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Home-Brewed Morphine Is Around The Corner

What if microbes could ferment sugar into narcotics, like the way yeasts make beer? That day is quickly approaching. This week scientists report all the steps needed to make morphine in yeast.
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As States Ready Disaster Plans, Feds Urge Them To Consider Climate Change

Several U.S. senators are accusing the Federal Emergency Management Agency of injecting "unnecessary, ideological-based red tape" into the disaster-preparedness process.
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Eyes In The Sky: Foam Drones Keep Watch On Rain Forest Trees

The autopilot toy planes, equipped with cameras, help conservationists detect illegal logging and mining earlier in the remote parts of the Amazon basin.
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Plan Bee: White House Unveils Strategy To Protect Pollinators

The national strategy addresses the alarming decline in honeybee populations. It calls for more bee habitat and more research into ways to protect bees from disease and pesticides.
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They're Going Door To Door In The Amazon To See Why People Get Sick

In one of the most remote parts of the Peruvian Amazon, researchers are in the midst of an extensive health census. The study could be key to figuring out the impact of mercury used in illegal mining.
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Urban Farmers Say It's Time They Got Their Own Research Farms

The University of the District of Columbia is the one land-grant university in the U.S. with an urban focus. It's leading research on growing food in raised beds, hoop houses and shipping containers.
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Does A Foreign Accent Mess Up Our Memory Of What's Said?

It can be hard to decipher what a non-native speaker is saying. But that might not always be a bad thing when it comes to understanding or remembering, scientists say.
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How TV Show Finales Affect The Stock Market

An economist in the United Kingdom looked at how 150 TV series finales affected the U.S. stock market. He observed a decrease in stock returns on the following trading day.
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Learning To Live With A Void In Her Brain In 'Head Case'

Cole Cohen struggled with math, keeping time, getting lost. Eventually she found out she had a hole in her brain the size of a lemon. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Cole about her new memoir, Head Case.
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Who Did This To Peru's Jungle?

When the price of gold skyrocketed, illegal miners flooded into the country's Amazon basin, eager to find even the tiniest bits of the precious metal. Trees and villagers have paid a price.

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