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California's Strawberry Feud Ends, But Who Will Breed New Berries?

Strawberry farmers have dropped a lawsuit against the University of California, Davis, and the university has hired a new strawberry breeder. But the future of academic berry breeding is uncertain.
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Scientific Pros Weigh The Cons Of Messing With Earth's Thermostat

Studying techniques for engineering our way out of climate change would be helpful — and not the same as actually trying them, says a panel convened by the National Research Council.

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The Great Solar Panel Debate: To Lease Or To Buy?

More homeowners are cutting energy costs by installing solar panels, due in part to leasing programs that require no up-front investment. Leasing means less hassle, but may also save you less money.
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Shake, Rattle And Toll: Berkeley's Bells Play Sounds Of Earth

In celebration of its 100th anniversary, the bells of UC Berkeley's Sather Tower were programmed to play a score composed in real time by the data from seismic shifts happening under the campus.
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In West Africa, Fewer New Ebola Cases But Epidemic Still Uncontained

Robert Siegel speaks with Brice de le Vingne, director of operations dealing with the Ebola outbreak for Doctors without Borders.
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Harnessing The Immune System To Fight Cancer

Our immune systems constantly fight off disease — protecting us from colds, flu and infection. An experimental treatment called immunotherapy is helping patients' immune systems fight off cancer.
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16 Years After Its Inception, 'GoreSat' Set For Launch ... Soon

In 1998, then-Vice President Gore proposed the satellite, which has since been repurposed for NOAA's needs. It was set to take off Sunday, but the launch was scrubbed, and will be rescheduled.
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Medical Research And The End Of Privacy

Scientists can no longer guarantee privacy for patients donating tissue and DNA for medical research. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Jennifer Couzin-Frankel of Science Magazine.
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Birders Predict Another Snowy Owl 'Irruption'

In 2014, ornithologists documented record numbers of snowy owls wintering unusually far south. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Talkin' Birds host Ray Brown about this year's numbers.
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To Get Parents To Vaccinate Their Kids, Don't Ask. Just Tell

The way a pediatrician talks with nervous parents about vaccines may determine whether the child gets immunized or not, a study suggests. Asking "What do you want to do about shots?" doesn't work.

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