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Beam Me Up? Teleporting Is Real, Even If Trekkie Transport Isn't

NPR | July 29, 2015

Teleporting from one place to the next looks so fun on the big and little screen. But physicists who actually can do something like that with single atoms say teleporting people would be much messier.

Human Error Caused Virgin Galactic Crash, Investigators Say

NPR | July 28, 2015

SpaceShipTwo broke apart during an October test flight because the co-pilot unlocked a section of the spaceship's tail too early, the National Transportation and Safety Board announced.

A Sense Of Self: What Happens When Your Brain Says You Don't Exist

NPR | July 28, 2015

In his new book, The Man Who Wasn't There, Anil Ananthaswamy examines the ways people think of themselves — and how those perceptions can be distorted by certain brain conditions.

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Researchers Warn Against 'Autonomous Weapons' Arms Race

NPR | July 28, 2015 4:01 p.m.

Already, researcher Stuart Russell says, sentry robots in South Korea "can spot and track a human being for a distance of two miles – and can very accurately kill that person."

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As Medicare Turns 50, Patients Find Better Health

NPR | July 28, 2015 9:56 a.m.

The past 15 years have seen a drop in deaths and hospitalizations among Medicare patients — people 65 and older. Teasing out why is tricky, but it seems a good trend for the 50-year-old program.

Nation | Science

Bones In Ruins Likely The Remains Of Jamestown's Elite

NPR | July 28, 2015 9:19 a.m.

Scientists say remains of four men exhumed from what was once an Anglican church suggest they were well-nourished, "high-status" leaders in the early 17th century colony. 

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A Scientist Deploys Light And Sound To Reveal The Brain

NPR | July 28, 2015 5:10 a.m.

Try to look inside the brain and you're not going to get very far. But photoacoustic imaging may be a solution for the shortcomings of conventional imaging. It uses lasers to make the brain sing.

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California Farmers Switch To Less Thirsty Crops

NPR | July 28, 2015 2:52 a.m.

Water scarcity is leading farmers away from planting staples and towards planting higher-value, lower-water specialty crops. Think wine grapes and pomegranates instead of citrus and avocados.

Food | Science | Health

The Gene For Sweet: Why We Don't All Taste Sugar The Same Way

NPR | July 27, 2015 2:56 p.m.

We know that a gene can determine how strongly we experience bitter flavors. Scientists wanted to know if this was also true for sweet. Their study shows genetics may affect our taste for sugar, too.

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Well-Off Baby Boomers Know How To Binge Drink, Too

NPR | July 27, 2015 2:35 p.m.

Think binge drinking, and college students downing cheap beer from red cups come into mind. But healthy affluent adults over 50 are more likely to drink dangerously than their peers.

Environment | Nation | Science

As Lightning Strikes Spike, Myth-Busting Often Means Safety

NPR | July 25, 2015 6:42 p.m.

Deaths from lightning strikes are up sharply this year, according to the National Weather Service. Here are some myths about lightning, or avoiding it, and tips on how to actually stay safe.

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When Alzheimer's Steals Your Appetite, Remember To Laugh

NPR | July 25, 2015 2:59 p.m.

Fresh grilled swordfish now tastes like rolled newspapers to Greg O'Brien, an unexpected effect of his Alzheimer's. And shopping without a grocery list is futile. But summer barbecues are still sweet.

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Damaged Shell Icebreaker Arrives In Oregon For Repairs

AP | July 25, 2015 11:53 a.m.

Authorities say the Fennica, a vessel that could be used by Royal Dutch Shell PLC in its Arctic offshore drilling project, has arrived in Oregon for repairs.