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How The Placebo Effect Could Boost An Olympic Performance

One athlete's "psych-up" ritual may psych out an opponent. And even treatments that lack hard evidence of benefit, scientists say, might provide a competitive edge if the athletes believe they work.
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In A Remote Vault In Norway, Repository Stores The World's Seeds

Cary Fowler, senior adviser to the Global Crop Diversity Trust, talks about a giant vault of millions of seeds stored away in an icy mountain in Norway. Fowler is the author of Seeds on Ice.
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How To Keep Your Coffee In Its Cup: The Claw Grip

What's the best method for holding a cup of coffee so it doesn't spill? NPR's Scott Simon learned that an overhand claw-like grip is best.
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Bird Myth Busters: Do Birds Fly To The Moon In Winter? And Other Unknowns

Do hummingbirds migrate on the backs of geese? And will rice thrown at weddings really make birds explode? Scott Simon gets to the bottom of some bird myths with Ray Brown, host of "Talkin' Birds."
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Astronomers Are On A Celestial Treasure Hunt. The Prize? Planet Nine

Earlier this year, a pair of scientists predicted the existence of a ninth planet based on computer modeling of the solar system. This fall, the race is on to be the first to spot it in a telescope.
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In The Pacific Northwest, Oil Train Derailment Highlights Potential Dangers

The number of trains carrying oil along the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington could dramatically increase. There's a plan to ship more oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota to a proposed oil terminal in southwest Washington state. An oil train derailment earlier this year has shown the potential danger faced by the region.
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The Colony-Killing Mistake Backyard Beekeepers Are Making

Bee experts warn that novices may be inadvertently putting their hives in danger by not keeping the mite population in check.
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Why Doctors Want A Computerized Assistant For Cancer Care

There's more information on genetic mutations and in the scientific literature than cancer doctors can process easily. Smart, fast computers might be able to help.
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Friday News Roundup - International

The UN says fighting in Aleppo, Syria, leaves 2 million residents without water. A suicide bomber in Pakistan targets lawyers, killing more than 70 people. And 50 Republican national security experts say Donald Trump puts the U.S. at risk. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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How To Cultivate Plants Using Just Water, Nutrients And A Steady Diet Of D.C. Punk

We've all heard that talking to plants helps them grow. But what about blasting them with punk rock? A new art project in D.C. tries it out.

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