and how they hide, bite and reproduce. Borel, who has combated them herself, says an infestation "does mess with your mind a little bit."

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Meet The Cool Beans Designed To Beat Climate Change

NPR | March 25, 2015 10:29 a.m.

Researchers in Colombia have created new types of beans that can withstand high heat. Many of these "heat-beater" beans resulted from a unique marriage, 20 years ago, of tradition and technology.

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Even Neil DeGrasse Tyson Is Now Munching On Bug Cuisine

NPR | March 23, 2015 1:27 p.m.

At an event to honor the modern-day science hero, $15,000 worth of edible insects were on the menu. So Tyson was willing — if not exactly eager — to explore the delicacies on offer. For science.

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For The Love Of Pork: Antibiotic Use On Farms Skyrockets Worldwide

NPR | March 20, 2015 12:47 p.m.

For the first time, scientists have estimated how much antibiotics livestock consume globally — and how fast consumption is growing. Which country uses the most drugs on farms?

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Watch Your Back, Kale. Kelp Is Gunning For The 'Veggie Du Jour' Title

NPR | March 19, 2015 3:24 p.m.

With a little help, scientists say that seaweed growing along the Maine and New Hampshire coasts could become the "kale of the sea." The first step is teaching chefs and consumers how to enjoy it.

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Cramped Chicken Cages Are Going Away. What Comes Next?

NPR | March 19, 2015 8:33 a.m.

The results are in from a long-running study of three different ways to house egg-laying chickens. It found that more hens survive in cages, and cages are cheaper. But consumers prefer cage-free eggs.

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Do TV Cooking Shows Make Us Fat?

NPR | March 18, 2015 6:58 a.m.

Women who cooked the meals they saw prepared on television weighed more, on average, than those who simply watched, a study shows. The findings challenge the notion that home cooking is always best.

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Making Pies For Pi Day: Think Inside The Circle

NPR | March 13, 2015 8:40 a.m.

As math lovers know, it's almost Pi Day. And what better way to celebrate than by rolling out the dough? An NPR editor known for her experimental baking shares some of her favorite recipes.