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Wastewater Wells, Geothermal Power Triggering Earthquakes

Pumping industrial wastewater into storage wells deep underground can prime nearby faults for an earthquake. And studies show that a large quake — even one on the other side of the planet — can also push faults over the edge and set off a swarm of mini-earthquakes.
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True, Blue Planet Found Orbiting Nearby Star

Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have 'seen' the deep blue of an alien world, but it's nothing like Earth.
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Study: Whites Think Black People Feel Less Pain

Racial disparities exist, but what causes them can be complicated. Harvard anthropology student Jason Silverstein says it has to do with a lack of empathy. Host Michel Michel Martin talks with Silverstein about a Slate article he wrote titled, 'I Don't Feel Your Pain.'
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The Man Who Predicted Google Glass Forecasts The Near Future

More than 20 years ago, science fiction writer David Brin wrote about "Tru-Vu" goggles, used to surveil and record. It's not unlike Google Glass, which is available to testers today. Brin offers his predictions about how this technology will play out in the next decade.
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Saving One Species At The Expense Of Another

In Montana's Centennial Valley, conservationists made a grievous mistake while trying to save the trumpeter swan — they nearly wiped out Arctic grayling trout. Now they're looking for ways to make sure both species get a place on the ark.
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The Science Of Twinkies: How Do They Last So Darned Long?

When Twinkies hit the stores again on July 15, their shelf life will be nearly twice as long as it used to be: 45 days. (We were surprised it wasn't longer.) There's a whole lot of food science employed to help the creme-filled cake defy the laws of baked-good longevity.
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Report: Upside-Down Sensors Toppled Russian Rocket

The "angular velocity sensors" were a critical part of the circuitry that was supposed to keep the rocket upright during launch. A young technician got the installation wrong, according to the site Russian Space Web.
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When Choirs Sing, Many Hearts Beat As One

When members of a choir sing, their heart rates quickly become synchronized, beating in the same rhythm. Researchers think this may be why singing together is a key part of religious rituals around the world, and such a joy for the singers.
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Do Diet Drinks Mess Up Metabolisms?

A body of evidence suggests artificial sweeteners — most often consumed in diet drinks — could raise the risk of weight gain and type 2 diabetes. Some researchers think that artificial sugar may confuse the body.
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In Montana Wilds, An Unlikely Alliance To Save The Sage Grouse

The chicken-size sage grouse is as much a part of America's Western range as antelopes and cowboys. The birds nest beneath sagebrush, and as it disappears, so do the grouse. Biologists hope to protect the bird without starting a 21st century range war.

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