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5:19 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Oklahoma Lawmakers Pass Measure Preventing Local Fracking Bans

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 3:47 pm

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Research News
5:18 am
Tue May 26, 2015

How Partitioned Grocery Carts Can Help Shoppers Buy Healthier Foods

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 3:47 pm

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Eating in a healthy way can be time-consuming or expensive. It's hard, but researchers have a new way to get people to do just that. Steve Inskeep got the details from NPR social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam.

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Around the Nation
5:18 am
Tue May 26, 2015

As Wells Dry Up, Calif. County Aims To Streamline Solutions For Water

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 3:47 pm

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Asia
4:30 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

In Drought-Ridden Taiwan, Residents Adapt To Life With Less Water

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 6:45 pm

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Around the Nation
4:30 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

Flash Flooding Races Through Texas, Oklahoma After Record Rainfall

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 6:45 pm

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Environment
6:12 pm
Sun May 24, 2015

A Home Air Quality Monitor That Can Be Checked Out From The Library

The Speck air quality monitor costs $200, but is available to all through Pittsburgh's public library system.
Carnegie Mellon University CREATE Lab

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 6:54 pm

Air pollution comes from many sources — power plants, industrial production and fires, to name a few. In Pittsburgh, the most polluted city east of California, according the American Lung Association, avoiding dirty air while outdoors can be difficult, if not impossible. But a new device, available through the public library system, helps people identify and reduce bad air quality inside their homes.

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Environment
5:08 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Oil-Soaked Wildlife Turn Up On California Coast, As Cleanup Efforts Continue

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 9:49 pm

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Environment
8:23 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Santa Barbara Oil Spill Reopens Fierce Environmental Debate

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 9:48 pm

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The Salt
7:03 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Clean Your Grill, And Other Hot Holiday Tips From Alton Brown

Planning to grill this Memorial Day? Below, Food Network chef Alton Brown has some tips to keep your flavor from going up in smoke.
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Editor's note: A version of this story was originally published in May 2012.

If there's one grilling tip to remember this Memorial Day weekend, it should be this: Flame is bad.

"Flame does nasty things to food," food historian and science guy Alton Brown tells NPR's Scott Simon.

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The Two-Way
1:48 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Who Let The Dogs In? We Did, About 30,000 Years Ago

Josh Brones walks his hunting dogs, Dollar (from left), Sequoia and Tanner, near his home in Wilton, Calif., in 2012.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 7:36 pm

It looks like dogs might well have been man's (and woman's) best friend for a lot longer than once thought.

The long-held conventional wisdom is that canis lupus familiaris split from wolves 11,000 to 16,000 years ago and that the divergence was helped along by Stone Age humans who wanted a fellow hunter, a sentry and a companion.

Now, DNA evidence suggests that the split between dogs and their wild ancestors occurred closer to 30,000 years ago.

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