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Rising Shale Water Complicates Fracking Debate

Naturally polluted water from the Marcellus Shale can rise up through the natural-gas-rich rock formation to the surface. That means that water used in fracking potentially could, too. The water may be making its way up through natural fractures in the earth or old oil and gas wells.
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Why Silk May Be Added To Vaccines Someday

A protein in silk could help stabilize vaccines and medicines. Researchers at Tufts University have found a little bit of the protein can help preserve heat-sensitive medicines that usually require refrigeration.
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Tell the World Your Big Idea With NPR's 'What's Your Big Idea?' Video Contest

Do you have a good idea? Something that could change the world? NPR wants to know. Our new "What's Your Big Idea?" video contest will showcase the big ideas of people ages 13 to 25. It's all part of our exploration of the process of innovation and invention. So, what's your big idea?
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'Electrified Sheep' And Other Odd Experiments

In his new book Electrified Sheep, Alex Boese explores a colorful side of science, filled with bizarre experiments and eccentric scientists, like the surgeon who decided to operate on himself, and Benjamin Franklin, who gave mouth-to-beak resuscitation to a bird.
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How It Feels To Win A Bet Against Stephen Hawking

In a recent interview, world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking revealed that the apparent discovery of the Higgs boson particle cost him $100 in a bet to a fellow physics professor. Guest host David Greene speaks with professor Gordon Kane of the University of Michigan about what it feels like to outsmart arguably the world's smartest man.
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Weekend Special: Guess What? Sweat Is Not Smelly! (So Why Do I Smell?)

If I swipe a little sweat trickling down my leg and hold it to my nose, it smells fine. But if I take a swipe from my arm pit (or several other places I choose not to mention) it's very un-fine. Why the difference?
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NOAA: Just To Be Clear, Mermaids Do Not Exist

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced that there is no evidence that mermaids are real, after receiving several queries following the broadcast of an Animal Planet program called, Mermaids: The Body Found. Host Scott Simon explains.

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