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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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Satellite Set To Stream Daily Images Of Earth From Space

In 1998, Al Gore proposed using a satellite and the Internet to let us all see the awe-inspiring view of Earth that wows space travelers. That satellite may finally launch later this year.
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Being With People Like You Offers Comfort Against Death's Chill

Iggy Ignatius bet that immigrants from India would long to live with other Indians in his Florida condos. He was right. Psychologists say intimations of mortality make us want to be with our own kind.
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What Microbes Lurk In The Subways Of New York? Mysteries Abound

Think expedition to the rain forest, but one where you'll need a MetroCard to get around. The microbial life of the New York subways turns out to be as rich, odd and confounding as the city itself.
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Outrage Over Government's Animal Experiments Leads To USDA Review

Lawmakers also introduced a bill to strengthen laws protecting farm animals used in research. Both moves come out of a New York Times investigation of animal suffering at a federal research center.
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Listeners To NPR: Why Don't We Track Planes Like We Do Ships?

Geoff Brumfiel, the physics guy on our science desk, helps us land on the right answer.
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Why Is Nearsightedness Skyrocketing Among Chinese Youth?

More than 80 percent of high school students in Shanghai are myopic. A new study finds a link between higher income and poor eyesight. But the root cause is still hotly debated.
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First Stars Fired Up 140 Million Years Later Than Previously Thought

New data collected from the European Space Agency's Planck telescope shows that the first starlight in the universe occurred about 560 million years after the Big Bang.
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FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg To Step Down

The head of the Food and Drug Administration has been on the job for six years and presided over such controversial decisions as relaxing age restrictions on the Plan B contraceptive.

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