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Hey-Diddle, A Fiddle And A Moon-Jumping Cow? NPR Moos Investigates

For Cow Week, NPR's Wade Goodwyn blows the lid off of a children's nursery rhyme. He talks to Modern Farmer correspondent Tyler LeBlanc about whether a cow could jump over the moon.
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How Do You Catch Ebola: By Air, Sweat Or Water?

Americans have many questions — and misconceptions — about the deadly virus that's rapidly spreading in West Africa. We asked two scientists to explain more about how Ebola is transmitted.
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What Makes A Star Starry? Is It Me?

Draw a planet (a circle, right?). Now draw a star (a pointy thing, yes?). Now ask yourself, aren't stars all round? Our sun is. So why do we make them pointy? Come learn the answer.
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Solar Flare Could Trigger Auroras Tonight For Northern U.S.

The X-class Coronal Mass Ejection, or CME, that erupted on the sun on Wednesday is not expected to cause major disruptions to the electrical grid or communications.
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Scientists Name Swamp-Creature Fossil After Mick Jagger

They discovered signs of a water nymph that lived 19 million years ago. It's called Jaggermeryx naida because in imagining this creature, they were reminded of Jagger by its "mobile and tactile lips."
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Crocodile Meets Godzilla — A Swimming Dino Bigger Than T. Rex

It roamed land and sea and snacked on giant fish. The first few spinosaurus bones were discovered a century ago, but destroyed in WWII. A more complete, second specimen reveals a terrifying predator.
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SeaWorld Hopes New Orca Habitats Will Stem A Tide Of Criticism

The theme park says a 2013 documentary critical of its captive orca attraction has hurt its bottom line. Now, it's pushing back with a social media campaign and plans for new habitats for its whales.
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Fossil Of 'Jaggermeryx' Found Namesake In Another Stone

Scientists have named an extinct pig-like creature with big lips after Mick Jagger. Their findings will be published in the September issue of the Journal of Paleontology.
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Some Things You Can Do In Your Sleep, Literally

For those who think there are not enough hours in the day, researchers may have just offered you a solution. The brain can continue tasks even while asleep, a study finds. Texting not included, alas.
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Why The U.S. Chills Its Eggs And Most Of The World Doesn't

In many countries, eggs aren't refrigerated and they're still considered safe to eat. But in the U.S., we have to chill them, because we've washed away the cuticle that protects them from bacteria.

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