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The Salad Frontier: Why Astronauts Need To Grow Lettuce In Space

Tue, 2014-06-10 08:04

With the help of grow lights and air exchange fans, NASA is growing lettuce on the International Space Station. The scheme could help keep food costs down — and keep astronauts happy tending plants.

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Giving School Nurses Access To Medical Records Improves Care

Tue, 2014-06-10 07:41

Students come to the school nurse for help with asthma, epilepsy and other chronic problems. Some health systems are letting school nurses read student medical records to help coordinate care.

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From Genes To Fangs: Snake Venom Recipes Remain Mysterious

Tue, 2014-06-10 07:17

The search for a universal treatment for snakebites is complicated by the fact that each species has a very different cocktail of toxins. Even knowing a snake's DNA might not help much.

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Western Countries Issue Warnings; Kenyan Tourism Gets Pummeled

Tue, 2014-06-10 07:11

Kenya is heavily reliant on tourism, but advisories by the U.S., Britain and others have contributed to fewer visitors and job losses. Kenyans say the West is punishing them as much as the terrorists.

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With Concern For Environment, Illinois Bans Microbeads

Tue, 2014-06-10 06:51

The tiny, plastic bits are used in consumer products such as skin exfoliants and soap. Environmentalists say when microbeads wash down the drain, they become food to fish and other wildlife.

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Drones Approved: FAA Gives OK To First Commercial Use Over Land

Tue, 2014-06-10 06:12

Under a waiver, energy giant BP will use a drone to conduct surveys over large oil fields in Alaska. FAA regulations ban the commercial use of drones in America's skies.

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Insurgent Group Claims Large Part Of Major Iraqi City

Tue, 2014-06-10 05:22

The run on Mosul was a reminder of the precarious situation of Iraq's central government and raises serious questions about the government's ability to fight terrorism in Iraq.

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Gunmen Stage Second Assault Near Karachi Airport

Tue, 2014-06-10 03:56

A short-lived attack near Karachi's airport interrupted prayers for security officers who died in Sunday's violence at the facility. Flights were halted temporarily.

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Possible Friendly-Fire Incident Kills 5 Americans In Afghanistan

Tue, 2014-06-10 03:00

Afghan media are citing a local official who says the troops' air support mistakenly bombed their position. NATO says the attack is still under investigation.

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Hillary Clinton: I Helped Restore U.S. Leadership In The World

Tue, 2014-06-10 01:53

To hear the former secretary of state and once and maybe future Democratic presidential candidate tell it, her new book, Hard Choices, isn't the kickoff to a 2016 campaign.

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Clinton Sought 'Tougher Deal,' But Won't Second-Guess Bergdahl Swap

Tue, 2014-06-10 01:50

NPR's Renee Montagne sat down for a conversation with Hillary Clinton. Clinton's new book, Hard Choices, will be published on Tuesday.

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Pakistan: Karachi Airport Training Center Attacked

Tue, 2014-06-10 01:05

The firefight came on the heels of a brazen siege by the Taliban who on Sunday night stormed Karachi's Jinnah International Airport in an attack that killed more than two dozen people.

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Spiders Tune In To Web's Music To Size Up Meals And Mates

Mon, 2014-06-09 23:48

Pluck the silk of a spiderweb and it vibrates like a guitar string, scientists say. By strumming the strands and detecting the tune via sensors in its legs, a spider gets key information.

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How Coal Industry Jobs Coexist With Rising Sea Levels In Virginia

Mon, 2014-06-09 23:47

Virginia is dependent on coal mining and export, but it also faces routine flooding from rising sea levels. That irony is a very real, day-to-day problem for residents.

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Project Eavesdrop: An Experiment At Monitoring My Home Office

Mon, 2014-06-09 23:47

NPR's Steve Henn, along with two tech experts, allowed Internet traffic through his laptop and cellphone to be monitored. If someone tapped your Internet connection, what would they find out?

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In Booming San Jose, Businesses Settle Into A Minimum Wage Hike

Mon, 2014-06-09 23:46

Since an increase in 2013, the minimum wage in San Jose is now one of California's highest. Some businesses have thrived in the past year, but for others, it's a more complicated picture.

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Chicago's Latest Case Of Political Graft Has A Twist

Mon, 2014-06-09 16:41

A jury must decide whether Democratic State Rep. Derrick Smith abused his office and took a $7,000 bribe or was entrapped by an overzealous FBI.

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White House Hosts Discussion On Role Of Working Fathers

Mon, 2014-06-09 16:01

The talk was part of the Obama administration's push for more workplace flexibility and paid parental leave.

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Japan Says It Wants To Resume Larger Annual Whale Hunt

Mon, 2014-06-09 15:04

Despite a ruling in March by the International Court of Justice that the country's whaling is not scientific, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he wants to resume the Antarctic hunt.

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State Senator's Resignation Roils Virginia Politics

Mon, 2014-06-09 14:58

Gov. Terry McAuliffe's efforts to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act have been thrown into further uncertainty by the actions of a single Democratic legislator.

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