Mammoths had a distinctive version of a gene known to play a role in sensing outside temperature, moderating the biology of fat, and regulating hair growth. That bit of DNA likely helped mammoths thrive in cold weather, scientists say. Courtesy of Giant Screen Films, 2012 D3D Ice Age, LLC/Penn State University hide caption

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Checking DNA Against Elephants Hints At How Mammoths Got Woolly

A clump of a mammoth's fur bought on eBay led scientists to a long list of ways the extinct species was special. One specific gene likely played a role in helping mammoths thrive in icy weather.

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For A Medal Of Honor Recipient, Wounds Of War Lingered Into Fatherhood

Master Sgt. Roy P. Benavidez led a mission to save eight soldiers in Vietnam — and nearly died in the process. Decades later, his daughter recalls a father who believed honor wasn't won, but earned.

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Ever Dream You Could Fly? 'Jetman' Has. Let Him Tell You About It

Yves Rossy flies like Superman. But instead of a cape, he uses 7-foot-long wings and four engines. "You are like in a parallel world that normally doesn't exist," he says. "It's beautiful."

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Deceptive Cadence

Simone Dinnerstein On A Trip To Cuba And Making Music Out Of Difficulty

Morning Edition host David Greene talks to the pianist about her recent performance at a piano festival in Cuba and a particularly stressful time in her life.

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Parallels - World News

In Data Breach, Reluctance To Point The Finger At China

Personal data of at least 18 million federal workers may have been accessed via the OPM computer system. Some officials quietly blame China; others want to avoid upsetting this major trade partner.

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During World War II, there was an American base in Liberia that was off-limits to most Liberians. According to author James Ciment, the smell of American food cooking drifted beyond the base's perimeter, giving the town of Smell No Taste its name. Abbas Dulleh/AP hide caption

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Goats and Soda

Yes, There Really Is A Town In Liberia Called 'Smell No Taste'

It's the place where a teenager died of Ebola this week. And, like all unusual geographic names, there's a story behind it.

"Who Gets Kissed" corn is a variety bred in Wisconsin specifically for organic farmers. It's named for an old game. At corn husking time, a lucky person who found a rare ear of corn with red kernels had the right to kiss anyone that he or she chose. Courtesy of Adrienne Shelton hide caption

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The Salt

Do Organic Farmers Need Special Seeds And Money To Breed Them?

Organic farmers say they need crop varieties that were bred specifically for conditions on their farms. Clif Bar & Company decided to back their cause with up to $10 million in grants.

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Code Switch

Coping While Black: A Season Of Traumatic News Takes A Psychological Toll

Research on the psychological effects of racism, especially on people of color, is still in the early stages. But psychologists warn that events like the Charleston, S.C., church shooting can cause serious stress.

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Music

Your Road-Trip Playlist Is Ready

From more than 3,000 listener suggestions, we've whittled the mix down to 99 songs you say are perfect for long summer drives. Stream the playlist here.

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