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1:06am

Fri September 27, 2013
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How Recycling Bias Affects What You Toss Where

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 4:07 am

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During an experiment, marketing professor Remi Trudel noticed a pattern in what his volunteers were recycling versus throwing in the garbage. He then went through his colleagues' trash and recycling bins at Boston University for more data.

He found the same pattern, says NPR's Shankar Vedantam: "Whole sheets of paper typically went in the recycling, but paper fragments went in the trash."

Same type of paper, different shapes, different bins.

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4:18pm

Thu September 26, 2013
Science

Scientists Find Sea Louse Has Tidal 'Body Clock'

The speckled sea louse.
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One thing you can say about the diminutive speckled sea louse: it's always on time.

Scientists studying the tiny crustacean, a marine cousin of the wood-louse, found that it runs not one, but two internal clocks. Not only does the creature have a circadian rhythm, or so called "body clock" like most land-dwelling animals, including humans, but it also has a circatidal clock that follows the 12.4-hour cycle of the tide.

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3:45pm

Sat September 21, 2013
Science

Black Widow Spider Fan Gets Dangerously Close To His Subject

Originally published on Sat September 21, 2013 6:07 pm

Nature writer Jackson Landers kept a black widow alive in a jar on his desk for months.
Courtesy Jackson Landers

1:40pm

Thu September 19, 2013
Science

Mars Rover Data Dims Hope Of Finding Life On Red Planet

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 5:19 pm

A self portrait mosaic of the Mars Curiosity Rover inside the Gale Crater.
NASA

When the Mars Curiosity made its dramatic and first-of-its-kind landing on Mars in August of 2012, the hope was that the $2.5-billion rover could confirm what scientists had suspected: that there was life on Mars.

Today, in a paper released in the journal Science, researchers explain that if the Red Planet is harboring life, the instruments on the rover have been unable to sniff it out.

NPR's Joe Palca filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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2:50pm

Wed September 18, 2013
Science

Private Spacecraft Lifts Off With Space Station Supplies

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 3:53 pm

Orbital Sciences' Cygnus spacecraft has successfully launched from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on its way to becoming the second private vehicle to resupply the International Space Station.

Space.com says:

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