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323 Reindeer Killed In Lightning Storm In Norway

NPR | Aug. 30, 2016 5:21 p.m.

The reindeer died on a mountain plateau in central Norway. "I don't remember hearing about lightning killing animals on this scale before," says a Norwegian environmental official.

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Their Masters' Voices: Dogs Understand Tone And Meaning Of Words

NPR | Aug. 30, 2016 3:24 p.m.

When humans talk to dogs, the canine brains seem to separate the meaning of the words from the intonation used, and to analyze each aspect independently.

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Gonorrhea Is Becoming Untreatable, U.N. Health Officials Warn

NPR | Aug. 30, 2016 2:52 p.m.

The World Health Organization released new treatment guidelines that acknowledge an entire class of antibiotics is now all but useless against the sexually transmitted disease.

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Scientists Looking For Alien Life Investigate 'Interesting' Signal From Space

NPR | Aug. 30, 2016 10:54 a.m.

Russian astronomers detected an unusual radio signal last year. The SETI Institute says its too soon to say if the signal came from intelligent lifeforms — but they're checking it out.

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Scientists Divided Over How Lucy Died

NPR | Aug. 30, 2016 9:48 a.m.

A new study suggests the 3.2-million-year-old hominin died when she fell from a tree and fractured her bones. But other paleoanthropologists say the breaks happened after she died.

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How A Wave Is Unlike An Armadillo: One Reporter's Summer Puzzle

NPR | Aug. 30, 2016 8:44 a.m.

"There's something about waves that can get you into kind of a mental funk," one philosopher says. For NPR's summer science series, Joe Palca tries to answer the big question: What is a wave?

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The Physics And Psychology Of 'The Wave' At Sporting Events

NPR | Aug. 30, 2016 8:40 a.m.

You may love or hate 'the wave' as it sweeps through spectators at baseball, football and soccer games. But physicists say the synchronized action shows how humans are like particles.

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How To Catch The Biggest Wave In The Universe

NPR | Aug. 30, 2016 8:38 a.m.

An L-shaped machine in Louisiana is hunting for some of the most powerful waves in existence: gravitational waves. This wave detector acts like a giant tape measure to capture bends in space and time.

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Climate Change Complicates Predictions Of Damage From Big Surf

NPR | Aug. 30, 2016 8:18 a.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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Surfers And Scientists Team Up To Create The 'Perfect Wave'

NPR | Aug. 30, 2016 5:07 a.m.

Surfers once deemed man-made waves weak and mushy compared to the best that break along the coast. Then engineers and an 11-time world champion surfer showed just how good an artificial wave can be.