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Diet Soda May Alter Our Gut Microbes And Raise The Risk Of Diabetes

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

There's a new wrinkle to the old debate over diet soda: Artificial sweeteners may alter our microbiomes. And for some, this may raise blood sugar levels and set the stage for diabetes.

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Europe's Family Tree Gets A New Branch

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Genetic evidence from ancient humans and modern people suggests that travelers from northern Eurasia moved south several thousand years ago. They stuck around to have kids with early European farmers.

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Morning Edition

Top Scientists Suggest A Few Fixes For Medical Funding Crisis

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The answer, this time, isn't simply more cash, says Dr. Harold Varmus, director of the National Cancer Institute. Instead, changing the way research money is distributed might fix systemic problems.

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All Things Considered

Breast Cancer Patients Seek More Control Over Research Agenda

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tired of waiting for a cure for breast cancer, a coalition of activists now leans hard on Congress to steer money to particular research projects. Critics say that approach may miss promising leads.

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Morning Edition

Too Few University Jobs For America's Young Scientists

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

So, you want to be a science professor? Good luck. Highly educated, relatively low-paid postdoctoral fellows may drive U.S. biomedical research, but they're training for jobs that don't exist.

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Key Brain Connection Slow To Develop In Kids With ADHD

Monday, September 15, 2014

A network in the brain that helps control daydreaming seem to be slower to develop in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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Morning Edition

Can Looking At Food Photos Make You Feel Full?

Monday, September 15, 2014

We know that eating food fills us up. But research indicates looking at photos of food might have the same effect.

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Morning Edition

Patients Vulnerable When Cash-Strapped Scientists Cut Corners

Monday, September 15, 2014

A shrinking pool of grant money for medical research has led competing applicants to oversell weak scientific findings, critics say. The result: Many experimental treatments are worthless.

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Millennial Generation Likes Old-Fashioned Technology: Books

Sunday, September 14, 2014

NPR's Lynn Neary speaks with Lee Rainie of the Pew Research Center about a new study that looks at the reading habits of millennials.

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TED Radio Hour

Could Genetics Hold The Answer To Curing Autism?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Geneticist Wendy Chung describes what it's like to chip away at the mysteries of autism, and the excitement of uncovering tiny but critical clues.

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All Things Considered

Crocodile Meets Godzilla โ€” A Swimming Dino Bigger Than T. Rex

Thursday, September 11, 2014

It roamed land and sea and snacked on giant fish. The first few spinosaurus bones were discovered a century ago, but destroyed in WWII. A more complete, second specimen reveals a terrifying predator.

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Morning Edition

Built In Better Times, University Labs Now Lack Research Funding

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

When the National Institutes of Health budget doubled, some schools scrambled to build new laboratory buildings. But the funding has declined, leaving institutions struggling to pay for the buildings.

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All Things Considered

When Scientists Give Up

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

They were talented, idealistic risk-takers on the road to what they thought would be important medical discoveries. But when the funding for risk-takers dried up, these two academics called it quits.

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Morning Edition

In Some Jobs, Past Achievements May Work Against Female Workers

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

London Business School researchers find that the more competent and accomplished women are, the worse their performance evaluations โ€” when it comes to managers with traditional gender attitudes.

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Morning Edition

U.S. Science Suffering From Booms And Busts In Funding

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The federal budget for bioscience has undergone big swings since 2000. Some scientists are now out of work and others are abandoning the ambitious, creative ideas that fuel discovery.

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New Ebola Vaccine Is Tested In Humans, After Success In Monkeys

Sunday, September 07, 2014

The vaccine was developed by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and at Okairos, a Swiss-based biotech company owned by the British drug company GlaxoSmithKline.

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Mapping What You Cannot See, Cannot Know, Cannot Visit

Sunday, September 07, 2014

We live on a planet, next to a star that's part of a galaxy that's part of ... ah, here comes the new discovery. We are at the very tip of a giant galactic "supercluster." Take a look.

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Up Close, The Lava Rolls From Bardarbunga

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Simon Redfeld of Cambridge is a volcano researcher who is literally scooping up lava at the active volcano in Iceland. NPR's Scott Simon talks to him about whether Bardarbunga is ready to blow.

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Cheap Drinking Water From The Sun, Aided By A Pop Of Pencil Shavings

Friday, September 05, 2014

Engineers have developed a low-cost material that efficiently sterilizes and desalinates water using only solar energy. The secret to the new technology is likely sitting right on your desk.

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Johnson & Johnson Pushes Ahead With Ebola Vaccine

Thursday, September 04, 2014

The vaccine would target the Zaire species of Ebola that's now spreading through West Africa. The vaccine worked well in tests on macaque monkeys, and it could be tested in humans starting in 2015.

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