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Families Isolated By Rare Genetic Conditions Find New Ways To Reach Out

A website that helps connect families of kids who have extremely rare genetic diseases with scientists — and with other families — is turning up new diagnoses, support and avenues of treatment.
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Using Algorithms To Catch The Sounds Of Endangered Frogs

Scientists are turning to big data to try to save California's state amphibian. They're using software to comb through hours of recordings to find the red-legged frogs that remain.
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The Search For Tastier Supermarket Tomatoes: A Tale In 3 Acts

Supermarket tomatoes have a terrible reputation. But the industry is evolving. More than half of supermarket tomatoes now are grown in greenhouses or "shade houses," and flavor is improving.
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Army's Smart Earplug Damps Explosive Noise, But Can Enhance Whispers

Many combatants return from the battlefield with hearing loss. The U.S. Army has begun deploying a "smart earplug" system that can protect hearing without blocking crucial sounds.
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Korea's Air Is Dirty, But It's Not All Close-Neighbor China's Fault

South Korea likes to point the finger at China for its pollution woes, but that's not the whole story. New research is examining how much Korean smog is caused by neighbors and how much is home-grown.
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Scientists Say They Hope To Create A Human Genome In The Lab

A synthetic version of the human genetic blueprint might used for a wide range of medical research, scientists say. But it's far from reality, and comes with big ethical and safety questions.
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Study Finds Dogs Were Domesticated Twice In Different Parts Of The World

A new study says dogs were domesticated in not one, but two places. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with one of the study's authors, Greger Larson, an archaeology professor at Oxford University.
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Women Held To Higher Ethical Standard Than Men, Study Shows

In a new study on gender and ethics, researchers found women receive harsher punishments than men for ethical violations at work.
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Solved: The Mystery Of The Bearded Chickens

Hip humans aren't the only ones growing outrageous facial hair. Some chickens do, too. And now, geneticists in China have discovered the cause.
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Insect Named For Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is Step Toward Equality Of The 6-Legged Sexes

A newly identified praying mantis species, Ilomantis ginsburgae, is named for the Supreme Court justice. The species is also — unusually — identified by traits specific to the female, not the male.

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