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A Fight Over Vineyards Pits Redwoods Against Red Wine

Environmental groups in Northern California are suing to stop a winery from leveling 154 acres of coast redwoods and Douglas firs to make way for grapevines. As climate change heats up California's interior valley, the wine industry is creeping toward the coast, where majestic redwoods grow.
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'Bionic Man' To Creep Out Visitors At Air And Space Museum

The Smithonian Air and Space Museum is the temporary home of "The Incredible Bionic Man," a cyborg created by combining dozens of artifical organ and prosthetic limbs.

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The White Stuff: Are Oreos As Addictive As Cocaine?

With a new study comparing the addictive quality of Oreos to cocaine, Kojo looks at the science behind food addiction.

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With Shutdown Over, Scientists Assess the Damage

The U.S. government shutdown may be over, but J. Marshall Shepherd, president of the American Meteorological Society, says American science has suffered a lasting blow. He says the shutdown has delayed potentially life-saving research, weakened our international credibility, and signaled to youth that government science may not be a wise career option.
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Scratch 'N' Sniff Your Way To Wine Expertise ... Or At Least More Fun

Wine is a grocery, not a luxury. That's the premise behind a fun, new wine guide filled with charming illustrations and scratch 'n' sniffs. But don't let the playfulness fool you. There's some serious science in the book, which covers the full gamut of tasting with humor and a refreshing simplicity.
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Fossil Find Points To A Streamlined Human Lineage

Conventional wisdom about early human evolution is that several species arose in Africa. But a skull found in the former Soviet state of Georgia could upend this idea. The discovery suggests that there may have been more variety in a single species than previously suspected.
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Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep

While mice sleep, their brain cells shrink, allowing cerebrospinal fluid to flow easily around them. The fluid can then clear away toxins. This finding appears to offer the best explanation yet of why animals and people need sleep.
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Pucker Up, America: Beers Are Going Sour

A brew that has all the complexity of a wine and the zing of a Sour Patch Kid, these tangy beers are rising in popularity. And with few hops in them, they're a great option to try if you don't like bitter beers or prefer a pinot noir to a Pilsner.
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Fuel Efficiency Standards Live On After 1973 Oil Embargo

This is the 40th anniversary of the Arab Oil Embargo, which triggered a seven-year energy crisis. The results of the energy crisis are still with us — both in the political fault-lines in Washington and in the cars that are on our roads.
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Here's A Reason To Love Disco Again: Stopping Food Waste

Wednesday is World Food Day, an occasion meant to strengthen the commitment to end global hunger. Across Europe, activists are throwing disco soup parties to turn leftover food into delicious food to give to the hungry. And as the name suggests, there's music, too.

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