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Scientists Debate If It's OK To Make Viruses More Dangerous In The Lab

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Researchers are struggling with how to balance the benefits and risks of genetic experiments that can give viruses new talents for causing infections.

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Scientists Report Headway In Hunt For Dengue Vaccine

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Dengue sickens millions of people each year, and there's no cure. Now scientists have found powerful antibodies that stop the virus. Their discovery offers a road map to develop a simple vaccine.

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To Get To The Bottom Of Your Microbiome, Start With A Swab Of Poo

Monday, December 15, 2014

To find helpful patterns in personal microbe populations, scientists also need to gather a long list of information about the people who serve as homes for the microscopic critters.

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Morning Edition

Why Some Scientific Collaborations Are More Beneficial Than Others

Monday, December 15, 2014

It turns out that when scientists collaborate internationally, they are more like to have an impact on science than purely domestic collaborations.

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Morning Edition

To Stop Teen Drinking Parties, Fine The Parents

Monday, December 15, 2014

For some teenagers, parties with alcohol are almost a rite of passage. Surveys show the vast majority of parents in these homes know the alcohol is flowing. Cities are now cracking down on the adults.

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All Things Considered

Taking On Racial Profiling With Data

Sunday, December 14, 2014

A year ago, Phillip Atiba Goff, president of UCLA's Center for Policing Equity, started working with police departments to build a database on racial profiling. NPR's Arun Rath talks with him about its progress.

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All Things Considered

Birds Of A Feather Aren't Necessarily Related

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Geneticists have revised the evolutionary tree of birds, revealing some unlikely relationships.

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All Things Considered

Football Players Drill Without Helmets To Curb Concussions

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The idea, according to a scientist at New Hampshire University, is to teach each player "rugby awareness," so he'll be more likely to keep his head out of harm's way. Helmets off, eyes up.

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Community College Programs Can Lead To Big Payoffs โ€” In The Right Fields

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A study tracking grads from Washington state's schools found those who completed programs longer than a year had more pay and steadier work โ€” especially in health care, technology and skilled labor.

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Debunking Vaccine Myths Can Have An Unintended Effect

Thursday, December 11, 2014

People concerned about potential flu vaccine side effects may be less likely to get the shot after learning that their worries are more misplaced than they were to start with.

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A Crowd Of Scientists Finds A Better Way To Predict Seizures

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The winners of an online competition identified electrical patterns in the brain that often precede a seizure. The victors included a mathematician and an engineer, but no doctor.

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Morning Edition

Scientists Often Skip A Simple Test That Could Verify Their Work

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Scientists have published thousands of studies using immortal cell lines, but in many cases the cells in the experiments have been misidentified or contaminated. The problem could be avoided easily.

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Morning Edition

Mistaken Identities Plague Lab Work With Human Cells

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

A line of immortal cells, supposedly from a breast cancer patient, turned out to be from a type of skin cancer. The mix-up wasn't discovered until experiments around the world had been contaminated.

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All Things Considered

A Drug Might Heal Spinal Injuries By Sparking Nerve Growth

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

A neurologist's unorthodox thinking led to an experimental drug that allows trapped nerve fibers to grow again. And that growth helps amplify signals that restored movement in laboratory rats.

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Is HIV Evolving Into A Weaker Virus?

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

In parts of southern Africa, HIV has picked up mutations that slow down its ability to grow inside a person's blood. That's a good sign. But will it be enough to make a difference in the epidemic?

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All Things Considered

Earliest Human Engraving Or Trash From An Ancient Lunch?

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Carved zigzag marks on a shell found more than a century ago have drawn new interest from archaeologists. The half-million-year-old lines aren't from an animal, and might be art from Homo erectus.

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Our Ability To Digest Alcohol May Have Been Key To Our Survival

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Our primate ancestors could consume alcohol 10 million years ago in the form of fermented fruit, researchers have discovered. The finding suggests that our relationship with alcohol is ancient.

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All Things Considered

Examining The Myth Of The 'Superhuman' Black Person

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Social psychology researcher Kelly Hoffman has been researching white perceptions of black physicality as "superhuman" for the last three years. NPR's Eric Westervelt talks to Hoffman about her findings.

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Medal For Discovery Of DNA's Double Helix Up For Bidding

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Dr. James Watson is auctioning off the Nobel Prize medal he won for the discovery of the structure of DNA. Christie's auction house set the reserve price at $2.5 million.

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Morning Edition

How Dogs Understand What We Say

Friday, November 28, 2014

Dogs pay close attention to the emotion in our voices, but what about the meaning of words? A clever experiment with 250 canines shows that dogs understand more of our speech than previously thought.

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