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Emotions Linger After Forgotten Events In Alzheimer's Patients

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A new study suggests that people with Alzheimer's can hold on to happy or sad feelings, even if they forget what triggered them. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with the study's author, Edmarie Guzman-Velez.

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Sloppy Splinting Can Make A Child's Broken Arm Much Worse

Friday, October 10, 2014

A pediatrician who specializes in fixing broken bones in kids and teens says about 90 percent of the fractures he treats have been splinted improperly in a community ER or urgent care center first.

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Scientists Coax Human Embryonic Stem Cells Into Making Insulin

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Researchers have found a way to mass- produce the pancreatic cells that are insulin factories inside the body. The findings could eventually lead to treatments that would transform diabetes care.

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Research May Give Potential Homicide Victims A Heads Up

Thursday, October 09, 2014

New research in Chicago finds that homicide victims are concentrated among a tiny network. Tracing that network might lead to public health measures to protect would-be victims.

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All Things Considered

Climate Change Worsens Coastal Flooding From High Tides

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Flooding from extreme tidal swings was once just a rare nuisance for coastal cities. But rising sea levels have increased the frequency of these nuisance floods as much as tenfold since the 1960s.

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How To Take A Nobel Prize-Winning Picture

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

This year's Nobel Prize in chemistry went to a team that came up with a way to take a closer look at the secret lives of living cells. It could make biomedical research a lot easier.

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Indonesian Cave Paintings As Old As Europe's Ancient Art

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Figures found on the walls of a prehistoric cave in Indonesia are at least 35,400 years old or more, scientists say. That might mean the earliest art developed independently in different regions.

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Scientists Share Chemistry Nobel For Breakthrough In Microscopy

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Two Americans and a German get the prestigious prize for pushing back the limits of what was long thought of as an insurmountable barrier to viewing individual molecules.

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Nobel Committee: 3 Scientists Win Chemistry Prize

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Americans Eric Betzig and William Moerner and German scientist Stefan Hell have won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for "the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy."

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Eating Comfort Foods May Not Be So Comforting After All

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

It's tempting to seek out the mac and cheese or a pint of ice cream after a terrible, horrible, no good day. But fresh research suggests such comfort foods might not be mood boosters after all.

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3 Win Nobel In Physics For New Light Source

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Scientists — 2 from Japan and 1 from the U.S. — have won the Nobel Prize in physics for the invention of blue light-emitting diodes — a new energy efficient and environment-friendly light source.

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Study: Voice-Command Systems Contribute To Distracted Driving

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Carmakers would like you to think that voice-command systems keep you focused on the road. Recent research indicates that voice commands, like Siri, more than likely cause distracted driving.

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Why Saying Is Believing — The Science Of Self-Talk

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Self-help videos tell women to learn to love their bodies by saying nice things to themselves in the mirror. Can shushing your harshest critic actually rewire the brain?

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'Inner GPS' Discovery Wins Nobel Prize In Medicine

Monday, October 06, 2014

U.S.-British scientist John O'Keefe and Norwegian husband and wife Edvard Moser and May-Britt Moser have won for discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain.

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All Things Considered

Dolphins: Adorable, Playful, Not As Smart As You Might Think

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Dolphins are often considered the geniuses of the ocean. But some researchers have begun to challenge that notion, saying many mammals have similar skills and dolphins might not be that special.

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A First: Uterus Transplant Gives Parents A Healthy Baby

Saturday, October 04, 2014

The new mother, 36, had been born without a uterus, so another woman, 61, donated her womb several years after she had gone through menopause.

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Study: Standing Desks Are More Beneficial To Students

Friday, October 03, 2014

Old school teachers used to punish students by making them stand at their desks. Now, researchers are prescribing it for every student in the school.

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Your Fellow Diners' Size May Affect How Much You Eat

Thursday, October 02, 2014

In one study, people who ate near a heavier dining companion served themselves lots more food. Researchers say a fellow diner's weight is just one of many subconscious cues influencing what we eat.

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When Can A Big Storm Or Drought Be Blamed On Climate Change?

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Scientists wince when people blame every big tropical cyclone, heat wave or drought on a shifting climate. But now some are trying to figure out just what the evidence for such a link would be.

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Is That A Lark I Hear? A Nightingale? Surprise! It's a Bat

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

There are animals famous for their songs. Whales sing. Birds sing. We humans have Aretha, Elvis, Ray Charles, Pavarotti. But bats — who knew?

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