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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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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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Can Breeders Cure What Ails Our Breast-Heavy Turkeys?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The standard commercial American turkey is the product of decades of intense selective breeding. But breeding for efficiency and size has created new health problems scientists must grapple with.

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Scientists Analyze Skeletal Remains From Vampire Graveyard

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Lab scientists are trying to understand why some corpses buried in northwestern Poland were singled out for special anti-vampire treatments, such as putting a sickle around the neck.

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Search For Political Common Ground Is Difficult, Research Shows

Thursday, November 27, 2014

New research into the nature of intractable political conflicts might shed some light on how to address the perennial arguments that break out across Thanksgiving tables.

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Colorectal Cancer Cases Are Dropping โ€” Except Among Young Adults

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The number of Americans getting and dying from colorectal cancer has been dropping steadily except for one group โ€” younger adults.

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How Can Vultures Eat Rotten Roadkill And Survive?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Vultures consume toxic bacteria that would sicken or kill humans. Stouter immune systems, colonies of helpful microbes and potent stomach acid may help the carrion eaters gorge with abandon.

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How Real Estate Markets May Affect The Birth Rate

Monday, November 24, 2014

Research indicates the rise and fall of real estate prices seems to shape the decision among homeowners on whether to have children.

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Could Magnets Help Lessen The Impact Of Concussions In Football?

Sunday, November 23, 2014

A researcher at Virginia Commonwealth University is experimenting with putting magnets in football helmets to dull the impact. NPR's Tess Vigeland speaks with neuroscientist Raymond Colello.

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What Microbes Lurked In The Last Public Restroom You Used?

Sunday, November 23, 2014

A census of bacteria and viruses on the floors, toilets and soap dispensers of several bathrooms on a college campus turned up around 77,000 different types of organisms. Oh, joy.

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Sleep's Link To Learning And Memory Traced To Brain Chemistry

Thursday, November 20, 2014

During sleep, the brain locks in existing memories and can even form new ones. Scientists say they are starting to understand how that happens. A midnight snack may interfere.

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Bloodmobiles To Collect Plasma From West Africa's Ebola Survivors

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Researchers gear up tests in West Africa to see whether blood from Ebola survivors can help people who are sick with the disease. This is part of a broader effort to test therapies in West Africa.

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Invasive Surgery May Motivate Patients To Adopt Healthier Behaviors

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

One challenge in evaluating the effectiveness of different medical procedures, is that patients behave differently after different procedures. Is this true for patients getting heart surgery?

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Are Modafinil's Brain-Boosting Benefits Hype Or Science?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Modafinil has been approved for treatment of narcolepsy, but it's often used to improve mental performance. The question is, does it work? A new study says probably not.

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Toxic Tau Of Alzheimer's May Offer A Path To Treatment

Monday, November 17, 2014

Faulty forms of the brain protein tau trigger tangles inside and outside brain cells of Alzheimer's patients. Scientists say figuring out how to stop bad tau's spread from cell to cell might be key.

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Researchers Suggest Ways To Make Pill Swallowing Easier

Monday, November 17, 2014

Almost one-third of people have trouble swallowing pills, according to German researchers. They say some people have so much trouble, they avoid taking the recommended dosage.

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Patch Of Pacific Water Is Warmest In Decades

Sunday, November 16, 2014

A stretch of unusually warm water is lingering off of the West Coast. Scientists are calling it "the blob." Fishermen are calling it the best the thing to happen to their industry in 20 years.

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How Bacteria In The Gut Help Fight Off Viruses

Friday, November 14, 2014

Rotavirus kills more than a half-million kids around the world each year. Now scientists have evidence that the secret to stopping it is hiding in the trillions of bacteria of our microbiome.

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Hurricane Sandy Stranded Dialysis Patients. Lessons Learned?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A quarter of the dialysis patients who were in New York City when Hurricane Sandy hit missed at least one treatment due to power outages. Yet, not many are prepared for the next disaster.

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