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'Guilty But Mentally Ill' Doesn't Protect Against Harsh Sentences

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 12:22pm

Jurors often are reluctant to acquit someone who committed a crime while mentally ill, or to find that person guilty. So they take a third option: guilty but mentally ill. It's far from perfect.

McDonald's Now Serving Chicken Raised Without Antibiotics — Mostly

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 11:35am

The fast-food chain's suppliers are still allowed to use certain types of antibiotics that aren't used to treat people.

A Neuroscientist Explores The Illogical Behaviors Of The Mind In 'Idiot Brain'

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 11:20am

Dean Burnett says the human brain is like a computer that files information in a way that defies logic. According to Burnett, brains can alter memory, cause motion sickness and affect intelligence.

3 Things People Can Do In The Classroom That Robots Can't

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 5:00am

Artificial intelligence is getting stronger. Education must adapt. Here's a framework for separating out the things schools can and should teach that are uniquely human.

How A Child's Gender May Affect Parent's Willingness To Bend The Truth

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 4:03am

An experiment found parents cheated at a game less when their kids were present, but gender made a big difference: The parents modeled honest behavior more with daughters than with sons.

Olympic Victory And Defeat, Frame By Frame

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 11:05pm

The rush of victory or crush of defeat in the Olympics can flash by very quickly. But if you slow those moments down, there's a lot to learn about human behavior.

Researchers Describe A New Hypothesis About Why The Female Orgasm Exists

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 8:18pm

A pair of evolutionary biologists think the female orgasm, or at least its predecessor in other animals, may have more to do with stimulating ovulation than previously thought.

With Zika In Miami, What Should Pregnant Women Across The U.S. Do?

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 7:14pm

Federal health officials are cautioning pregnant travelers to avoid a Miami neighborhood where at least 14 cases of Zika have been traced to local mosquitoes. What about the rest of Florida?

This Spanish Farm Makes Foie Gras Without Force-Feeding

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 3:27pm

A farmer in Spain makes foie gras from wild geese who gorge themselves naturally on acorns and olives. New York chef Dan Barber describes tasting it as "the best culinary experience of my life."

Crime In The Fields: How Monsanto And Scofflaw Farmers Hurt Soybeans In Arkansas

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 6:00am

A new type of genetically engineered crop is tempting farmers to use a weedkiller illegally. The illicit chemical use has damaged nearby crops and provoked conflict among neighbors.

A Soldier-Scientist's Insights Expand Understanding Of Brain Injuries

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 5:19am

Harvard researcher Kit Parker put his academic career on hold to serve in the Army in Afghanistan. When he returned from war, he made a discovery that changed our understanding of brain injuries.

Thousands Of Firefighters Battle Massive Big Sur Blaze

Sun, 07/31/2016 - 1:32pm

After more than a week, a 38,000-acre wildfire on the California coast is still growing, and authorities warn it could burn through August even after it is contained.

Meet Your Aquatic Swimming Mates: Invertebrates

Sun, 07/31/2016 - 7:36am

In the latest installment of the summer's What's Bugging You series, Page Howarth, curator of invertebrates at the San Diego Zoo, takes us on a tour of the aquatic bug world.

From 'The Water's Edge To The Cutting Edge': Fish Skeletons, CT Scans And Engineering

Sat, 07/30/2016 - 5:51pm

Professor Adam Summers is a "fish guy." He uses fish to get engineering ideas. His latest project is to CT scan every type of fish — all 33,000 of them.

2,200-Year-Oly Mummy Shows Unhealthy Ancient Egyptians

Sat, 07/30/2016 - 7:44am

A 2,200 year old mummy that recently went on display in Israel turned out to be a pretty unhealthy guy.

Uber Hasn't Had An Effect On Drunken-Driving Deaths, Study Finds

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 1:17pm

A new study of data from 100 U.S. cities finds access to apps for ride-sharing services has not led to a decrease in alcohol-related traffic fatalities.

Campaign For Universal Health Care In Colorado Seeks Bernie Sanders' Help

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 1:06pm

An initiative on the state's November ballot would establish a single-payer health plan. Supporters hope to lure Sanders to help get out the vote.

When A Project Fails, Should The Workers Get A Bonus?

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 8:20am

Entrepreneur Astro Teller rewards colleagues when their ambitious projects fail. Teller says this helps people take risks so they can achieve their "moonshot" goals, like a balloon-powered internet.

Invisibilia: He Mocked Celebrity, Then Came To Crave It Himself

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 4:17am

This week the NPR program Invisibilia talks with a guy who despised our mindless worship of celebrities. So he devised an elaborate prank. It succeeded in ways he never would have anticipated.

Can Dogs Help Sniff Out Low Blood Sugar In Diabetes?

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 4:00am

Trained dogs are increasingly being used to help people with diabetes detect hypoglycemia. One study finds the dogs can indeed do that, but aren't as reliable as a continuous glucose monitor.




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