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Fledgling NASA Nonprofit Starts To Lift Off

The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space was established to drum up interest in experiments by folks outside of NASA. The organization has had a rocky first year but now is starting to show what it can do.
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When Ice Cream Attacks: The Mystery Of Brain Freeze

Drink that Slurpee too fast, and you risk an attack of "brain freeze." Scientists are fascinated by the headaches caused by consuming cold things. But alas, they still don't know where ice cream headaches come from.
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A Parasite Carried By Cats Could Increase Suicide Risk

A study of more than 45,000 women in Denmark finds an association between suicide attempts and infection with a common parasite. The findings don't prove the parasite is the cause, but they add more evidence to a hypothesis that's been gaining momentum.
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Is The Hunt For The 'God Particle' Finally Over?

The buzz is that on July 4, scientists may announce they're closing in on the elusive Higgs boson particle. The quest for the so-called "God particle" has gone on for decades; physicists say its existence is necessary to explain key information about our universe.
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A 'Land Hurricane' Strikes States From Midwest To East; New Storms Predicted

A huge system of thunderstorms called a derecho plows through several midwestern and southern states, killing several people, causing heavy damage and cutting electricity to millions. More bad weather is predicted.
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Ahead Of Alaska Drilling, Shell Practices Cleaning Up

Royal Dutch Shell could drill several exploratory oil wells into the waters off the north shore of Alaska this summer. The potential prize is huge, but so is the risk, should there be an oil spill in the pristine and remote region. So Shell is recruiting locals and training them to confront oil in icy waters.
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The Trickiness Of Tracking Severe Weather

Weekends on All Things Considered guest host Laura Sullivan talks with Heidi Cullen, chief climatologist at Climate Central, a non-profit science journalism organization in Princeton, New Jersey. They discuss wildfires and extreme heat in the Midwest this week and how these climate conditions are tracked by Earth-observing satellites.

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