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Yum and Yuck: The Psychology Of What We Eat...And What We Spit Out

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 4:00pm

This week on the Hidden Brain radio show, we dig into the culture and psychology that determines the foods that make us salivate and the scents that make us squirm.

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Scientists Say Gene-Edited Babies Claim Is 'Wake-Up Call' For World

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 1:02pm

U.S. National Academy of Medicine, U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and Chinese Academy of Sciences call for international gene-editing standards. Critics blast statement as inadequate.

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Natural Disasters And The Pause Button

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 4:00am

Scientists say too often after deadly natural disasters, like the recent wildfires in California, there is a rush to rebuild, but not always smartly.

Fentanyl Surpasses Heroin As Drug Most Often Involved In Deadly Overdoses

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 6:16pm

When fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine, infiltrated the drug supply in the U.S. it had an immediate, dramatic effect on the overdose rate.

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Arctic Report Card Documents 'Cascading Effects' Of Warming Ocean Temperatures

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 3:28pm

The U.S. government says warming ocean temperatures and melting ice has resulted in the "most unprecedented transition in history" in the Arctic, leading to extreme weather events across the globe.

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What's Wrong With The Argument 'The Climate Is Always Changing'

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 3:23pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with climate scientist Stephanie Herring about why the argument "the climate is always changing" is problematic in explaining the temperature changes around the world today.

Mayors And Governors Rebut Trump Administration Position At Climate Summit

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 9:50am

Federal officials at the U.N. climate meeting are ignoring climate science and touting coal and fossil fuels. But local and state authorities pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on their own.

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VIDEO: Cosmonauts Slice Spacecraft For Clues To Cause Of Mysterious Hole

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 4:24am

A small hole in spacecraft Soyuz MS-09 has sparked an investigation into its origin. Cosmonauts spent hours on a spacewalk to gather samples in hopes of determining its cause.

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VIDEO: Cosmonauts Slice Spacecraft For Clues To Cause Of Mysterious Hole

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 4:24am

A small hole in spacecraft Soyuz MS-09 has sparked an investigation into its origin. Cosmonauts spent hours on a spacewalk to gather samples in hopes of determining its cause.

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Advanced DNA Technology Make It Possible To Identify Korean War Unknowns Once Exhumed

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 4:18am

The Pentagon is exhuming all of the more than 650 Korean War unknowns in a Honolulu military cemetery. Advances in DNA technology and other forensics make their identification highly likely.

Mystery Blast Sank The USS San Diego in 1918. New Report Reveals What Happened

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 3:35pm

A team of researchers had been trying to determine whether the ship was lost to sabotage, an accident or an attack.

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Miracle On Your Street: How The Post Office Handles Holidays

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 9:06am

Is the USPS headed for a revamp?

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U.N. Climate Change Summit Enters Crucial Final Week

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 4:05am

World leaders are gathered in Poland this week to discuss climate change. The U.S. hosted a meeting on coal, a highly polluting fuel, that many developing nations depend on.

How I Made It: The Professor From the Pueblo, Rodrigo Bañuelos

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 4:07pm

Latino USA catches up with Rodrigo Bañuelos at the Latinx in the Mathematical Sciences Conference at UCLA's Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics.

Voyager 2 Bids Adieu To The Heliosphere, Entering Interstellar Space

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 4:05pm

The milestone makes the 41-year-old NASA probe just the second human-made object, after Voyager 1, to reach such distant regions. Now, Voyager 2 is over 11 billion miles from the sun — and counting.

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Research Gaps Leave Doctors Guessing About Treatments For Pregnant Women

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 2:26pm

To protect a developing fetus from experimental drugs or treatments that might cause birth defects, pregnant women aren't included in many clinical trials. But that limits the safety evidence, too.

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Dueling U.S. Agendas As U.N. Climate Change Summit Enters Crucial Final Week

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 12:27pm

The U.S. hosted an event on coal and refused to endorse the findings of a dire climate science report. And yet, in official negotiations, the U.S. is working out how to implement the Paris agreement.

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'We're Fighting For Our Lives' — Patients Protest Sky-High Insulin Prices

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 4:05am

The price of insulin keeps going up. For people with Type 1 diabetes, high prices can be a life and death issue. Now a grassroots movement is pushing for change.

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How 1 Company Pulls Carbon From The Air, Aiming To Avert A Climate Catastrophe

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 4:01am

A U.N. climate report says the only way to avoid the worst climate impacts will be to suck carbon emissions out of the air. Researchers are trying to find a feasible way to do that.

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Why Cancer Treatment Can Differ For Those Who Aren't Married

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 4:23pm

New research shows that cancer patients who are single receive less aggressive treatment than those who are married. NPR's Michel Martin talks with researcher Joan DelFattore about her findings.

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