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What Kids' Drawings Say About Their Future Thinking Skills

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

There's a link between how children draw at age 4 and how well they perform on intelligence tests at age 14, researchers say.

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Ebola In The Skies? How The Virus Made It To West Africa

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The type of Ebola erupting in West Africa is closely related to one found 2,500 miles away — the distance between Boston and San Francisco. How did the virus spread so far without anyone noticing?

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Technology Helps To Keep Rate Of Car Thefts Down

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

David Greene talks with Roger Morris, vice president of the National Insurance Crime Bureau, about the reasons for the dramatic decline in car thefts over the past 20 years.

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In Case You Didn't Know, Feds Say Raising A Child Is Expensive

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

How much does it cost to raise a child these days? The government says it costs $245,340. That's for a child born in 2013 and covers the period from birth to age 18. College not included.

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Experimental Vaccine For Chikungunya Passes First Test

Monday, August 18, 2014

Using a new technology, scientists have created a vaccine for an emerging mosquito-borne virus. The vaccine was safe and produced some degree of immunity in a preliminary study.

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How Does Winning Math's Fields Medal Affect Productivity?

Monday, August 18, 2014

An analysis by two economists finds that winners of the medal, the most significant prize in mathematics, become significantly less productive in their chosen field of study after they win the prize.

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New Cameras Will Map Florida's Reefs

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A scientific survey of coral reefs off the Florida keys is being done using the same fish-eye camera lenses that Google uses to capture street views. Scientists will use the images for research.

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The Machine That Tried To Scan The Brain — In 1882

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The inspiration for modern MRI brain scanners was built before World War I began, the Titanic sank, and humans took flight. Now neuroscientists are trying to give its inventor his due credit.

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Has Health Law Helped Young People Get Mental Health Treatment? Maybe

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Affordable Care Act has allowed many young adults to stay on their parents' insurance. A study suggests the coverage may be helping more of them get treatment for mental health issues.

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A Virtual Outbreak Offers Hints Of Ebola's Future

Thursday, August 14, 2014

As the Ebola outbreak rages in West Africa, it is also unfolding — in a virtual sense — inside the computers of scientists trying to predict how far the outbreak will spread and when it will end.

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How A Dissolvable 'Tampon' Could One Day Help Women Stop HIV

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Engineers have come up with an experimental technology that could make HIV prevention as easy as using a tampon. It's based on an ultrafine fabric that's thinner than a human hair.

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Who Gets First Dibs On Transplanted Liver? Rules May Change

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Location, location, location too often trumps medical need, some doctors say. But another solution to making the distribution of scarce organs fairer worries some transplant surgeons and patients.

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After 78 Years, A First: Math Prize Celebrates Work Of A Woman

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The International Mathematical Union has announced the four winners of its prestigious Fields Medal. The group includes Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to win the prize in its long history.

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How A Co-Worker's Breast Cancer Diagnosis Affects Colleagues

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

When a woman at work experiences breast cancer, does that make her colleagues more likely to get mammograms and be proactive about their own health?

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Biologists Choose Sides In Safety Debate Over Lab-Made Pathogens

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The debate about whether it's OK to engineer and study microbes that could prompt a human pandemic has reignited. Each side now has a website and its own list of Nobelists and superstar supporters.

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In 'Um' Or 'Uh,' A Few Clues To What We're Saying — And Who's Saying It

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Linguist Mark Liberman, who works at the University of Pennsylvania, says the use of "um" or "uh" can provide signs about the speaker's gender, language skills and life experience.

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Unlocking France's Secrets To Safer Raw Milk Cheese

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A British cheesemonger wants to translate a French guide to raw milk microbiology into English. She says it has the potential to revolutionize our approach to cheese flavor and safety.

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Use Of Experimental Ebola Serum Raises Ethical Questions

Monday, August 11, 2014

David Greene talks to University of Wisconsin bioethicist and former FDA adviser Alta Charo about ethical issues related to experimental treatments for the Ebola virus.

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A Coping Plan Can Help Fend Off Depression From Vision Loss

Monday, August 11, 2014

About 25 percent of people with macular degeneration in both eyes develop clinical depression. But developing strategies for staying engaged in passions and people may cut that risk by more than half.

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Transformer Paper Turns Itself Into A Robot. Cool!

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Start with paper; add Shrinky Dinks, a microprocessor, heat, and voila! It's not quite that easy. But this engineering project might one day lead to a printable, flat spacecraft that folds itself.

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