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Vegetables Respond to a Daily Clock, Even After Harvest

Vegetables plucked from grocery store shelves can be made to respond to patterns of light and darkness, according to a report in the journal Current Biology. Janet Braam and colleagues found that cabbages change their levels of phytonutrients throughout a daily cycle.
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Beaming Internet to the Boondocks, Via Balloon

Rather than relying on cell towers, phone lines, or fiber optics, Google plans to beam 3G-speed Internet to the world's most inaccessible corners using helium balloons. The experiment is called "Project Loon." Leader Mike Cassidy talks about the project's first step: providing balloon Internet to New Zealand and the 40th parallel south.
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Supermoon To Dominate Weekend Sky

The full moon will be at its closest to the Earth all year, making it appear 14 percent to 30 percent brighter than normal.
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A Calculating Win for China's New Supercomputer

China's "Tianhe-2" (Milky Way 2) supercomputer took first place in one recent speed test, clocking in at 30 quadrillion calculations per second--about twice as fast as the best American machines. The U.S. still has more supercomputers than any other nation, but some experts say computer speed is a measure of a country's scientific innovation, and worry the U.S. is lagging behind.
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Miami Wins Back-To-Back NBA Championships, James MVP

The Miami Heat beat the San Antonio Spurs 95-to-88 in Game 7 of the series Thursday night in Miami. LeBron James, who was chosen MVP, had 37 points and 12 rebounds.
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NASA's 'IRIS' Project Looks to Reveal Sun's Secrets

NASA is launching a mission on June 26 to study the mysterious "interface region" of the sun.

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Singapore Endures Record Smog

The choking haze that's enveloped the city state is being caused by brush fires in Indonesia, and Singapore's premier says it could last for weeks.
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Virginia Farmers Worry Over New Invasive Insect

An invasive bug from Asia is wreaking havoc in several southern states — and is now spreading into Virginia.

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This Week On Metro Connection: Feeling The Heat

We'll kick off the start of summer with our annual "Feeling the Heat" show.

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What Makes Rituals Special? Join Us For A Google+ Conversation

From savoring a morning coffee to lighting a candle each night, people employ rituals all over the world. NPR science correspondent Shankar Vedantam speaks with behavior scientist Francesca Gino and Slate columnist William Saletan about the role of rituals in human life.

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