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Like All Animals, We Need Stress. Just Not Too Much

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

A racing mind and a pounding heart aren't all bad — the stress response can help humans and other animals deal with the unexpected. So what makes a vital system, which evolved to help us, turn toxic?

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Can't Stand Meetings? Try Taking Away The Chairs

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Those who stood at meetings said they felt their colleagues were more open to their ideas, less territorial, and overall, did better collaborative work, researchers found.

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Some Parole Requirements Could Be Increasing The Crime Rate

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Prisoners who are released invariably make it back to the areas where they came from. Does this have a positive or negative effect on crime? Research triggered by Hurricane Katrina offers insight.

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All Things Considered

The Secret History Behind The Science Of Stress

Monday, July 07, 2014

The tobacco industry played an influential role in the funding and popularization of stress research. A vast document archive details the relationships between cigarette makers and key scientists.

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Facebook Apologizes For Manipulation; Data Research Likely To Go On

Friday, July 04, 2014

A mood study that Facebook conducted on unwitting users has been criticized. Data science plays an integral role at Facebook — for bottom line reasons, and in collaboration with academic researchers.

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Dance Of Human Evolution Was Herky-Jerky, Fossils Suggest

Friday, July 04, 2014

Maybe it was messier than we thought, some scientists now say. Big brains, long legs and long childhoods may have evolved piecemeal in different spots, in response to frequent swings in climate.

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Can We Predict Which Teens Are Likely To Binge Drink? Maybe

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

We know some people are more at risk for abusing alcohol than others. Now scientists say they're getting closer to predicting which teenagers are most at risk.

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Costlier Digital Mammograms May Not Be Better For Older Women

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Digital mammograms are sharper and aid diagnosis, radiologists say. But these scans aren't significantly better than film scans in finding tumors in older women, a study finds. And they cost more.

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Easy Method For Making Stem Cells Was Too Good To Be True

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Scientific papers that claimed stem cells could be made in the laboratory simply by dipping regular cells in acid didn't hold up under scrutiny. Now the work is being retracted because of errors.

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Living 63 Feet Underwater Helps Cousteau Team Conduct Experiments

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Fabien Cousteau and a crew of scientists and explorers have spent the past 31 days underwater in the Aquarius Reef Base off the coast of Florida. David Greene talks to Cousteau about the experience.

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Why Theories On Black Holes Are Full Of Holes

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Research indicates that black holes are more common than astronomers previously thought. (This piece initially aired on August 7, 2013, on All Things Considered).

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Safety Feature For Pedestrians Has Undesired Consequence

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

New analysis finds that the countdown clocks telling pedestrians how much time they have to cross the intersection actually increase traffic crashes.

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Sticky Streamers Of Staph Bacteria May Clog Up Medical Devices

Friday, June 27, 2014

Hospital-acquired infections with Staphylococcus aureus are a major health problem. Learning how staph can gum up tiny tubes like catheters may help prevent infections.

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All Things Considered

A CRISPR Way To Fix Faulty Genes

Thursday, June 26, 2014

This technique for manipulating genes borrows a strategy from the way bacteria fight viruses. It's still experimental, but the possibilities excite medical researchers hoping to tailor treatments.

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How To Sell Green Products To The Self-Regarding Consumer

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Research shows narcissists can be induced to make environmentally positive purchases when those purchases are linked to the things narcissists value — prestige, status and image.

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Scientists Observe Springtime Changes On One Of Saturn's Moons

Monday, June 23, 2014

On Titan, summer is almost three years away. But in a dark, placid ocean of natural gas, scientists have spotted something that could be the first inkling of springtime.

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How Did The Meter Get Its Length?

Monday, June 23, 2014

The U.S. doesn't routinely use the metric system. The U.S. government definition of a foot is 0.3048 meters. But if the length of a foot is based on the meter, what's the length of the meter based on?

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Dust Clouds Big Bang Signal

Friday, June 20, 2014

A team claiming to have spied the earliest moments of the universe may have actually seen little more than galactic dust.

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6 Decades Of Research Examines Prisoners Of War

Friday, June 20, 2014

The release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl prompted a firestorm of debate. We step away from that debate to look at what's been learned about the psychological effects of being captured in wartime

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To Defeat A Deadly Toxin, Disrupt Its Landing Gear

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Scientists have figured out how botulinum toxin moves from the intestine into the bloodstream. Specialized molecules that serve as carriers for the toxin provide clues about its potency.

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