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What A Balloon Shouldn't Do, But For Some Reason Does

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Tether a balloon to the floor of a car, step on the gas, and watch the balloon do something it shouldn't. Ask why. Then discover the answer. Then feel smart.

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Morning Edition

Are Terminal Illness Decisions Affected By Negative Stereotypes?

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Millions of people around the world face difficult choices at the end of their lives. Researchers delved into whether stereotypes affect medical decisions when it comes to terminal illness.

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Brief Counseling May Not Help With Most Drug Problems

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Studies show that a chat with a doctor during a routine checkup can sometimes be enough to curb problem drinking. But the model doesn't work as well with problem drug use.

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Morning Edition

Employers Forced To Judge Job Candidates' Career Trajectory

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Analysis of freelance jobs suggests employers are conservative when it comes to hiring, and dislike candidates who have done a lot of different things.

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All Things Considered

How To Translate Sight Into Sound? It's All In The Vibrations

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Melissa Block talks to Abe Davis, a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Davis helped author a paper on a visual system to detect sound.

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Drug-Resistant Malaria Spreads Across Southeast Asia

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

The most effective drug we have against malaria is losing its potency in Southeast Asia. Doctors can still cure most forms of the disease, but it takes longer and more medications.

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Breast-Feeding Is Still Difficult For Many Moms

Friday, August 01, 2014

Access to lactation specialists is slowly improving in the U.S., according to a CDC survey. And that can help many women who want to breast-feed stick with it longer, health officials say.

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How Cultures Move Across Continents

Friday, August 01, 2014

Researchers have mapped the travels of 150,000 artists, politicians and religious leaders over the past 2,000 years. The videos reveal how cultural achievements ebb and flow across the U.S and Europe.

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Caffeine Gives Athletes An Edge, But Don't Overdo It

Friday, August 01, 2014

Studies show the caffeine in just a few cups of coffee enhances performance in a wide range of sports. But more isn't better, and concentrated caffeine can be lethal.

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What Somebody's Mummy Can Teach You About Heart Disease

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Mummies from Ancient Egypt, Peru and the U.S. all show signs of hardened arteries. But why? Researchers say bad hygiene, open hearths and maybe some deeply ingrained genetic factors were to blame.

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Want To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint? Choose Mackerel Over Shrimp

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sardines and other small, oily fish are some of the most nutritious in the sea. Now there's another reason to eat them: Fishermen use a lot less fuel to catch them than many other kinds of seafood.

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Widely Used Insecticides Are Leaching Into Midwest Rivers

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Researchers found that a class of chemicals similar to nicotine and used on corn and soy farms has run off into streams and rivers in the Midwest. There they may be harming aquatic life, like insects.

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Fist Bumps Pass Along Fewer Germs Than Handshakes

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

That strong, sturdy handshake your grandpa taught you isn't the cleanest way to greet someone, scientists say. So should doctors and nurses in hospitals start bumping fists?

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All Things Considered

With Men's Y Chromosome, Size Really May Not Matter

Monday, July 28, 2014

The string of genes that make a man a man used to be much bigger, and some geneticists say it may be wasting away. Back off, others say. Y has been stable — and crucial — for millennia.

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Why We Think Ignorance Is Bliss, Even When It Hurts Our Health

Monday, July 28, 2014

People sometimes avoid information because they're afraid of bad news. But this "information aversion" can lead people to avoid medical tests that could save their lives.

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How Our Story About A Child's Science Experiment Sparked Controversy

Sunday, July 27, 2014

A researcher has complained that coverage in NPR and other outlets ignores his work and gives undue credit to a sixth-grader's project. But that sixth grader did make an original contribution.

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Globe-Trotting Virus Hides Inside People's Gut Bacteria

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Scientists have discovered what may be the most common virus in people worldwide. The tiny critter doesn't make us sick but may be involved in obesity and diabetes.

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Does Your Dog Feel Jealous, Or Is That A Purely Human Flaw?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Dog owners don't doubt that their pooch has feelings. But scientists aren't so sure. An experiment found that dogs act upset, dare we say jealous, when their owners ignore them for a stuffed animal.

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Many Kids Who Are Obese Or Overweight Don't Know It

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A significant percentage of obese kids think their weight is just fine. But do they need to know the truth to get healthier?

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What's Better Than A Total Eclipse Of The Sun? Check This

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

This may be the most heart-rending, most beautiful eclipse in our solar system. But you can't travel to see it. Not yet.

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