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Five Men Agree To Stand Directly Under An Exploding Nuclear Bomb

The country was just beginning to worry about nuclear fallout, and the Air Force wanted to reassure people that it was OK to use atomic weapons. And so on July 19, 1957, five Air Force officers stood on a patch of ground in the Nevada desert and waited for the bomb to drop.

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Thieving Rodents Keep Circle Of Life Going For Trees

Big seeds generally need large animals to move them around. But scientists have discovered that small mammals can sometimes move these seeds significant distances. These mammals steal the seeds from each other multiple times, moving them far from where they fell. This helps plants take root in new places.
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With Funding Gone, Last Undersea Lab Could Surface

For nearly 20 years, the NOAA's Aquarius Reef Base has operated off Key Largo 60 feet underwater as the world's only undersea research station. The Obama administration has essentially killed its funding, and the staff is now working to find other money to keep the research station alive.
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Can Science Plant Brain Seeds That Make You Vote?

Politics has been a profession ruled by gut instinct, gurus and polls. But over the past 15 years, the primary method of scientific advance — the randomized controlled study — has been wheedling its way into politics. Bit by bit, it's challenging a lot of the conventional wisdom that dominates current political campaigns.
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Plugging In For A Better Night's Sleep

High-tech gadgets, like smartphones, keep us connected at all hours and are making it more difficult to get a good night's sleep. But several new smartphone apps claim to help users sleep better. New York Times health and fitness reporter Anahad O'Connor explains the science behind apps.
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Philip Houston and Michael Floyd: "Spy the Lie"

Two former CIA agents explain how the techniques they used to catch terrorists and spies can be applied in our daily lives. How to spot a lie and get people to tell you the truth.

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FDA Monitors Scientists' Critical Emails

The Food and Drug Administration has been secretly monitoring the emails of its scientists, who had expressed criticism of the agency's review process for approving medical devices. The New York Times reported the FDA captured thousands of private communications involving the scientists and members of Congress, their lawyers and even President Obama. Steve Inskeep talks with Times reporter Scott Shane, who co-reported the story.

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