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Natural GMO? Sweet Potato Genetically Modified 8,000 Years Ago

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

People have been farming — and eating — a GMO for thousands of years without knowing it. Scientists have found genes from bacteria in sweet potatoes around the world. So who made the GMO?

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Blame Cognitive Biases When Efforts To Conserve Water Aren't Effective

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

As California's drought draws national headlines, we look at what a psychology-minded engineer has discovered when it comes to conserving water at home.

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Who Keeps Track If Your Surgery Goes Well Or Fails?

Sunday, May 03, 2015

The outcomes of many medical procedures and treatments done in hospitals nationwide aren't tracked or even measured, says a surgeon who thinks that's bad. Understanding outcomes, he says, saves lives.

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Does Reading Harry Potter Have An Effect On Your Behavior?

Friday, May 01, 2015

New research suggests that school kids who read and identify with Harry Potter display more positive attitudes toward people from disadvantaged groups.

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Safe Surgery Is A Dream In The Developing World

Thursday, April 30, 2015

One-third of global deaths occur because people don't have access to safe surgery, a study finds. Dirty operating rooms and unskilled attendants make going under the knife extremely risky.

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Maybe You Should Rethink That Daily Aspirin

Monday, April 27, 2015

A small dose of aspirin taken regularly can help prevent a second heart attack or stroke. But too many healthy people are taking the drug for prevention, and for them, the risks may outweigh benefits.

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CDC Warns More HIV, Hepatitis C Outbreaks Likely Among Drug Users

Friday, April 24, 2015

The U.S. epidemic of injected opioid use could lead to more severe outbreaks of HIV and hepatitis C, like those now occurring in Indiana, the Centers for Disease Control And Prevention says.

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Thoughts Can Fuel Some Deadly Brain Cancers

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A doctor-scientist's long quest to help children with a rare form of brain cancer has led to the discovery that high levels of brain activity can make glioma tumors grow faster.

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Critics Lash Out At Chinese Scientists Who Edited DNA In Human Embryos

Thursday, April 23, 2015

They tried a technique for editing DNA to change the genes in a human embryo. This is very controversial. The scientists say they did it to see if they could fix a gene that causes a blood disorder.

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Buzz Over Bee Health: New Pesticide Studies Rev Up Controversy

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Two new studies published in the journal Nature point to a connection between a class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids and a decline in bee health. What's bad for bees is bad for crops, too.

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Why Do Mosquitoes Like To Bite You Best? It's In Your Genes

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Researchers set hungry mosquitoes loose on identical and fraternal twins. They found that inherited genes do play a role in making you a mosquito magnet.

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Why Many Doctors Don't Follow 'Best Practices'

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Doctors, it turns out, often don't follow evidence-based guidelines. One result? Unnecessary tests. Scientists who study this contrariness think they know why.

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Screening Tests For Breast Cancer Genes Just Got Cheaper

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A company has priced its test for mutations linked to breast and ovarian cancer at $249 — far less than the thousands of dollars another firm charges. But is there a downside for the worried well?

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3D Printers Are Changing The Way People Think About Manufacturing

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

At the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, the future of manufacturing is taking shape. At the lab, 3D printers offer some unique design opportunities as well as interesting challenges.

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Why Handsome Men May Be At A Disadvantage When It Comes To Hiring

Monday, April 20, 2015

Researchers have known that beautiful people have advantages. But experiments find that in many hiring and evaluation decisions, being a good looking man can be a distinct disadvantage.

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See Priya Cook: Gender Bias Pervades Textbooks Worldwide

Sunday, April 19, 2015

In almost every corner of the world, women are either completely written out of school books, or they're portrayed in stereotypical, subservient roles, a report says. What will it take to fix this?

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Setting The Record Straight On The Phrase 'Gateway Drug'

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Denise Kandel coined the term, often associated with marijuana, in a research paper 40 years ago. But her work suggested nicotine, not pot, was most likely to lead to the use of harder drugs.

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Gazing Into Those Puppy-Dog Eyes May Actually Be Good For You

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Gazing into your dog's eyes apparently triggers happy feelings in both parties - suggesting that dogs really may love us back. (This piece originally aired on All Things Considered on April 16, 2015.)

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Use Of E-Cigarettes Triples Among U.S. Teens

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Even as the use of traditional cigarettes and most other tobacco products dipped or stayed the same from 2013 to 2014, the use of e-cigarettes climbed among students in high school and middle school.

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'Mad Cow' Disease In Texas Man Has Mysterious Origin

Thursday, April 16, 2015

It's only the fourth case of the deadly disease in the U.S. And it has doctors on an international hunt. How did a disease linked to contaminated beef in the U.K. more than a decade ago get to Texas?

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