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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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Nursing Homes Rarely Penalized For Oversedating Patients

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 2:35am

An NPR probe finds many U.S. nursing homes are still prescribing schizophrenia drugs to stem agitation in dementia patients — despite FDA warnings. Find out here how your local nursing home compares.

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NASA Photos Show New Signs Of A Lake On Mars

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 8:09pm

The water and sediment flow might have been massive enough to build a mountain, NASA researchers say.

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Old And Overmedicated: The Real Drug Problem In Nursing Homes

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 3:57am

Way too many residents of U.S. nursing homes are on antipsychotic drugs, critics say. It's often just for the convenience of the staff, to sedate patients agitated by dementia. That's illegal.

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Oh, Snap! NASA Promises Best Photo Yet Of Faraway Pluto

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 3:57am

A spacecraft on its way to Pluto has just woken up from hibernation. By next month, scientists expect to have the first good pictures of the dwarf planet. All the others have been, well, crummy.

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Stephen Hawking Gets A Voice Tech Upgrade

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 6:37am

Stephen Hawking has been using the same communication system for more than 20 years — until now. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Horst Haussecker of Intel about the new and faster technology.

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NASA's Orion Completes First Test Flight

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 4:13pm

NASA's Orion spacecraft — built to take a human crew into deep space — completed a successful test flight Friday. NPR's Arun Rath talks with landing and recovery manager Stuart McClung.

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Coming Soon To A Filling Station Near You: $1.99 Gasoline

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 4:02pm

OnCue in Oklahoma City was the first place in the country to drop its price per gallon below $2. Several other cities are likely to get similarly cheap gas soon, an expert says.

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Lots Of Work Remains After Successful Orion Launch

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 3:15pm

NASA successfully launched and landed a test version of its next-generation Orion spacecraft on Friday morning. The unmanned test is the first for the follow-on to the shuttle.

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Why Did Vitamins Disappear From Non-GMO Breakfast Cereal?

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 2:50pm

When GMO-free cereals landed in supermarkets, some vitamins had mysteriously vanished from them. But these vitamins don't necessarily come from genetically altered organisms.

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It's Brown, It's Barrel-Aged, It's ... Gin?

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 11:27am

Barrel-aged gin resembles young whisky in color and flavor. It's quickly becoming the new darling of distillers and craft bartenders across the U.S.

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