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Why People Exaggerate Religious Behavior

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Social scientists have learned you can't always believe what people tell you. An analysis of 3 places in the Muslim world examines whether peoples' reports of religious behavior match what they do.

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Gut-Eating Amoeba Caught On Film

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Dangerous and impolite: This little guy triggers food poisoning in people by biting off chunks of intestine, chewing on them for a bit ... and then spitting them out.

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What Does Sound Look Like?

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

A clever photography trick allows you to see the invisible: the rising heat from a lighter, the turbulence around airplane wings, the plume of a sneeze ... and even sound waves.

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Why Men Outnumber Women Attending Business Schools

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

New research explores gender disparities in business school enrollment by the different ways men and women appear to process ethical compromise.

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Avoiding The Nursing Home Ups The Risk Of Unwanted Medical Care

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Two-thirds of older adults suffer from cognitive impairment or dementia in their last year of life, a study finds. That fact and being cared for at home increase the risk of aggressive treatment.

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Morning Edition

How Mouse Studies Lead Medical Research Down Dead Ends

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

New drugs are usually tested in animals before they're tested in humans. But many of those studies aren't done carefully enough, analysts say. So time and money is wasted, and treatments are delayed.

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Morning Edition

Simple Blood Test To Spot Early Lung Cancer Getting Closer

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Several scientific teams are developing sensitive tests for tumor DNA that, when perfected, could be used to diagnose cancer earlier, and more closely monitor the response to treatment.

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Emergency Docs More Likely To Miss Signs Of Stroke In The Young

Saturday, April 05, 2014

About 13 percent of people admitted to hospitals with a stroke diagnosis had visited the ER weeks earlier with complaints of headaches and dizziness that doctors mistakenly thought benign.

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Growing Evidence That A Party Drug Can Help Severe Depression

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Commonly used antidepressants don't work for many people. That's why scientists are experimenting with ketamine, a hallucinogenic club drug called Special K.

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Fraud Found In Study Claiming Fast, Easy Stem Cells

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

The lead author of a recent "breakthrough study" fabricated the data and is guilty of scientific misconduct, according to a Japanese research panel. The scientist says she will appeal the judgment.

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How African-Americans See Their Lives

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

The well-being of the black family has been the subject of public debate. Ebony and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation are out with the Survey of African American Families. Tell Me More takes a look.

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Morning Edition

Methane-Producing Microbes Caused 'The Great Dying'

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

The world's biggest extinction some 250 million years ago wiped out 90 percent of all living things. What caused it has puzzled scientists, and now they think microbes may have done it.

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Researchers Detail How Climate Change Will Alter Our Lives

Monday, March 31, 2014

A United Nations panel has released a report from scientists who are getting a much better understanding of the effects of climate change.

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A Third Of School-Age Kids May Have Risky Cholesterol Levels

Friday, March 28, 2014

High cholesterol isn't just a problem for adults; roughly 1 in 3 kids may have abnormal levels, too, a large study suggests. Kids as young as 9 or 11 should get a baseline check, pediatricians say.

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All Things Considered

How Being Ignored Helped A Woman Discover The Breast Cancer Gene

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Twenty years ago, many scientists didn't think that genes could cause diseases like cancer. The discovery of the BRCA gene for hereditary breast cancer changed that. Mary-Claire King tells how.

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Custom Chromo: First Yeast Chromosome Built From Scratch

Thursday, March 27, 2014

It's not about making designer beer. Johns Hopkins scientists and undergrads stitched together strands of yeast DNA as a step in exploring the essential genetics of various species: What makes us us?

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Brain Changes Suggest Autism Starts In The Womb

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The organization of certain brain cells in children with autism seems already different from that of typical children by the sixth or seventh month of fetal development, a study hints.

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Morning Edition

Air Force Academy Squadrons Test Peer-Effect Assumptions

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Parents and educators have assumed that peers matter. An unusual social engineering experiment tried to apply what's known about peer effects to the real world.

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Pollution From Home Stoves Kills Millions Of People Worldwide

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Air pollution causes 1 in 8 deaths worldwide, with half of the deaths caused by fumes from home stoves. Fixing the problem isn't as simple as providing more efficient stoves. Habits must change, too.

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Can Fear Of Cancer Keep College Kids From Binge Drinking?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

College students tune out warnings about the risks of heavy drinking. Pointing out that drinking increases the risk of cancer may help, researchers say. But will that matter on Saturday night?

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