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Forget Talent, Success Comes From 'Grit'

Sun, 05/01/2016 - 6:55am

Rachel Martin talks with Angela Duckworth, the psychologist who brought the idea of "grit" as a marker of success into the American mainstream. Her book posits that achievement is about persistence.

#NPRreads: Take Your Pick Of Space, Race Or Celebrity

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 7:09am

In this weekly story roundup, NPR reporters, editors and producers share what they have been reading. Today's mix explores life away from Earth, forgotten photos and fallen stars.

Let's Not Hug It Out With Our Dogs

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 4:55am

Your dog doesn't like your hugs. Psychologist and author Stanley Coren says that when he looked at a random sample of pictures showing people hugging dogs, most of the dogs showed signs of stress.

Tighter Alcohol Curbs For All Help Reduce Teen Motor Vehicle Deaths

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 4:00am

Raising the cost of alcohol with taxes makes it less likely that teenagers will die in a drunk-driving accident, a study finds. Some teen-specific policies like graduated drivers licenses help, too.

Neanderthals Were Less Picky Eaters Than Early Humans

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 1:36pm

During the Ice Age, it seems Neanderthals tended to chow down on whatever was most readily available. Early humans, on the other hand, maintained a consistent diet regardless of environmental changes.

Join Us At 12pm EST Today For An #AirbnbWhileBlack Twitter Chat

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 11:10am

Today, Code Switch's Gene Demby and Hidden Brain's Shankar Vedantam will be leading a Twitter chat to discuss what it's like to be a person of color participating in the sharing economy.

Weasel Apparently Shuts Down World's Most Powerful Particle Collider

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 10:04am

The Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland is offline, following a run-in with a small mammal that munched on a power cord.

Reborn At 40, She Uncovered New Life In A 'Dream' — Looking At Skulls

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 4:30am

But not just looking at skulls — reconstructing human faces from them. This forensic artist once worked several jobs, hating "every morning I got up." Then, she took a class in anthropology.

Ashley Madison Hack Inspires Social Scientists To Look Behind The Names

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 3:29pm

A leak of names from one of the world's most famous "adultery" sites, Ashley Madison, got social scientists thinking. They've recently tried to see if people who like to cheat in their marriages also have a propensity to cheat at work.

In Houston, Pregnant Women And Their Doctors Weigh Risks Of Zika

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 2:00pm

Mosquitoes infected with Zika haven't turned up along the U.S. Gulf Coast yet, but could thrive in the region's sultry summer weather. Pregnant women and their doctors are already taking precautions.

Mars By 2018? SpaceX And NASA Announce A New Space Project

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 11:41am

The Red Dragon missions are aimed at figuring out what's needed "to land large payloads propulsively on Mars." For now, the plan doesn't include sending astronauts to the red planet.

Genetic Variations Help Make Fraternal Twins More Likely

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 11:06am

Scientists identified two genetic variants that make it more likely that a woman will give birth to fraternal twins. Knowing this might help develop safer fertility treatments.

A Concussion Can Lead To Sleep Problems That Last For Years

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 3:14pm

Eighteen months after a concussion or other traumatic brain injury, two-thirds of the patients in a recent study were still sleepy during the day. And most were unaware of their symptoms.

Loathed By Farmers, Loved By Ancients: The Strange History Of Tiger Nuts

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 12:53pm

One of the worst weeds in the world had its start as an ancient and valuable tuber used for food and medicine. Now tiger nuts are making a comeback in the health food aisle.

Scans Show The Brain Groups Words By Meaning

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 12:01pm

Brain maps constructed by MRI imaging show that language meaning is distributed throughout the brain's outer layer. And it turns out that different people organize language in similar ways.

Ruling May Help Patients Keep More Of The Winnings When They Sue

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 4:00am

When someone's been hurt and gets cash as part of a legal decision, health plans routinely demand to be reimbursed for medical costs they covered. But a Supreme Court ruling may hinder that strategy.

When Personalization Leads To Discrimination On AirBnB

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 3:28pm

In the sharing economy, the goal to personalize the exchange can have some unintended consequences. The Hidden Brain podcast explores how discrimination plays out on AirBnB.

Super Hearing And Fast Growth ... Scientists Learn Why Sauropods Ruled

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 2:58pm

A nearly complete fossilized skull from Argentina helps explains the success of these giant dinosaurs that roamed some 95 million years ago.

Beneath An Ugly Outside, Marred Fruit May Pack More Nutrition

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 2:13pm

Why are some fruits and veggies born ugly? Fighting off fungus, heat and pests can leave blemishes. Some researchers think these battle scars may actually boost the antioxidant content in produce.

How Being Busy Affects Our Motivation

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 4:06am

There's an old saying: If you want to get something done, ask a busy person. Researchers find that busy people are more motivated to complete tasks after missing a deadline than their non-busy peers.

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