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The Science Of A Cyclone: Dissecting Hurricane Patricia

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 3:47am

David Greene talks to tropical meteorologist Kristen Corbosiero of the University of Albany in New York about what made the once-mighty Hurricane Patricia so powerful and unpredictable.

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'East Los High' Serves Up Sex Ed With Its Teen Drama

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 3:47am

For three seasons, fans have flocked to Hulu for East Los High. The teen soap follows its characters through the tumult of adolescence and uses a secret weapon to deliver life lessons along the way.

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Fetal Cells May Protect Mom From Disease Long After The Baby's Born

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 3:47am

In 1893, a German scientist made a striking discovery: Cells from a fetus hide out in a mother's body after birth. Scientists say these cells alter the risk of breast cancer and autoimmune diseases.

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Could Depression Be Caused By An Infection?

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 5:01am

Infection and autoimmune activity result in inflammation. And psychiatric researchers now suspect that inflammation may play a role in some cases of depression and other mental illnesses.

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Why Hurricane Patricia Can't Be Blamed On Climate Change

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 3:45pm

Hurricane Patricia's record-breaking winds come as a powerful El Niño heats the Pacific Ocean. But researchers say that's not enough to blame climate change for the storm's rapid strengthening.

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Beachside Resort In Sayulita, Mexico, Prepares For Hurricane Patricia

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 3:30pm

NPR's Audie Cornish interviews Norma Adams, general manager of Villa Amor in Sayulita, Mexico. Adams, a native of Sayulita, talks about how she and other staff started in the middle of the night Thursday to evacuate an entire wedding party from the resort on the water.

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What You Need To Know About 'Catastrophic' Hurricane Patricia

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 11:56am

The most powerful storm ever recorded in the eastern Pacific or Atlantic basin is about to slam Mexico, bringing with it the threat of deadly flooding and mudslides. Winds could reach 220 mph.

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How Can We Open Source Exploring Our Oceans?

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 8:28am

David Lang became an amateur oceanographer by getting a network of ocean lovers to team up and build open source, low-cost underwater explorers.

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30,000 Brain Researchers Meld Minds At Science's Hottest Hangout

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 5:59pm

Once an obscure hub of specialists, the yearly gathering of the Society of Neuroscience now draws some of the biggest and brightest from other fields too, seeking answers to brain and body secrets.

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Do E-Signatures Change How People Think Of Documents?

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 4:05am

New research finds that e-signatures can potentially make people behave in more dishonest ways. It turns out people are less willing to lie and cheat when they handwrite and sign their full names instead of using an e-signature, computer generated user code or other form of identity verification.

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Why Is Mammogram Advice Still Such A Tangle? Ask Your Doctor

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 4:12am

Leading physicians' groups don't agree about when and how often women with an average risk for breast cancer should get a screening mammogram. But your history can help guide you and your doctor.

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How U.N. Climate Negotiations Are Like Splitting A Bar Tab

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 4:12am

Nearly 200 countries have delegates in Bonn, Germany this week, trying to figure out how to fight global warming. They're at a difficult point — what the nations have pledged so far isn't enough.

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New Guidelines Reflect Knowledge On Positives, Risks Of Mammograms

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 4:36pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Kenny Lin, associate professor of family medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine, about what the new mammogram guidelines mean on an individual level.

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Subway Joins The Fast-Food, Antibiotic-Free Meat Club

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 4:32pm

The chain says it will shift to buying only meat from animals that weren't fed antibiotics. It's set to serve antibiotic-free poultry by the end of next year, but beef and pork may take until 2025.

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Study Suggests Talk Therapy Eases Symptoms Of Schizophrenia

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 3:32pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro interviews Nina R. Schooler, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at SUNY Downstate, about the study she co-authored regarding early treatment of schizophrenia.

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5 Years After A Murder, Calif. Hospital Still Struggles With Violence

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 3:00pm

Napa State Hospital in California added safeguards to protect workers after a psychiatric technician was murdered in 2010. But violence remains a part of daily life at the facility.

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As Schools Buy More Local Food, Kids Throw Less Food In The Trash

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 2:32pm

Kids in America's schools are eating more local food, although it makes up only a small part of the average meal. Advocates say local food doesn't have to cost more, but buying it does take more time.

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Flights Of Fancy: Exploring The Songs And Pathways Of 'The Living Bird'

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 1:53pm

Wildlife photographer Gerrit Vyn and essayist Scott Weidensaul share bird calls and discuss some of the remarkable abilities of birds. Both men contributed to a new book about North American birds.

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American Cancer Society Changes Mammogram Guidelines

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 10:53am

For years, it's been saying women should get annual mammograms starting at age 40. Now it says they can start at 45 — and then cut back to every other year starting at age 54.

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Here's How You Can Outrun A Horse

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 9:20am

Humans are pathetic at athletic feats compared to animals. We get outrun by ostriches and outswum by penguins. But human physiology makes us aces at one sport: endurance running. Sorry, horse.

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