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Most Of Us Just Can't Taste The Nuances In High-Priced Wines

Do you buy that $100 Malbec, or will the $15 bottle fit the bill just as nicely? New research suggests your biology may help determine whether you can really taste a difference.
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New Prize Aims To Become 'Nobel' Of Engineering

The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering is a new award created with hopes to breathe new life into the field. One million British pounds will be awarded every two years for an engineering achievement deemed to have great benefit to humanity. Nominations for the prize opened last week. Robert Siegel talks to Lord Browne of Madingley, the former president of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the force behind the award.
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Sustainable Sushi: See The Video. But Don't Eat The Eel

Can sushi be sustainable? Yes, says one Oregon restaurant. It's selling that message in a popular new video. But most sushi purveyors aren't on the sustainability bandwagon.
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Our Brains, Betrayed By Political Flip-Flops

The human brain craves predictability, according to neuroscientists, and when politicians appear to flip-flop, our brains don't like it. Often, we feel betrayed. NPR science correspondents Jon Hamilton, Alix Spiegel and Shankar Vedantam talk about why we're hard-wired to appreciate consistency.
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Habits: How They Form And How To Break Them

Every habit-forming activity follows the same behavioral and neurological patterns, says New York Times business writer Charles Duhigg. His new book The Power of Habit explores the science behind why we do what we do — and how companies are working to use our habits to market products to us.
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Smithsonian Partners With NASA To Welcome Discovery

The Smithsonian Institution is working with NASA to plan a four-day festival next month to welcome space shuttle Discovery to its collection.

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Inconsistency: The Real Hobgoblin

Why are politicians and those of us who vote for them so obsessed with inconsistency? We take that question on from three angles: how our brains are wired; the psychology of judging what's consistent; and how consistency plays out in leadership styles.
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Pet Therapy: How Animals And Humans Heal Each Other

Dogs, cats birds, fish and even horses are increasingly being used in settings ranging from hospitals and nursing homes to schools, jails and mental institutions.

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Meteorite Hunter Scours The Ground For Bits Of Sky

Every so often, pieces of heaven crash into Earth, and Ruben Garcia is looking for them. Aboard his trusty Jeep, the meteorite hunter rides the Arizona landscape, searching for space rocks with a magnetic golf club.

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