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Here's Looking Achoo! Debunking The Sneeze

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 4:44pm

Let's look deeper into your nose and all of its mysteries, shall we? Are you a snatiator? And does tweezing your eyebrows really make you sneeze?

Watch: A Slow-Motion Sneeze Looks A Lot Like Breathing Fire

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 4:43pm

What happens when you let loose with a juicy one? A lab of MIT mathematicians and physicists are taking a close look, with the goal of improving public health.

WATCH: Squishy 'Octobot' Moves Autonomously

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 4:03pm

The robot designed by a team from Harvard University moves without the help of any rigid parts. Researchers say it is the first proof-of-concept design for an entirely soft, autonomous machine.

Study Of Breast Cancer Treatment Reveals Paradox Of Precision Medicine

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 4:01pm

A genetic test of breast cancer tumors helped identify women whose survival odds would not be greatly improved by chemotherapy. But that test isn't as precise as women and doctors might like.

Oil #5: Imagine A World Without Oil

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 3:49pm

Last of five episodes. We follow the Planet Money oil to a gas station. And we ask: What would our world look like if there were no fossil fuels?

Climate Change Complicates Predictions Of Damage From Big Surf

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 1:17pm

Earth's changing climate has made the quest to understand wave behavior more important than ever, scientists say. Rising seas, storm surge and dune and reef erosion all shape Florida's Gulf Coast.

This Planet Just Outside Our Solar System Is 'Potentially Habitable'

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 12:01pm

It's not exactly close — 25 trillion miles from Earth, say the scientists who spotted it. But that might be near enough for further exploration. It's about Earth's size, with mild temperatures.

Berkeley's Soda Tax Appears To Cut Consumption Of Sugary Drinks

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 6:49pm

According to a new study, the nation's first soda tax succeeded in cutting consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. But there's uncertainty about whether the effect will be permanent.

Radio Rookies: Reformed Catcaller Explores Roots Of Street Harassment

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 3:42pm

Growing up, Jared Marcelle watched as older men catcalled women in his Brooklyn neighborhood. He thought it was normal, so as a teenager Marcelle and his friends became those guys. But now he's changed.

Persistent Drought Kills Millions Of Trees In California Forests

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 3:42pm

Years of drought have strained California's forests, killing millions of trees and fueling wildfires.

Extinct 'Micro Lion' Is Named For Sir David Attenborough

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 1:31pm

Microleo attenboroughi was a tiny, marsupial lion that lived some 18 million years ago. Paleontologists in Australia said they named it after the famed naturalist "for his dedication and enthusiasm."

Japan Offers 'Dementia Awareness' Courses To City Workers

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 1:10pm

Japan expects 7 million cases of dementia among its long-lived residents by 2025. It has started training pharmacists, bankers and postal workers in how to recognize the signs and be supportive.

Health Officials Struggle To Fight Deadly Sepsis Infections

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 12:01pm

Although a CDC study released today found that 80 percent of cases develop outside the hospital or at a nursing home, many people still don't know about this lethal medical condition.

Do You Read Terms Of Service Contracts? Not Many Do, Research Shows

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 4:06am

During an experiment, people consented to sharing their private information with the NSA, and to surrendering their first-born as payment for access to a fictitious social networking site.

Beyond Slurpees: Many Japanese Mini-Marts Now Cater To Elders

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 3:32am

Convenience is in the eye of the generation. Increasingly, corner markets in Japan target the 27 percent of residents over 65 — offering nursing care advice and home delivery of meals and groceries.

You vs. Future You; Or Why We're Bad At Predicting Our Own Happiness

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 11:01pm

Researcher Dan Gilbert says that human beings are the only animals that think about the future. But we don't always do the best job at predicting what will make us happy — or even who we will be.

Flooding In Louisiana Raises Questions About Timing, Urgency Of Warnings

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 6:31pm

More than a dozen people have died and tens of thousands of homes have been damaged by floodwaters. Local authorities and residents wonder if something more could have been done to lessen the toll.

How Big, Really, Is The Zika Outbreak In Florida?

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 6:15pm

So far, health officials know of 37 confirmed cases of people who contracted Zika from mosquitoes in Miami. But computer models suggest the underlying outbreak in Miami is bigger — and spreading.

Louisiana Ignored Dire Forecasts And Flash Flood Warnings

Sun, 08/21/2016 - 8:24am

Tens of thousands in Louisiana were surprised by floods last week. In a changing climate, what more can be done to warn communities that the weather can do things they aren't used to?

What It's Really Like To 'Walk' In Space

Sun, 08/21/2016 - 8:23am

The International Space Station conducted a spacewalk this week to mark 15 years in space. Three people who've walked in space share their miraculous — and miserable — experiences.




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