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Latest MacArthur Geniuses Include Sound Savior

Experimental physicist Carl Haber is among 24 people receiving $625,000 awards for their work. He heard on NPR that historic recordings were in danger of being lost. Using techniques that allow scientists to track atomic particles, he developed a way to preserve those sounds.
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Wild Weather Tied To Unusual Jet Stream Activity

The usually well-behaved ribbon of high winds that runs eastward across North America has wandered all over the place recently, and even split in two. That's caused a whole host of extreme weather in the Northern Hemisphere, including the recent rains in Colorado, bitter cold in Florida and a heat wave in Alaska.
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E-Readers Make Reading Easier For People Who Are Dyslexic

A study shows that e-readers help people with dyslexia comprehend text.
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Quake In Central Pakistan Makes New Island

A large earthquake shook a remote part of central Pakistan Tuesday, and so far local authorities have only reported a few dozen fatalities so far. But according to estimates by the U.S. Geological Survey, the death toll could be far higher. The quake also gave rise to a mysterious island off the coast of Pakistan. The island was likely created by frozen methane that was shaken loose by the shaking. It pushed its way to the surface and created a muddy piece of land that will soon be washed away.
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Global Love Of Bananas May Be Hurting Costa Rica's Crocodiles

Bananas are the most popular fruit in America, and demand is growing worldwide, too. But growing bananas requires a lot of pesticides. And a new study shows that some of those chemicals are ending up in caimans living downstream from banana plantations in Costa Rica, where many of the bananas that Americans eat are grown.
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How Many Scientists Does It Take To Write A Climate Report?

Scientists are about to deliver another major assessment of climate change. The report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change involved hundreds of scientists from around the world and has left some of them wondering whether there's a more effective way to put the document together.
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Raising Tastier Sea Urchins For Foodies And The Environment

A scientist in Birmingham, Ala., is trying to help overharvested sea urchins, considered a delicacy in many parts of the world, find their way back to a restaurant near you. He's developed an urchin farm to help grow them more sustainably and a special feed that gives them a sweet umami taste.
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Could Detectives Use Microbes To Solve Murders?

Long after we die, many of the microscopic creatures living in and on us continue to thrive. In field experiments, forensic scientists are tracking changes in communities of microbes on human remains that could one day serve as clues.
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Don't Try To Clean That Messy Desk

Writer and astrophysicist Adam Frank says: Make friends with science, and the ordinary, everyday stuff will transform into the extraordinary. Now look around you — the mail, the kids' toys, the mess on your desk, the constant daily chaos? It's inevitable, and science proves it.
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The Man Who Gets The Science Right On 'The Big Bang Theory'

NPR's Neda Ulaby talks to David Saltzberg, the scientist who makes sure that all those equations splashed all over CBS's hugely popular The Big Bang Theory make sense. He also helps create realistic dialogue, and he even wrote a joke once.

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