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Scientists Aim To Pull Peer Review Out Of The 17th Century

NPR Top Stories - 5 hours 27 min ago

Some scientists want to change the old-fashioned way scientific advancements are evaluated and communicated. But they have to overcome the power structure of the traditional journal vetting process.

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Curl Up With 'The Tuscan Child,' A Truly Cozy Mystery

NPR Books - 6 hours 10 min ago

This tale of an RAF pilot, the Italian woman who rescues him after a crash, and 30 years later, his daughter, is so skillful and comforting that you may not even notice the fact that there's a war on.

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Daring To Dream: A Carpenter Tries To Build A Piano In Rwanda

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 10 min ago

If he succeeds, it would be the first piano made in his country — and the first made in Africa since 1989. Skeptics wonder if it's an impossible mission.

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The Russia Investigations: More Pleas, More Charges — Any More Preparation?

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 11 min ago

Rick Gates turns state's evidence, Robert Mueller levels an updated indictment against Paul Manafort and state and federal officials begin to prepare for more election interference in 2018.

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Billy Graham Walked A Line, And Regretted Crossing Over It, When It Came To Politics

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 11 min ago

The evangelical preacher sought to be seen as above the partisan political fray. But in his actions and associations, Graham often proved how difficult such an attitude can be to achieve or sustain.

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Russian Bobsledder Disqualified For Doping, Court Says

NPR Top Stories - 9 hours 27 min ago

Russian bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva has been disqualified from the Winter Games, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said Saturday. She's the second Russian athlete to fail a doping test this year.

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Ester Ledecka Makes History, Winning Olympic Gold In Both Snowboarding And Skiing

NPR Top Stories - 11 hours 3 min ago

A week ago, the 22-year-old unexpectedly won gold in the women's Alpine super-G skiing. Now, she's won gold in the women's snowboarding parallel giant slalom.

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U.S. Men's Curling Team Wins Gold, Beating Sweden 10-7 At Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

NPR Top Stories - 11 hours 50 min ago

"It's just fantastic," U.S. skipper John Shuster said after winning the gold. The Americans had come back from the verge of elimination to win it all in South Korea.

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Trump Administration Restricts H-1B Worker Visas Coveted By High Tech

NPR Top Stories - 13 hours 56 min ago

It's another step in fighting potential fraud and abuse in the program that brings 85,000 highly skilled workers into the U.S. every year. More detail is required on why the workers are needed.

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Logs Of 911 Calls Reveal The Troubled History Of Florida School Shooter

NPR Top Stories - 15 hours 41 min ago

Records show that Broward County had received multiple calls since 2008 about the volatile behavior of the young man arrested in the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting.

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White House Briefly Put On Lockdown After Driver Hits Security Barrier

NPR Top Stories - February 23, 2018 - 3:23pm

The Secret Service said the vehicle did not breach the barricade and the female driver was quickly apprehended.

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Gothamist Properties Will Be Revived Under New Ownership: Public Media

NPR Top Stories - February 23, 2018 - 3:04pm

WNYC will buy Gothamist, KPCC will acquire LAist, and WAMU is taking over DCist. The move is funded by two anonymous donors "who are deeply committed to supporting local journalism initiatives."

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Seychelles Finds A Novel Way To Swap Its Debt For Marine Protections

NPR Top Stories - February 23, 2018 - 2:00pm

The Indian Ocean nation has brokered a novel deal that is intended to protect nearly one third of its marine area and is thought to be the first of its kind.

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FDA Finds Hazards Lurking In Parsley, Cilantro, Guacamole

NPR Top Stories - February 23, 2018 - 1:58pm

The Food and Drug Administration has started testing randomly selected fresh herbs and prepared guacamole. So far, the agency has found dangerous bacteria in 3 to 6 percent of the samples it tested.

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How 1 Tweet From Kylie Jenner Caused Snap, Inc. To Lose $1 Billion

NPR Top Stories - February 23, 2018 - 1:35pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Will Oremus, a senior technology writer at Slate about how a recent tweet by Kylie Jenner caused Snap, Inc. — the parent company for Snapchat — to lose more than $1 billion.

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Teachers Across The Country Are Thinking About Active Shooter Situations

NPR Top Stories - February 23, 2018 - 1:35pm

President Trump tweeted this week that teachers should be armed, in response to the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week. Since then teachers and other school administrators are looking at what they would do in a shooting situation.

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South Korean Women Win Thriller In Curling, Putting 'Garlic' Gold In Reach

NPR Top Stories - February 23, 2018 - 10:42am

Their historic run on the Olympic sheet has captured the hearts of their host country. Now, after a clutch semifinal win Friday, the so-called "Garlic Girls" have a shot to capture gold, too.

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Florida Governor Calls For Raising Age Limit For Gun Purchases From 18 To 21

NPR Top Stories - February 23, 2018 - 10:11am

Instead of broader gun control, Gov. Rick Scott called for keeping guns away from mentally ill or violent people. He announced funds for "school hardening" and police officers in every school.

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No One's Quite Sure Why Lassa Fever Is On The Rise In Nigeria

NPR Top Stories - February 23, 2018 - 9:16am

The virus is spread primarily by rats during dry season. The current outbreak has public health officials worried — and eager to find out what's behind it.

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Trump Declares New Shipping Sanctions On North Korea

NPR Top Stories - February 23, 2018 - 9:12am

The latest punitive measures are aimed at ships and shipping companies from several countries that are sending oil and other products to North Korea in violation of United Nations sanctions.

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