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Families Near The Huge Gas Leak Wonder: Is Home A Safe Place To Be?

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 6:21pm

Most health officials say the small amounts of benzene and other components of the natural gas still leaking in Southern California are probably not a health threat. Still, some parents worry.

OK, Google. Where Did I Put My Thinking Cap?

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 1:52pm

It can be too easy for students to Google an assignment before they stop to think about it. Some researchers say we're losing our critical thinking and memory skills by relying on the search bar.

Two Grad Students Use Science To Bust The Dinner Hoax Of The Century

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 1:22pm

In 1951, members of the scientific Explorers Club thought they'd dined on prehistoric meat dug out of the Alaskan tundra. The meal became legend. Now two Yale students have unraveled the deception.

Is It Time To Stop Using Race In Medical Research?

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 11:20am

Medical researchers often use race to define health risks. But a geneticist and a sociologist say racial categories don't accurately reflect who people are, and that science has to change.

Florida Governor Ramps Up Mosquito Fight To Stay Ahead Of Zika

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 5:42pm

It's only a matter of time, Gov. Rick Scott figures, before the Zika virus shows up in Florida mosquitoes. He's called for increased spraying and other moves to keep Zika and other diseases in check.

'This Is Your Brain On Sports' Gets Inside Minds Of Players, Coaches And Fans

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 3:20pm

The new book, This is Your Brain on Sports, gets inside the minds of the players on the field, the fans in the stands, and the coaches on the sidelines. NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Tufts psychologist Sam Sommers and Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated about what sports tell us about how we think.

Morocco Unveils A Massive Solar Power Plant In The Sahara

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 2:07pm

The Noor I solar thermal power plant is the first phase of a project that's projected to provide more than a million Moroccans with electricity — even once the sun has gone down.

In Baby's 'First Bite,' A Chance To Shape A Child's Taste

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 11:56am

Bee Wilson's new book, First Bite, examines how genetics, culture, memory and early feeding patterns influence the palate. She says babies are most open to new flavors between ages 4 and 7 months.

Making Science Teaching More Than 'A Backup Plan'

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 8:00am

The Learning Assistant Program at the University of Colorado Boulder is producing better science learning from kindergarten through college.

Research Explores Consequences Of Revealing Embarrassing Details

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 4:11am

Revealing embarrassing information is often better than withholding it. Research finds that people distrust withholders of details more than they dislike revealers of unsavory information.

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