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Peter Stone Can't Get Enough Of Robots Playing Soccer

Computer scientist Peter Stone has taken his passion for soccer into the lab. He's developing robots that can play soccer. The work requires expertise in computer vision, robotics and understanding about how autonomous agents work together.
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First Land-Walking Fish Looks Like It Had 'All-Wheel Drive'

Fossils of Tiktaalik, which lived some 375 million years ago and is believed to be the first fish that walked on land, had more robust hindquarters than previously known.
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Spinach Dinosaurs To Sugar Diamonds: 3-D Printers Hit The Kitchen

Pizza printed up for dinner? Or how about an edible photograph for your next birthday cake? The first restaurant-grade approved 3-D printer was unveiled last week, and the gadget can churn out candies in any shape imaginable. Other printers in the works make custom-shaped pastas and assemble ravioli and gnocchi.
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Mysteries Persist Surrounding West Virginia Chemical Spill

West Virginia officials told residents Monday to flush out their home water systems before using the tap water again. Tests at the affected water treatment plant show almost no contamination. However, some toxicologists say, the spill shows how little is known about many chemicals in common use.
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Researchers Turn Attention To Virginia Earthquakes

Virginia has been the site of more than 400 earthquakes since the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that struck in 2011, and researchers are doing a study to find out more.

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California's Pot Farms Could Leave Salmon Runs Truly Smoked

Marijuana cultivation is booming along the state's North Coast. But these plantations, critics say, guzzle enormous amounts of water while also spilling pesticides and fertilizers into waterways that are important sources of the West Coast's salmon species.
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Rare Scottish Bird Reveals Its Long-Secret Winter Home

Think you have a long commute? Well it's probably nothing compared to the red-necked phalarope's. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Malcie Smith of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds about their record-breaking migration and how scientists tracked the tiny birds.
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Wearable Sensor Turns Color-Blind Man Into 'Cyborg'

Wearable devices were all the rage at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, from smart watches to Google Glass. NPR's Scott Simon talks to someone who has gone beyond wearable technology. Artist Neil Harbisson calls himself a cyborg. The co-founder of the Cyborg Foundation considers the device that he wears to correct color blindness to be an integral part of his body.
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Scott Stossel: "My Age Of Anxiety"

Atlantic magazine editor Scott Stossel's new book explores his own acute anxiety disorders and attempts at treatment, as well as the fascinating science and history behind these psychological conditions.

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Dying Stars Write Their Own Swan Songs

Astronomy professor Alicia Soderberg is turning the final moments of stars into music. In doing so, she's learning just how different the supernova explosions can be.

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