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Scientists Searching For Alien Air Pollution

Fri, 2014-08-22 08:12

Looking for extraterrestrial smog may be a good way to search for alien intelligence, according to a Harvard researcher.

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Coming Soon To A Pole Near You: A Bike That Locks Itself

Fri, 2014-08-22 08:11

Cyclists may soon have a convenient way to discourage bike thieves, thanks to new designs that use parts of the bikes themselves as locks.

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Eggs, Milk And Ink: Venezuela Wants All Supermarket Shoppers Fingerprinted

Fri, 2014-08-22 06:25

The government hopes to clamp down on rampant cross-border smuggling of government-subsidized staples that has caused shortages on the country's store shelves.

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In Riots Sparked By An Ebola Quarantine, A Teen Is Shot And Dies

Fri, 2014-08-22 06:06

Protesters were on the move. Soldiers fired. A teenage boy suffers wounds to both legs. For half an hour, no one could find an ambulance and no one came to care for him.

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Who Owns A Monkey's Selfie? No One Can, U.S. Says

Fri, 2014-08-22 06:04

The U.S. Copyright Office says a monkey's photo can't be copyrighted — by the person who owns the camera or by anyone else — because it wasn't taken by a human.

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Insurers Refuse To Cover Some Contraceptives, Despite Health Law

Fri, 2014-08-22 05:16

An insurer denied free coverage for NuvaRing, a small birth control device that works for three weeks at a time by releasing hormones similar to those used by birth control pills.

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Hamas Executes Suspected Informants After Deadly Israeli Strike

Fri, 2014-08-22 04:50

One day after an Israeli airstrike killed three of its senior military leaders, Hamas says it has killed more than a dozen people it believes were spying for Israel.

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Russian Convoy Crosses Ukraine Border Despite Kiev's Protests

Fri, 2014-08-22 04:47

The white trucks, which Moscow says are carrying only humanitarian aid, have been held up at the border for more than a week over fears they could be a ruse to resupply separatists.

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U.S. Prisoner Swap For Bergdahl Broke The Law, GAO Says

Fri, 2014-08-22 03:49

The Pentagon didn't give enough notice to Congress and misused nearly $1 million when it swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders, the Government Accountability Office says.

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Outside Group Mirrors Successful Strategies Of Political Parties

Fri, 2014-08-22 00:56

A U.S. Senate seat is up for grabs in Iowa, and the GOP has opened 11 field offices statewide. But there's also a new team working the state, the Virginia-based group Americans for Prosperity.

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The Dread Factor: Why Ebola And 'Contagion' Scare Us So Much

Thu, 2014-08-21 23:31

Even just the word Ebola is kind of terrifying. Why? Hollywood has a lot to do with it. But Ebola outbreaks also have all the ingredients for what one psychologist calls the "dread factor."

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TV's New Doctor Who Has An Old Connection To The Series

Thu, 2014-08-21 23:29

The BBC will soon air its first Doctor Who episode with Peter Capaldi as the show's hero, The Doctor. Capaldi says the 50-year-old series inspired him to become an actor.

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GAO: Bergdahl Exchange Violated Law

Thu, 2014-08-21 20:57

Congressional investigators say the Pentagon broke the law when it swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years, for five Taliban leaders.

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Who Are The Protesters Getting Arrested In Ferguson?

Thu, 2014-08-21 13:41

The violence at night in Ferguson, Mo., has calmed down for now. However, more than 160 people have been arrested since the protests began. Police records offer a sense of who they are.

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Contagious Kisses? We Answer Your Questions About Ebola Recovery

Thu, 2014-08-21 13:25

Two Americans were released Thursday from an Atlanta hospital after treatment for Ebola. The news has generated a flurry of questions about what happens after you survive Ebola. So we asked the CDC.

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Islamic State 'Beyond Anything We've Seen,' Hagel Says

Thu, 2014-08-21 12:44

The secretary of defense says the extremists are well-funded and organized and that he expects them to "regroup and stage an offensive" despite U.S. airstrikes.

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Can Quinoa Take Root On The 'Roof Of The World'?

Thu, 2014-08-21 12:29

Quinoa, once a homebody crop, crossed the Atlantic for the first time this century. Now the Food and Agriculture Organization has a hunch it can thrive in Central and Southwest Asia.

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Vision Problems Increase The Risk Of Early Death In Older People

Thu, 2014-08-21 12:26

Older people whose visual acuity has slipped by just one letter on the eye chart are more likely to die sooner, researchers say. New glasses may be all it takes to maintain independence.

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European Fighters Take On More Prominent Roles In The Islamic State

Thu, 2014-08-21 12:12

The hunt is on to identify the man in the James Foley execution video who speaks with a British accent. An estimated 2,000 Europeans have left home to join the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

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Failed Foley Rescue Reveals Challenges Faced By U.S. Intelligence

Thu, 2014-08-21 12:10

Earlier in the summer, a U.S. raid failed to rescue American hostages in Syria, including journalist James Foley, who was executed in a video released this week by Islamist militants. The hostages were not where they were thought to be. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston discusses the limits on America's ability to gather intelligence in Syria, as well as the latest developments since Foley was killed.

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