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Videos On End-Of-Life Choices Ease Tough Conversation

A program in Hawaii aims to reduce the number of older people who spend their final days of life in a hospital. Hawaii has one of the highest rates of hospital deaths for those over age 65 in the U.S.
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Astronaut Twins To Separate For The Sake Of Space Travel

Astronaut Scott Kelly has arrived at the International Space Station on a yearlong mission. He and Mark Kelly, his twin and fellow NASA astronaut, will take part in experiments comparing their health.
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Birder Finds Panama Packed With Species, But No Harpy Eagles

There are more species of birds in Panama than all of North America. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Ray Brown, host of the radio program Talkin' Birds, who just returned from the country.
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A Day's A Day The World Around — But Shorter On Saturn

Researchers have finally determined the length of a day on the ringed planet (gas shrouds any landmarks, so it was tough). Precision matters: A faster spin influences the speed of surface winds.
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Indiana's HIV Spike Prompts New Calls For Needle Exchanges Statewide

Southeastern Indiana is battling an HIV outbreak. The new cases are mostly linked to injection drug use and have reignited a debate over needle exchanges, which are currently illegal in the state.
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Calif. Governor Can't Make It Rain, But Can Make Relief Money Pour

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed his sweeping $1.1 billion emergency drought relief bill Friday. It funds water infrastructure improvements like flood control and aid for farmworkers.
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Is There Any Way To Screen The World's Pilots For Suicidal Tendencies?

There are questionnaires that aim to identify people at risk of killing themselves. But the tests are flawed — and it's not at all clear they'd be effective in assessing the mental state of pilots.
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NASA To Study A Twin In Space And His Brother On Earth

During astronaut Scott Kelly's year in space, scientists will compare his physiology with that of his twin brother, Mark, to study the effect of prolonged space flight on the human body.
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Official Report: Nuclear Waste Accident Caused By Wrong Cat Litter

An official investigation into a 2014 accident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has concluded that cat litter is the culprit. Organic material in the litter caused a drum to burst.
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Big Shelves Of Antarctic Ice Melting Faster Than Scientists Thought

The rate at which the ice is shrinking at the ocean's edge in the West Antarctic has increased by 70 percent over the past decade, an analysis of satellite measurements suggests.

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