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Why Is It Hard To Predict A Hurricane's Intensity?

Melissa Block speaks with Hugh Willoughby, meteorology and research professor at Florida International University, about why it is so hard to predict the intensity of hurricanes. He says it's much easier to make a good prediction about where a storm will go than it is to predict how strong it will be. He says one thing that will make hurricane predictions better in the future is the steady march toward more powerful computers.
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Irene Causes Widespread Flooding In Northeast

Irene had lost a lot of power when it hit New England as a tropical storm, but that didn't keep it from packing a punch. Roads and bridges were destroyed in Vermont. And in neighboring New York, a dam gave way, flooding homes and businesses downstream.
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NASA: International Space Station May Have To Go Unmanned

After a Russian supply ship exploded last week, there are worries that there will be no way to get new astronauts to the station. By late November, the station may have to operate without a crew.
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Hurricane Pours Over East Coast; More To Come

Overnight, Hurricane Irene pounded the East Coast from North Carolina to New Jersey. The National Hurricane Center reports there will still be heavy winds and rain for the remainder of the day, although the storm is weakening. As many as 3 million people are without power. Guest host John Ydstie and NPR's Joe Palca discuss the causes and aftereffects of Hurricane Irene.
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Think You're An Auditory Or Visual Learner? Scientists Say It's Unlikely

Researchers say there's no evidence to support the widely held belief that there are distinct visual, auditory and kinetic learning styles. Though an industry has sprung up around the idea, psychologists recommend other approaches to help kids retain information.
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Big-Box Stores' Hurricane Prep Starts Early

Retailers such as Walmart and Home Depot have turned hurricane preparation into a science — one that government emergency agencies have begun to embrace. They've deployed hundreds of trucks carrying everything from plywood to Pop-Tarts to stores in the storm's path.
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Mosquito Research Feels Bite Of Budget Cuts

State laboratories around the country are testing mosquitoes to warn people about the presence of West Nile virus, but funding cuts at the federal and state levels are threatening some of those labs.
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New Buoy Seeks To Boost Security

The Navy is testing a new kind of surveillance technology on the front lines of homeland security in our area. On a narrow stretch of the Potomac between Maryland and Virginia, there's a quiet sentinel looking out for our safety.

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NASA To Send Experimental Rockets Into Orbit

A day after launching its last shuttle into space from Cape Canaveral, Florida -- NASA hopes to send experimental rockets into orbit from Virginia's Eastern shore.

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