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    • These Bionic Spinach Plants Can Sniff Out Bombs

    • By: Sarah Kaplan
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
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    MIT researchers have engineered a bionic plant that can detect explosives and send a warning signal—without wires!—to scientists nearby.

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    • Study Suggests Earth Once Had Many Moonlets — Until They Merged to Form the Moon

    • By: Sarah Kaplan
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    Now, a team of Israeli researchers has shaken up the debate by offering an entirely new explanation, published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience. They say the moon isn't a single chunk of rock but an amalgamation of nearly two dozen “moonlets,” one that was formed during a steady bombardment of Earth by several smaller bodies.

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    • A Supervolcano Caused the Largest Eruption in European History. Now It’s Stirring Again.

    • By: Sarah Kaplan
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    The Italian name for the caldera — Campi Flegrei, or “burning fields”— is apt. The 7.5-mile-wide cauldron is the collapsed top of an ancient volcano, formed when the magma within finally blew. Though half of it is obscured beneath the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean, the other half is studded with cinder cones and calderas from smaller eruptions. And the whole area seethes with hydrothermal activity: Sulfuric acid spews from active fumaroles; geysers spout water and steam and the ground froths with boiling mud; and earthquake swarms shudder through the region, 125 miles south of Rome.

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    • Archaeologists Discover 81 Ancient Settlements in the Amazon

    • By: Sarah Kaplan
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    The settlement looked like little more than 11 mounds of earth surrounded by a sunken ditch. But if Jonas Gregorio de Souza closed his eyes, he could imagine the Boa Vista site as it would have appeared 800 years ago. Perhaps, the archaeologist said, those mounds were houses circling a central square. Outside the defensive ditch, gardens and fruit trees might have flourished. The mile-long road leading to the enclosure may have had a ritual purpose, its surface hardened by countless ceremonial processions. Or maybe it linked the village to others, forming a chain of communities that crisscrossed the whole southern Amazon basin.

    "Archaeologists Discover 81 Ancient Settlements in the Amazon" is from the March 27, 2018 National section of The Washington Post. It was written by Sarah Kaplan and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • This Group Wants to Fight 'Anti-Science' Rhetoric by Getting Scientists to Run for Office

    • By: Sarah Kaplan
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
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    The initiative, which officially launches Tuesday, was set up by the political action committee 314 Action ("314" for the first three digits of pi, in case it wasn't already clear that nerds are behind this). Inspired by political action committees such as Emily's List, the group says its goal is to connect people with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and math to the expertise and funds needed to run a successful campaign.

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    • The Woman Who Wrote 31,014 Amazon Book Reviews and Upended the Internet, Dead at 63

    • By: Sarah Kaplan
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 7 mins
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    "The Woman Who Wrote 31,014 Amazon Book Reviews and Upended the Internet, Dead at 63" is from the October 30, 2015 Top Stories section of The Washington Post. It was written by Sarah Kaplan and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • The Doomsday Clock Just Moved: It’s Now 2 Minutes to ‘Midnight,’ the Symbolic Hour of the Apocalypse

    • By: Lindsey Bever, Sarah Kaplan, and Abby Ohlheiser
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 10 mins
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    The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists advanced the symbolic Doomsday Clock a notch closer to the end of humanity Thursday, moving it ahead by 30 seconds after what the organization called a “grim assessment” of the state of geopolitical affairs.

    "The Doomsday Clock Just Moved: It’s Now 2 Minutes to ‘Midnight,’ the Symbolic Hour of the Apocalypse" is from the January 25, 2018 National section of The Washington Post. It was written by Lindsey Bever, Sarah Kaplan, and Abby Ohlheiser and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Scientists Create a Part-Human, Part-Pig Embryo — Raising the Possibility of Interspecies Organ Transplants

    • By: Sarah Kaplan
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 9 mins
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    The human-pig hybrid — dubbed a “chimera” for the mythical creature with a lion's head, a goat's body and a serpent's tail — was “highly inefficient,” the researchers cautioned. But it's the most successful human-animal chimera and a significant step toward the development of animal embryos with functioning human organs.

    "Scientists Create a Part-Human, Part-Pig Embryo — Raising the Possibility of Interspecies Organ Transplants" is from the January 26, 2017 Speaking of Science section of The Washington Post. It was written by Sarah Kaplan and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Dear Science: How Do I Stop Snoring?

    • By: Rachel Feltman, Sarah Kaplan
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 5 mins
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    According to my partner, I snore. A lot. I've never been made aware of this before. Is it possible that I've suddenly started snoring, or just never noticed? How can I make it stop?

