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    • Scientists Identify Four Personality Types

    • By: Ben Guarino
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 7 mins
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    Personality tests are hugely popular, though if you ask working psychologists, they’ll tell you the results are little better than astrological signs. But a new study, based on huge sets of personality data representing 1.5 million people, has persuaded one of the staunchest critics of personality tests to conclude that maybe distinct personality types exist, after all.

    "Scientists Identify Four Personality Types" is from the September 17, 2018 National section of The Washington Post. It was written by Ben Guarino and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Scientists Convert Spinach Leaves Into Human Heart Tissue — That Beats

    • By: Ben Guarino
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
    • Length: 5 mins
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    “It was definitely a double take,” one researcher said, of discovering the beating muscle cells. “All of a sudden you see cells moving.“

    "Scientists Convert Spinach Leaves Into Human Heart Tissue — That Beats" is from the March 27, 2017 Health & Science section of The Washington Post. It was written by Ben Guarino and narrated by Jenny Hoops.

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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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    • Evolutionary Study Unravels Mystery of How Cobras Evolved Their Flesh-Eating Venom

    • By: Ben Guarino
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
    • Length: 8 mins
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    First came the snakes’ hoods, used to scare off predators. This was followed by the painful toxins. Finally, three separate times in the cobra family tree, some of the snakes evolved the unusual ability to emit blinding spit at perceived threats.

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

    • By: Ben Guarino
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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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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    • Dinosaurs Would Have Survived if Asteroid Hit Earth Elsewhere, Scientists Claim

    • By: Ben Guarino
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    • 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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    • Tyrannosaurus Rex Couldn't Run, but It Was a Speedy Walker

    • By: Ben Guarino
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    Fifty years ago, if you'd asked the dinosaur experts, they would have told you that Tyrannosaurus rex was a speed freak — a giant predator that could outrun racehorses. The paleontologists would have pointed to its 3-meter hind limbs, leggy for even a big dinosaur, and described the creature as sprinting after prey at speeds of 40 mph.

    "Tyrannosaurus Rex Couldn't Run, but It Was a Speedy Walker" is from the July 19, 2017 Speaking of Science section of The Washington Post. It was written by Ben Guarino and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Why Are Pandas Black and White? California Biologists Have a New Theory.

    • By: Ben Guarino
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
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    Why, for example, are pandas black and white? The authors of a new study on the panda think they might have the answer: Panda patterns serve as a combination of communication and camouflage, a group of biologists wrote recently in the journal Behavioral Ecology.

    "Why Are Pandas Black and White? California Biologists Have a New Theory." is from the March 06, 2017 Heath & Science section of The Washington Post. It was written by Ben Guarino and narrated by Jenny Hoops.

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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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    • 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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    • Naked Mole-Rats Are Now Even Weirder: Without Oxygen, They Live Like Plants

    • By: Ben Guarino
    • Narrated by: Jill Melancon
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    Naked mole-rats are marvelous and bizarre rodents, arguably the world's weirdest mammals. The East African critters do not get tumors. They're immune to types of chronic pain and the irritant in chili peppers. They live like social insects, in 300-strong underground colonies where a mole-rat queen gives birth to worker children (the offspring themselves will never bear young).

    "Naked Mole-Rats Are Now Even Weirder: Without Oxygen, They Live Like Plants" is from the April 20, 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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    • The Strangest Star in the Sky Finally Has an Explanation for Its Flicker

    • By: Ben Guarino
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Fourteen hundred light-years separate Earth from the strangest star in the sky. The light from this star flickers, like a giant neon sign drifting through the constellation Cygnus. After the star's dim intervals, which last for days or weeks, it brightens again.

    "The Strangest Star in the Sky Finally Has an Explanation for Its Flicker" is from the January 03, 2018 Technology section of The Washington Post. It was written by Ben Guarino and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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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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