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Winter Storm Could Bring Snow And Sleet To U.S. East Coast

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 2:42am

Winter Storm Grayson is expected to move up the coast from Florida to Maine, but its impact on the East Coast depends on how far west it tracks and how wide of a swath it cuts.

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Neuroscientist Predicts 'Much Better Treatment' For Alzheimer's Is 10 Years Away

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 12:20pm

"Just the last few years alone have seen some serious breakthroughs in Alzheimer's research," Joseph Jebelli says. His new book is The Pursuit of Memory.

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Rated PG: Profoundly Gifted

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 10:06am

Intelligence happens on a spectrum. What happens on the high end?

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Clean Meat, Via Lab, Is On The Way

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 8:42am

Would you eat beef, chicken, even foie gras grown from animal cells in the lab? Anthropologist Barbara J. King takes a look at new food technologies.

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Encore: Testing For A Marijuana High

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 3:42pm

Rae Ellen Bichell reports on scientists' efforts to develop a reliable test for marijuana intoxication. This story was originally broadcast on All Things Considered on Aug. 6, 2017.

Top Fitness Trends For 2018: Back To Basics

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 4:00am

A survey of fitness professionals who keep track of how we exercise suggests 2018 is likely to find more of us trading fitness gadgets for high-intensity interval training and group classes.

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Top Fitness Trends For 2018: Back To Basics

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 4:00am

A survey of fitness professionals who keep track of how we exercise suggests 2018 is likely to find more of us trading fitness gadgets for high-intensity interval training and group classes.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Equinox)

We Gave Weight Loss Using Food Tracking Apps A Try

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 3:57am

If you want to shed pounds in 2018, you should know that how much you eat matters more than how much you work out. Several apps are designed to make watching what your diet easier. We gave one a shot.

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The Year In Space Discoveries

Sun, 12/31/2017 - 7:12am

It's been a banner year in space. We hear about 2017's biggest highlights, including the "Great American Eclipse" and NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Researchers Gather Health Data For 'All Of Us'

Sun, 12/31/2017 - 7:12am

Federal researchers are collecting blood samples from 1 million Americans as part of an effort called "precision medicine." But some critics worry that the path ahead is expensive and unclear.

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2017 Was The Year Of Extreme Weather

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 7:02am

This year will go down in history for its extreme weather. Researchers have now definitively attributed three major extreme weather events to climate change.

Board Games To Fight Bias

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 7:02am

Can a game help reduce a person's racial and ethnic biases? One researcher says yes. But how long the effect will last is an open question.

No 'Easy Answer' To Growing Number Of Stray Dogs In The U.S., Advocate Says

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 1:52pm

Author Peter Zheutlin says the number of stray dogs in the U.S. has "cascaded out of control." He makes the case for why people should adopt abandoned dogs.

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The 10 Most Popular 'Fresh Air' Interviews Of 2017

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 11:42am

In 2017, Fresh Air marked 30 years as a nationally syndicated, daily radio program by doing what it does best: more in-depth interviews.

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Precision Medical Treatments Have A Quality Control Problem

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 10:55am

The goal is to customize treatments for cancer and other diseases to a patient's own biology. But something as simple as failing to take care of tissue samples en route to the lab can derail that.

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How Pirates Of The Caribbean Hijacked America's Metric System

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 11:34am

In 1793, French scientist Joseph Dombey boarded a ship bound for the United States carrying with him a standard kilogram weight. Thanks to pirates, he and the weight never arrived.

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How Pirates Of The Caribbean Hijacked America's Metric System

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 11:34am

In 1793, French scientist Joseph Dombey boarded a ship bound for the United States carrying with him a standard kilogram weight. Thanks to pirates, he and the weight never arrived.

(Image credit: NIST Museum)

Size (And Sound) Matters When It Comes To Bubbles In Your Sparkling Wine

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 10:17am

Scientists at the University of Texas listened to the bubbles in a champagne and a sparkling wine and found that the more expensive product had smaller, busier bubbles.

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Home For The Holidays? Get Off The Couch!

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 4:01am

If you sit too much during middle age — at work and at home — your ability to exercise or even walk in late decades is at risk, research hints. And, of course, your risk of heart disease climbs, too.

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After Maria, One Of The World's Best Bioluminescent Bays Slowly Begins To Glow Again

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 3:58am

Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc on Vieques, an island eight miles off the coast of Puerto Rico. Its bioluminescent bay, a lifeline for its vital tourism industry, is starting to show signs of recovery.

(Image credit: Ricardo Arduengo for NPR)

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