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Sometimes We Feel More Comfortable Talking To A Robot

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 7:08am

Artist Alexander Reben wants to know whether a robot could fulfill our deep need for companionship. He created a robot named BlabDroid that asks people to share their raw emotions and deep secrets.

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Scientists Aim To Pull Peer Review Out Of The 17th Century

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 6:44am

Some scientists want to change the old-fashioned way scientific advancements are evaluated and communicated. But they have to overcome the power structure of the traditional journal vetting process.

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Olympians Are Using Non-Alcoholic Beer As Recovery Drinks. Here's The Science

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 6:00am

Today's Olympians have been swept up in a new trend largely emerging from Bavaria: non-alcoholic athletic recovery beers. Do they really work? We look at the evidence.

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Seychelles Finds A Novel Way To Swap Its Debt For Marine Protections

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 4:00pm

The Indian Ocean nation has brokered a novel deal that is intended to protect nearly one third of its marine area and is thought to be the first of its kind.

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'The Dialogues' Takes On Physics And Reality In Words And Pictures

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 10:21am

Commentator Adam Frank interviews physicist Clifford Johnson, who has taken a new approach to the exploration of questions about the nature of the universe — the graphic novel.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Clifford Johnson)

These 10 ERs Sharply Reduced Opioid Use And Still Eased Pain

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 10:12am

Collaboration was key for the 10 emergency rooms that cut opioid prescriptions by 36 percent. Doctors say they now use less addictive medicines to manage pain and have shifted patients' expectations.

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Coal Jobs Have Gone Up Under Trump, But Not Because Of His Policies

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 4:00am

The number of U.S. coal jobs rose slightly during the president's first year in office. But energy analysts credit short-term market forces and say they won't stop long-term decline.

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New Maps Reveal Global Fishing's 'Vast Scope Of Exploitation Of The Ocean'

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 4:57pm

Researchers have used radio transmissions to track the movement of fishing vessels and create stunning maps of fishing activity. The maps show that fishing covers most of the globe's oceans.

(Image credit: Global Fishing Watch)

Why The Last 'Wild' Horses Really Aren't

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 1:01pm

A story from the journal Science suggests that the only "wild" horses in existence aren't actually wild at all, but rather are the feral descendants of an early domestication.

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SpaceX Completes Successful Launch, Narrowly Misses Catching $6 Million Nose Cone

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 1:00pm

As part of his "rocket reusability" ethos, Elon Musk had hoped to use a giant net on a boat to catch the rocket's protective covering. It turns out it's hard to catch stuff falling from space.

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Keeping A Close Eye: Dogs, Social Referencing, And Evolution

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 12:40pm

Does your dog watch you closely? A new experiment shows how dogs may match our movements and, in some breeds more than others, gaze at us for information, writes anthropologist Barbara J. King.

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Synergy Between Nurses And Automation Could Be Key To Finding Sepsis Early

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 11:40am

A bedside computer loaded with software that tracks vital signs in the ICU can pick up early warning patterns, specialists say. But it takes a human care provider to sort the signal from the noise.

(Image credit: Ian C. Bates for NPR)

A New Survey Finds 80 Percent Of Women Have Experienced Sexual Harassment

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 6:43pm

A nationwide survey found that most women have experienced some form of sexual harassment, many since their teenage years. The results illustrate why the #MeToo movement was so successful.

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Did An IV Cocktail Of Vitamins And Drugs Save This Lumberjack From Sepsis?

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:40am

A 51-year-old man nearly died from septic shock, when a crushing injury led to overwhelming infection. After getting an experimental treatment, he's recovering well, but some doctors want more proof.

(Image credit: Ian C. Bates for NPR)

Arizona's Tepary Beans Preserve A Native Past, Hold Promise For The Future

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:47am

Local Native Americans grew teparies for centuries, but the beans began to sink into obscurity. Now, thanks to seed preservation and farmers who want to preserve the past, they're making a comeback.

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Can We Change The Past?

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 8:12am

Putting humans and consciousness aside, at the level of quantum particles Wheeler's Delayed-Choice experiments show that actions in the present can influence the past, says physicist Marcelo Gleiser.

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Doctors In China Lead Race To Treat Cancer By Editing Genes

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 4:00am

More than a third of patients with cancer of the esophagus responded to experimental treatment in China with the gene-editing technique CRISPR. Several CRISPR studies are underway there.

(Image credit: Yuhan Xu/NPR)

Like Lemons? Quinoa? Thank This Food Explorer For Bringing Them To Your Plate

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 4:24pm

In the early 20th century, botanist David Fairchild traveled the world and brought plants back to the U.S. that we now see as thoroughly American. NPR talks with the author of a book on Fairchild.

Michio Kaku Predicts "The Future of Humanity"

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 10:18am

The futurist and physicist talks about mankind's next giant leap.

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Hidden Brain: A Study Of Airline Delays

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 4:01am

Flight delays and late arrivals have gone down since 1990. At the same time, airlines have increased scheduled flight times because flights are taking longer, and more time is spent taxiing.

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