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New Poet Laureate: 'The Meaning Has Always Stayed The Same'

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Wright, who will serve as the next poet laureate, tells NPR's Melissa Block that his inspirations — landscape, language and God — have stayed constant for 50 years.

Being a bit coldblooded has its charms, scientists say. A mammal the size of a T. rex, for example, would have to eat constantly to feed its supercharged metabolism — and would probably starve. Publiphoto/Science Source hide caption

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Maybe Dinosaurs Were A Cold-Blooded, Warm-Blooded Mix

Evidence from bone growth now suggests that T. rex and its kin had the best of both worlds. Their muscles and nerves fired fast like ours, but they burned energy slowly, more like lizards do.

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The Salt

A Sweet Solution For Dandelions: Eat 'Em To Beat 'Em

For those who love a green lawn, those pesky yellow flowers can be an eyesore. For Irish chef Darina Allen, they're the key ingredient in a sweet, summertime treat.

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