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The Cicadas Are Coming! Crowdsourcing An Underground Movement

WNYC is asking "armchair scientists, lovers of nature and DIY makers" for their help to predict this year's cicada emergence in the Northeast. The bugs have been underground for the past 17 years.
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Coal And Coral: Australia's Self-Destructive Paradox

The city of Gladstone is the world's fourth largest coal-export hub. It's also a jumping off point to the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. But coal mining could eventually kill the reef that Australians revere.
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Bringing Animals Back From Extinction

Scientists may soon be able to bring back certain animals that are extinct. But should they? We explore the science and ethics of de-extinction.

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Scientists Use Antacid To Help Measure The Rate Of Reef Growth

There's some evidence that carbon dioxide we pump into the atmosphere has slowed the development of coral reefs. So researchers are adding antacid to the water in a tiny part of the Great Barrier Reef, to see whether the corals will grow faster if their water supply is less acidic.
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Mosh Pit Math: Physicists Analyze Rowdy Crowd

At a heavy metal concert five years ago, physicist Jesse Silverberg had a "eureka" moment: The jumping, raucous fans at the show seemed to be moving about like molecules in the air we breathe. So he and friend Matt Bierbaum set out to understand the patterns within mosh pit motion.
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Cosmos Might Be A Few Million Years Older Than Advertised

European scientists say new data from the Planck probe show that the universe is 13.82 billion years old instead of 13.77 billion, as previously thought.
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Dunking Science: Do Cookies Really Taste Better Dipped In Tea?

With a high-tech gadget, scientists can measure how much flavor is released from foods while we're eating. One British chef uses the device to figure out why we love to dip biscuits into tea. A quick plunge really does make the cookie yummier.
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Stepping Inside The 'NanoFab'

The NanoFab facility in Gaithersburg, Md. houses multi-million dollar pieces of equipment, which scientists can rent to perform experiments on an atomic scale.

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