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Why Many Doctors Don't Follow 'Best Practices'

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 11:14am

Doctors, it turns out, often don't follow evidence-based guidelines in their practice of medicine. Scientists who study this contrariness think they know why.

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5 Million Chickens To Be Killed As Bird Flu Outbreak Puzzles Industry

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 4:09pm

A flu strain deadly to chickens and turkeys is striking farms in the West and Midwest. This week, it hit an Iowa facility with millions of egg-laying hens. No one knows how it's entering houses.

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Five Years After BP Oil Spill, Experts Debate Damage To Ecosystem

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 3:55pm

An effort is underway to figure out how the BP oil spill harmed the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem. The damage may not be as dire as feared, but researchers say it's too soon to know the long-term impacts.

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Researchers Fly Over Shale Fields To Study Air Pollution

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 3:42pm

This month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is flying an airborne research lab over oil and gas producing states.

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President Obama To Visit Everglades National Park On Earth Day

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 3:42pm

President Obama will honor Earth Day Wednesday by visiting the Florida Everglades, an area greatly affected by climate change. NPR's Melissa Block talks to Florida International University ecologist Evelyn Gaiser about what damage has already been done to the region.

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Screening Tests For Breast Cancer Genes Just Got Cheaper

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 2:54pm

A company has priced its test for mutations linked to breast and ovarian cancer at $249 — far less than the thousands of dollars another firm charges. But is there a downside for the worried well?

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Iowa Farm To Kill 5 Million Chickens In Effort To Contain Avian Flu

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 12:53pm

This is the worst outbreak since the H5N2 influenza was first detected in December. The disease has been found in seven other states over the past five months.

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3D Printers Are Changing The Way People Think About Manufacturing

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 4:07am

At the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, the future of manufacturing is taking shape. At the lab, 3D printers offer some unique design opportunities as well as interesting challenges.

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Construction Of Giant Telescope In Hawaii Draws Natives' Ire

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 2:58am

In Hawaii, a battle is going on over the future of a mountaintop. Native Hawaiians say it's sacred ground, but astronomers say it's the best place in the world to build an 18-story telescope.

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When Danish Cows See Fresh Spring Pasture, They Jump For Joy

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 4:27pm

Thousands of spectators gather every April to see ecstatic cows let out into fields on organic farms around Denmark. The organic industry says the event has helped fuel demand for organic foods.

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Doctors Don't Always Ask About Pet-Related Health Risks

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 2:07pm

People can pick up germs and parasites from their pets, and some of them can be nasty. Health care providers for all species could do a better job of communicating the risks, a study finds.

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Humans' Use Of Pain-Relief Creams Proves Fatal To Felines

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 10:39am

Three cats died after their owners used an anti-inflammatory cream used to treat arthritis. The Food and Drug Administration warns to keep drugs away from pets; a tiny bit can be toxic.

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Why Handsome Men May Be At A Disadvantage When It Comes To Hiring

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 4:01am

Researchers have known that beautiful people have advantages. But experiments find that in many hiring and evaluation decisions, being a good looking man can be a distinct disadvantage.

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Social Media Can Help Track Tornadoes, But Was That Tweet Real?

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 3:30am

Researchers at Purdue are using software to mine tweets for data that can help warn that a dangerous storm is approaching. But the data may not always be reliable and analyzing it can be tricky.

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Congo Monkey Spotted Decades After Its Alleged Demise

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 3:31pm

Bouvier's red colobus monkey — thought to have disappeared for good from the forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo sometime in the 1970s — has been photographed by two researchers.

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LA's Mountain Lion Is A Solitary Cat With A Knack For Travel

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 7:34am

A puma named P-22 had to master a suburban commute to find his home in Griffith Park. His name might not be pretty, but the biologist who collared him think it fits just right.

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See Priya Cook: Gender Bias Pervades Textbooks Worldwide

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 6:03am

In almost every corner of the world, women are either completely written out of school books, or they're portrayed in stereotypical, subservient roles, a report says. What will it take to fix this?

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This Robot Chef Has Mastered Crab Bisque

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 4:20am

The system, a pair of robotic arms, learned to cook by mimicking the motions of a top chef. Even though it can't smell or taste, its maker says the robot should be able to make 2,000 meals by 2017.

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This Robot Chef Has Mastered Crab Bisque

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 4:20am

The system, a pair of robotic arms, learned to cook by mimicking the motions of a top chef. Even though it can't smell or taste, its maker says the robot should be able to make 2,000 meals by 2017.

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Gazing Into Those Puppy-Dog Eyes May Actually Be Good For You

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 4:34pm

Gazing into your dog's eyes apparently triggers happy feelings in both parties - suggesting that dogs really may love us back. (This piece originally aired on All Things Considered on April 16, 2015.)

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