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How Your Brain Remembers Where You Parked The Car

When people saw photos that linked a famous person with a famous place, it changed the behavior of certain neurons in their brains. And it changed their memories, too.

The Scallop Scoop: Survey Forecasts A Banner Year In Atlantic

Federal fisheries researchers says their survey found about 10 billion scallops in waters off Delaware and southern New Jersey. They're predicting a boom for the nation's most valuable fishery.

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USA's 'Mr. Robot,' HBO's 'Ballers' Among Picks For Best Summer TV Series

A flood of some 120 series, both new and returning, are coming to TV sets this summer. So, how to choose which ones to binge-watch by the pool? Our TV critic picks his four favorite new shows.

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To Keep Up With Earth's Rotation, Clocks Will Tick An Extra Second Tonight

There is an extra "leap" second in Tuesday's clock. The second is designed to keep the clocks in synch with earth's rotation, but some people would like to take it away.

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Flood Maps Can Get Much Sharper With A Little Supercomputing Oomph

Entrepreneurs are turning to Oak Ridge National Lab's supercomputer to make all sorts of things, including maps that are much more accurate in predicting how a neighborhood will fare in a flood.

Venus And Jupiter Set For A Close Encounter Tuesday Night

NASA says the two bright planets will be "a jaw-dropping one-third of a degree apart" around sunset. It's the closest they'll come in their current 24-year cycle.

11:59:60 — Look For An Extra Tick Of The Clock Tonight

"Leap seconds" are added from time to time to keep atomic clocks in sync with a time standard tied to the rotation of the Earth. This will be the 26th time it's been done.

Branding Teen Drivers As Newbies Doesn't Prevent Crashes

Graduated driver's licenses that impose restrictions like no driving at night have reduced crashes and deaths. But it looks like putting a learner sticker on teens' license plates doesn't help.

Asked To Divide Zero By Zero, Siri Waxes Philosophical (And Personal)

Siri's elaborate reply easily surpasses the simple "Does not compute" with which robots in old sci-fi movies used to announce a bout of cognitive dissonance.

Wisdom Of The Crowds? Online Effort Seeks To Raise Funds For Greece

A crowd-funding effort to get the $1.8 billion Greece needs to make a loan payment to the International Monetary Fund has so far raised $124,569. Donors get gifts ranging from salads to gift baskets.

After Supreme Court Decision, Is There An Alternative To Lethal Injection?

July 2, 2015
People in support of abolishing the death penalty protest outside of the Supreme Court in Washington Monday. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

On Monday, a divided Supreme Court upheld a state’s right to use lethal injection in death penalty executions.

What It’s Like To Lead A Non-Hierarchical Workplace

July 1, 2015
Terri Kelly is CEO of W. L. Gore. (Courtesy)

Terri Kelly is one of few people with a title at W. L. Gore – the maker of Gore-Tex – and she says she really doesn’t like having one.

Is Being Smarter Just A Drug, Chip Or Gene Away?

July 1, 2015
A graphic shows the sections of a human brain. (Allan Ajifo/Flickr)

Scientists are investigating a variety of technologies to make human beings more intelligent.

The Pope Is Right On Climate Change. As For His Economics …

July 1, 2015
Copies of Pope Francis' encyclical "Laudato Si," are displayed prior to the start of a press conference, at the Vatican, Thursday, June 18, 2015. Pope Francis called for a bold cultural revolution to correct what he calls the "structurally perverse" economic system of the rich exploiting the poor that is turning Earth into an "immense pile of filth."(Andrew Medichini/AP)

The encyclical scanted a key point: while market forces contribute to the problem, they are unavoidably a vital tool in fixing it.

With Pluto On Its Horizon, NASA Spacecraft Nears Target

June 30, 2015
In this artists rendering, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft approaches Pluto. (NASA)

“We haven’t done anything like this since Voyager in the 1980s, and nothing like it is planned to ever happen again.”

