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Another Election?! Relax, This One's To Name A Baby Panda

The Smithsonian's National Zoo has proposed five possible names for the female cub born this summer. Voting is already underway.
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Forget Barley And Hops: Craft Brewers Want A Taste Of Place

Craft brewers around the country are making beers with foraged seeds, roots, fruits and fungi from their backyards and backwoods. It's a challenge to the placelessness of mainstream brewers, who mostly use the same ingredients grown in the same places — barley from the Great Plains and hops from the Pacific Northwest.
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How Pictures Of Infant Boy's Eyes Helped Diagnose Cancer

A research chemist applied his analytical smarts to his son's eye cancer. By analyzing family photos starting with some taken just a few days after birth, the dad found that signs of retinoblastoma, a rare eye cancer, could be detected quite early.
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Thanks To Parasites, Moose Are Looking More Like Ghosts

Parts of the U.S. and Canada have seen a rapid decline in moose populations that may be linked to climate change. And, scientists and hunters warn, those declines have often been accompanied by a surge of infestations of the winter tick.
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Study Says 40 Billion Planets In Our Galaxy Could Support Life

A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds that roughly 1 in 5 stars, like our own sun, have an Earth-like planet orbiting around it. That's about 40 billion planets that could support life in the Milky Way galaxy. Melissa Block talks to co-author Geoff Marcy, an astronomy professor at the University of California-Berkeley, about the latest numbers.
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Why India's Mars Mission Is So Much Cheaper Than NASA's

India launched its first-ever probe to the red planet on Tuesday at a cost of one-tenth what NASA is expected to pay for its latest Mars mission.
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Environmental Outlook: Dan Fagin: "Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation" (Rebroadcast)

For two generations, chemical companies in Toms River, N.J., dumped toxic waste. For this month’s Environmental Outlook, Diane and her guest discuss the life of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution.

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Galaxy Quest: Just How Many Earth-Like Planets Are Out There?

About 22 percent of sun-like stars in our galaxy may have planets orbiting them that are about the size of Earth and bathed in similar amounts of sunlight, according to a new analysis of data from the Kepler Space Telescope.
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Childhood Maltreatment Can Leave Scars In The Brain

Brain scans may help people who were ill treated as children realize that they process fear differently than others. They may have a harder time realizing what's truly a threat and what's not. Researchers say that can lead to increased risk of anxiety and depression.
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How To Levitate A Sandwich: 'Modern Cuisine' Spills Photo Secrets

A ham and cheese sandwich floats in midair. A Weber grill is sliced in half to expose a burger sizzling inside. The Photography of Modern Cuisine is both a visual feast and a practical guide to food photography.

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