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Dyslexia: The Learning Disability That Must Not Be Named

NPR | Dec. 3, 2016 3:35 p.m.

Many parents and teachers report that schools won't use the word dyslexia. Why might this be? And what is the Department of Education doing about it?

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Oregon Eases Marijuana Testing Regulations

AP | Dec. 3, 2016 11:25 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

The state of Oregon on Friday temporarily eased up on testing requirements for marijuana, two days after business insiders warned about potential impact of new rules.

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Americans Don't Trust Scientists' Take On Food Issues

NPR | Dec. 3, 2016 7:16 a.m.

A new survey finds strong public support for organic food, and suspicion of GMOs — regardless of whether people vote Republican or Democratic. Also, people don't trust scientists much at all.

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Lab-Grown Diamonds Come Into Their Own

NPR | Dec. 2, 2016 2:34 p.m.

Commercial labs can now make the large, clear diamonds people prize for engagement rings and other jewelry in as little as 72 hours. How will this change the diamond industry?

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The Electric Blue Polar Cloud Season Came Early This Year

NPR | Dec. 2, 2016 2:05 p.m.

Noctilucent clouds, high-altitude clouds that appear to glow in the sky at night, usually show up in the Southern Hemisphere summer. Satellite images showed them covering Antarctica in early November.

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Glowing Human Cells May Shed Light On Sickness And Health

NPR | Dec. 2, 2016 1:17 p.m.

Researchers who developed a collection of human stem cells with glowing internal structures have begun sharing them with colleagues. The glow reveals the secret workings of cells.

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Millions Have Dyslexia, Few Understand It

NPR | Dec. 2, 2016 8:39 a.m.

It's the most common learning disability, yet it's still hard to answer the question: What is it? An NPR reporter who has dyslexia talks with other people — young and old — in search of answers.

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Zap! Magnet Study Offers Fresh Insights Into How Memory Works

NPR | Dec. 1, 2016 8:13 p.m.

A magnetic pulse to a certain spot in the brain of healthy volunteers restored recently "forgotten" thoughts, researchers found. The study is shifting the understanding of short-term recall.

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Tornado Outbreaks Are On The Rise, And Scientists Don't Know Why

NPR | Dec. 1, 2016 8:13 p.m.

A new study looks at clusters of tornadoes, like those that hit the Southeast this week. They are costly in lives and insurance payouts.

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North Korean Volcano Provides Rare Chance For Scientific Collaboration

NPR | Dec. 1, 2016 4:31 p.m.

When the volcano started rumbling, North Korean researchers realized they didn't have the tools to predict if it might erupt. So they reached out to Western scientists for help.