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Scents Of The Season Speak Directly To Our Emotions

Sat, 12/13/2014 - 7:11am

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Mandy Aftel, author of the book, Fragrant, about peppermint, evergreen, latkes on the griddle — the signature smells of Christmas, and why they're so powerful.

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Are Men Idiots Who Do Stupid Things? Study Says Yes

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 5:25pm

It looked at winners of the Darwin Awards, given to people who die in such an idiotic manner their action ensures the species' long-term survival. Nearly 90 percent of the winners were male.

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Chicago's Orphaned Otter 'Pup 681' Gets A Real Name

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 9:46am

The southern sea pup, now known as Luna, was found on a beach in California in October and later transferred to the Shedd Aquarium, where a naming contest was held this month.

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Climate Sticking Point: Who Cuts And By How Much?

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 8:27am

With the talks in their final day, rich and poor nations meeting in Lima, Peru, have yet to a agree on the central issue of emissions targets.

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What Does It Take To Bring Transparency To Medicine?

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 8:06am

Doctors in the U.S. don't have to tell patients about conflicts of interest. When physician Leana Wen asked her fellow doctors to open up, the reaction she got was frightening.

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Birds Of A Feather Aren't Necessarily Related

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 5:39pm

Geneticists have revised the evolutionary tree of birds, revealing some unlikely relationships.

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Kalettes, Broccoflower And Other Eye-Popping Vegetables For 2015

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 4:49pm

Kale's days as the superfood-du-jour may be numbered. Next up: Kalettes? It's a cross between kale and Brussels sprouts, and it's one of a few bewitching hybrid vegetables that could go big in 2015.

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Why The White House Wants To Go After Seafood Pirates

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 4:02pm

Americans eat more seafood than just about anyone, but a big portion of imports are caught illegally. One expert calls this "the single greatest threat to sustainable fisheries in the world today."

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Football Players Drill Without Helmets To Reduce Concussions

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 4:01pm

The idea, according to a scientist at New Hampshire University, is to teach each player "rugby awareness," so he'll be more likely to keep his head out of harm's way. Helmets off, eyes up.

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Unexpected Joint Pain Seen In Test Of Experimental Ebola Vaccine

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 2:59pm

A major donor has pledged $300 million to distribute an Ebola vaccine in Africa, as soon as one is available. Vaccine development is proceeding, but there have been hiccups.

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Debunking Vaccine Myths Can Have An Unintended Effect

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 6:37am

People concerned about potential flu vaccine side effects may be less likely to get the shot after learning that their worries are misplaced than they were to start with.

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What Is Torture? Our Beliefs Depend In Part On Who's Doing It.

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 3:55am

Researchers are studying how nations and individuals react when they given information that members of their own group have harmed other people, such as through torture. It takes some nimble thinking.

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Debate: Should We Genetically Modify Food?

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 3:56pm

Many crops we eat today are the product of genetic modifications that happen in a lab, not in nature. Scientists and consumers are divided how cautious we need to be about these foods.

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A Crowd Of Scientists Finds A Better Way To Predict Seizures

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 8:21am

The winners of an online competition identified electrical patterns in the brain that often precede a seizure. The victors included a mathematician and an engineer, but no neuroscientists or doctors.

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Scientists Often Skip A Simple Test That Could Verify Their Work

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 3:54am

Scientists have published thousands of studies using immortal cell lines, but in many cases the cells in the experiments have been misidentified or contaminated. They could avoid the problem easily.

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After $4.75 Million Auction, Watson Will Get Nobel Medal Back

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 5:10pm

"In my opinion, a situation in which an outstanding scientist has to sell a medal recognizing his achievements is unacceptable," says Russian business tycoon Alisher Usmanov.

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This Nursing Home Calms Troubling Behavior Without Risky Drugs

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:15pm

The staff's goal was to reduce the prescription of antipsychotic drugs by 20 percent. In the first year, they cut use by 97 percent. How? By addressing the real reasons for agitation and aggression.

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Curiosity's View Of 'Mt. Sharp' Offers New Clues About Water On Mars

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 3:25pm

Robert Siegel talks with NASA scientist, John Grotzinger, about the origins of a mountain discovered by the Curiosity rover on Mars.

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Venison As Benison: Food Banks Score From Deer Overpopulation

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 3:09pm

With the start of hunting season, wildlife managers are tackling the overabundance of deer in parks around the country. Some of that meat is being salvaged and processed to distribute to the hungry.

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Mistaken Identities Plague Lab Work With Human Cells

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:00am

A line of immortal cells, supposedly from a breast cancer patient, turned out to be from a type of skin cancer. The mix-up wasn't discovered until experiments around the world had been contaminated.

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