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Emotional Scars Of Modern Slavery Run 'Deeper Than Any Visible Wound'

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Scientists interviewed more than 1,000 men, women and children who were forced into sex work and hard labor. The result is the largest study to detail the health of human trafficking survivors.

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Angry Tweets Predict Patterns Of Heart Disease, Researchers Say

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Can tweets be analyzed to predict heart disease? New research suggests the answer is yes.

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'Weird' Fern Shows The Power Of Interspecies Sex

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Two species of fern that diverged 60 million years ago are as evolutionarily distant as, say, elephants and manatees. Nonetheless, the two species recently produced a hybrid, say astounded botanists.

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Feeding Babies Foods With Peanuts Appears To Prevent Allergies

Monday, February 23, 2015

Babies who ate the equivalent of about 4 heaping teaspoons of peanut butter weekly were about 80 percent less likely to develop a peanut allergy by their fifth birthday. So finds a landmark new study.

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Kids, Allergies And A Possible Downside To Squeaky Clean Dishes

Monday, February 23, 2015

Swedish kids growing up in families that wash their dishes by hand are less likely to develop certain allergies than those in families with dishwashers, a study suggests. But there may be more to it.

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A Biological Quest Leads To A New Kind Of Breast Cancer Drug

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug that thwarts some enzymes breast cancer cells use to evade treatment with estrogen-blocking drugs.

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Just A Bit Of DNA Helps Explain Humans' Big Brains

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Scientists have found some human DNA that, when added to mice, makes their brains bigger. But as DNA research into human brains goes forward, are there ethical lines we shouldn't cross?

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Pain Really Is All In Your Head And Emotion Controls Intensity

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Humiliation, fear and unpredictability all turn up the volume on pain, research shows. And meditation can turn down pain's intensity, according to scientists who are starting to figure out why.

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How Marijuana Highjacks Your Brain To Give You The Munchies

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Where there's pot, there's often an insatiable hunger. Now researchers have a big clue why: Cannabinoids, the drug in marijuana, appear to flip a neural circuit that normally tells us we're full.

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Examining The Entourage Effect

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

New psychological research explores a phenomenon known as the entourage effect. We hear why people like to create their own entourages.

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Why Penguins Can't Taste Fish

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Savor fish are a staple for penguins. Researchers say the birds' ability to taste umami disappeared more than 20 million years ago.

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Tough As Nails: Female Scientists Rise Up In Nigeria

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Working as a professor isn't an easy job anywhere. But try doing innovative research with only four hours of electricity a day, no access to the Internet and hostility from male colleagues.

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Pity For Penguins: They Can't Taste Their Dinner

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Savory fish are a staple for penguins, but the poor birds lack the ability to taste the umami flavor of their meals. One hypothesis? The genes at play got frozen out of commission.

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Female Libido Pill Fires Up Debate About Women And Sex

Monday, February 16, 2015

Is the FDA being sexist or appropriately cautious in requiring stringent evidence that the latest pill works and is safe? Women's advocacy groups aren't sure.

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Scientists Weigh In On What Can Mend A Broken Heart

Monday, February 16, 2015

Anyone who has suffered a break up knows it can take time to get over it. While wallowing in self pity isn't a great idea, reflecting on a recent break up can help speed up the healing process.

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Navy Funds A Small Robot Army To Study The Arctic

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The U.S. Navy has completed the largest robotic survey of the Arctic ever attempted. Warming waters are absorbing more sunlight and melting more ice there each summer, the gizmos and gliders suggest.

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8 Million Tons Of Plastic Clutter Our Seas

Thursday, February 12, 2015

A scientist estimating the weight of candy wrappers, bags, bottles, syringes and other plastic trash in the world's water sees a synthetic tsunami. Should China and India create more landfills?

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How Removing Checkpoints Could Make Israelis More Secure

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Social scientists recently analyzed the effects of removing Israeli checkpoints in the West Bank. They found it markedly reduced anti-Israel sentiment, and actual acts of violence against Israel.

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Smoking's Death Toll May Be Higher Than Anyone Knew

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Tobacco's link to lung cancer, stroke and heart attack is well known. But smokers are also more likely to die from kidney failure, infections, and breast cancer, a revised tally suggests.

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Berkeley Lab Identifies Game-Changing Technologies

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has pinpointed tech breakthroughs that could impact global development. Renee Montagne talks to Shashi Buluswar about implementing some of the ideas.

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