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Drug-Resistant Food Poisoning Lands In The U.S.

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 3:52pm

Travelers are bringing a nasty bacterial disease to the U.S. and spreading it to others. The bacteria cause bad diarrhea and are tough to treat because they're resistant to the top antibiotic.

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Searching Online May Make You Think You're Smarter Than You Are

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 8:52am

Googling that fact can make insufferable know-it-alls even more sure of their superior abilities, a study finds. The mere act of searching seems to boost faith in one's knowledge.

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Germanwings Crash Highlights Workplace Approaches To Mental Health

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 5:03pm

The case of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz has focused attention on what Lufthansa, or any employer, can really know about an employee's state of mind. Requiring a psychological evaluation has risks, too.

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A Virus In Your Mouth Helps Fight The Flu

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 2:20pm

It's related to herpes. And it infects most of the world — about half of Americans, nearly all the developing world. But don't go out and get infected. The virus has a dark side, too.

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A Leap Forward In The Science Of Human Locomotion

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 9:56am

Researchers at Nevada State University have discovered a surprising truth about the most efficient way to travel on two legs.

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Tobacco Firm Asks FDA To Lift Warning Label On This Product

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 2:53am

The product is called Snus — a tiny bag of tobacco that users slip between the lip and gum. Its Swedish maker claims the product is safer than cigarettes, cigars, dip and chewing tobacco.

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Hackers Teach Computers To Tell Healthy And Sick Brain Cells Apart

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 1:36pm

Scientists are still better than computers at assessing a neuron's health by looking at its shape. But an effort that includes an international series of hackathons could help speed the process.

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Meet The Bacteria That Make A Stink In Your Pits

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 10:19am

Scientists say they've IDed the bacteria that emits that rank smell after a hard workout. Future deodorants might target that bad actor rather than blocking sweat glands or nuking all bacteria.

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U.S. Promises To Cut Greenhouse Gases By A Quarter Of 2005 Levels

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 10:03am

The new target was submitted to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Tuesday. Part of a plan for a new international treaty, it would give the U.S. 10 years to reach its goal.

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No Easy, Reliable Way To Screen For Suicide, Specialists Say

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 3:58am

Clinicians correctly predict a suicide attempt about half the time — no better than a coin toss. Certain tests of involuntary responses, although still experimental, aim to improve the odds.

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After Snowden, The NSA Faces Recruitment Challenge

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 3:58am

To keep its code-breaking prowess, the NSA must recruit scores of the brightest students in math and computer science each year. But the Snowden revelations are hurting those efforts.

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Want To Do A Little Astrophysics? This App Detects Cosmic Rays

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 1:34pm

Two physicists keen to detect a a very rare, high energy particle think you and I can help. The researchers are working on an app that would allow any smartphone to detect rare particles from space.

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Videos On End-Of-Life Choices Ease Tough Conversation

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 4:21pm

A program in Hawaii aims to reduce the number of older people who spend their final days of life in a hospital. Hawaii has one of the highest rates of hospital deaths for those over age 65 in the U.S.

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Indiana's HIV Spike Prompts New Calls For Needle Exchanges Statewide

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 6:38am

Southeastern Indiana is battling an HIV outbreak. The new cases are mostly linked to injection drug use and have reignited a debate over needle exchanges, which are currently illegal in the state.

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A Day's A Day The World Around — But Shorter On Saturn

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 6:38am

Researchers have finally determined the length of a day on the ringed planet (gas shrouds any landmarks, so it was tough). Precision matters: A faster spin influences the speed of surface winds.

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Birder Finds Panama Packed With Species, But No Harpy Eagles

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 6:38am

There are more species of birds in Panama than all of North America. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Ray Brown, host of the radio program Talkin' Birds, who just returned from the country.

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Calif. Governor Can't Make It Rain, But Can Make Relief Money Pour

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 4:57pm

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed his sweeping $1.1 billion emergency drought relief bill Friday. It funds water infrastructure improvements like flood control and aid for farmworkers.

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Is There Any Way To Screen Pilots For Suicidal Tendencies?

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 8:27am

There are questionnaires that aim to identify people at risk of killing themselves. But the tests are flawed — and it's not at all clear they'd be effective in assessing the mental state of pilots.

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What Can Bonobos Teach Us About Play?

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 7:52am

Primatologist Isabel Behncke explains how bonobos learn by constantly playing. She says play isn't frivolous; it appears to be a critical way to solve problems and avoid conflict.

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How Can Playing A Game Make You More Empathetic?

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 7:52am

Why is it so hard to feel empathy for strangers? Because we're stressed by them, says neuroscientist Jeff Mogil. His research suggests one way to reduce that stress: play Rock Band together.

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