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Obamacare Repeal Threatens A Health Benefit Popular In Coal Country

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 4:05am

The Affordable Care Act made it faster and easier for a coal miner with black lung to get compensation benefits. Many in coal country want that provision retained, even if the larger law is repealed.

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Strangers in Their Own Land: The 'Deep Story' of Trump Supporters

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 11:00pm

Millions of Americans seem to ignore their own interests when it comes to how they vote. Sociologist Arlie Hochschild thinks we might be turning to politics to meet emotional needs, not economic ones.

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'Like High-Definition From The Heavens'; NOAA Releases New Images Of Earth

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 5:06pm

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released the first public images from its new weather satellite. The agency says the satellite's data will lead to more accurate weather forecasts.

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Scientists Discover Prehistoric Giant Otter Species In China

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 4:47pm

Six million years ago, giant otters weighing more than 100 pounds lived among birds and water lilies in the wooded wetlands of China's Yunnan province. The discovery sheds light on how otters evolved.

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Politics Aside, Counting Crowds Is Tricky

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 4:11pm

Claims about the size of crowds for both President Trump's inauguration and the protests that followed the day after, are being debated. Scientists struggle with how to do that kind of head count.

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Rural Colorado's Opioid Connections Might Hold Clues To Better Treatment

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 3:40pm

Opioid abuse is rising fast among those who live in rural areas. Research suggests the drugs' illicit use there spreads rapidly via social networks, which could be part of the solution, too.

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'Why Time Flies' Investigates How Humans Experience Time

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 3:31pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Alan Burdick about his book, Why Time Flies. It's an investigation of the sometimes contradictory ways we experience time.

Destructive Storms Soak, Batter And Bury Communities Around The Country

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 10:11am

Apparent tornadoes killed at least 19 people in the South, nearly 4 inches of rain caused mudslides in California and a storm is dumping snow and rain from the Mid-Atlantic through the Northeast.

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China Will Launch Moon-Sampling Mission In November

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 9:45am

Ahead of a separate plan to visit the moon's far side, China hopes to return lunar samples to the Earth in late 2017.

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Yes, 'World's Largest Nerf Gun' Is An Actual World Record. This Engineer Made It

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 7:05am

Mark Rober designed a huge Nerf gun to win an office Nerf war. He talks to NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro about how he designed it, and what happens when you get hit with a pool noodle at 40 mph.

How To Use Math To Pick A Favorite Football Team

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 7:05am

If your team leaves town, don't cry. Just pick a new team to root for. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks to FiveThirtyEight's Blythe Terrell about the math analysis that led her to find her new team.

Haight Ashbury's Free Health Clinic: Middle-Aged And Still Groovy

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 4:00am

A series of mergers with other nonprofit clinics has transformed the 50-year-old San Francisco clinic into a $110 million health care system that provides networked care up and down California.

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Why Is It Important To Be Touched?

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 5:25pm

Neuroscientist David Linden thinks that of the five senses, touch is the most overlooked, and perhaps the most important for promoting psychological health.

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How Do Pheromones Really Work?

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 5:24pm

Pheromones are mysterious compounds that can make a mammal smell more sexy--but that's not true for humans. Zoologist Tristram Wyatt says human pheremones are hard to find.

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Are There More Than Five Basic Tastes?

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 5:24pm

Scientists have long believed we have just five tastes - salty, sweet, bitter, sour and umami (or savory). Geneticist Nicole Garneau argues we might be able to taste a sixth — fat.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Dr. Nicole Garneau)

5th 'Mars Mission' Simulation Ready For Launch In Hawaii

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 12:33pm

Starting Thursday, six people will spend eight months in a dome on Mauna Loa volcano to study what living on Mars might be like. The mission is co-sponsored by the University of Hawaii and NASA.

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Athlete-Turned-Trucker Works To Improve Truckers' Health

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 11:08am

Once an elite swimmer and a Yale grad, Siphiwe Baleka now coaches 3,000 fellow truckers on the best ways to work out, eat right and stay connected on the road. Drivers say his wellness plan works.

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Scientists Needn't Get A Patient's Consent To Study Blood Or DNA

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 5:41pm

In its update of ethics rules aimed at protecting patients, the Obama administration decided against a provision that scientists said would hinder research. Consumer advocates aren't happy.

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U.S. Report Confirms 2016 Was The Hottest Year On Record

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 3:32pm

2016 was the warmest year on record, according to a new report by the U.S. government. This is the third year in a row that global temperatures have soared above the 20th century average. The report comes ahead of the inauguration of Donald Trump, who has at times, referred to global warming as a "hoax."

States Could Take Lead On Environmental Regulation Under Trump

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 3:32pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Dallas Burtraw, senior fellow with the nonpartisan think tank Resources for the Future, about what role states have traditionally played in environmental regulation, and what a decentralized approach under the Trump administration would look like.

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