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Your Brain's Got Rhythm, And Syncs When You Think

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Scientists have evidence that beats in the brain — in the form of rhythmic electrical pulses — are involved in everything from memory to motion. And music can help when those rhythms go wrong.

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Microwave Helmet Could Diagnose Strokes As Patients Ride To Hospital

Monday, June 16, 2014

Strokes come in two varieties, and drugs that treat one type can be deadly for the other. An experimental device could help get the right treatment to patients while they're still in ambulances.

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Stark Report: Left-Right Divide Is At Its Worst In Recent Memory

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Michael Dimock, the Pew Research Center's vice president of research, discusses Pew's latest polls, which show that Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines than at any point in the last two decades.

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Cool Kids Lose, Though It May Take A Few Years

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Call it revenge of the nerds. Popularity at age 13 fades by age 22, a study finds. And kids who try to act cool in their early teens are more likely to have alcohol and relationship problems later.

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Maybe Dinosaurs Were A Coldblooded, Warmblooded Mix

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Evidence from bone growth now suggests that T. rex and its kin had the best of both worlds. Their muscles and nerves fired fast like ours, but they burned energy slowly, more like lizards do.

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Suicide Rate In U.S. And Europe Climbed During Great Recession

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Scientists can't prove a causal link, but the disturbing correlation in the data deserves a closer look, researchers say. Some countries seemed more resilient than others.

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Doctors Don't Know What Women Want To Know About Birth Control

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Doctors tend to think it's most important to discuss how to use contraceptives and whether they're effective, a survey found. But women care more about safety and side effects.

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Study: Rats Experience Regret

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

New research from the journal Nature Neuroscience has shown that rats, like humans, experience regret.

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Spiders Tune In To Web's Music To Size Up Meals And Mates

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Pluck the silk of a spider web and it vibrates like a guitar string, scientists say. By strumming the strands and detecting the tune via sensors in its legs, a spider gets key information.

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Can Farmed Fish Feed The World Without Destroying The Environment?

Friday, June 06, 2014

Farmed fish production will have to more than double by 2050 to keep up with global demand, a report finds. And aquaculture can be far more sustainable than meat production, the researchers say.

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Quick DNA Tests Crack Medical Mysteries Otherwise Missed

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Scientists used high-powered DNA sequencing to diagnose infections missed by usual lab tests. The pricey method is still experimental, but might offer a way to identify tough-to-diagnose infections.

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The Camel Did It: Scientists Nail Down Source Of Middle East Virus

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Since the deadly MERS virus was detected two years ago, scientists have struggled to figure out how people catch it. A new study confirms that camels are a key source.

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1 Baby, 3 Parents: Scientists Say Due Date Is In Two Years

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

A medical procedure uses material from three people to target problems in mitochondria, the energy-producing organelles that have their own DNA.

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More Americans Than You Might Think Believe In Conspiracy Theories

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Research from the University of Chicago indicates that at least 50 percent of Americans believe in at least one conspiracy theory.

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Playtime With Mom Helps Boost Toddlers' Under-Developed Brains

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Due to malnourishment, some 200 million toddlers in poor countries have under-developed brains. A study in the journal Science suggests more play time with mom can dramatically reverse the damage.

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Research: Americans Less Fearful Of Storms With Female Names

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

A new analysis suggests unconscious sexism causes people to take hurricanes with female names less seriously than hurricanes with male names.

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Study: Americans Less Fearful Of Storms Named After Women

Monday, June 02, 2014

People are less likely to seek shelter or otherwise prepare for storms given female names, researchers say. As a result, such storms result in nearly twice as many deaths as those with male names.

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Bursts Of Light Create Memories, Then Take Them Away

Monday, June 02, 2014

Scientists seem to have answered a fundamental question about the nature of memory. They have found compelling evidence that memories are made by strengthening connections between certain brain cells.

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Creativity, Dirty Eggs And Vocal Fry: The Week In Science

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Science is always churning out weird, funny and fascinating findings. What did we miss this week? NPR's Rachel Martin checks in with science writer Rose Eveleth.

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Once A Year, Cancer Research News Comes In A Flood, Not A Trickle

Sunday, June 01, 2014

The annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology features thousands of presentations but no big news. That's how cancer treatment improves, in small increments.

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