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Monks For A Month: College Kids Give Up Talking — And Technology

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 9:34am

Students in this "Living Deliberately"' class embrace asceticism and challenge stereotypes of college kids who can't put down their cellphones, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.

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Exploring Why Hurricane Harvey Caused Houston's Worst Fooding

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 6:53am

Scientists and citizens are still piecing together the story of why the flooding in Houston was so bad. A lot of the damage comes down to how people built the city in the first place.

EPA Approval Of Bacteria To Fight Mosquitoes Caps A 20-Year Quest

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 1:30pm

Scientists have long sought a way to fight mosquito-borne viruses without pesticides. For researchers like Scott O'Neill, federal approval to use Wolbachia bacteria is a dream come true.

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Genetically Altered Skin Saves A Boy Dying Of A Rare Disease

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 12:28pm

An inherited disease called epidermolysis bullosa destroyed the 7-year-old's skin. Scientists grew new skin in the lab without the genetic flaw, and replaced 80 percent of his skin. He is thriving.

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The Interdependence Of Humanity And Earth

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 7:27am

We owe our existence to little photosynthetic bacteria — but there is much more to this story, as life can only mutate and adapt when the planet offers the right conditions, says Marcelo Gleiser.

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Pavlovian Conditioning And Marriage

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 4:03am

A new study finds that people who looked at positive images of things like puppies next to a pictures of their spouses went on to have more positive feelings toward their spouses.

Potential Trump Adviser Suggests Climate Change Regulations Are Communist Conspiracy

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 4:03am

President Trump has tapped a former Texas regulator to be his senior adviser on environmental policy. Like a string of other controversial picks, she questions the science behind climate change.

Shark Fin Trade Faces Troubled Waters As Global Pressure Mounts

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 4:15pm

Congress is once again considering a federal ban on shark fins, used in soup. But scientists are divided about whether a ban is the best way to protect the creatures, which are imperiled worldwide.

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How Do Gravitational Waves Really Work?

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 2:54pm

Gravitational waves — ripples in the fabric of space-time — are a big deal in the world of science. Here's a video that helps explain how they work.

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WHO To Farmers: Stop Giving Your Animals So Many Antibiotics

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 1:06pm

The World Health Organization is calling for strict limits on antibiotic use in animals raised for food. The guidelines could push many countries, including the U.S., to restrict drug use on farms.

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A Quest: Insulin-Releasing Implant For Type-1 Diabetes

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 3:16pm

People who have Type-1 diabetes would love to be free of insulin injections and pumps. Researchers in San Francisco are now testing in animals an implantable pouch of living, insulin-releasing cells.

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A Quest: Insulin-Releasing Implant For Type-1 Diabetes

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 3:16pm

People who have Type-1 diabetes would love to be free of insulin injections and pumps. Researchers in San Francisco are now testing in animals an implantable pouch of living, insulin-releasing cells.

(Image credit: Steve Gschmeissner/Science Source)

Sleepless Night Leaves Some Brain Cells As Sluggish As You Feel

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 2:20pm

Scientists have found an underlying reason why it's dangerous to drive when you're sleepy. Brain recordings show cells involved in perception fire more slowly in somebody who has been up all night.

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Sleepless Night Leaves Some Brain Cells As Sluggish As You Feel

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 2:20pm

Scientists have found an underlying reason why it's dangerous to drive when you're sleepy. Brain recordings show cells involved in perception fire more slowly in somebody who has been up all night.

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What's Your (Epistemic) Relationship To Science?

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 10:12am

Tania Lombrozo looks at a new paper arguing that research on the public's understanding of science often conflates knowledge and understanding — and that this conflation has costs.

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What's Your (Epistemic) Relationship To Science?

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 10:12am

Tania Lombrozo looks at a new paper arguing that research on the public's understanding of science often conflates knowledge and understanding — and that this conflation has costs.

(Image credit: turk_stock_photographer/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

From Fire Hydrants To Rescue Work, Dogs Perceive The World Through Smell

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 1:58pm

Dogs can sniff out people, drugs, bombs, cancer and much more. In her book Being A Dog, Alexandra Horowitz explores the mysteries and mechanics of canine noses. Originally broadcast Oct. 4, 2016.

From Fire Hydrants To Rescue Work, Dogs Perceive The World Through Smell

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 1:58pm

Dogs can sniff out people, drugs, bombs, cancer and much more. In her book Being A Dog, Alexandra Horowitz explores the mysteries and mechanics of canine noses. Originally broadcast Oct. 4, 2016.

Why Riding An Elevator Is Like Changing Gravity

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 9:13am

If you time it just right, throwing a ball in the air as an elevator starts to move, the ball seems to hang in the air for a moment, like gravity had been canceled, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.

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Why Riding An Elevator Is Like Changing Gravity

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 9:13am

If you time it just right, tossing a ball in the air as an elevator starts to move, the ball seems to hang in the air for a moment, like gravity had been canceled, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.

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