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3:59 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Study Shows Riding The Quiet Car Is Crushing Your Spirit

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 5:16 pm

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Energy
3:22 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Tumbling Oil Prices Give A Boost To Drivers During The Holidays

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 4:16 pm

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Goats and Soda
11:29 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Ebola In The Air: What Science Says About How The Virus Spreads

Viruses can spread through the air in two ways: inside large droplets that fall quickly to the ground (red), or inside tiny droplets that float in the air (gray). In the first route, called droplet transmission, the virus can spread only about 3 to 6 feet from an infected person. In the second route, called airborne transmission, the virus can travel 30 feet or more.
Adam Cole NPR

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 7:58 am

Here's an Ebola puzzle for you: If the virus isn't airborne, why do doctors and nurses need to wear full protective suits, with face masks, while treating patients?

After we dug through studies and talked to scientists, the answer slowly emerged.

Ebola does spread through the air. But not through the airborne route.

Oh, goodness! No wonder there's been such a kerfuffle about how the virus is transmitted.

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Environment
4:08 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

Taking Stock Of America's Toxic Sites And The Millions Living Near Them

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 10:12 am

An article in the December issue of National Geographic looks at toxic waste sites in the U.S. and the more than 49 million Americans who live near them. NPR's Eric Westervelt talks with writer Paul Voosen about his piece.

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New Boom
3:57 pm
Sat November 29, 2014

Millennials Might Be 'Generation Twin.' Is That A Bad Thing?

Mike (left) and Matt (right) Gragnani are 25-year-old identical twins. Together, they've been able to buy an apartment and start a business before many of their peers.
Courtesy of Mike Gragnani

Originally published on Sat November 29, 2014 5:29 pm

There are more twins in the "millennial generation" than any other generation, thanks partly to a twin boom in the '90s. The main reason was a new technology called in vitro fertilization, which in its early days frequently produced twins, triplets and other multiple births.

The result? A million "extra" twins born between 1981 and 2012.

And all of them might be hurting the economy.

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Books
10:58 am
Sat November 29, 2014

The Mystery Of The Missing Brains

Originally published on Sat November 29, 2014 11:05 am

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For decades a collection of human remains sat in a basement at the University of Texas at Austin. KUT's Matt Largey tells us about the enduring mysteries that surround the collection.

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Shots - Health News
3:06 am
Fri November 28, 2014

How Dogs Understand What We Say

Do you want to go to the park? Mango Doucleff, of San Francisco, responds to her favorite command by perking up her ears and tilting her head.
Michaeleen Doucleff NPR

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 10:42 am

Scientists — and anyone who lives with a canine — know that dogs pay close attention to the emotion in our voices. They listen for whether our tone is friendly or mean, how the pitch goes up or down and even the rhythms in our speech.

But what about the meaning of the words we say?

Sure, a few studies have reported on supersmart dogs that know hundreds of words. Chaser, a border collie in South Carolina, even learned 1,022 nouns and commands to go with them.

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The Salt
6:03 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Can Breeders Cure What Ails Our Breast-Heavy Turkeys?

A 40-pound tom turkey flaps his wing as Chris Conley carries him to a pen at Raymond's Turkey Farm in Methuen, Mass., on Friday. The farm raises approximately 20,000 broad-breasted white turkeys per year.
Elise Amendola AP

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 10:19 am

Many Americans will be sitting down Thursday to a wonderfully meaty, broad-breasted white turkey that grew to maturity in a remarkably short period: just 136 days, on average.

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Research News
4:05 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Search For Political Common Ground Is Difficult, Research Shows

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 11:12 am

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Thanksgiving - a day to gather with relatives around the dinner table, engage in conversations, like this one...

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS")

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As character) I know how you feel.

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Science
4:05 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Scientists Analyze Skeletal Remains From Vampire Graveyard

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 11:12 am

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