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Let's Not Hug It Out With Our Dogs

NPR | April 30, 2016 5:22 a.m.

Your dog doesn't like your hugs. Psychologist and author Stanley Coren says that when he looked at a random sample of pictures showing people hugging dogs, most of the dogs showed signs of stress.

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#NPRreads: Take Your Pick Of Space, Race Or Celebrity

NPR | April 30, 2016 5:09 a.m.

In this weekly story roundup, NPR reporters, editors and producers share what they have been reading. Today's mix explores life away from Earth, forgotten photos and fallen stars.

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Tighter Alcohol Curbs For All Help Reduce Teen Motor Vehicle Deaths

NPR | April 30, 2016 2 a.m.

Raising the cost of alcohol with taxes makes it less likely that teenagers will die in a drunk-driving accident, a study finds. Some teen-specific policies like graduated drivers licenses help, too.

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Weasel Apparently Shuts Down World's Most Powerful Particle Collider

NPR | April 29, 2016 3:46 p.m.

The Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland is offline, following a run-in with a small mammal that munched on a power cord.

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Code Switch And Hidden Brain Teamed Up For An #AirbnbWhileBlack Twitter Chat

NPR | April 29, 2016 1:32 p.m.

Today, Code Switch's Gene Demby and Hidden Brain's Shankar Vedantam will be leading a Twitter chat to discuss what it's like to be a person of color participating in the sharing economy.

Food | Science

When It Came To Food, Neanderthals Weren't Exactly Picky Eaters

NPR | April 29, 2016 1:21 p.m.

During the Ice Age, it seems Neanderthals tended to chow down on whatever was most readily available. Early humans, on the other hand, maintained a consistent diet regardless of environmental changes.

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Army Corps Decides Kennewick Man Should Be Turned Over To Tribes

Northwest News Network | April 28, 2016 7:15 p.m.

An ancient skeleton known as Kennewick Man moved a major step forward toward reburial Wednesday.

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Loathed By Farmers, Loved By Ancients: The Strange History Of Tiger Nuts

NPR | April 28, 2016 3:03 p.m.

One of the worst weeds in the world had its start as an ancient and valuable tuber used for food and medicine. Now tiger nuts are making a comeback in the health food aisle.

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Mars By 2018? SpaceX And NASA Announce A New Space Project

NPR | April 28, 2016 11:57 a.m.

The Red Dragon missions are aimed at figuring out what's needed "to land large payloads propulsively on Mars." For now, the plan doesn't include sending astronauts to the red planet.

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Genetic Variations Help Make Fraternal Twins More Likely

NPR | April 28, 2016 11:22 a.m.

Scientists identified two genetic variants that make it more likely that a woman will give birth to fraternal twins. Knowing this might help develop safer fertility treatments.