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    • Chimps and People Console Victims in Surprisingly Similar Ways

    • By: Ben Guarino
    • Narrated by: Jill Melancon
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    A security camera recorded four black-clad gunmen as they rushed into a Netherlands supermarket. The camera watched them wave a gun in the face of a female employee. It watched her quietly hand over the money.

    "Chimps and People Console Victims in Surprisingly Similar Ways" is from the May 31, 2017 Speaking of Science section of The Washington Post. It was written by Ben Guarino and narrated by Jill Melancon.

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    • Cosmic Rays Reveal Mysterious Void in Egypt's Great Pyramid

    • By: Ben Guarino
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 5 mins
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    Now, by monitoring the cosmic rain on Egypt's Great Pyramid, an international research team has detected a large void hidden within 4,500-year-old stone structure.

    "Cosmic Rays Reveal Mysterious Void in Egypt's Great Pyramid" is from the November 02, 2017 Science section of The Washington Post. It was written by Ben Guarino and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Scientists Detect Gravitational Waves From a New Kind of Nova, Sparking a New Era in Astronomy

    • By: Sarah Kaplan, Ben Guarino
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 11 mins
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    Some 130 million years ago, in a galaxy far away, the smoldering cores of two collapsed stars smashed into each other. The resulting explosion sent a burst of gamma rays streaming through space and rippled the very fabric of the universe.

    "Scientists Detect Gravitational Waves From a New Kind of Nova, Sparking a New Era in Astronomy" is from the October 16, 2017 Science section of The Washington Post. It was written by Sarah Kaplan and Ben Guarino and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage Was Associated With Fewer Youth Suicide Attempts, New Study Finds

    • By: Ben Guarino
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
    • Length: 5 mins
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    “It’s not easy to be an adolescent,” one study author said, “and for adolescents who are just realizing they are sexual minorities, it can be even harder."

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    • Dinosaurs Would Have Survived if Asteroid Hit Earth Elsewhere, Scientists Claim

    • By: Ben Guarino
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 5 mins
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    In a paper published Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports, a pair of researchers calculated the K-Pg extinction asteroid had little more than a 1-in-10 chance of triggering a mass extinction when it smacked into Earth.

    "Dinosaurs Would Have Survived if Asteroid Hit Earth Elsewhere, Scientists Claim" is from the November 09, 2017 U.S. section of The Washington Post. It was written by Ben Guarino and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Prosecutors: Boy Sexually Abused at ‘Furry Parties’ by ‘Network’ of Men

    • By: Ben Guarino
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
    • Length: 6 mins
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    Investigators had cracked open what they alleged to be a secret group of child abusers, a pedophile ring or “network” that centered on a boy subject to repeated sexual abuse, the Pennsylvania Attorney General said in a statement. Some of the men involved wore animal costumes.

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    • Scientists Create the First Mutant Ants

    • By: Ben Guarino
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
    • Length: 8 mins
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    Despite what you might've seen in 1950s monster movies, it's difficult to raise mutant ants. For years biologists have altered the genetics of organisms as varied as mice and rice. Mutant fruit flies are a laboratory staple. But ants' complex life cycle hampered efforts to grow genetically engineered ants — until now.

    "Scientists Create the First Mutant Ants" is from the August 10, 2017 Speaking of Science section of The Washington Post. It was written by Ben Guarino and narrated by Jenny Hoops.

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    • They Wanted to Rob the Pizza Guy. They Did Not Expect a 250-Pound, Ex-NFL Linebacker to Deliver the Pie

    • By: Ben Guarino
    • Narrated by: Jill Melancon
    • Length: 3 mins
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    "The plan was simple: Order a pizza, rob whoever showed up to deliver the pie. But the caper did not go as the four men expected."

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    • Archaeologists Say They Have Found a Cave That Once Held Dead Sea Scrolls, a First in 60 Years

    • By: Ben Guarino
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Mostly written in Hebrew, although a few were in Aramaic and Greek, the scrolls’ text dated back roughly 2,000 years.

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    • The Tea Plant Has a Whopper Genome, Four Times That of Coffee, Scientists Find

    • By: Ben Guarino
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 4 mins
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    From a single species of plant comes many teas. The tea tree, a shrub called Camellia sinensis, produces white, green, black and oolong teas. The tea's destiny is a matter of variables. The final drink reflects the tea cultivar, the growing environment and how the leaves are processed — dried, crushed, steamed, blended. Farmers pluck “baby” leaves, as one Snapple commercial put it in the mid-2000s, to begin making white tea.

    "The Tea Plant Has a Whopper Genome, Four Times That of Coffee, Scientists Find" is from the May 02, 2017 Health & Science section of The Washington Post. It was written by Ben Guarino and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Homegrown Coral Reefs Are Beautiful — and Potentially Dangerous

    • By: Ben Guarino
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
    • Length: 15 mins
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    At an expo called Reef-A-Palooza, 4,000 coral reef aquarium hobbyists gathered to swap fragments of coral and ogle $100-a-pop sea horses. The burble of water pumps and commerce filled the convention hall. Sellers hawked glittery clams and other odd creatures, some spineless but all vibrant. Reef-A-Palooza had the atmosphere of a carnival, except the animals in baggies were no mere goldfish.

