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In The Search For The Perfect Sugar Substitute, Another Candidate Emerges

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 3:22pm

There's a new contender in the century-old quest for perfect, guiltless sweetness: allulose. It's sugar — but in a form that our bodies don't convert into calories. Perfect? Not quite.

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Particles From The Edge Of Space Shine A Light On Fukushima

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 11:47am

Researchers have been using muons to take a peek inside the nuclear reactors in Japan that melted down in 2011. The results could aid the continuing cleanup operations.

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Katrina Shut Down Charity Hospital But Led To More Primary Care

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 11:40am

More than 70 percent of New Orleans residents say some progress has been made in the availability of medical services since the storm. Still, most say care for the poor continues to lag.

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Snooze Alert: A Sleep Disorder May Be Harming Your Body And Brain

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 3:39am

A lack of sleep can increase the risk of traffic accidents, heart attacks, diabetes and maybe even Alzheimer's disease, research suggests. Yet most people with sleep disorders don't get treatment.

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After A Divorce, What Happens To A Couple's Frozen Embryos?

Sat, 08/22/2015 - 6:29am

Former spouses who disagree over whether their embryos can be destroyed have taken their case to court. In the process, one thing has become clear: how far the law lags behind reproductive technology.

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A Hot Bath Could Help Grocery-Store Tomatoes Keep Their Flavor

Sat, 08/22/2015 - 6:29am

Scientists have found a new way to give some taste to those bland supermarket tomatoes. NPR's Scott Simon gives the details.

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Yes, The U.S. Is On A Historic Lucky Streak In Dodging Major Hurricanes

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 2:49pm

A major hurricane hasn't hit the U.S. since 2005. There hasn't been a lull that long since 1861 to 1868 — when Abraham Lincoln was president.

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NASA: Rumors Of Impending Doom Are Greatly Exaggerated

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 10:08am

NASA says "numerous recent blogs and web postings" that a giant asteroid will smash into Earth next month are just a hoax.

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Food Waste And Beef Fat Will Be Making Airplanes Soar

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 5:31pm

Biofuel producers are teaming up with farms, meatpackers and waste management companies to tap the gassy waste on farms to make renewable jet fuel and diesel for vehicles.

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Study Suggests Some Treatment For Early Breast Cancer Is Unnecessary

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 3:32pm

A new study renews questions about how aggressively doctors should treat a very early form of breast cancer or pre-cancer.

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Preventing Armageddon: The Economic Hurdles Of Asteroid Defense

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 3:32pm

Some scientists say we should be doing more to protect the Earth from asteroids. The technical issues are relatively easy, but the economics of asteroid defense are much harder.

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3 Firefighters Killed While Battling Wildfires In Washington State

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 3:32pm

Three firefighters in Washington state died while battling wildfires Wednesday. Scores of wildfires are burning throughout the western U.S. and nearly 30,000 firefighters are involved.

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Can Health Care Be Cured Of Racial Bias?

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 3:14pm

A growing body of research suggests that doctors' racial biases and other prejudices continue to affect the care patients received. Medical educators say self-awareness is an important first step.

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Does This Phylum Make Me Look Fat?

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 9:35am

The relationship between the types of microbes in our gut and belly fat is turning out to be a lot more complicated than scientists first thought.

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To Decode Elephant Conversation, You Must Feel The Jungle Rumble

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 4:01am

The trumpeting roar of an elephant is loud. But scientists living with herds in the forests of central Africa say the deep rumbles that humans can't hear, but can feel, carry crucial messages, too.

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A Lot Of Heat Is Wasted, So Why Not Convert It Into Power?

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 4:00am

What if there were a way to take the waste heat that spews from car tailpipes or power plant chimneys and turn it into electricity? An entrepreneur says something called thermoelectrics is the key.

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Researchers Explore Declining Bat Population In North America

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 3:49pm

As bat populations dwindle, a new effort is aimed at getting North America's bat researchers working on the same page.

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GMOs Are Becoming A Proxy For Bigger Concerns About The Food System

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 3:46am

Social scientists and consumer researchers say the battle over GMOs isn't really about GMOs. They say GMOs have become a stand-in for what consumers really want: less processed, natural food.

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FDA Approves First Drug To Boost Women's Sexual Desire

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 5:46pm

The daily pill, called Addyi, modestly increased women's interest in sex in clinical tests. The approval was praised by some women's advocates as a milestone and condemned by others as irresponsible.

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Scientists Develop App To Turn Smartphones Into Cosmic Ray Detectors

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 3:29pm

If scientists can convince people to use the app, they hope it will help them solve a cosmic mystery. This story originally aired on March 27, 2015 on All Things Considered.

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