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Warming Arctic May Be Causing Jet Stream To Lose Its Way

Rutgers professor Jennifer Francis says the warming polar air is causing the jet stream to meander, slowing down the march of weather systems across the northern latitudes.
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Scientists Discover Universe's Oldest Star

The star is 4 billion years older than any other found to date. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Timothy Beers of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory in Arizona.
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Floods or Family Conflict? Bad Dreams Differ By Gender

Men's nightmares tend toward the catastrophic, while women often have bad dreams about interpersonal relationships, according to a new study. Why the difference? NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Antonio Zadra, a researcher at the University of Montreal.
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No Rest For The Snow-Weary: Northeast Braces For Round 2

Maine could get a foot and a half of snow, while Massachusetts and Connecticut could see an additional 12 inches on top of what's already still on the ground.
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Mars 'Jelly Doughnut' Mystery Solved: It's Just A Rock, NASA Says

The strange red-and-white object that intrigued Mars enthusiasts for weeks turns out to be just a piece of Mars rock chipped off by the Opportunity rover.
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Performance Drinks Pour Liquid Fuel Into Olympic Athletes

Olympic athletes burn huge numbers of calories. NPR's Scott Simon talks to nutritionist Dr. Nanna Meyer about what elite athletes drink to recover from their high-intensity workouts.
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1 In 4 Americans Thinks The Sun Goes Around The Earth, Survey Says

Twenty-six percent in a survey of 2,200 people conducted in 2012 answered that the Sun revolves around the Earth, and fewer than half correctly answered a question about human origins.
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NASA's On Alert For Big Scary Asteroids. What About Smaller Ones?

NASA has reactivated a mothballed spacecraft to look for big objects that might strike Earth. It's part of an increased effort to find potential hazards — but some scientists sizing up the sky think we should try harder.
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Illegal, Remote Pot Farms In California Poisoning Rare Wildlife

Weasel-like fishers, spotted owls and other small predators have become collateral damage as illegal marijuana growers push deep into remote forests of Northern California. Biologists warn that the heavy use of insecticide and rat poison to protect crops is pushing some wildlife species to the edge.
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The Myth About Mollusks: Are Oysters Aphrodisiacs?

Scientists have made some attempts to link mollusks to increased libido. There's even evidence that consuming heavy doses of the amino acids found in oysters can increase sperm count. But do any of these findings actually prove that oysters can — ahem — amp up arousal? Not so much.

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