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Ancient Shipwreck Off Greek Island Yields A Different Sort Of Treasure

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 3:58am

Divers exploring the famous Antikythera shipwreck, 200 feet beneath the water's surface in Greece, have turned up a heavy object they think might have been a powerful weapon in the first century B.C.

The Cheater's High And Other Reasons We Cheat

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 11:05pm

Like it or not, cheating and lying are part of being human. But our propensity to cheat varies based on the situation. This week we delve into how cheating works.

Nothing Says 'Hip' Like Ancient Wheat

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 1:49pm

Many consumers in North America and Europe are willing to pay a premium for nutritious, organic grains. That makes the market ripe for a revival of millennia-old bread wheat, some plant breeders say.

Human Or Machine: Can You Tell Who Wrote These Poems?

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 11:14am

Can a computer write a sonnet that's indistinguishable from what a person can produce? A contest at Dartmouth attempted to find out. With our online quiz, you too can give it a try.

To Help A Criminal Go Straight, Help Him Change How He Thinks

Sun, 06/26/2016 - 6:00am

More than half of prisoners released from prison are rearrested within a year. Cognitive therapy can help prisoners change the thinking that gets them in trouble, like "I'll never back down."

With A Zap, Scientists Create Low-Fat Chocolate

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 11:29am

Scientists say they've figured out how to reduce the fat in milk chocolate by running it through an electric field. The result is healthier, but is it tastier?

23 Killed In Historic West Virgina Flooding

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 7:32am

Some of the worst flooding in the state in 100 years is being blamed for the deaths of more than 20 people. Reporter Ashton Marra tells Scott Simon that many died trapped in their cars and homes.

Personality Tests Are Popular, But Do They Capture The Real You?

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 4:18am

It can be a lot of fun taking those back-of-the-magazine personality tests. But tests may be less fun when they are used by employers to make big life decisions on hiring and job performance.

New Study Explores Psychology Of Giving Wedding Gifts

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 3:33pm

A new study looks at the psychology of giving wedding gifts. Researchers found when buying wedding gifts, people closest to the recipient often diverge from the registry to express their unique relationship to the recipient. But this leaves the recipient less happy than if they had received something from the registry.

Fermentation Fervor: Here's How Chefs Boost Flavor And Health

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 3:32am

As more chefs experiment with microorganisms to transform ingredients and create new flavors, fermentation has gone from ancient preservation technique to culinary tool du jour.

Invisibilia: Is Your Personality Fixed Or Can You Change Who You Are?

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 2:00am

A man committed a horrible crime. Then he decided he no longer wanted to be a bad person. It is possible to change our personalities, psychologists say, even though we like to think they're innate.

Senators Reach Deal On National GMO Labeling Bill

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 5:39pm

The new bill would require companies to disclose genetically modified ingredients in food products. But critics dislike that this information does not have to appear directly on the food label.

This Startup Wants You To Have Your Disposable Spoon And Eat It, Too

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 3:39pm

An Indian startup sells edible spoons that taste just like crackers, made out of millet, rice and wheat. The company's founder says it's a fun way to encourage people to reduce their plastic waste.

Can You Psych Yourself Into Running A 4-Minute Mile?

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 3:21pm

NPR's Lulu Miller tells the story of one runner who always believed he could break the four-minute mile. Then a terrible accident made him question if he would ever be the same runner.

How Native American Tribes Saved A Giant, Ancient Squash From Oblivion

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 1:55pm

Native Americans in the Great Lakes region have cultivated the giant squash for centuries. Now tribes are sharing the seeds with each other and with small farmers to bring the plant back.

A Protein That Moves From Muscle To Brain May Tie Exercise To Memory

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 12:33pm

In mice, monkeys and people, exercise releases a protein called cathepsin B. And as blood and brain levels of this protein rise, memory gets better. But the protein has a dark side, too.

The Challenge Of Taking Health Apps Beyond The Well-Heeled

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 7:58am

A nutrition app may not be the top priority for someone who struggles to pay for groceries. But cellphones have the potential to improve the health of people with low incomes, if they can get them.

Dangerous Rescue Mission Underway In The South Pole

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 3:39pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Jerry Macala, who previously managed the South Pole station, about what it's like during winter at the South Pole and the obstacles facing the mission to rescue a sick worker.

Risky South Pole Rescue Succeeds As 2 Patients Are Airlifted Out

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 3:06pm

Two individuals have been flown out of the South Pole in the dead of Antarctic Wwinter. It's only the third such evacuation ever conducted.

The Science Of Why Onions Make Us Cry

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 6:00am

Sure, their beautiful, multi-layered complexity has moved poets to weep. But the real answer is more practical: a bulb's gotta keep the baddies away. We get the lowdown from a chemist.

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