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Tie My Shoes, Please: How Persuasion Works

Scientists have long studied why some requests seem to be met with a yes while others get a no. Now, there's a new development: A study finds that asking for unusual favors can be very effective in getting people to comply.
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NASA Already Planning Meals For 2030 Mars Mission

Audie Cornish talks to Maya Cooper, research scientist at Lockheed Martin, about leading the new food menu for NASA's planned mission to Mars sometime in the 2030s.
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The U.S. Mission To Mars

In early August, the Mars rover named Curiosity is slated to enter the Martian atmosphere. It will travel 13,200 miles per hour and then stop within seven minutes for a landing on the planet's surface. Diane and her guests talk about their hopes and fears for the mission to Mars.

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Which Is Bigger: A Human Brain Or The Universe?

You can fly with me across vast distances, go to impossibly faraway places because you have the tool that lets you — that hunk of flesh in your head. But can the universe outwit us?
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The Humility And Determination Of Sally Ride

America's first woman in space inspired thousands of women and girls. Astronaut Sally Ride died Monday of pancreatic cancer. For more on Ride's life and legacy, host Michel Martin speaks with Ellen Ochoa, the first Hispanic American woman astronaut; and retired Air Force Colonel Pamela Melroy, a former NASA astronaut and the second woman to command a shuttle mission.
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Wallops Island Launches Test Rocket And Hopes For More

While some space enthusiasts are mourning the loss of NASA's shuttle program, engineers and scientists at Virginia's Wallops Island launch facility see a lot more voyages in their future.

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Bird Flu Researchers To Meet About Research Moratorium

The world's top influenza researchers agreed to a voluntary moratorium on working with contagious, lab-altered forms of a particularly worrisome form of bird flu back in January. The hold was supposed to last just 60 days. It's now been more than six months, and scientists don't agree on what should happen next.

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