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4:33pm

Mon August 10, 2015
Space

Astronauts To Enjoy First Space-Grown Lettuce Aboard International Space Station

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4:33pm

Mon August 10, 2015
Health

Coca-Cola Funds Scientists Who Downplay Diet's Role In Obesity

Originally published on Tue August 11, 2015 2:17 pm

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4:33pm

Mon August 10, 2015
Around the Nation

EPA Evaluates Impact Of Wastewater Spill In Colorado

Originally published on Mon August 10, 2015 7:36 pm

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4:33pm

Mon August 10, 2015
Science

Astronomers Present New Research On The Aging Universe

Originally published on Wed August 12, 2015 9:56 pm

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11:49am

Mon August 10, 2015
The Two-Way

One Small Bite For Man: NASA Astronauts Eat Space-Grown Food

Originally published on Thu August 13, 2015 9:51 am

Update at 5:20 p.m. ET: Space Lettuce Tastes 'Awesome'

Monday morning on the International Space Station, NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren and astronaut Kimiya Yui of Japan sampled the "Outredgeous" red romaine lettuce, the first plant grown in space. The trio first sanitized the leaves and then dressed them with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. According to Kelly, the lettuce tasted "kind of like arugula." Lindgren was unequivocally pleased, taking a big bite of one of the leaves and declaring: "That's awesome."

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8:42am

Mon August 10, 2015
The Two-Way

EPA Says It Released 3 Million Gallons Of Contaminated Water Into River

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 8:12 pm

Contaminated wastewater is seen at the entrance to the Gold King Mine in San Juan County, Colo., in this picture released by the Environmental Protection Agency. The photo was taken Wednesday; the plume of contaminated water has continued to work its way downstream.
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In an event that has led to health warnings and turned a river orange, the Environmental Protection Agency says one of its safety teams accidentally released contaminated water from a mine into the Animas River in southwest Colorado.

The spill, which sent heavy metals, arsenic and other contaminants into a waterway that flows into the San Juan National Forest, occurred Wednesday. The EPA initially said 1 million gallons of wastewater had been released, but that figure has risen sharply.

From member station KUNC, Stephanie Paige Ogburn reports for our Newscast unit:

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8:02am

Mon August 10, 2015
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Would Voters Entrust The White House To An Atheist?

Originally published on Mon August 10, 2015 1:18 pm

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1:20pm

Sat August 8, 2015
The Two-Way

Frances Kelsey, FDA Officer Who Blocked Thalidomide, Dies At 101

Originally published on Sat August 8, 2015 1:45 pm

Dr. Frances O. Kelsey of the U.S. FDA, who is credited with keeping the birth-deforming drug, Thalidomide, off the U.S. market, is shown in an Aug. 1962 photo. Kelsey died on Friday at age 101.
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Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey, whose tireless efforts uncovered a link between the drug thalidomide and severe birth defects, has died at age 101.

In 1960, Kelsey was the new medical officer at the Food and Drug Administration when an application for FDA approval of the sedative Kevadon, the trade name of thalidomide, manufactured by drug company William S. Merrell Company of Cincinnati.

Thalidomide had already been sold to pregnant women in Europe and elsewhere as an anti-nausea drug to treat morning sickness, and Merrell wanted a license to do the same in the U.S.

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8:03am

Sat August 8, 2015
Shots - Health News

Could Sexting Help Your Relationship?

It's not just teens who engage in sexy texting. About 82 percent of adults recently surveyed say they've sexted, too.
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Sexting is scandalous, dangerous and downright dirty behavior.

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4:04pm

Fri August 7, 2015
All Tech Considered

Shall I Compare Thee To An Algorithm? Turing Test Gets A Creative Twist

Originally published on Mon August 10, 2015 1:05 pm

A machine with superhuman intelligence is a staple of science fiction. But what about a machine with just ordinary human intelligence? A machine that's so humanlike in its behavior that you can't tell if it's a computer acting like a human, or a real human?

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