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Max Planck Goes To Florida, Invites Brain Scientists To Join

Germany's famous Max Planck Society has opened a brain research institute in Jupiter, Fla. It's another move in the international competition to attract the best brain researchers.

The Lime Shortage: Still Messing With Your Margarita

Several factors are straining lime production in Mexico, from heavy rains to a disease infecting trees. But criminal gangs are adding to the high prices by stealing from orchards and hijacking trucks.

Computer Game Eyewire Aides Scientist Mapping Eye Nerve Cells

MIT scientist Sebastien Seung at MIT invented the game to help him make a map of the cells in the mammalian retina. A year later, he says the game is producing valuable science.

Climate Change Warming Up Business In The Arctic

Climate change has caused rapidly melting ice and thawing permafrost in the Arctic. Once inhospitable to business ventures, economic forecasters are now predicting some $100 billion will be invested there over the next decade. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Isaac Arnsdorf of Bloomberg about the boom.
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UVA Professor Waxes Scientific On Sports

At the Verizon Center, physics professor Lou Bloomfield has been bringing his unique take on "How Things Work" to the fastest game on earth.


Listen To These Lovely Cats. No, Actually, Don't

They are so sleek, so graceful, with such gorgeous eyes, tufted ears — but then they speak. And you think, "Oh no! Why? Why?"

Playing Matchmaker To Empty Jobs And Those Seeking Them

Hundreds of thousands are out of work, yet employers say they struggle to fill positions. Oil refineries in L.A. often have temporary work, but even entry-level jobs require specialized training.

Organic Farming Factions Spat Over Synthetic Substances

There's a long list of pesky exceptions to the rules organic farmers have to follow for using pesticides and fertilizers. This week, a battle erupted over those exceptions.

How A Pan, A Lamp And A Little Bit Of Water Can Trap A Stink Bug

It's stink bug season. Robbie Harris of WVTF offers a new trap for these odorous pests: a low-tech solution thought up by Virginia Tech scientists, which can be made for just a couple of bucks.

Rock-Paper-Scissors Strategy Could Be More Than Mere Child's Play

Scientists have found that the game is less random than it appears because winners tend to replay their winning choice and losers try something else — but according to a predictable pattern.