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Medical Research And The End Of Privacy

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 4:03pm

Scientists can no longer guarantee privacy for patients donating tissue and DNA for medical research. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Jennifer Couzin-Frankel of Science Magazine.

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Birders Predict Another Snowy Owl 'Irruption'

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 6:55am

In 2014, ornithologists documented the largest numbers in a century of snowy owls wintering unusually far south. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Talkin' Birds host Ray Brown about this year's numbers.

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To Get Parents To Vaccinate Their Kids, Don't Ask. Just Tell

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 4:34am

The way a pediatrician talks with nervous parents about vaccines may determine whether the child gets immunized or not, a study suggests. Asking "What do you want to do about shots?" doesn't work.

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To Get Parents To Vaccinate Their Kids, Don't Ask. Just Tell

Sat, 02/07/2015 - 4:34am

The way a pediatrician talks with nervous parents about vaccines may determine whether the child gets immunized or not, a study suggests. Asking "What do you want to do about shots?" doesn't work.

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Satellite Set To Stream Daily Images Of Earth From Space

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 3:09pm

In 1998, Al Gore proposed using a satellite and the Internet to let us all see the awe-inspiring view of Earth that wows space travelers. That satellite may finally launch later this year.

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Being With People Like You Offers Comfort Against Death's Chill

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 3:03pm

Iggy Ignatius bet that immigrants from India would long to live with other Indians in his Florida condos. He was right. Psychologists say intimations of mortality make us want to be with our own kind.

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What Microbes Lurk In The Subways Of New York? Mysteries Abound

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 11:22am

Think expedition to the rain forest, but one where you'll need a MetroCard to get around. The microbial life of the New York subways turns out to be as rich, odd and confounding as the city itself.

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Outrage Over Government's Animal Experiments Leads To USDA Review

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 11:07am

Lawmakers also introduced a bill to strengthen laws protecting farm animals used in research. Both moves come out of a New York Times investigation of animal suffering at a federal research center.

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What Did Cavemen Think About Lust?

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 7:44am

Christopher Ryan says that human beings are sexual omnivores and hopes that a better understanding of sexual fidelity may end discrimination, shame and unrealistic expectations.

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Listeners To NPR: Why Don't We Track Planes Like We Do Ships?

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 2:58am

Geoff Brumfiel, the physics guy on our science desk, helps us land on the right answer.

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Why Is Nearsightedness Skyrocketing Among Chinese Youth?

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 3:35pm

More than 80 percent of high school students in Shanghai are myopic. A new study finds a link between higher income and poor eyesight. But the root cause is still hotly debated.

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First Stars Fired Up 140 Million Years Later Than Previously Thought

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 3:18pm

New data collected from the European Space Agency's Planck telescope shows that the first starlight in the universe occurred about 560 million years after the Big Bang.

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FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg To Step Down

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 7:39am

The head of the Food and Drug Administration has been on the job for six years and presided over such controversial decisions as relaxing age restrictions on the Plan B contraceptive.

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Gotcha: Satellites Help Strip Seafood Pirates Of Their Booty

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 2:51am

Most of the seafood Americans eat is imported; a lot of that is illegally caught. Now, environmentalists are using satellites to track pirate vessels on the high seas and help crack down on the trade.

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Measles + Low Vaccination Rates = Big Headaches For Schools

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 6:30pm

California allows parents to opt out of vaccination requirements. Amid Southern California's measles outbreak, many schools are struggling with how best to deal with students who aren't vaccinated.

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Scientists Want To Trick The Gut Into Burning Fat Without Food

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 4:11pm

Researchers say they've discovered a way to jump-start fat burning by switching on the digestion process without the presence of food. So far, it has only been tested in mice.

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Pediatricians Pressured To Drop Parents Who Won't Vaccinate

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 4:08pm

The pressure, doctors say, is mostly coming from other parents who don't want their infants exposed to measles, whooping cough or other serious illnesses in the pediatric waiting room.

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Does Facebook Cause Depression? Depends On How You Use It

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 3:24pm

Those great photos from your high school girlfriend's recent vacation in the Caribbean? A study says they're probably making you envious, and that envy could be contributing to feelings of depression.

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Does Binge-Watching Make Us Depressed? Good Question

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 12:35pm

Recent headlines make it sound like just because we watched a few episodes last night, we're depressed and lonely. OK, more than a few. But the science on binge-watching is just getting started.

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The Psychology Behind Why Some Kids Go Unvaccinated

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 4:12am

As the country grapples with a growing outbreak of measles, Morning Edition delves into what works and what doesn't — and what might get people to vaccinate their kids.

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