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Scientists Unveil Ancient Sea Monsters Found In Angola

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 4:15am

Almost 100 million years ago, when the South Atlantic Ocean was young, giant reptiles prowled the seas. Scientists have found a trove of these ancient creatures in the African nation of Angola.

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Active Ingredient In Marijuana Reduced Alzheimer's-Like Effects In Mice

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 1:03pm

In mice genetically programmed to develop Alzheimer's symptoms, those given a synthetic version of a chemical in marijuana retained normal memory function.

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Indonesian Caves Hold Oldest Figurative Painting Ever Found, Scientists Say

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 12:46pm

Archaeologists found thousands of drawings and stencils in a warren of limestone caves in remote mountains on the island of Borneo. But no one knew how old they were until now.

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Is The Pentagon Modifying Viruses To Save Crops — Or To Wage Biological Warfare?

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 4:09am

The Pentagon wants university researchers to find ways to protect crops in the field using infectious viruses carried by insects. Critics think it looks like bioweapons research.

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These Flatworms Can Regrow A Body From A Fragment. How Do They Do It And Could We?

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 4:00am

Biologists are keen to understand how a type of flatworm known as a planarian uses powerful stem cells to regenerate an entire body from a headless sliver of itself.

Can't Stop Worrying? Try Tetris To Ease Your Mind

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 4:00am

There could be an upside to your phone addiction. Games like Tetris, can reduce anxiety, according to new research. So if you've got Election Day jitters, go ahead and launch that app.

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Neuroscientists Debate A Simple Question: How Does The Brain Store A Phone Number?

Sun, 11/04/2018 - 4:40pm

Working memory is where the brain keeps bits of information in everyday life handy. But brain scientists don't agree on how working memory works.

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Lulu's Log: The Legacy Of Kepler

Sun, 11/04/2018 - 7:00am

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with NASA's Charlie Sobeck. He was the former manager of the Kepler Space Telescope mission and they discuss Kepler's legacy.

Ready For The Time Change? Here Are Tips To Stay Healthy During Dark Days Ahead

Sat, 11/03/2018 - 7:02am

Every cell in our bodies has a well-tuned timing mechanism. So, when we "fall back" or "spring forward" as part of daylight saving, it takes us time to adjust. We have tips that can help.

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Despite Warnings, FDA Approves Potent New Opioid Painkiller

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 2:05pm

Critics, including some leading anesthesiologists, say the drug is unnecessary, and they worry it will be diverted and abused. The Food And Drug Administration says it is addressing safety concerns.

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She Chose To 'Go Flat' And Wants Other Breast Cancer Survivors To Know They Can Too

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 11:50am

After her double mastectomy, writer Catherine Guthrie came to embrace her new body, without breast reconstruction. But she's learned, women have to push the medical system to support this choice.

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How Long Should Older Moms Wait Before Getting Pregnant Again?

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 5:01pm

As a woman ages, choosing when to try for a second or third child means weighing fertility odds against the risks of getting pregnant again too soon. A new study provides more data to help decide.

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Waiting For Opportunity To Get In Touch

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 3:58pm

NASA mission managers haven't heard from the Martian rover Opportunity since June. A dust storm interfered with communication but the storm is over now and engineers hope to hear from the rover soon.

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Hawaii's Supreme Court OKs Construction Of Giant Telescope Despite Native Objections

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 12:38am

The massive telescope with a nearly 100-foot mirror is set to be built atop 13,800-foot Mauna Kea, considered sacred land by some of the project's opponents.

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For Cervical Cancer Patients, Less Invasive Surgery Is Worse For Survival

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 5:09pm

Two new studies suggest that minimally invasive surgery for early stage cervical cancer patients leads to death and recurring disease more often than standard surgery through a large incision.

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Birds Got Their Colorful, Speckled Eggs From Dinosaurs

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 1:40pm

A new study found that birds' dinosaur relatives had eggs with traces of two pigments—a red-brown one and a blue-green one. In today's birds that might produce a color such as robin's egg blue.

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Language Barrier Means Millions Of Elderly Can't Access Alzheimer's Trials

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 9:00am

In the U.S., Alzheimer's clinical trials are largely limited to fluent English speakers, which leaves millions of patients without the opportunity to participate and scientists without diverse data.

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Social Stigma Is One Reason The Opioid Crisis Is Hard To Confront

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 4:00am

The CDC estimated that 72,000 people died of drug overdoses in 2017. There are many reasons why the opioid crisis is so hard to confront. One of them is social stigma.

When Adolescents Give Up Pot, Their Cognition Quickly Improves

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 12:01pm

When researchers convinced a group of young people to stop smoking pot, their cognition quickly improved. This adds to research warning against teen pot use, despite marijuana's growing acceptance.

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Mega Church And Mega Issues: Pastor Adam Hamilton

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 10:20am

Reverend Hamilton pastors Church of the Resurrection — the biggest United Methodist church in the country.

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