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The Two-Way
4:02 am
Thu July 16, 2015

'Buckyballs' Solve Century-Old Mystery About Interstellar Space

Harry Kroto, pictured in 1996, displays a model of the geodesic-shaped carbon molecules that he helped discover.
Michael Scates AP

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 10:03 am

Researchers in Switzerland say they've solved a nearly 100-year-old astronomical mystery by discovering what's in the wispy cloud of gas that floats in the space between the stars.

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Shots - Health News
4:02 am
Thu July 16, 2015

Why We Play Sports: Winning Motivates, But Can Backfire, Too

Lorenzo Gritti for NPR

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 4:08 pm

Playing sports has always been important to 31-year-old Erik Johanson, a city planner in Philadelphia. Johanson thrived in baseball and ice hockey as a kid, he says — "one of the best players on the team in high school."

Today, Johanson is married and expecting his first child but is still passionate about ice hockey — and about winning. He plays on a highly competitive team of guys who got together after college and still play weekly in an adult league; they hope to take the crown this year.

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The Two-Way
2:42 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

Strange Worlds At The Edge Of Our Solar System Finally Come Into Focus

New details of Pluto's largest moon, Charon, are revealed in this image from New Horizons' Long Range Reconnaissance Imager.
NASA

Scientists have unveiled the best photos of Pluto and its moons that humanity is likely to see for at least a generation. These images were taken Tuesday by NASA's New Horizons space probe as it hurtled past Pluto at more than 30,000 miles per hour.

Since its discovery in 1930, Pluto has revealed itself to be an oddball world. It's smaller than our own moon, and it orbits at an angle relative to the plane of the solar system. Because of its size and distance, even the Hubble Space Telescope could only make it out as a brown smudge, billions of miles away.

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Shots - Health News
12:24 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

Even Mild Mental Health Problems In Children Can Cause Trouble Later

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 12:31 pm

It's not easy for a child who has had mental health issues to make a successful transition into adulthood. But even children who have symptoms that are mild enough that they wouldn't be diagnosed are more likely to struggle with life as adults, a study finds.

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All Tech Considered
9:46 am
Wed July 15, 2015

3 Emerging Themes From #RaceOnTech

Mary McLain NPR

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 8:45 am

We know that women and minorities continue to be underrepresented in the STEM fields — that's science, technology, engineering and math. Now dip into #RaceOnTech to find out why. Since Monday, entrepreneurs, scientists, computer scientists and coders from Silicon Valley to Greenbelt, Md., have been sharing their thoughts one tweet at a time.

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Shots - Health News
9:19 am
Wed July 15, 2015

States Make Laws To Protect Patients From Hidden Medical Bills

It's a situation that occurs all too often: Someone goes to the emergency room and doesn't learn until he gets a hefty bill that one of the doctors who treated him wasn't in his insurance network. Or a diligent consumer checks before scheduling surgery to make sure that the hospital she plans to use and the doctors who will perform the operation are all in her network. Then she learns later that an assistant surgeon she didn't know — and who wasn't in her network — scrubbed in on her operation, and charged her for it.

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The Two-Way
8:58 am
Wed July 15, 2015

Solar Airplane's Round-The-World Trip Is Halted Until 2016

The Solar Impulse 2 landed in Hawaii in early July. The team behind the sun-powered airplane says it will be grounded until next spring.
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Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 10:51 am

Battery problems on the Solar Impulse, the airplane that has been flying around the world using only the sun's power, have grounded the plane until next spring. The lithium-ion batteries overheated on a recent five-day trip from Japan to Hawaii.

"Irreversible damage to certain parts of the batteries will require repairs which will take several months," organizers said early Wednesday, ending hopes of finishing what would be a record-setting trip by late summer.

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The Salt
4:08 am
Wed July 15, 2015

Hey Yogurt-Maker, Where'd You Get Those Microbes?

Historic yogurt-making cultures held by Mirjana Curic-Bawden.
Dan Charles NPR

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 7:25 am

Yogurt is a truly living food. The bacteria that transform milk into this thick and sour food also provide a sense of mystique.

For Atanas Valev, they carry the taste and smell of his homeland, Bulgaria. "It's just the smell of the fermented milk. It's tart, tangy tart. That's what yogurt should taste like," he says.

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Around the Nation
4:08 am
Wed July 15, 2015

Pluto Discoverer's Hometown Throws Big Bash For (Non-Dwarf!) Planet

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 10:21 pm

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Humans
4:08 am
Wed July 15, 2015

No. 1 With A Bullet Point: To Get Research Cited, Make Sure It's Listed First

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 7:25 am

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Space
3:58 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

NASA Spacecraft Flies Past Pluto After 10-Year Journey

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 11:38 pm

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Energy
3:31 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

After Nuclear Deal, Iranian Oil Could Flow At Molasses Pace

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 6:18 pm

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Space
3:31 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

How Long Would It Take To Drive To Pluto?

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 6:18 pm

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So how will New Horizons impact your life? Well, the next time the kids ask, are we there yet, you can tell them about the distance New Horizons traveled to get to the far reaches of outer space. Astrophysicist Adam Frank helps us wrap our brains around it.

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Shots - Health News
2:05 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

When Weed Is The Cure: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana

Cover art from Stoned.
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Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 10:25 am

A year and a half ago, Dr. David Casarett did not take medical marijuana very seriously. "When I first started this project, I really thought of medical marijuana as a joke," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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The Two-Way
8:41 am
Tue July 14, 2015

Pluto Mission Gets A Poetic Tribute

The last image of Pluto taken by New Horizons.
NASA

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 9:48 am

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