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Top Scientists Revamp Standards To Foster Integrity In Research

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 3:21pm

The National Academy of Sciences has toughened up its guidelines to call cutting corners, dubious statistics and not fully sharing research methods "detrimental" to science.

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Asbestos Deaths Remain A Public Health Concern, CDC Finds

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 12:56pm

Exposure to the tiny fibers in asbestos can lead people who work around the material to develop mesothelioma, a cancer of the thin membranes that line the chest and abdomen.

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Spinal Manipulation Can Alleviate Back Pain, Study Concludes

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 11:52am

Physically manipulating the spine appears to offer a modestly effective alternative to medication for lower back pain, according to a new evaluation of scientific studies.

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Federal Task Force Softens Opposition To Routine Prostate Cancer Screening

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 5:01am

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force proposes each man decide with his doctor whether to undergo routine PSA testing, citing recent evidence of benefits and ways to minimize downsides of screening.

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A 'Hot Zone' In The Brain May Reveal When, And Even What, We Dream

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 12:23pm

When people have dreams, an area near the back of the brain seems to wake up. And specific patterns of brain activity in that area can even reveal what we're dreaming about.

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Natural Gas Plant Makes A Play For Coal's Market, Using 'Clean' Technology

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 11:03am

The idea behind "clean coal" is technology that would capture for reuse most of the carbon dioxide emitted by coal-burning power plants. Entrepreneurs aim to use the same tech to clean natural gas.

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Natural Gas Plant Makes A Play For Coal's Market, Using 'Clean' Technology

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 11:03am

The idea behind "clean coal" is technology that would capture for reuse most of the carbon dioxide emitted by coal-burning power plants. Entrepreneurs aim to use the same tech to clean natural gas.

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Great Barrier Reef Hit By Bleaching For The Second Year In A Row

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 10:14am

Scientists say severe bleaching events have happened three other times in the past 20 years — but never in consecutive years. They fear that prolonged stress could kill the corals.

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Drugs That Work In Mice Often Fail When Tried In People

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 3:37am

Most potential new drugs don't work when tested in people. It's a major disappointment and it drives up the cost of developing new drugs. One big reason is the use animals in medical research.

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A Mountain Lion Kitten Is Found, Leading To Excitement And Concern

Sun, 04/09/2017 - 7:02am

A mountain lion kitten was found in the Santa Monica Mountains, just outside Los Angeles. Biologists are excited to see new kittens being born but are concerned about inbreeding.

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It Sounds Like Science Fiction But ... It's A Cliché

Sun, 04/09/2017 - 6:51am

The Internet is full of science fiction becoming science fact. NPR Science Editor Geoff Brumfiel is ready to make a stand. Sort of.

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How Playing Tetris Tames The Trauma Of A Car Crash

Sun, 04/09/2017 - 4:00am

Researchers were able to dial down painful recollections of a car crash by having people play the video game Tetris while in the emergency room. The technique makes use of the malleability of memory.

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VIDEO: Despite The Risks, Morphine Can Offer Hope

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 6:00am

Morphine, like other opiates, is controversial. It poses risks. But for some patients, like a man in India who's profiled in a short documentary, the painkiller offers hope.

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When Gluten Is The Villain, Could A Common Virus Be The Trigger?

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 6:00am

About 30 percent of Americans are predisposed to celiac disease, but only 1 percent get the disease. A new study finds that a common virus may play a role in determining who gets the disease.

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A Baby With 3 Genetic Parents Seems Healthy, But Questions Remain

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 4:00am

A baby who was conceived through an experimental procedure designed to prevent a deadly disease appears to be healthy. But some potentially defective DNA remains. Will it affect his health long term?

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Michigan's Tart Cherry Orchards Struggle To Cope With Erratic Spring Weather

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 3:31pm

An unpredictable spring this year unnerved tart cherry growers in Michigan, because these cherry trees are especially vulnerable to extreme weather shifts made more likely by climate change.

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Dalia Mogahed: How Does Speaking Up Change Minds?

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 7:59am

After 9/11, Dalia Mogahed saw an increase in negative perceptions of Muslims in the media, so she made it her job to speak up for her faith and fight prejudice with better understanding.

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Adam Galinksy: What Drives Us To Speak Up?

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 7:59am

Social psychologist Adam Galinsky studies why it's so daunting to speak up — and what can help. He says the most powerful factor that compels us to take that risk is "moral conviction."

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James Hansen: What Makes A Scientist Take A Stand?

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 7:59am

When James Hansen spoke up about climate change in the 1980s, he risked the loss of his job and reputation. But, he says, it was worth it — because he could not be silent about something so important.

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Bison Or Brian? From A Calorie Perspective, Cannibalism Didn't Pay For Paleo Humans

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 3:52pm

Archaeological records show ancient humans sometimes ate each other. A new study suggests that hunting and eating other humans cost too much effort to be a regular thing. So why'd they do it?

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