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The Psychology Of Fake News

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 9:21am

How can we succeed in creating and perpetuating a culture that values and promotes truth? Cognitive scientist Tania Lombrozo considers the science of fake news — and how to protect ourselves.

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Energy Supplies And Prices Have Grown More Unpredictable

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 4:00am

Energy analysts are getting worse at predicting how much oil and gas will come out of the ground in the future, a new study finds.

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Crickets And Cannibals: Unpacking The Complicated Emotion Of Disgust

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 8:00pm

Imagine seeing a cockroach skitter across your kitchen counter? Does the thought alone gross you out? This week on Hidden Brain, we discuss disgust.

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Scientists In Africa Wonder If There's Bias Against Their Research

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 5:38pm

The problem is, it's hard to prove. Journals deny it. But some academics say they've experienced it firsthand.

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Clockwork Orange? Why Russian Ski Slopes Are Being Blanketed In The Unearthly Color

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 1:43pm

The skies over Crete were an eerie orange, too. Why the tangerine tint? Powerful storms in North Africa blew sands from the Sahara across the Mediterranean.

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Why Not Talk About Death?

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 1:38pm

Many people just don't want to talk about what it means to live in the face of death. Astrophysicist Adam Frank reflects on life and death — and invites others to do the same.

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Birth Control Apps Find A Big Market In 'Contraception Deserts'

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 4:00am

For some U.S. women who buy hormonal contraception via an app, it's all about convenience — birth control pills in the mail, without an office visit. But in Texas there's much more to it.

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A NASA Astronaut Stays In Orbit With SpaceX And Boeing

Sun, 03/25/2018 - 9:00pm

Sunita Williams was the second female commander of the International Space Station. Now, she says her new job working with private companies to develop space technologies feels like a new frontier.

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The Great Pacific Garbage 'Patch' Much Bigger Than Previously Thought

Sun, 03/25/2018 - 4:10pm

The most thorough examination of the infamous "Pacific Garbage Patch"-- a floating swath of debris caught in a gyre — shows it's bigger, way bigger, than thought. And it's mostly plastic.

Cape Town's Water Crisis Marks Divide Between Rich And Poor

Sun, 03/25/2018 - 4:10pm

Wealthy residents of the South African city are coping with the drought by drilling bore holes into the aquifer. But compliance with water restrictions may have put off the day when the taps run dry.

Idaho Joins Other States With Informed Consent For 'Abortion Reversal' Procedures

Sun, 03/25/2018 - 4:10pm

Dr. Daniel Grossman shares his concerns with NPR's Sarah McCammon about so-called abortion reversal procedures and state laws mandating that doctors inform women about them.

CDC Now Has Authority To Research Gun Violence. What's Next?

Sun, 03/25/2018 - 7:36am

Mark Rosenberg oversaw gun violence research at the CDC until the Dickey amendment stopped that work. Now, with new language in the legislation Trump signed, he explains how that work can begin again.

To Save Whales, Maine's Iconic Lobster Industry May Have To Change

Sat, 03/24/2018 - 8:46am

Scientists says to help whales, the ropes used to tend lobster traps must be changed or eliminated. Mainers who catch lobster for a living feel they're being singled out for an international problem.

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How Social Media Can Reveal Overlooked Drug Reactions

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 10:28am

Even big clinical studies can miss important drug side effects. Researchers, doctors and drugmakers are looking at patients' experiences posted on social media for clues on problems that were missed.

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The Trash Patch In The Pacific Is Many Times Bigger Than We Thought

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 4:41pm

In total, scientists say there are about 79,000 tons of plastic in this area, which is more than double the size of Texas.

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For One Father And Son In Puerto Rico, A Storm Was Just The Latest Trial

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 2:46pm

The Martinez family has been waiting more than a year for a neurologist to diagnose the son's condition. He needs a diagnosis to be eligible for the health care he needs, but can't get an appointment.

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Reduce, Reuse, Rethink: Remaking Recycling

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 10:06am

It's time to go beyond the blue bin.

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New Zealand Eradicates Invasive Mice From Antipodes Islands

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 6:24am

In 2013, the government began a program to get rid the rodents from the subantarctic island, which is a World Heritage Site that is home to dozens of unique and endangered species.

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Research Misconduct Allegations Shadow New CDC Director

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 5:32pm

Critics say the Trump administration failed to properly vet Dr. Robert Redfield. Sen. Patty Murray says a past research controversy suggests a "pattern of ethically and morally questionable behavior."

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WATCH: Robotic Fish Moves Like The Real Thing — So It Can Observe The Real Thing

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 1:25pm

MIT researchers unveiled a Soft Robotic Fish prototype in hopes of boosting aquatic observation. It can wiggle like a fish, dive to 18 meters, work autonomously — and hopefully avoid getting eaten.

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