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Preemies' Survival Rates Improve, But Many Challenges Remain

Tue, 09/08/2015 - 4:28pm

Extremely premature babies, those born between 22 and 28 weeks of gestation, are more likely to survive now than they were 20 weeks ago. But the very youngest still have serious health problems.

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One Tutor + One Student = Better Math Scores, Less Fear

Tue, 09/08/2015 - 4:25pm

Math anxiety is much like other fears, say scientists who scanned the brains of third-graders. One-on-one tutoring soothed the fear circuit in anxious kids' brains, and improved performance, too.

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1,000 Years Ago, Caffeinated Drinks Had Native Americans Buzzing

Tue, 09/08/2015 - 11:44am

Ancient people in the American Southwest and Mexican Northwest were drinking cacao and tea-like yaupon in places where neither grew. That suggests an extensive trade network to deliver a caffeine fix.

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Why Are Women Less Likely To Become Entrepreneurs Than Men?

Tue, 09/08/2015 - 4:18am

Analysis finds women are less likely to be arrogant about mistakes and more likely to be humble about their achievements. Men are more likely to disregard market signals that their ideas are flawed.

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In California's Protected Waters, Counting Fish Without Getting Wet

Tue, 09/08/2015 - 3:26am

Using divers to monitor whether life is returning to the 100 or so marine protected areas is pricey. Now, advances in DNA sequencing mean scientists just need a seawater sample to do a marine census.

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Playing Youth Sports Takes A Lot More Green Than It Used To

Mon, 09/07/2015 - 3:39am

Kids on club teams have an advantage in making the high school team. But many families are being priced out by the high cost of league fees, equipment, and travel that club sports require.

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In Campaign To Prevent Ebola, A Vaccine For Apes Could Save Humans, Too

Sun, 09/06/2015 - 4:07pm

After the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, University of Cambridge researcher Peter Walsh has been developing an Ebola vaccine for wild apes, hoping to stop transmission of the deadly virus to humans.

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Just How Sweet Is The Taste Of Victory?

Sun, 09/06/2015 - 6:46am

Ah, the sweet taste of victory. And now there's scientific evidence to back that up. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to researcher Robin Dando at Cornell, who used hockey fans to test his theory.

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Why Google Is Going All In On Diabetes

Sun, 09/06/2015 - 6:03am

Google made a name for itself with search technology, but it has dabbled in moonshot projects like self-driving cars. Now the company's life science unit is looking for better diabetes treatments.

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Japan Reopens Town Shuttered By Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Sat, 09/05/2015 - 8:15am

The town of Naraha, which had 7,400 residents, was evacuated in the wake of a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011 that triggered the release of radiation at the power plant.

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Care To Buy An Island Off The Hamptons? Don't Mind The Foot-And-Mouth Disease

Sat, 09/05/2015 - 4:02am

The federal government is preparing to auction off Plum Island, a mostly undeveloped spot near some exceptionally pricy real estate. The catch? It was once used as a disease research lab.

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Take The Long Way Home: Spacefarers' Journey Prolonged By Space Junk

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 4:30pm

Three spacefarers heading to the International Space Station this week had to take a detour in order to avoid space debris. Researchers have yet to solve the problem of orbiting junk.

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Experimental Drug Provides New Approach To Fighting Alzheimer's

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 3:31pm

A new experimental drug is designed to slow down Alzheimer's by protecting brain cells from toxins associated with the disease. That's a different approach from other Alzheimer's drugs, which have tried to eliminate those toxins.

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When Pets Do Pot: A High That's Not So Mighty

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 9:02am

The rise of legal marijuana seems to be fueling a spike in the number of pets that become unhappily high off of pilfered treats. The dose is rarely fatal, but it can be a buzzkill.

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How Likely Is It, Really, That Your Athletic Kid Will Turn Pro?

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 3:38am

More than a quarter of parents in a recent poll say they hope their teens who play high school sports will become professional athletes. But sky-high parental expectations can have a dark side.

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Scientists Find Fern Whose Parents Are Separated By 60 Million Years Of Evolution

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 3:25pm

Scientists have found a fern whose parents are separated by some 60 million years of evolution. This story originally aired on February 24, 2015 on Morning Edition.

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Coast Guard: Tow Boat Collision On Mississippi Causes Oil Spill

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 12:26pm

Officials say the collision between two tow boats near Paducah, Kentucky, occurred last night. One of them is discharging oil into the river.

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Warning Calls Decoded: Squirrels Take Up Bird Alarms To Foil The Enemy

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 3:59am

It can take more than just a keen ear to figure out what animals are saying. Sometimes, scientists are learning, you have to talk back to map the rich networks of conversation in a forest.

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Illinois House Leaders Override Governor's Veto On Heroin Addiction Bill

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 8:01pm

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner partially vetoed the Heroin Crisis Act, which would have cleared the way for Medicaid to fund addiction treatments.

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Tree Counter Is Astonished By How Many Trees There Are

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 4:25pm

Earth is home to more than 3 trillion trees, a new map of forest density shows. That's more than anyone realized. But the total is also down about 46 percent since the first humans arrived.

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