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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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    • Ta-Nehisi Coates, Adam Johnson Win National Book Awards

    • By: Sarah Kaplan
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    "Ta-Nehisi Coates, Adam Johnson Win National Book Awards" 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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    • In 'Defense of Science,' Researchers Sue EPA Over Move to Overhaul Advisory Boards

    • By: Sarah Kaplan, Brady Dennis
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
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    A group of the Environmental Protection Agency's current and former advisory board members sued it Thursday over Administrator Scott Pruitt's controversial decision to bar scientists who receive agency grants from serving as outside advisers.

    "In 'Defense of Science,' Researchers Sue EPA Over Move to Overhaul Advisory Boards" is from the December 21, 2017 National section of The Washington Post. It was written by Sarah Kaplan and Brady Dennis and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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

    • By: Sarah Kaplan
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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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    • How Vera Rubin Changed Science

    • By: Sarah Kaplan
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    Vera Rubin didn't plan to be a pioneering female astronomer. When she was 10, lying awake at her home in Washington, memorizing the paths of the stars outside her window, “I didn't know a single astronomer, male or female,” she once said in an interview. “I didn't think that all astronomers were male, because I didn't know.”

    "How Vera Rubin Changed Science" is from the December 27, 2016 National section of The Washington Post. It was written by Sarah Kaplan and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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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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    • How NASA Is Rehearsing for a Mission to Mars

    • By: Sarah Kaplan
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 8 mins
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    The Martian landscape is otherworldly. The ground is twisted into ropelike coils, rippling waves and jagged spikes; sulfurous gases billow from vents in the ground, bits of volcanic glass glitter in faint sunlight that filters through the undulating fog.

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    • Snake Venom Evolved to Kill Specific Squirrels with Shocking Precision

    • By: Sarah Kaplan
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 4 mins
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    "Snake Venom Evolved to Kill Specific Squirrels with Shocking Precision" is from the May 20, 2016, 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
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    • 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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    • Humans Didn't Outsmart the Neanderthals. We Just Outlasted Them.

    • By: Sarah Kaplan
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    By the standards of the Paleolithic age, members of Homo neanderthalensis were the height of sophistication. These ancient hominins ranged across Europe and parts of Asia for more than 300,000 years, producing tools, jewelry and impressive cave creations. They cared for their sick and elderly. They perhaps even performed a primitive kind of dentistry.

    "Humans Didn't Outsmart the Neanderthals. We Just Outlasted Them." is from the November 01, 2017 Science section of The Washington Post. It was written by Sarah Kaplan 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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    • Scientists Find a Massive Coral Reef Just Chilling in the Amazon

    • By: Sarah Kaplan
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    • Length: 3 mins
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    "Scientists Find a Massive Coral Reef Just Chilling in the Amazon" is from the April 25, 2016 World section of The Washington Post. It was written by Sarah Kaplan and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Why NASA Still Believes We Might Find Life on Mars

    • By: Sarah Kaplan
    • Narrated by: Jill Melancon
    • Length: 10 mins
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    "The day Gil Levin says he detected life on Mars, he was waiting in his lab at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, watching a piece of paper inch out of a printer. Levin snatched the sheet and scrutinized the freshly inked graph. A thin line measuring radioactive carbon crept steadily upward, just as it always did when Levin performed the test with microbes on Earth.

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    • The Mysterious Volcano That Got Western Scientists a Rare Invite to North Korea

    • By: Sarah Kaplan
    • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
    • Length: 5 mins
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    "The Mysterious Volcano That Got Western Scientists a Rare Invite to North Korea" is from the April 18, 2016 World section of The Washington Post. It was written by Sarah Kaplan and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • Ancient Romans Depicted Huns as Barbarians. Their Bones Tell a Different Story.

    • By: Sarah Kaplan
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    Contrary to historical accounts, ancient farmers and nomads coexisted on the Roman frontier, archaeologists find.

    "Ancient Romans Depicted Huns as Barbarians. Their Bones Tell a Different Story." is from the March 22, 2017 Science section of The Washington Post. It was written by Sarah Kaplan and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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    • This NASA Spacecraft Will Get Closer to the Sun Than Anything Ever Before

    • By: Sarah Kaplan
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    • Length: 6 mins
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    Shortly after NASA was established in 1958, the nation's top scientists compiled a list of missions they thought the brand-new space agency should pursue. The proposals were heady, considering at that point only three satellites had ever been launched. Researchers suggested an Earth-orbiting telescope that could detect the universe's most distant stars, probes that would venture to the solar system's other planets, an initiative to land humans on the surface of the moon.

    "This NASA Spacecraft Will Get Closer to the Sun Than Anything Ever Before" is from the January 22, 2018 National section of The Washington Post. It was written by Sarah Kaplan and narrated by Sam Scholl.

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

    • By: Sarah Kaplan
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    • Length: 4 mins
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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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    • Ancient Tools and Bone Found in Florida Could Help Rewrite the Story of the First Americans

    • By: Sarah Kaplan
    • Narrated by: Jill Melancon
    • Length: 7 mins
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    "Ancient Tools and Bone Found in Florida Could Help Rewrite the Story of the First Americans" is from the May 13, 2016 National section of The Washington Post. It was written by Sarah Kaplan and narrated by Jill Melancon.

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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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    • The Truth About Astronaut Scott Kelly’s Viral ‘Space Genes’

    • By: Sarah Kaplan
    • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
    • Length: 4 mins
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    In March 2016, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly returned from an unprecedented 340-day mission on the International Space Station. A year later, his doctors released preliminary results of an extensive study comparing his health to that of his earthbound identical twin brother, Mark. And this past January, NASA announced that attendees at a recent scientific workshop agreed on the initial medical conclusion — that space travel takes a significant toll and can result in changes at the molecular level.

    "The Truth About Astronaut Scott Kelly’s Viral ‘Space Genes’" is from the March 16, 2018 National section of The Washington Post. It was written by Sarah Kaplan and narrated by Jenny Hoops.

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