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Weasel Apparently Shuts Down World's Most Powerful Particle Collider

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 10:04am

The Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland is offline, following a run-in with a small mammal that munched on a power cord.

Reborn At 40, She Uncovered New Life In A 'Dream' — Looking At Skulls

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 4:30am

But not just looking at skulls — reconstructing human faces from them. This forensic artist once worked several jobs, hating "every morning I got up." Then, she took a class in anthropology.

Ashley Madison Hack Inspires Social Scientists To Look Behind The Names

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 3:29pm

A leak of names from one of the world's most famous "adultery" sites, Ashley Madison, got social scientists thinking. They've recently tried to see if people who like to cheat in their marriages also have a propensity to cheat at work.

In Houston, Pregnant Women And Their Doctors Weigh Risks Of Zika

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 2:00pm

Mosquitoes infected with Zika haven't turned up along the U.S. Gulf Coast yet, but could thrive in the region's sultry summer weather. Pregnant women and their doctors are already taking precautions.

Mars By 2018? SpaceX And NASA Announce A New Space Project

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 11:41am

The Red Dragon missions are aimed at figuring out what's needed "to land large payloads propulsively on Mars." For now, the plan doesn't include sending astronauts to the red planet.

Genetic Variations Help Make Fraternal Twins More Likely

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 11:06am

Scientists identified two genetic variants that make it more likely that a woman will give birth to fraternal twins. Knowing this might help develop safer fertility treatments.

A Concussion Can Lead To Sleep Problems That Last For Years

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 3:14pm

Eighteen months after a concussion or other traumatic brain injury, two-thirds of the patients in a recent study were still sleepy during the day. And most were unaware of their symptoms.

Loathed By Farmers, Loved By Ancients: The Strange History Of Tiger Nuts

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 12:53pm

One of the worst weeds in the world had its start as an ancient and valuable tuber used for food and medicine. Now tiger nuts are making a comeback in the health food aisle.

Scans Show The Brain Groups Words By Meaning

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 12:01pm

Brain maps constructed by MRI imaging show that language meaning is distributed throughout the brain's outer layer. And it turns out that different people organize language in similar ways.

Ruling May Help Patients Keep More Of The Winnings When They Sue

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 4:00am

When someone's been hurt and gets cash as part of a legal decision, health plans routinely demand to be reimbursed for medical costs they covered. But a Supreme Court ruling may hinder that strategy.

When Personalization Leads To Discrimination On AirBnB

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 3:28pm

In the sharing economy, the goal to personalize the exchange can have some unintended consequences. The Hidden Brain podcast explores how discrimination plays out on AirBnB.

Super Hearing And Fast Growth ... Scientists Learn Why Sauropods Ruled

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 2:58pm

A nearly complete fossilized skull from Argentina helps explains the success of these giant dinosaurs that roamed some 95 million years ago.

Beneath An Ugly Outside, Marred Fruit May Pack More Nutrition

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 2:13pm

Why are some fruits and veggies born ugly? Fighting off fungus, heat and pests can leave blemishes. Some researchers think these battle scars may actually boost the antioxidant content in produce.

How Being Busy Affects Our Motivation

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 4:06am

There's an old saying: If you want to get something done, ask a busy person. Researchers find that busy people are more motivated to complete tasks after missing a deadline than their non-busy peers.

Many Grouchy, Error-Prone Workers Just Need More Sleep

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 3:29am

Sleep researchers say about 30 percent of employees at big firms are so tired they're making as many mistakes as if they were coming to work drunk. Some offices now have "napping pods."

Can Big Data Resolve The Human Condition?

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 2:46am

What makes the Kavli HUMAN Project, which will follow 10,000 people over 20 years, so exciting is that it's exactly the kind of approach that can show us if Big Data really works, says Adam Frank.

#AirbnbWhileBlack: How Hidden Bias Shapes The Sharing Economy

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 11:10pm

The sharing economy is making online transactions far more personal, which can lead to some unintended consequences.

National Park Service Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 3:30pm

The National Park Service is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its creation this year. NPR spends time on the job with workers in the country's busiest national park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, to explore the vast variety of work the park service does and the challenges it's facing.

Babies Who Eat Rice Cereal Have Higher Arsenic Levels, Study Finds

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 2:49pm

Multiple studies have found that rice-based foods contain traces of arsenic. Now a study finds babies fed rice cereals and other rice-based snacks have higher concentrations of arsenic in their urine.

These Earth-Saving Robots Might Be The Future Recyclers

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 1:32pm

Apple recently unveiled Liam, a robot with 29 arms that takes apart iPhones so materials can be recycled and reused. As we accumulate more waste, recycling robots like Liam might become more common.

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