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2,200-Year-Oly Mummy Shows Unhealthy Ancient Egyptians

Sat, 07/30/2016 - 7:44am

A 2,200 year old mummy that recently went on display in Israel turned out to be a pretty unhealthy guy.

Uber Hasn't Had An Effect On Drunken-Driving Deaths, Study Finds

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 1:17pm

A new study of data from 100 U.S. cities finds access to apps for ride-sharing services has not led to a decrease in alcohol-related traffic fatalities.

Campaign For Universal Health Care In Colorado Seeks Bernie Sanders' Help

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 1:06pm

An initiative on the state's November ballot would establish a single-payer health plan. Supporters hope to lure Sanders to help get out the vote.

When A Project Fails, Should The Workers Get A Bonus?

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 8:20am

Entrepreneur Astro Teller rewards colleagues when their ambitious projects fail. Teller says this helps people take risks so they can achieve their "moonshot" goals, like a balloon-powered internet.

Invisibilia: He Mocked Celebrity, Then Came To Crave It Himself

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 4:17am

This week the NPR program Invisibilia talks with a guy who despised our mindless worship of celebrities. So he devised an elaborate prank. It succeeded in ways he never would have anticipated.

Can Dogs Help Sniff Out Low Blood Sugar In Diabetes?

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 4:00am

Trained dogs are increasingly being used to help people with diabetes detect hypoglycemia. One study finds the dogs can indeed do that, but aren't as reliable as a continuous glucose monitor.

Sea Slug? Disco Ball? Beautiful Deep-Sea Purple Blob Puzzles Scientists

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 4:18pm

"I have no idea. I can't even hazard a guess to phylum," one scientist says. The curious orb was found and captured during a recent Nautilus expedition near California's Channel Islands.

Care To Offset All Your Office Sitting? It'll Take Just An Hour A Day

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 2:59pm

A new study of over 1 million people finds that doing at least one hour of physical activity per day may eliminate the increased risk of death associated with sitting for 8 hours a day.

Iranian-Swedish Researcher Among Winners Of Top European Math Prize

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 2:25pm

Sara Zahedi was one of 10 mathematicians — and the only woman — to win one of this year's European Mathematical Society prizes, which are awarded once every four years.

Ancient Bone Shows Evidence Of Cancer In Human Ancestor

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 1:35pm

At about 1.6 million years old, the bone is the oldest known example of a malignant tumor in a human ancestor, and reinforces what scientists already knew: that cancer isn't a modern scourge.

Western U.S. Saw An Amazing Light Show Last Night, Courtesy Of China

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 9:57am

The bright object appeared in skies over the western U.S. around 9:30 p.m. Pacific Time last night, sparking a flurry of reports and a number of striking videos.

After Hinckley, States Tightened Use Of The Insanity Plea

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 9:20am

John Hinckley's not-guilty verdict prompted tighter restrictions on the insanity defense. Civil rights advocates say that means seriously ill people are imprisoned without adequate treatment.

Writing Data Onto Single Atoms, Scientists Store The Longest Text Yet

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 8:44am

With atomic memory technology, little patterns of atoms can be arranged to represent English characters, fitting the content of more than a billion books onto the surface of a stamp.

Oyster Archaeology: Ancient Trash Holds Clues To Sustainable Harvesting

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 6:00am

Modern-day oyster populations in the Chesapeake are dwindling, but a multi-millennia archaeological survey shows that wasn't always the case. Native Americans harvested the shellfish sustainably.

What Women Need In A Checkup: Test Less, Talk More

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 4:00am

Some tests that used to be part of an annual physical are no longer recommended. Others can be done less often. Still, seeing your doctor regularly for a face-to-face chat may help your health.

Mysterious And Known As The 'Raven': Scientists Identify New Whale Species

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 6:24pm

"There have been a lot of people out there surveying whales for a long time, and never come across this," a researcher says. But Japanese fishermen have told stories about this dark whale for years.

Sen. Tim Kaine's Record On Health Care: He's With Hillary

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 5:44pm

The Democrats' vice presidential nominee helped overhaul Virginia's mental health care system after the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech. He is for Obamacare, Medicaid expansion and Planned Parenthood.

Many Well-Known Hospitals Fail To Score High In Medicare Rankings

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 3:51pm

Hospitals have been fighting to block the rankings, but Medicare released them Wednesday. Of the 102 hospitals that got a 5-star rating, few are among those generally praised for great care.

Team Of Researchers Dig Up New Compound In An Unlikely Spot: Our Noses

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 3:07pm

Scientists in Germany have found a potentially powerful antibiotic that can kill dangerous bacteria. Maybe the most impressive thing about the new compound is where scientists found it: the human nose.

'Nose-y' Bacteria Could Yield A New Way To Fight Infection

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 2:00pm

The search for lifesaving antibiotics is on. Scientists have turned up one promising candidate in an unlikely place — the human nose.

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