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No Assembly Required: IKEA To Sell Solar Panels In U.K.

The Swedish housewares retailer, which is already using renewable energy to power many of its own stores, says it wants to tap into a growing demand for solar.
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Is Living With Extreme Wildfires The New Normal?

The Yarnell Hill fire in Arizona was deadly in part because of the how close a highly flammable forest was to a community. The U.S. once faced a crisis with structural fires, but managed to change regulations to turn the trend around. Experts say it will take a renewed effort to take on this newer fire threat.
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But Can Your Smartphone Pick The Fastest Checkout Line?

Shoppers are increasingly distracted by their smartphones at the checkout lines, and as a result they're less likely to make impulse purchases on items like candy or magazines. Writer Jon Nathanson tells host Rachel Martin that this change in habit is prompting retailers to come up with new ways to grab shopper's attention.
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Babies Smell Delicious, Just Like A Cheeseburger

A baby's scent triggers the reward circuits in women's brains, the same circuits that light up when an addict gets drugs or you eat a juicy cheeseburger, according to a study co-authored by University of Montreal researcher Johannes Frasnelli. He explains to host Rachel Martin why people want to nibble on their infants.
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The Fragile, Invisible Connections Of The Natural World

From the TED Radio Hour, writer and environmentalist George Monbiot tells the story of what happened when wolves were re-introduced to Yellowstone National Park after a 70-year absence.
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After A Cancer Diagnosis: Palliative Care And The Evolution Of The Doctor-Patient Relationship

New advances in chemotherapy and personalized medicine have revolutionized cancer treatment. But they also raise difficult questions for patients, doctors and health systems.

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Why Brain Surgeons Want Help From A Maggot-Like Robot

While watching TV, a neurosurgeon got the idea for a robot that would help minimize collateral damage during operations to remove tumors. Now he and colleagues at the University of Maryland are making progress on a wormy robot that could be ready for testing in humans in a few years.
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UN Climate Change Report: Sea Level, Air Temperature To Rise

The United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change releases its latest assessment today. This is the fifth since 1990. The reports project the rate of global warming, sea level rise and other expected effects that result largely from our use of fossil fuels, which puts billions of additional tons of carbon dioxide into the air every year.
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Daniel Goleman: "Focus: The Hidden Driver Of Excellence"

New research shows that attention is the key to high achievement in many professions from business and sports to the arts. In an era of unstoppable distractions, staying focused may be what distinguishes experts from amateurs.

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Students Win Seed Money To Make Flour From Insects

The students plan to make the nutritious "power flour" with grasshoppers, weevils and caterpillars. Their goal is to make insect-based food products available year-round to people living in some of the world's poorest slums.

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