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Health Insurers Are Still Skimping On Mental Health Coverage

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 9:38am

Behavioral care is four times more likely to be out-of-network than medical or surgical care, a nationwide study shows. That can make treatment unaffordable even for people who have health insurance.

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A Cultural Project In Polynesia Has The Power To Teach Us All

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 9:29am

Polynesia was colonized by the French and, even today, Polynesians are taught more about French history than their own. A new archaeological project aims to change that, says Barbara J. King.

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Working Moms Have Been A 'Thing' Since Ancient History

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 9:09am

Who ruled early farming? Women! Studies of ancient bones show that women's physical labor was crucial to driving the agricultural revolution in Europe.

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Women's Role In The European Agricultural Revolution Revealed

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 4:13am

Studies of ancient bones show that women's physical labor was crucial to driving the agricultural revolution in Europe. These women's upper bodies were stronger than that of elite athletes today.

The Tree That Rocked The Music Industry

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 4:05am

This year, new international regulations on rosewood have reverberated through the music industry, costing tens of millions in lost sales and extra administrative costs.

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Science And The Mystery Of The Mind

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 1:26pm

We are still as ignorant about the "passage from the physics of the brain to the corresponding facts of consciousness" as John Tyndall and his Victorian colleagues were, says Marcelo Gleiser.

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Scientists Move A Step Closer To Making Synthetic Life

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 12:11pm

Bacteria engineered with an expanded genetic alphabet can produce novel proteins, which could lead to the development of new drugs.

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North Korea Launches An Apparent ICBM

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 6:40am

It flew higher — and for longer — than previous tests, theoretically putting the entire continental U.S. within Pyongyang's reach — a capability that the North Korean regime has long sought.

Gene Therapy Shows Promise For A Growing List Of Diseases

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 6:40am

After decades of hope and disappointment, doctors have now been able to treat several different types of genetic conditions by giving each patient a healthy version of their defective gene.

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People Like People Who Ask Questions

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 4:19am

A new study says people who ask more questions, particularly follow-up questions, are liked better by their conversation partners.


Wed, 11/29/2017 - 4:19am

The NFL has been more active than the NHL in addressing concerns about concussions and CTE. David Greene talks with neuroscientist Charles Tator talks about hockey's tepid response.

Trump Picks Businessman To Lead NOAA

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 4:19am

Senators are about to get their chance to grill the nominee for head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Critics say he has a conflict of interest.

Climate Scientists Watch Their Words, Hoping To Stave Off Funding Cuts

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 4:19am

After years of budget and political pressure, some climate scientists are changing the way they describe their research, and avoiding the term "climate change."

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Robot Muscles Inspired By Origami Lift 1000 Times Their Weight

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 5:03pm

The delicate art of paper folding is playing a crucial role in designing robotic artificial muscles that are startlingly strong. The design uses a soft material and could be safer around humans.

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Testosterone May Help Protect Men From Asthma

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 3:02pm

Women are more likely to have asthma than men. One possible reason? Testosterone could block a protein that helps spark an asthma attack, a study finds, while estrogen may not.

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75 Years Ago, Scientists Conducted An Unprecedented Nuclear Experiment

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 2:15pm

On Dec. 2, 1942, a group of scientists in Chicago created the first controlled, self-sustained nuclear chain reaction, which would prove essential to developing an atomic bomb a few years later.

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The Ancient Andean Tradition of Eating Clay May Have Helped To Protect Health

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 1:33pm

Farmers in Peru's Andean highlands have been consuming clay for centuries. Scientists now think it may have allowed them to eat wild potatoes, which are rich in toxic chemicals.

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Does This Robot Freak You Out?

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 10:13am

Something like Atlas, Spot and Handle will likely inhabit the world we're now building — and their weirdness will be just commonplace, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.

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