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Nobel Winners' Work In Physics Began With Albert Einstein

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 10:35am

Three scientists won the prize after a 25-year-long search of the cosmos for gravitational waves — the waving of space — the one test missing for Einstein, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.

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2017 Physics Nobel Prize Honors Work On Gravitational Waves; Win For U.S. Team

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 4:59am

The 2017 Nobel Prize in physics is being split between three physicists who are part of the LIGO Collaboration that detected gravitational waves for the first time in 2015.

2017 Nobel Prize In Physics

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 4:00am

The 2017 Nobel Prize in physics will be announced on Tuesday. The smart money is on Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne and Barry Barrish for the detection of gravitation waves, but that's certainly not a given.

Can A Child Be Raised Free Of Gender Stereotypes? This Family Tried

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 8:00pm

When Jessica and Royce James learned that they were going to have a daughter, they decided to raise her in as gender-neutral a way as possible. It was harder than they could have imagined.

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3 Americans Win Nobel In Medicine For Circadian Rhythm Research

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 3:51pm

The work of Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young solved the mystery of how our bodies' inner clocks anticipate fluctuations between night and day to optimize behavior and physiology.

How Messing With Our Body Clocks Can Raise Alarms With Health

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 11:31am

The scientists honored with a Nobel Prize in medicine helped discover that every cell in the body has its own clock. When we ignore those clocks, we increase the risk of weight gain and diabetes.

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When Children Begin To Lie, There's Actually A Positive Takeaway

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 9:11am

Children's initial, funny, sometimes troubling, and always-sloppy lies are signs that they have discovered something important about how other people's minds work, says guest blogger Marjorie Rhodes.

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The Taming Of The Brew: How Sour Beer Is Driving A Microbial Gold Rush

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 9:03am

As the popularity of sour beers burgeons in America, scientists are going back to the drawing board in a quest to discover the perfect mix of new brewing microbes.

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For Children With Severe Anxiety, Drugs Plus Therapy Help Best

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 8:01am

Children and teens with severe anxiety benefit most from both psychotherapy and medication, a study finds. But it can be hard for families to find and pay for high-quality therapy.

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Nobel Prize In Medicine Is Awarded To 3 Americans For Work On Circadian Rhythm

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 4:39am

Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young share the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries about how internal clocks govern human biology.

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Elon Musk Lays Out His Mars Colony Plans

Sun, 10/01/2017 - 7:08am

Billionaire inventor Elon Musk said his company SpaceX is developing a Mars rocket that will be ready to launch in 2022. We look at how realistic that plan is.

Winter Is Coming. What If Roads And Runways Could De-Ice Themselves?

Sun, 10/01/2017 - 7:02am

Researchers are looking for alternatives to salt or harmful chemicals, including using concrete that can safely conduct electricity and heat road surfaces to keep them clear of ice and snow.

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The Voyager Golden Record Finally Finds An Earthly Audience

Sat, 09/30/2017 - 5:40pm

For 40 years, the record's interstellar message to extraterrestrials remained mostly unheard by human audiences — until a Kickstarter campaign brought a new vinyl box set to the public.

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What Would Aliens Make Of NASA's Voyager?

Sat, 09/30/2017 - 7:08am

Forty years ago, NASA sent two spacecraft into space with images and recordings from Earth. To test whether aliens would be able to hear them, scientists ran the messages by animals, as proxies.

Flee A Cataclysm, Or Cling To A Doomed Home? Why People Stay May Surprise You

Sat, 09/30/2017 - 6:00am

"You must leave now," thousands of Americans from Puerto Rico to Oregon to Florida, Montana, Texas and beyond were told, as floods, fire and wind threatened their lives. Some said no.

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Animals, Plants Rafted Across The Pacific After Japan's 2011 Earthquake

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 4:17pm

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Greg Ruiz, a marine ecologist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, about nearly 300 Japanese marine coastal species that traveled across the Pacific Ocean.

Can Consciousness In Brain-Injured Patients Be Restored?

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 4:01pm

Facing unresponsive brain-injury victims is a real-world example of the fact that we are locked out of the minds of others — but new research shows promise in restoring consciousness, says Alva Noë.

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An Absent EPA Climate Report, And A Tale Of Two Flooded Superfund Sites

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 2:16pm

A 2014 EPA climate report warned that Superfund site cleanup and monitoring processes needed updates to prepare for more severe floods. That report is no longer located on the current agency website.

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The Pitfalls Of Social Media Advertising

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 4:02am

Many companies are investing money in social media to advertise new products. But they could be paying a hidden price for those ads.

Breakthrough Pain Treatment Or Snake Oil? You Decide.

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 3:54pm

A painkiller cream is based on sound scientific reasoning, but hasn't undergone tests to prove it works. You can buy it on the Internet, but should you?

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