    "Homegrown Coral Reefs Are Beautiful — and Potentially Dangerous" is from the July 27, 2017 Speaking of Science section of The Washington Post. It was written by  Ben Guarino and narrated by Kristi Burns.

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    • He Broke Ground in Stem-Cell Research. Now He's Running for Congress.

    • By: Ben Guarino 
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    Stem-cell researcher Hans Keirstead, 50, announced last week that he will try to unseat California’s Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R). Keirstead, a Democrat with a PhD in neuroscience from the University of British Columbia, was a professor at the University of California at Irvine before launching and selling several biotech companies.

    "He Broke Ground in Stem-Cell Research. Now He's Running for Congress." is from the June 20, 2017 Speaking of Science section of The Washington Post. It was written by Ben Guarino  and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Your Brain Can Form New Memories While You Are Asleep, Neuroscientists Show

    • By: Ben Guarino 
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 6 mins
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    A sleeping brain can form fresh memories, according to a team of neuroscientists. The researchers played complex sounds to people while they were sleeping, and afterward the sleepers could recognize those sounds when they were awake.

    "Your Brain Can Form New Memories While You Are Asleep, Neuroscientists Show" is from the August 08, 2017 Speaking of Science section of The Washington Post. It was written by Ben Guarino  and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • A Massive Atmospheric Experiment Is Planned for August Solar Eclipse

    • By: Ben Guarino
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 4 mins
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    On Aug. 21, as the moon passes in front of the sun and casts a shadow across the United States, millions are expected to gaze at the totality. Meanwhile, a smaller crowd will be glued to 150 custom-made radio receivers set up across the country

    "A Massive Atmospheric Experiment Is Planned for August Solar Eclipse" is from the July 12, 2017 Speaking of Science section of The Washington Post. It was written by Ben Guarino and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Your Sense of Smell Is More Powerful Than You Think

    • By: Ben Guarino
    • Narrated by: Jill Melancon
    • Length: 7 mins
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    Humans have a centuries-old reputation as poor smellers. Though we can see more colors than the average mammal, our noses are simply no match for the questing snouts of rabbits and hounds. Sure, the aromas of coffee and pie are great. But intelligent humans outgrew the need to sniff our way through life. Or so the thinking went.

    "Your Sense of Smell Is More Powerful Than You Think" is from the May 11, 2017 Health & Science section of The Washington Post. It was written by Ben Guarino and narrated by Jill Melancon.

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    • 'Like It's Been Nuked': Millions of Bees Dead after South Carolina Sprays for Zika Mosquitoes

    • By: Ben Guarino
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 5 mins
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    "'Like It's Been Nuked': Millions of Bees Dead after South Carolina Sprays for Zika Mosquitoes" is from the September 01, 2016 National section of The Washington Post. It was written by Ben Guarino and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Three Americans Win Nobel Prize in Physics for Gravitational Wave Discovery

    • By: Ben Guarino
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 8 mins
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    Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne have won the 2017 Nobel Prize in physics. The three Americans are members of the LIGO-Virgo detector collaboration that discovered gravitational waves. The prize was awarded “for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves,” the committee said in a news release.

    "Three Americans Win Nobel Prize in Physics for Gravitational Wave Discovery" is from the October 03, 2017 Science section of The Washington Post. It was written by Ben Guarino and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • How Did Whales Get So Big? Paleontologists Say They've Figured It Out.

    • By: Ben Guarino
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 5 mins
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    Blue whales are the most massive animals to exist in the history of animals. Dreadnoughtus and those other thundering, 60-ton dinosaurs? Bantamweights next to one of today's 100-ton Balaenoptera musculus.

    "How Did Whales Get So Big? Paleontologists Say They've Figured It Out." is from the May 24, 2017 Health & Science section of The Washington Post. It was written by Ben Guarino and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Deep-Sea Life on Earth Gives Us a Clue to What Aliens Would Be Like

    • By: Ben Guarino
    • Narrated by: Jill Melancon
    • Length: 7 mins
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    While scientists make new discoveries near hydrothermal vents, mining companies see these habitats as valuable metal sources.

    "Deep-Sea Life on Earth Gives Us a Clue to What Aliens Would Be Like" is from the April 13, 2017 Health & Science section of The Washington Post. It was written by Ben Guarino and narrated by Jill Melancon.

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    • Love the Smell of Spring? Here's Where the Season's Odors Come From.

    • By: Ben Guarino
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 3 mins
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    Trust your nose. Although smell has had a long reputation as the “ugly duckling” sense compared with vision and hearing, as one olfaction expert recently told The Washington Post, a new scientific review argues that our noses are finer instruments than you might think. It's a myth that humans don't have a keen sense of smell.

    "Love the Smell of Spring? Here's Where the Season's Odors Come From." is from the May 17, 2017 Health & Sicence section of The Washington Post. It was written by Ben Guarino and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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