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Study: Detergent Pods Can Harm Children Who Play With Them

Monday, November 10, 2014

A study by an association of poison control centers warns that new laundry detergent pods pose a serious risk to kids who think they are candy.

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WATCH: The Robotic Baby Penguin That Spies For Scientists

Saturday, November 08, 2014

The emperor penguins of Antarctica are adorable. They're also pretty skittish when humans come around to collect data. Researchers at the University of Strasbourg have a solution: a penguin rover.

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How A Tilt Toward Safety Stopped A Scientist's Virus Research

Friday, November 07, 2014

The U.S. government has stopped some experiments with dangerous viruses, saying the risks need to be reconsidered. Key work in one scientist's lab has been halted.

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How Boy Bits First Came To Be

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Certain birth defects in male children are on the rise, and nobody knows why. Scientists say basic research into how external genitalia evolved in reptiles and rodents might offer a few clues.

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Weekly Innovation: Harness Could Allow Dogs, Humans To Communicate

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a dog harness, equipped with speakers and vibrating motors, that could be used in search and rescue or to improve dog training.

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How Much Is That MRI, Really? Massachusetts Shines A Light

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

A state law now requires insurers to reveal prices of their medical tests, and the variation is amazing, bargain hunters say. An MRI of the back is $614 at one place, $1,800 at another.

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Why Your Brain Wants To Help One Child In Need — But Not Millions

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Donations to fight Ebola are lower than expected. One psychologist thinks the reason may be the impact of hopelessness. A really big problem makes people less likely to give.

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Researchers Tap Web Chatter To Figure Out Who's Sick

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

With the help of online data, doctors and public health officials are tracking the spread of illnesses and predicting where they might strike next. The analyses also provide clues for prevention.

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Let's Clear This Up — In New York City, There's Only 1 Rat For Every 4 People

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Audie Cornish speaks with Jonathan Auerbach, a PhD student in statistics at Columbia University who endeavored to get a better estimate of the New York City rat population.

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A Non-GMO Way To Get More, Tastier Tomatoes

Monday, November 03, 2014

Farmers want tomato varieties that yield more fruit. Consumers want tastier ones. How to resolve that tension? A new genetic toolkit could help growers maximize the best of both worlds.

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New Clock May End Time As We Know It

Monday, November 03, 2014

Scientists working to create the perfect atomic clock have a fundamental problem: Right now, on the ceiling, time is passing just a bit faster than it is on the floor.

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Standard Time Starts, And The Summer-Haters Celebrate

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Some people have SAD — seasonal affective disorder — in reverse. For these people, today is the best day of the year.

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Entomologist Slammed For Euthanizing 'Puppy Spider'

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Piotr Naskrecki's blog post about finding a "puppy-sized" spider in the wilds of Guyana went viral — then the hate mail and death threats started coming in. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Naskrecki.

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Less Than Jubilant Genes: Why The Brits Keep Calm

Friday, October 31, 2014

A study of genes of people from different nations found British people have a short form of the gene controlling serotonin. The British are more disposed to grumpiness than the Danes or the Dutch.

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Virus Sleuths Chip Away At Ebola Mysteries

Friday, October 31, 2014

Big questions have bedeviled virus hunters for 38 years: Why do people differ in their response to Ebola? Is it becoming more or less dangerous? There's now more evidence about who gets sick and why.

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Ebola Researchers Banned From Medical Meeting In New Orleans

Thursday, October 30, 2014

One of the top scientific conferences on tropical diseases will take place without the people who have the most recent and direct experience with Ebola in West Africa.

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Scientists Implicate More Than 100 Genes In Causing Autism

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Spontaneous gene mutations, not ones inherited from parents, increase a child's risk of autism, scientists say. By comparing genes within families they've identified more than 100 suspects.

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Blood Test For Ebola Doesn't Catch Infection Early

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A highly sensitive blood test for Ebola exists, so why isn't it being used to test all returning health workers from West Africa? Because the virus isn't in the blood in the first stages of infection.

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Ancient Viruses Lurk In Frozen Caribou Poo

Monday, October 27, 2014

A 700-year-old caribou dropping from northern Canada holds surprisingly well-preserved viruses. There's no evidence the viruses are dangerous, but they are scientifically interesting.

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Gladiator Gatorade? Ancient Athletes Had A Recovery Drink, Too

Monday, October 27, 2014

Gladiators guzzled a drink made from plant ash to help their bodies recover after a hard day of sword fighting, according to Roman accounts. New tests of old bones back up that idea.

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