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Watch: A Slow-Motion Sneeze Looks A Lot Like Breathing Fire

NPR | Aug. 24, 2016

What happens when you let loose with a juicy one? A lab of MIT mathematicians and physicists are taking a close look, with the goal of improving public health.

National Park Service Turns 100: Celebrate By Visiting A Park For Free

NWNews | Aug. 24, 2016

There will be free admission to all national parks from Thursday through Sunday to celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service. President...

Study Of Breast Cancer Treatment Reveals Paradox Of Precision Medicine

NPR | Aug. 24, 2016

A genetic test of breast cancer tumors helped identify women whose survival odds would not be greatly improved by chemotherapy. But that test isn't as precise as women and doctors might like.

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Down With Homework: Teacher's Viral Note Tells Of Growing Attitude

NPR | Aug. 24, 2016 4:26 p.m.

Second-grade teacher Brandy Young announced the policy to parents this month. Her stance is one being taken by more and more educators.

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WATCH: Squishy 'Octobot' Moves Autonomously

NPR | Aug. 24, 2016 2:54 p.m.

The robot designed by a team from Harvard University moves without the help of any rigid parts. Researchers say it is the first proof-of-concept design for an entirely soft, autonomous machine.

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Latest Target In The Drug Price Wars? The Ubiquitous EpiPen

NPR | Aug. 24, 2016 2:20 p.m.

Lawmakers are demanding answers as to why the price of this aging drug, which stops a life-threatening allergic reaction, keeps going up.

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Climate Change Complicates Predictions Of Damage From Big Surf

NPR | Aug. 24, 2016 1:31 p.m.

Earth's changing climate has made the quest to understand wave behavior more important than ever, scientists say. Rising seas, storm surge and dune and reef erosion all shape Florida's Gulf Coast.

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Among La. Flood Victims, 'Depression Levels Are Really High'

NPR | Aug. 24, 2016 11:35 a.m.

The emergency food stamp process is only on surnames from A to D. Rachel Moriarty must try to hold out. Al McGee is grateful for his son-in-law's clean-up labor: "It's meant the world to me."

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This Photo May Not Change The World But It Moved One Mom To Act

NPR | Aug. 24, 2016 11:02 a.m.

Can a single photo make a difference? For one NPR audience member — who admits she knew little of the Syrian war before last week — the answer is yes.

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This Planet Just Outside Our Solar System Is 'Potentially Habitable'

NPR | Aug. 24, 2016 10:22 a.m.

It's not exactly close — 25 trillion miles from Earth, say the scientists who spotted it. But that might be near enough for further exploration. It's about Earth's size, with mild temperatures.

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Yes, America Has A Working Tea Plantation. We Visited It

NPR | Aug. 24, 2016 10:16 a.m.

The only commercial tea plantation in the U.S. is located on Wadmalaw Island, S.C. It makes tea from bushes descended from plants first brought here in the 1700s. We chat with its tea taster.

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In Maine, Land From Burt's Bees Co-Founder Is Declared A National Monument

NPR | Aug. 24, 2016 10:16 a.m.

Roxanne Quimby donated nearly 88,000 acres of land — once used to harvest timber for paper mills — to the federal government. Now it's the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.