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Time Travel With Your Fridge?

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 11:55am

If the history of thermodynamics can teach us anything, it is that modest entropy reversals have not taken us back in time at all. But it is more fun to think otherwise, says guest Jimena Canales.

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WATCH: See How Leeches Can Be A Surgeon's Sidekick

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 8:53am

The idea of using leeches to treat ailments is ancient — and no longer in favor. But now these blood-suckers are gaining new respect as a doctor's helper during surgery.

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When Going Gluten-Free is Not Enough: New Tests Detect Hidden Exposure

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 7:00am

For people with celiac disease, incidental ingestion of gluten can lead to to painful symptoms and lasting intestinal damage. Two new studies suggest such exposure may be greater than many realize.

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Social Science Researchers Examine The Peter Principle

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 4:03am

Workers with a strong sales record were likely to be promoted into managerial positions, yet they tended to be worse at managerial jobs than those who were low-performing workers.

Video: Can You Find The Imposter Bugs In America's Largest Insect Collection?

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 4:00am

Insects are nature's masters of disguise. Take a backstage tour of the largest insect collection in America to experience nature's most convincing mimics.

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The Scarcity Trap: Why We Keep Digging When We're Stuck In A Hole

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 8:00pm

Have you ever noticed that when something important is missing in your life, your brain can only seem to focus on that missing thing? Two researchers have dubbed this phenomenon "scarcity."

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EPA Moves To Weaken Landmark Fuel Efficiency Rules

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 4:11pm

The EPA is rejecting landmark fuel efficiency rules for automobiles, a key part of President Obama's efforts to address climate change. The move could lead to another legal battle with California.

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To Treat Pain, PTSD And Other Ills, Some Vets Try Tai Chi

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 2:45pm

In hopes of reducing some veterans' reliance on pills for physical pain and psychological trauma, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is taking a look at alternative therapies.

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Is Humanity Unusual In The Cosmos?

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 11:28am

Commentator Adam Frank talks with Harvard astrophysicist Avi Loeb about exo-civilizations, techno-signatures, and the search for alien life — living or long-gone.

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Scientists Say You May Live Longer By Severely Restricting Calories

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 4:00am

Scientists have long been fascinated with whether dramatic restrictions in the amount of food we eat can help us live longer. New research suggests it might, but the question is, is it worth it?

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Failure To Save A Child In Wartime Inspires Wound-Healing Tech

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 4:00am

As a soldier, Kit Parker saw horrific injuries. As a scientist, he led an effort to create high-tech dressings that speed healing and reduce scarring.

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The Scarcity Trap: Why We Keep Digging When We're Stuck In A Hole

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 8:01pm

Have you ever noticed that when something important is missing in your life, your brain can only seem to focus on that missing thing?Two researchers have dubbed this phenomenon scarcity.

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Chinese Space Lab Expected To Crash To Earth On Sunday Night

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 12:52pm

Tiangong-1, an abandoned Chinese orbiting lab, will re-enter the atmosphere soon. The European Space Agency predicts sometime Sunday evening, but says it can't predict location.

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'He Broke Boundaries With His Mind': Public Pays Tribute At Stephen Hawking's Funeral

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 9:03pm

About 500 guests honored the physicist at Sunday's private service in Cambridge, his intellectual home for half a century. The procession was met by admirers who lined the streets to share memories.

'The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind' Returns From Madness

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 7:22am

Neuroscientist Barbara Lipska describes in a new memoir surviving 20 brain tumors, and what the eight-week nightmare of psychological symptoms taught her about mental illnesses she's long studied.

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The Pattern Problem

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 11:04pm

Are we destined to repeat our patterns, or do we generally stray in surprising directions?

U.S. Utilities Look To Electric Cars As Their Savior Amid Decline In Demand

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 3:14pm

After years of rising demand, utility companies are staring down a projected decline in the demand for electricity. They say the budding electric car industry could save them.

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What If A Drug Could Make Your Blood Deadly To Mosquitoes?

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 3:13pm

That's what researchers wondered as they look at new ways to stop the spread of malaria. A new study reports on the impact of ivermectin on skeeters.

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Gonorrhea Strain Thwarts 2 Main Drugs, Raising Concerns It's Becoming Untreatable

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 12:48pm

This is the latest in a long history of gonorrhea developing resistance to antibiotics. It's the first global report of gonorrhea that is resistant to the two main drugs used to treat it.

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'Aggressive' Advance Directive Permits Halting Food And Water In Severe Dementia

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 12:19pm

Supporters call this right-to-die proposal the strongest move yet to document a person's advance wishes in cases of severe dementia. Critics say it would deny basic care to society's most vulnerable.

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