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For Pete's Sake, Don't Sleep or Swim in Your Contact Lenses

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 2:07pm

Contact lenses seem safe and easy, but a CDC analysis shows people can get serious eye infections from them. The usual culprits: Wearing them too long, and failing to be meticulous about cleaning.

Eating Yogurt Is Not Enough: Rebalancing The Ecosystem Of 'The Microbes Within Us'

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 12:11pm

Ed Yong, author of I Contain Multitudes, says someday we might be able to improve our health by taking probiotics, but "we are still in the very early stages of working out how to do this."

Better Burgers, More Healthful Hot Dogs: Could A Pinch Of Seaweed Be The Answer?

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 6:00am

Processed meats used in hot dogs and hamburgers are high in levels of salt and fat. Some scientists want to boost these foods' nutritional profile by adding seaweed to the meats.

The Amazing Pedal-Powered Brain Race: The Finish Line

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 5:01am

These middle schoolers built a 200-pound human brain on wheels. Will it survive the eight-hour race through the streets of Baltimore?

Study Of Sudden Cardiac Death Exposes Limits Of Genetic Testing

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 7:41pm

Some genetic tests for a common cause of sudden heart failure can be wrong, researchers say, because the underlying science didn't take into account racial diversity.

Federal Court Blocks Challenge To Social Cost Of Carbon

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 3:32pm

Economists call it the social cost of carbon. A single number that is supposed to reflect all of the costs society incurs when people burn fossil fuels. That number is now part of federal regulations, and some industries aren't happy.

Scientists Engineer An Opioid That May Reduce Pain With Less Risk

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 2:31pm

Opioids lock to a receptor in the brain that controls pain relief, pleasure and need. A new compound may offer relief without as much risk of addiction or overdose. But it's only been tested in mice.

What Does It Take To Map A Walrus Hangout? 160 Years And A Lot Of Help

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 9:49am

Groups of walruses are vulnerable to disturbances, but it's hard to avoid them if you don't know where they are. A new tool from U.S. and Russian researchers draws on history to protect the animals.

How To Catch The Biggest Wave In The Universe

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 3:33am

An L-shaped machine in Louisiana is hunting for some of the most powerful waves in existence: gravitational waves. This wave detector acts like a giant tape measure to capture bends in space and time.

Short Answers To Big Questions: The Power Of Earth's Magnetic Field

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 3:33pm

All Things Considered asked listeners to ask our resident astrophysicist big questions, so we can give you short answers. Today we explore magnetic fields and explain why they are so powerful on Earth.

White House Announces New Fuel Efficiency Standards For Trucks, Buses

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 3:33pm

The Obama administration has announced new fuel efficiency standards for trucks and buses.

'Roaring Wind' Examines Extreme Weather, And The Power Of Air

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 12:26pm

Biologist Bill Streever sailed from Texas to Guatemala while doing research for his new book, And Soon I Heard a Roaring Wind. He says the wind was working against him "most of the time."

Why High-Income Households Benefit More From Product Innovations

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 4:05am

A Stanford University researcher finds that products purchased mainly by poor people were increasing in price much more quickly than those purchased by the wealthy.

Fishing And Foraging: How To Catch Your Seafood, Ethically

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 9:00am

Fisherman Kirk Lombard's new book teaches people to fish and forage along the northern California coast, while urging them to harvest in moderation, follow regulations and respect sea creatures.

The Physics And Psychology Of 'The Wave' At Sporting Events

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 8:54am

You may love or hate 'the wave' as it sweeps through spectators at baseball, football and soccer games. But physicists say the synchronized action shows how humans are like particles.

Will Your Prescription Meds Be Covered Next Year? Better Check!

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 3:32am

Insurers have released the latest lists of prescription drugs they won't cover in 2017. Express Scripts is excluding 85 drugs and CVS Caremark, 131. Some drugs for diabetes and asthma are out.

How 'Patient H.M.' And His Lobotomy Contributed To Understanding Memories

Sun, 08/14/2016 - 4:25pm

William Scoville's lobotomy on patient Henry Molaison taught scientists a lot about human memory, but left Molaison with memory problems. Luke Dittrich discusses the story in his book Patient H.M.

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