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Sun Goes Down. Up Comes A Mystery

A child's question and an old paradox: If the sky is filled with stars, why is it dark at night? Physicists say the answer lies in those deep dark spaces between stars — evidence of our expanding universe.
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Making 'The Science Of Good Cooking' Look Easy

Forget the room-temperature eggs and the tenderizing meat with a marinade, America's Test Kitchen host Chris Kimball tells Morning Edition. A little bit of science goes a long way in the kitchen, he says.
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Study Connects Chocolate Eating To Nobel Prizes

In the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Franz Messerli of St Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital has published a study that shows a significant correlation between a nation's per capita chocolate consumption and the rate of Nobel Prizes awarded to its citizens. Robert Siegel summarizes the findings.
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How Cellphones Helped Researchers Track Malaria In Kenya

By tracking nearly 15 million cellphones in Kenya, scientists mapped out how malaria spreads through the Texas-sized country. The findings pinpoint areas where efforts to control malaria would be the most effective. One day, the data may help guide alert systems for phones that remind travelers to use bed nets.
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100 Years Ago, Maillard Taught Us Why Our Food Tastes Better Cooked

The French know how to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of how cooking changes the taste, texture and color of food. Hundreds of scientists gathered recently near the village where Louis-Camille Maillard was born to honor him.
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Bioethicists Call For Privacy Protections For Personal Genomes

A sample of saliva taken from a coffee cup can reveal someone's genes, for better and for worse. Now bioethicists are recommending privacy protections as the age of cheap, fast genome sequences unfolds.
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Why Foods Go Together Like 'Rama Lama Lama, Ke Ding A De Dinga Dong'

Red meat and red wine are the yin and yang of the food world. They're opposites, scientifically speaking. That's why they and other common combos make such a great pair.
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Software Calculates City-Specific Carbon Footprint

Reducing carbon dioxide emissions is tough if you don't know exactly where those gases are coming from. Scientists at Arizona State University have invented a new way to pinpoint those sources — down to individual buildings and highways.

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