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    • 'She Did Not Want to Deliver the Baby': Mother of Calif. Newborn Found Buried Alive Is Charged

    • By: Sarah Kaplan
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 4 mins
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    "'She Did Not Want to Deliver the Baby': Mother of Calif. Newborn Found Buried Alive Is Charged" is from the Top Stories section of The Washington Post. It was written by Sarah Kaplan and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Here's How the World Could End With or Without Humanity's Help

    • By: Sarah Kaplan
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 3 mins
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    Humanity has about 100 years left on Earth. That's what theoretical physicist turned apocalyptic prognosticator Stephen Hawking plans to announce in a new documentary for the BBC this summer.

    "Here's How the World Could End with or Without Humanity's Help" is from the May 10, 2017 Health & Science section of The Washington Post. It was written by Sarah Kaplan and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Pluto's Icy Heart May Hide an Underground Ocean

    • By: Sarah Kaplan
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 5 mins
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    Before the New Horizons flyby, planetary scientist James Keane saw himself as a “Pluto skeptic.”

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    • The World Might See a Mass Extinction of Primates if Humans Don’t Act

    • By: Sarah Kaplan
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    In a bleak new study published this week in the journal Science Advances, 31 top primatologists warn that the planet could see a mass extinction of nonhuman primates as a consequence of human activities. Some 60 percent of species are in danger of becoming extinct, the researchers write, and a full 75 percent are in decline. If the effects of habitat loss, hunting and man-made climate change aren't mitigated, they say, our closest animal cousins will start to vanish in the next 25 to 50 years.

    "The World Might See a Mass Extinction of Primates if Humans Don’t Act" is from the January 19, 2017 Speaking of Science section of The Washington Post. It was written by Sarah Kaplan and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Two Minutes Playing This Video Game Could Help Scientists Fight Alzheimer's

    • By: Sarah Kaplan
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 6 mins
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    "Two Minutes Playing This Video Game Could Help Scientists Fight Alzheimer's" is from the May 07, 2016 National section of The Washington Post. It was written by Sarah Kaplan and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • A Mysterious Mars-Sized Planet May Be Hiding at the Edge of Our Solar System

    • By: Sarah Kaplan 
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
    • Length: 5 mins
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    This is not the proposed “Planet Nine,” a ginormous body that Caltech scientists believe could be tugging at the orbits of the solar system's most distant inhabitants. And it's not Pluto. (Sorry Pluto, you still don't count).

    "A Mysterious Mars-Sized Planet May Be Hiding at the Edge of Our Solar System" is from the June 27, 2017 Speaking of Science section of The Washington Post. It was written by Sarah Kaplan and narrated by Kristi Burns.

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    • Mom Was a Neanderthal. Dad Was Something Else Entirely. Meet the Strangest Hybrid in Human History.

    • By: Sarah Kaplan
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    From fragments of DNA in a 90,000-year-old finger bone, scientists have identified a fascinating new character in the story of our evolution: the first-known offspring of parents from two different branches of the human family tree.

    "Mom Was a Neanderthal. Dad Was Something Else Entirely. Meet the Strangest Hybrid in Human History." is from the August 22, 2018 World section of The Washington Post. It was written by Sarah Kaplan and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • How Does Soap Make Things Clean?

    • By: Sarah Kaplan
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
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    Before we can talk about how soap makes things clean, first consider: What does it mean to be dirty?

    "How Does Soap Make Things Clean?" is from the March 20, 2017 Health & Science section of The Washington Post. It was written by Sarah Kaplan and narrated by Jenny Hoops.

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    • A New Definition Would Add 102 Planets to Our Solar System — Including Pluto

    • By: Sarah Kaplan
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
    • Length: 13 mins
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    Is Pluto a planet?

    It's not a question scientists ask in polite company.

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    • Science May Have Solved the 150-Year-Old Mystery of a Sunken Civil War Submarine

    • By: Sarah Kaplan
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 5 mins
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    Cheers erupted when the H.L. Hunley broke the ocean's surface for the first time in more than a century. Since it vanished during a 1864 naval battle, the Confederate submarine had lain on the seafloor off the coast near Charleston, S.C., its heavy iron hull gathering barnacles and rust. In 2000, when the vessel was recovered, scientists and historians expected to be able to solve the mystery of why it sank.

    "Science May Have Solved the 150-Year-Old Mystery of a Sunken Civil War Submarine" is from the August 24, 2017 Speaking of Science section of The Washington Post. It was written by Sarah Kaplan and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • We Always Knew Our Ancestors Were Microbes. Now We Found Them.

    • By: Sarah Kaplan
    • Narrated by: Jill Melancon
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    See, in its early days, life wasn't all that interesting. There were only two types of organisms floating around, bacteria and archaea — small, single-celled creatures with only the most primitive internal infrastructure. These cells didn't have the organelles required for complexity, like mitochondria (which produce energy) and nuclei (where DNA is stored and transcribed).

    "We Always Knew Our Ancestors Were Microbes. Now We Found Them." is from the January 12, 2017 Speaking of Science section of The Washington Post. It was written by Sarah Kaplan and narrated by Jill Melancon.

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