The Worldwide Space Race

June 30, 2015
In this image provided by NASA/JSC, astronauts Steven L. Smith and John M. Grunsfeld are photographed during an extravehicular activity (EVA) during the December 1999 Hubble servicing mission of STS-103, flown by Discovery. The Hubble Space Telescope, one of NASA'S crowning glories, marks its 25th anniversary on Friday, April 24, 2015.

Global plans for outer space. We’ll look around the world at who has what agendas for out there.

SpaceX Rocket Explodes Minutes After Takeoff

June 29, 2015
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft breaks apart shortly after liftoff at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Sunday, June 28, 2015. The rocket was carrying supplies to the International Space Station. (John Raoux/AP)

John Logsdon, former director of the Space Policy Institute, discusses the explosion and the future of private sector space missions.

How Your Gut Bacteria Influences Your Emotions

June 29, 2015
Bacteria under a microscope.

Can bacteria in your gut influence your brain? Your mood? Your emotions? Top scientists say yes.

Darts Study Proves The Power Of Rivalries

June 27, 2015
What happens when a rival student tells you whether you hit the bullseye or not? (Jordan Masnfield/Getty Images)

Many sports fans enjoy heckling players from the rival team. But a 2012 study performed at the University of Exeter shows taunting an opponent may actually help the opposition. Bill Littlefield has the story.

Protecting Kids From Marketing, Ads, And Commercialization

June 25, 2015
YouTube Kids is an app with children's programs and parental guides, but some say it's too commercial for children. (Petras Gagilas/Flickr)

Are kids at danger from the influence of corporate marketers when they watch TV or use apps?

Local Scientist Says Deflategate Science Is On Tom Brady’s Side

June 23, 2015
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady addresses the issue of the NFL investigation of deflated footballs at a news conference in Foxborough on Jan. 22, 2015. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Mike Greenway conducted his own scientific investigation on football inflation. His conclusion? “Just about every aspect of the NFL investigation is flawed.”

Why Did An MIT Student Record His Own Brain Surgery?

June 19, 2015
Steven Keating has 3-D printed versions of his tumor, that took up 10 percent of his brain. (Courtesy Steven Keating, photo by Paula Aguilera & Jonathan Williams)

Steven Keating is on a quest for medical transparency, calling for legislation to create open source medical records.

Chimpanzees Endangered, No Longer Eligible For Most Research

June 19, 2015
A baby chimpanzee relaxes on its mother Swela at the Leipzig Zoo in Leipzig, central Germany, Thursday, April 23, 2015. (Jens Meyer/AP)

Chimps are the closely related to humans and have been the preferred animal for biomedical testing.

The Computer Will (Literally) See You Now

June 18, 2015
In this file photo, a New York Police Department SkyWatch observation tower is stationed in midtown Manhattan, Wednesday, July 31, 2013 in New York. Behind it is a billboard filled with people's photographs. (AP)

Facial recognition technology is suddenly all over. The government’s push to rein it in has just blown up. What happens to your privacy?

Salmon-Killing Parasite Is Thriving In California Drought

June 17, 2015
A juvenile Chinook salmon from the Klamath River shows signs of parasitic infection and disease. (Jes Burns/OPB/EarthFix)

Scientists are predicting a die-off of young Chinook salmon in the Klamath River in Southern Oregon and Northern California.

Pope Francis On The Immorality Of Environmental Degradation

June 17, 2015
Tiziana Dearing: "Pope Francis may be the right man at the right time to bring inherently religious values about poverty, the economy and the environment to a broader community." Pictured: Pope Francis delivers his message on the occasion of an audience with participants of Rome's diocese convention in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, June 14, 2015. Francis engaged in some self-promotion during his weekly blessing, alerting the thousands of people in St. Peter's Square that his first solo encyclical is coming out on Thursday and inviting them to pay attention to environmental degradation around them. (Gregorio Borgia/AP)

Pope Francis may be the right man at the right time to bring inherently religious values about poverty, the economy and the environment to a broader community.

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