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When D.C.'s Frogs Call for Mates, These Human Volunteers Respond

We're often told that a chorus of frogs will set about doing a lot of "ribbiting," but as a group of citizen scientists saw firsthand, D.C.'s amphibian friends have a much different signature sound.
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SpaceX Lands Falcon 9 On A Barge At Sea (Again)

Despite uncertain odds, the company landed part of its Falcon 9 rocket in the open ocean for a second time. The rest of the spacecraft continued on to put a communications satellite into orbit.
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Boaty By Another Name: 'Sir David Attenborough' Is Chosen For British Research Ship

Boaty McBoatface received more than 124,000 votes in an online poll by Britain's Natural Environment Research Council — more than 10 times the 11,000 votes for Attenborough's name.
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Geologists Find Clues In Crater Left By Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid

Scientists drilling beneath the Gulf of Mexico have hit the layer deposited when an asteroid the size of Staten Island, N.Y., hit Earth. Samples might contain details from that fateful day.
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The Environmental Cost Of Growing Food

Economists are working on ways to put a price on the environmental damage of growing food. Take sugar: Half of what we eat comes from beets, half from cane. Each has an impact, in very different ways.
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Sugar Vs. Sugar: Which Crop Is More Environmentally Friendly?

NPR explores whether one version is better for the environment than the other.
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Risk Of Opioid Overdose Climbs At Middle Age

Most of the millions taking prescription painkillers are older than 45, research shows, and there's been a recent increase in drug overdose deaths among people over 55. Drug mixing is partly to blame.
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A Long, Complicated Battle Over 9,000-Year-Old Bones Is Finally Over

The 1996 discovery of Kennewick Man, one of the oldest North American human skeletons ever found, erupted in an unprecedented fight between scientists and Native American beliefs.
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California Raises Age Of Tobacco Purchase To 21 And Tightens Vaping Rules

A package of tobacco bills signed into state law this week aims to cut the use of tobacco and e-cigarettes by adolescents and young adults, proponents say. Military personnel can still buy at age 18.
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Why Medical Error Is The Third Leading Cause Of Death In The U.S.

New research shows medical error is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., killing more than 250,000 people a year. Why there are so many mistakes, and what can be done to improve patient safety.

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