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How Microexpressions Can Make Moods Contagious

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 07:00

Feelings seem to spread contagiously between friends, partners, or groups. Why are we so easily influenced by one another's emotions? A new video from Invisibilia explains what's going on.

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50 Years After Apollo 11, Here's What (And How) Astronauts Are Eating

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 07:00

Ever since astronaut John Glenn's first bite of applesauce in 1962, eating in space has been a challenge. NPR talks to former NASA food scientists to see how cosmic cuisine has evolved over the years.

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Trump Says He'd Vouch For A$AP Rocky Amid Growing Demands For The Rapper's Release

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 18:03

The American entertainer has been detained in Sweden since July 3, after an altercation in Stockholm. Celebrities, Twitter and a GoFundMe petition are clamoring for him to be let go.

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Trump's Attack On 'The Squad' Finds Nuanced Support Among Some Jewish Americans

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 17:14

After the president disparaged four congresswomen, some Jewish Americans defend Trump's comments, criticizing the lawmakers as anti-Israel and anti-Semitic. Others are appalled by Trump's remarks.

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Trump Administration Revising U.S. Citizenship Test

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 17:03

After a series of pilots, the administration says it will roll out the updated version by December 2020 or early 2021.

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U.K. Fears Iran Is Taking A 'Dangerous Path' After Seizure Of Tanker

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 12:46

Iran took over the British-flagged vessel in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday and says it and its crew will remain in an Iranian port during a probe of an accident that Iran says led to the seizure.

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Notre Dame Fire Revives Demand For Skilled Stone Carvers In France

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 08:36

"With stone carving, we give life to an edifice and perpetuate history. We're also creating a link with the past and transmitting values that are important to conserve in society," one student says.

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California Condors Reach A Milestone Moment

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 08:00

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Tim Hauck of The Peregrine Fund about the hatching of the 1,000th California condor since the late 1980s, when conservation efforts began.

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How Constantly Changing Immigration Policies Affect Migrants Already In Danger

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 08:00

The Trump administration issued a new rule requiring migrants to seek protection in another country they travel through before asking for asylum in the U.S.

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The Week In Politics: Trump's Remarks Attacking 4 Congresswomen

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 08:00

President Trump's Sunday tweets, his doubling down and then his attempt to distance himself dominated the political news cycle.

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The Fallout From A Seemingly Sweet Oil Deal For Venezuela's Neighbors

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 08:00

The PetroCaribe program provided fuel to Venezuela's neighbors on long-term credit to spur economic growth. What has happened now that Venezuela is in free fall?

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Radical or Incremental? What's Really In Joe Biden's Health Plan

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 07:10

The Biden plan released this week is an update of the Affordable Care Act with controversial differences. Among them: a "public option" that covers abortion, and subsidized premiums for more people.

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Trump Seizes On Soggy Paper Straws As Campaign Issue: 'Make Straws Great Again'

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 21:34

The president's reelection campaign is now selling reusable and recycled straws in their 2020 online store, because they claim "lberal paper straws don't work."

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Study: Sugar Rules The World And Ruins Teeth

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 17:46

The authors of a new study say dental health is especially bad in low- and middle-income countries — and that Big Sugar works to make sure soda and candy aren't targeted as cavity culprits.

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Director Of National Intelligence Dan Coats Appoints New Election Security Czar

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 15:21

Spy world veteran Shelby Pierson will attempt to centralize election security efforts across the intelligence community with soon-to-be-designated agency leads.

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Iran Says It Has Seized A British Tanker In Strait Of Hormuz

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 14:45

Ship-tracking data show the U.K. tanker Stena Impero was traveling from the United Arab Emirates to a port in Saudi Arabia when it suddenly veered toward Iran's coast and came to a stop.

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Trump Administration Repatriates, Charges Citizen Who Allegedly Fought For ISIS

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 14:12

A criminal complaint charging Ruslan Maratovich Asainov was unsealed in New York City; prosecutors say he was a sniper and weapons trainer for the Islamic State in Syria.

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'Fresh Air' Commemorates The 50th Anniversary Of Apollo 11's Moon Landing

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 13:44

We listen to archival interviews with Michael Collins, of Apollo 11; Alan Shepard, the first American in space; Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield; and Chuck Yeager, who first broke the sound barrier.

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Ex-NSA Contractor Who Stole Top Secret Documents Is Sentenced To 9 Years In Prison

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 13:36

Harold Martin committed the massive theft of government documents over decades, storing files in his car and Maryland home. "My methods were wrong, illegal and highly questionable," Martin said.

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Does Facebook Need A Humanitarian Partner For Its New Digital Currency?

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 13:30

The aid group Mercy Corps believes that the new Libra currency could help funnel aid to the poor. But critics wonder why the charity has teamed up with a controversial company.

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