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Seeing One Solar Eclipse May Not Be Enough

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 15:18:00 -0500

David Baron, author of the new book American Eclipse, talks about how seeing his first total solar eclipse turned him into an eclipse chaser.    

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Solar Eclipse in 1097 May Be Rock Carving Subject

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:00:00 -0500

A petroglyph spotted in Chaco Canyon may depict a total solar eclipse witnessed by the Pueblo people.  

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Social Media Sites Can Profile Your Contacts

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:21:00 -0500

Why you should think twice before you give an app access to your phone’s address book.    

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"Textalyzer" Aims at Deadly Distracted Driving

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:20:00 -0500

A new device promises to tell police when a driver has been sending messages while behind the wheel, but is it legal? Larry Greenemeier reports.

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Climate Change Fires Up Polar Bear Treadmill

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 19:15:00 -0500

Sea ice is drifting faster in the Arctic—which means polar bears need to walk farther to stay in their native range. Emily Schwing reports.

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No Bull: Lizards Flee When They See Red

Wed, 9 Aug 2017 14:15:00 -0500

Western fence lizards are more spooked by red and gray shirts than they are by blue ones—perhaps because the males have blue bellies themselves. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Celebrities Tweet Like Bots

Sat, 5 Aug 2017 23:10:00 -0500

Celebrity Twitter accounts look a lot like Twitter bots: They tweet regularly, follow relatively few people, and upload a lot of content. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

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Cold Snap Shapes Lizard Survivors

Thu, 3 Aug 2017 14:01:00 -0500

An epic bout of cold weather quickly altered a population of lizards—an example of natural selection in action. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Mediterranean Diet Works--for Upper Crust

Tue, 1 Aug 2017 20:50:00 -0500

Italians who stuck closely to the heart-healthy diet had fewer heart attacks and strokes—but only if they were well-off and/or college educated. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Screams Heard Round the Animal World

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 19:00:00 -0500

Humans appear well equipped to recognize the alarm calls of other animals—perhaps because sounds of distress tend to have higher frequencies. Karen Hopkin reports.

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This Caterpillar Whistles While It Irks

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 12:32:00 -0500

The North American walnut sphinx caterpillar produces a whistle that sounds just like a songbird's alarm call--and the whistle seems to startle birds. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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To Buy Happiness, Spend Money on Saving Time

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 19:32:00 -0500

Volunteers who used money to save themselves time were more content than volunteers who purchased themselves physical stuff. Karen Hopkin reports.

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Bacteria Can Be Resistant to Brand-New Antibiotics

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:20:00 -0500

Exposure to existing antibiotics can imbue infectious bacteria with resistance that also kicks in against new drugs related to the originals. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Teaching Computers to Enjoy the View

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 22:00:00 -0500

Researchers in the U.K. trained computers to rate photos of parks and cities for what humans consider to be their scenic beauty. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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Flying through a Corpse's Clues

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 22:12:00 -0500

Forensic entomologists can chemically analyze fly eggs from a corpse, which might speed up detective work. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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