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Catching A Southern Coyote, Then Letting It Go In The Name Of Science

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 3:37pm

Coyotes in the Deep South live among a mosaic of agricultural fields and woods but little wilderness. A new study uses tracking collars to understand how these animals thrive in three Southern states.

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Kids, Allergies And A Possible Downside To Squeaky Clean Dishes

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 11:41pm

Swedish kids growing up in families that wash their dishes by hand are less likely to develop certain allergies than those in families with dishwashers, a study suggests. But there may be more to it.

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Kids, Allergies And A Possible Downside To Squeaky Clean Dishes

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 11:41pm

Swedish kids growing up in families who wash their dishes by hand seem less likely than families with dishwashers to develop certain allergies, one study suggests. But there may be more to it.

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The Scents And Sensibility Of LA's Nosy New Perfume Enthusiasts

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 4:14pm

Our sense of smell isn't simply a powerful trigger. It's a draw to scientists — and to a flourishing subculture in Los Angeles, where amateur perfumers collect fragrances like others collect stamps.

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Parks Service Surveys The Environment's Accoustical Health

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 6:51am

The National Park Service has been measuring sounds in nature for a decade. But not all sounds are natural. NPR's Rachel Martin checks in with Kurt Fristrup, who's behind the bio-acoustical project.

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Exploring The Solar System Through The Eyes Of Robotic Voyagers

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 4:09pm

The Voyager spacecraft revolutionized our understanding of space. In a new book, The Interstellar Age, planetary scientist Jim Bell shares stories about the planning and excitement back on Earth.

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For The Evolution Of Marine Creatures, Bigger Is Better, Study Says

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 5:20pm

A new study published in Science looked at thousands of marine animals over a 540-million-year evolutionary span. Their conclusion: Most of them got larger.

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15-Minute Ebola Test Approved For Fighting The Epidemic

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 2:11pm

The test is as simple as a pregnancy test. So it could help health workers find and stop new outbreaks more quickly. But it doesn't catch every case and still requires some lab equipment.

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What Does It Take To Map The Human Brain?

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 8:20am

Nancy Kanwisher studies the brain partly by staring at her own. She's spent countless hours in an fMRI scanner, mapping her own brain to gain insight into what makes us human.

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How Do We Know What Other People Are Thinking?

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 8:20am

Sensing the motives and feelings of others is a natural talent for humans. But how do we do it? Neuroscientist Rebecca Saxe explains how one region in the brain focuses on other people's thoughts.

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How Can We Explain The Mystery Of Consciousness?

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 8:20am

Philosopher David Chalmers asks why humans have a sense of self, a constantly-running movie full of sensation and internal chatter. He offers two ideas about the nature of consciousness.

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What Makes The Human Brain Unique?

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 8:20am

Neuroscientist Suzana Herculano-Houzel turns brains into soup, so she can meticulously count the neurons, and determine why human brains are unique.

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How Can A Stroke Change Your Brain?

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 8:20am

When neuroanatomist Jill Bolte-Taylor felt her brain shut down during a stroke, she was more fascinated than panicked. Even though she spent eight years recovering, she's grateful for the stroke.

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Why California's Superbug Outbreak Isn't As Scary As It Seems

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 8:44pm

The outbreak of drug-thwarting bacteria that contributed to the deaths of two patients at a UCLA hospital isn't likely to spread further, doctors say. Still, drug resistance is trouble nationwide.

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Will The Next 'MacGyver' Be An Indian Woman?

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 4:21pm

Sharpen your Swiss Army knives and grab an extra roll of duct tape because Mac may be coming back. The creators are looking to the fans to design the new show. And there's one big twist.

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A Biological Quest Leads To A New Kind Of Breast Cancer Drug

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 3:05pm

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug that thwarts some enzymes breast cancer cells use to evade treatment with estrogen-blocking drugs.

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Just A Bit Of DNA Helps Explain Humans' Big Brains

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 12:48pm

Scientists have found some human DNA that, when added to mice, makes their brains bigger. But as DNA research into human brains goes forward, are there ethical lines we shouldn't cross?

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Can You Hear Nature's Sounds?

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 8:48am

Our lives are now so noisy that we're at risk of shutting out nature's beautiful sounds, a new study shows. Anthropologist Barbara J. King invites us to be still and listen to the world.

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Pain Really Is All In Your Head. Emotion Controls Intensity

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 3:03pm

Humiliation, fear and unpredictability all turn up the volume on pain, research shows. And meditation can turn down pain's intensity, according to scientists who are starting to figure out why.

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Salty, Sweet, Sour. Is It Time To Make Fat The Sixth Taste?

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 11:19am

Fat has a lot in common with the five basic tastes: salty, sweet, sour, bitter and umami. But while people easily recognize the texture of fat, scientists say they can't quite perceive the taste.

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