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Driving While Pregnant Is Riskier Than You Might Think

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 12:30pm

Expectant mothers are more likely to get into serious car crashes, a study finds. The risk is highest in the second trimester, when accident rates are similar to those for people with sleep apnea.

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Rocket Wars: Will A Suit By SpaceX Get Off The Ground?

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 4:03am

The Calif.-based maker of the Falcon 9 is hoping to break up a monopoly on the launch market for national security satellites.

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Plenty Of Women Enter Academic Science. They Just Don't Stay

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 6:33am

Women are underrepresented in the senior ranks of academic science, but they attend grad school in equal numbers as men. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to science correspondent Joe Palca about the disparity.

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Did Homer Simpson Actually Solve Fermat's Last Theorem? Take A Look

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 4:33am

Simon Singh spotted the equation on a Homer Simpson blackboard. Had Homer just solved one of the toughest puzzles in math? His solution, crazily, seemed "valid" – so Singh checked Homer's numbers.

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Did Homer Simpson Actually Solve Fermat's Last Theorem? Take A Look

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 4:33am

Simon Singh spotted the equation on a Homer Simpson blackboard. Had Homer just solved one of the toughest puzzles in math? His solution, crazily, seemed "valid" — so Singh checked Homer's numbers.

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Athletes Chased By Technology In The Sport Of Anti-Doping

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 5:40pm

As testing for doping in sports becomes more sophisticated, so do the drugs. Looking at the recent history of cycling can make you wonder how many cheaters continue to slip by undetected.

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What Men Really Want When It Comes to Work

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 12:58pm

Just in time for Mother's Day, a study coming out next month says that paternity leave has become hugely important for guys.

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If It's Pricey, It Must Be Tastier, And Other Lies Our Brains Tell

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 6:52am

Why do we prefer Coke over a generic cola? Psychologist Paul Bloom tells the TED Radio Hour's Guy Raz that we come to believe something is better because we're told that it is.

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Keep Or Kill Last Lab Stocks Of Smallpox? Time To Decide, Says WHO

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 3:51pm

"If smallpox is outlawed, only outlaws will have smallpox," says one NIH virologist. Others say keeping vials of deadly virus just invites a horrific accident or theft. WHO is about to vote — again.

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Ahead Of Wildfire Season, Scientists Study What Fuels Fires

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 3:11pm

The federal fire scientists hope to hand off their findings to fire managers, who have to make the quick decisions on where to deploy resources that could protect lives and property.

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Former Commando Turns Conservationist To Save Elephants Of Dzanga Bai

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 2:34am

Nir Kalron was once an Israeli commando, then private security consultant to African leaders, and a dealer of legal arms. Today he's working with African locals to hunt ivory poachers via satellite.

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How To Tell When A Laugh Is Real: The Answer Is In A Breath

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 3:03pm

Greg Bryant, a professor at UCLA, explains his studies on laughter. Using acoustic analysis, he found that real laughter was more emotional, closer to animals, and fake laughter was closer to speech.

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Anti-Aging Hormone Could Make You Smarter

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 2:37pm

Scientists have found that a hormone associated with long life also seems to make people smarter. The gene strengthens the connections between brain cells, a process that's essential for learning.

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Rice Theory: Why Eastern Cultures Are More Cooperative

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 2:22pm

Westerners tend to be more individualistic than Easterners. Did our ancestors plant these cultural differences hundreds of years when they chose which grains to grow?

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A Question Of Biggitude: What's The Largest Creature On Earth?

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 1:17pm

Is the largest creature on Earth a tree or a tree strangler? Both are candidates. Both are plausible. Neither is a blue whale.

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If Polar Bears Can Eat A Ton Of Fat And Be Healthy, Why Can't We?

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 11:36am

Baby polar bears slurp milk that's 27 percent fat, and adults dine on seal blubber. Scientists think bears' adaptation to a high-fat diet might lead to better ways to treat human obesity.

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Study: Time Away Can Hurt Surgeons' Job Performance

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 4:15am

Surgeons need rest days, weekends and vacations. But when they come back to work after a break, do they come back refreshed — or rusty?

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The Executioner's Lament

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 2:22am

Executions are carried out by people. When things go wrong, those involved experience stressful, chaotic scenes. And even when they go right, it can take a lasting toll.

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Less Nutritious Grains May Be In Our Future

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 2:04am

When crops are surrounded by high levels of carbon dioxide, they produce more. But those crops have lower concentrations of some crucial nutrients, which could increase malnutrition in the future.

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Civil War Invades An Elephant Sanctuary: One Researcher's Escape

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 2:02am

Andrea Turkalo spent 22 years in central Africa, studying rare forest elephants. Then civil war forced her to flee — and poachers killed many of the elephants she'd shared a life with.

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