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How An Interview With A Shark Researcher Wound Up Starring A Shark

NPR | May 29, 2017

Why have dozens of great sharks turned up around southern California beaches recently? Finding out the answer led to a close-up view of a baby great white shark — and the researcher who caught her.

In The Age Of Digital Medicine, The Humble Reflex Hammer Hangs On

NPR | May 28, 2017

Nearly 130 years since its inception, a modest knob of rubber with a metal handle is still invaluable in diagnosing disease and avoiding expensive testing. But its history is anything but simple.

Two Scientists, Two Different Approaches To Saving Bees From Poison Dust

NPR | May 27, 2017

Two scientists agree that pesticide-laden dust from planting equipment kills bees. But they're proposing different solutions, because they disagree about whether the pesticides are useful to farmers.

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As Brains Mature, More Robust Information Networks Boost Self-Control

NPR | May 26, 2017 6:31 p.m.

Sometime between grade school and grad school, the brain's information highways get remapped in a way that dramatically reins in impulsive behavior.

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Juno Spacecraft Reveals Spectacular Cyclones At Jupiter's Poles

NPR | May 26, 2017 11:20 a.m.

The NASA has spotted enormous cyclones at the gas giant's north and south poles. The probe has also returned other data that have project scientists scratching their heads.

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Fitness Trackers: Good at Measuring Heart Rate, Not So Good At Measuring Calories

NPR | May 26, 2017 11:20 a.m.

A study of seven popular fitness trackers found they are generally good at measuring heart rate, but may mislead consumers about how many calories they have burned.

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Scientists Pinpoint How A Flamingo Balances On One Leg

NPR | May 26, 2017 6:57 a.m.

What appears to be a feat actually requires almost no muscle effort from the bird. The researchers found even a dead flamingo's body will fall into a stable one-leg balance if positioned vertically.

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Abigail Marsh: Are We Wired To Be Altruistic?

NPR | May 26, 2017 6:40 a.m.

When Abigail Marsh was 19, a complete stranger risked his life to save her from a car accident. Today, she studies what motivates us to help others — and why some of us are "extraordinary" altruists.

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Some Islanders Don't Dig Federal Plan To Dig In San Juan Islands Monument

KUOW | May 25, 2017 11:30 a.m. | Lopez Island, Washington

The Trump administration has given an initial thumbs-up for research students to dig in a rare wildflowers meadow in the San Juan Islands National Monument.

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Many Adults Don't Think Exposure To Vaping Is Bad For Kids

NPR | May 25, 2017 11:11 a.m.

Nicotine, heavy metals and tiny particles that can harm the lungs float around in the aerosol from e-cigarettes. But a survey finds many adults don't think secondhand vape is dangerous for children.

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3.3 Million-Year-Old Fossil Sheds Light On How The Spine Evolved

NPR | May 25, 2017 7:15 a.m.

It's hard evidence that the type of spinal segmentation and numbering found in modern humans emerged 3.3 million years ago, the scientists say. The remarkable fossil was discovered in Ethiopia.

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Total Failure: When The Space Shuttle Didn't Come Home

NPR | May 25, 2017 6:35 a.m.

In Part 1 of the series Total Failure, a former NASA official recalls the disastrous mission of the space shuttle Columbia in 2003 and how the accident changed his life forever.

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Eating Chocolate, A Little Each Week, May Lower The Risk Of A Heart Flutter

NPR | May 24, 2017 3:30 p.m.

The latest evidence that a chocolate habit may lower your risk of heart disease: A study finds people who ate small amounts of chocolate several times a week had a lower risk of atrial fibrillation.