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Dan Ariely: When Are Our Decisions Made For Us?

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 7:48am

We often think that our decisions are our own. But Behavioral Economist Dan Ariely explains how our environment — even something as simple as how a question is framed — can affect what we choose.

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Ruth Chang: How Can Making Hard Choices Empower Us?

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 7:48am

One choice isn't always better than the other. Philosopher Ruth Chang says, once we realize that, it's easier to embrace the hard work of decision-making.

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Sheena Iyengar: Why Are Some Choices So Paralyzing?

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 7:48am

Psycho-economist Sheena Iyengar explains how we can actively use choice as a tool to help us arrive at decisions we can live with.

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High-Tech Greenhouse Has Neighbors Throwing Shade Over Light Pollution

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 4:35am

LEF Farms is investing $10 million to grow gourmet lettuce indoors in New Hampshire. Neighbors say they support the idea of locally grown food, but worry that the lights may affect property values.

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Bees Travel Cross Country For The California Almond Harvest

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 3:34pm

Each year, millions upon millions of honey bees go on a cross country road trip to make the California almond harvest possible.

EPA Head Scott Pruitt Doubts Basic Consensus On Climate Change

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 3:34pm

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency says he does not agree that carbon dioxide is the main driver of climate change.

Mozzarella Magic: How My Father And I Learned To Separate Curds And Whey

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 2:00pm

To feed their cheese habit, the author and her father took a crash course in mozzarella on a Pennsylvania farm. The experience offered valuable insight into the science and history of cheese-making.

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Scientists Closer To Creating A Fully Synthetic Yeast Genome

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 1:03pm

An international consortium of researchers has synthesized about a third of the genetic code of baker's yeast. It's an important milestone in science's quest to create complex "synthetic life."

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EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Questions Basic Facts About Climate Change

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 10:48am

In an interview with CNBC, President Trump's EPA administrator said he did not believe carbon dioxide is a major contributor to global warming.

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Trump, Democrats Look For Common Ground On Drug Prices

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 7:25pm

Two congressmen met with President Trump seeking support for a bill to expand the government's ability to negotiate drug prices. But it's not clear it would have much impact or will gain support.

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Some Neanderthals Were Vegetarian — And They Likely Kissed Our Human Ancestors

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 6:11pm

A new study of the dental plaques of three Neanderthals reveals surprising facts about their lives, including what they ate, the diseases that ailed them and how they self-medicated (and smooched).

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Maybe You, Too, Could Become A Super Memorizer

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 3:03pm

After six weeks of training, people could memorize twice as much. Areas of the brain had begun communicating in new ways — a lot like what happens inside the heads of world memory champions.

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Researchers Take A Step Toward Mind-Controlled Robots

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 2:02pm

Researchers have created a system where humans can guide robots with their brainwaves, signaling to the machines when they've made a mistake. It could help improve the way humans and robots interact.

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Effects Of Global Warming On Display In Antarctica

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 4:05am

James McClintock, a marine biologist, talks with David Greene about how warming temperatures have had a dramatic impact on the glacier near the U.S. Palmer Station in Antarctica.

The Affordable Care Act, Medicaid And Divorce

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 4:05am

As Republicans unveil their Affordable Care Act replacement, we examine how Medicaid expansion has affected divorce rates among older people.

Public Clinics Fear Federal Cuts To Planned Parenthood Would Strand Patients

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 4:29pm

A goal for many Republicans is to cut federal funding for health services at Planned Parenthood and divert those funds to public health centers. How ready are those centers to pick up that work?

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Texas City Leads The Way On Renewable Energy

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 3:44pm

Georgetown, Texas, an exurb of Austin, is one of the first cities in the country to be 100 percent powered by renewable energy.

Eating Soy Has Benefits For Breast-Cancer Survivors, Study Finds

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 12:50pm

New research finds eating soy milk, edamame and tofu does not have harmful effects for women with breast cancer, as some have worried. In fact, for some women, soy consumption was tied to longer life.

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WATCH: Raindrops Catapult Bacteria Into The Air, And It's Beautiful

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 11:14am

They don't have wings, but bacteria sure can fly. Researchers at MIT say that tiny bubbles trapped by raindrops play a part in launching bacteria on long-distance flights.

(Image credit: Joung et al. Nature Communications)

Are Routine Pelvic Exams A Must? Evidence Is Lacking, Task Force Says

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 10:32am

There's not enough good evidence to make the call as to whether an annual pelvic exam is a good screening tool, The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says.

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