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Want A BRCA Test? Some Insurers Require Genetic Counseling First

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 8:13am

Doctors worry that requiring patients to see a separate genetic counselor will keep them from getting tested for mutations that significantly increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

Supporters Speak Out In Favor Of Dakota Access Oil Pipeline

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 3:30pm

As protests over the Dakota Access oil pipeline keep growing, those in favor of the project are beginning to speak out — even as the company stops work on the pipeline.

Blame It On The Boys: How To Stop Vampire Bats From Spreading Rabies

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 1:35pm

Poisoning these thirsty critters doesn't work. But researchers think they're finally getting close to figuring out a plan.

When It Comes To Our Politics, Family Matters

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 11:01pm

This week on Hidden Brain, Shankar Vedantam explores how unconscious ideas about the family shape the way we think about politics.

Who Says You Can't Train A Cat? A Book Of Tips For Feline-Human Harmony

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 12:20pm

Feline behavior specialist Sarah Ellis explains how humans can get their cats to come on command, take medicine and stop waking them up at night. Her new book is The Trainable Cat.

Marijuana Pays For Schools In Colorado — Kind Of — But How Will It Help Maine?

Sat, 09/10/2016 - 7:27am

Colorado legalized recreational pot in 2012. Maine and four other states will vote on if to legalize it in November. We look at who's making money on pot in Colorado and who could benefit in Maine.

If An Elephant Can Wear Teva Sandals, What Shoes Suit Other Animals?

Sat, 09/10/2016 - 7:27am

Shanthi the 41-year-old Asian elephant has a problem: arthritis. Teva designed her some special boots, which made us wonder what footwear other would animals wear. Our Facebook friends had some ideas.

In The Battle To Save Frogs, Scientists Fight Fungus With Fungus

Sat, 09/10/2016 - 5:26am

A deadly fungus is devastating frog populations around the world. In California, scientists are racing to find a way to immunize one species, mountain yellow-legged frogs, against the fungus.

NASA's Other Asteroid Mission: Grab A Chunk And Put It In Orbit Around The Moon

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 9:35am

Flying people to an asteroid is really hard, so NASA wants to bring part of it to them. But some former astronauts say the $2 billion plan was born of politics and budget cuts, and makes little sense.

A Map To Help Cancer Doctors Find Their Way

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 8:31am

A computer program can map cancer progression in much the same way historical explorers drew maps of the Earth without satellite imaging. Small bits of data can be pieced together to form a picture.

What Data Will Be Discovered By The World's Most Powerful Telescope?

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 7:35am

Big Data is everywhere — even the skies. Astronomer Andrew Connolly shows how large amounts of data are being collected about our universe, and how it will help lead to new discoveries.

Can New Technology Decode The Biggest Data Set Of All?

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 7:35am

Scientist Riccardo Sabatini says we have the technology to read the human genome and predict things like height, eye color, age — all from a vial of blood.

California Gov. Jerry Brown Signs New Climate Change Laws

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 8:10pm

Brown signed two laws designed to be the most ambitious initiative on climate change in the country. The business community says the laws don't consider the economic impact on the state.

STEM To Steam: How Coffee Is Perking Up Engineering Education

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 1:59pm

Coffee can teach us many things, including engineering. At the University of California, Davis, it's now the focus of the most popular elective class on campus and of an ambitious new research center.

WATCH: Bacteria Invade Antibiotics And Transform Into Superbugs

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 1:02pm

We know that bacteria can become resistant to antibiotics, but we've never seen it happen. An MIT scientist figured out how to show bacteria surviving antibiotics and invading a giant petri dish.

How A Dog In An MRI Scanner Is Like Your Grandma At A Disco

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 3:58am

To study dogs' brain activity, scientists had to train canines to hold absolutely still for eight minutes without restraint. But how do you get a dog to freeze that long inside a clanging MRI scanner?

NASA Mission To Retrieve Ancient Asteroid Dust Is Ready For Launch

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 3:57am

The mission aims to circle a hill-sized asteroid for two years, then skim its surface and bring a hearty sample of 4.5 billion-year-old dirt back to Earth.

Most Humpback Whales Taken Off Endangered Species List

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 11:58am

The National Marine Fisheries Service says nine of the 14 distinct populations of humpback whales have recovered enough that they no longer need to be considered endangered.

Facebook And Mortality: Why Your Incessant Joy Gives Me The Blues

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 10:46am

Has the social media site been good for our mental health or not? The evidence isn't straightforward, researchers say, despite lots of study. How Facebook makes you feel may depend on how you use it.

Social Science Researchers Explore 'Unethical Amnesia'

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 4:07am

Researchers find that one reason some people cheat over and over again is because we all tend to suffer from "unethical amnesia" — our minds are prone to forgetting the bad stuff we've done.




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