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Faith And Aquarium Pumps: The Stuff Of Science In 2014

Sunday, January 04, 2015

It may seem scientists are aloof geniuses who churn out discoveries. Joe Palca's NPR series, Joe's Big Idea, shows us how science really works. He reviews 2014 highlights with NPR's Rachel Martin.

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Researchers Create Artificial Organs On Microchips

Friday, January 02, 2015

Scientists are growing mock organs made of human cells to better study diseases and help test drugs. Researchers at Johns Hopkins are working on a gut-on-a-chip.

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Where Could Ebola Strike Next? Scientists Hunt Virus In Asia

Friday, January 02, 2015

A handful of ecologists knew for years that West Africa was at risk for an Ebola outbreak. Now they're figuring out where else in the world the virus could be hiding. Many signs point to Asia.

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These Froggies Went A Courtin' And Gave Birth To Live Tadpoles

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Who needs eggs? Scientists have discovered an unusual frog species that gives birth to live tadpoles.

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Potent Powdered Caffeine Raises Safety Worries

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

With two young men dead, the Food and Drug Administration is considering banning sales to consumers of a highly concentrated form of pure caffeine. It's too easy to overdose, officials warn.

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Scientists Bring The Sun Down To Earth To Learn How It Works

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Using a giant pulsed powered machine in New Mexico, researchers have recreated the conditions inside the Sun, and their results help reconcile theoretical models with how the Sun behaves.

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Same-Sex Couples May Have More Egalitarian Relationships

Monday, December 29, 2014

Lourdes Garcia-Navarro talks to researcher Robert-Jay Green about how people behave in same-sex marriage compared with heterosexual marriage. Green has studied LGBT relationships going back to 1975.

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Doctors Not Cutting Back On Radiation For Breast Cancer Patients

Monday, December 29, 2014

Breast cancer treatment typically involves surgery and chemotherapy, followed by radiation. But growing scientific evidence shows that in most cases, women get more radiation than they actually need.

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One More Reason To Reach For A Paper Book Before Bed

Friday, December 26, 2014

Using an e-reader before trying to nod off may disrupt sleep more than reading a paper book, a study suggests. Scientists suspect the screen's blue light is messing with a sleep-inducing hormone.

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Do Fish Have Fingers?

Friday, December 26, 2014

Of course they don't, but they do have the genetic machinery to make fingers โ€” something that shows how similar fish are to modern mammals.

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Solving The Mystery Of Why Rock Ants Avoid Right Turns

Friday, December 26, 2014

Ants that live in a rocky maze-like setting prefer to turn left when they enter a space. Ants aren't as symmetrical as they appear. Their left eye may be better than the right for detecting predators.

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Research Suggests Generosity Is Hardwired Into Our Brains

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

If generosity makes us happy, and lots of research suggests that it does, why do many of us find it difficult to be generous?

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Could Glitter Help Solve NASA's Giant Telescope Problem?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

NASA's next big space telescope costs $8 billion and is very heavy. New York scientists think they may have found the makings of a cheaper, lighter answer for future space scopes โ€” in a crafts store.

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What Motivates People To Give?

Monday, December 22, 2014

The holiday season is a big time of year for charitable giving. Host Audie Cornish speaks with NPR's Shankar Vedantam about a study that says portion of charitable giving is driven by social pressure.

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Want To Enhance The Flavor Of Your Food? Put On The Right Music

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Researchers at the University of Oxford have discovered a link between what you taste and what you hear.

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At Last, I Meet My Microbes

Friday, December 19, 2014

At 31, a woman had the bacteria in her gut catalogued as part of scientific project that aims to characterize the creatures that live inside us and affect our health. Here's what she found out.

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7 Miles Beneath The Sea's Surface: Who Goes There?

Friday, December 19, 2014

Marine scientists plumbing the deepest part of the ocean sent microphones and collection probes baited with chicken to the bottom of a trench near Guam. Now they watch, wait ... and listen.

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NIH Allows Restart Of MERS Research That Had Been Questioned

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The National Institutes of Health has approved requests for waivers from a moratorium on experiments that aim to make the virus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome more infectious in mice.

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Worries About Unusual Botulinum Toxin Prove Unfounded

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A previously unknown form of botulinum toxin thought to be resistant to standard treatment raised public health concerns. Subsequent research has allayed those fears.

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Research Examines Character Concerns Versus Performance In The NFL

Thursday, December 18, 2014

There has been a spate of interest recently in criminal behavior among NFL athletes. Research examines the performance of athletes charged with wrongdoing, and raises questions about NFL policy.

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