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Just A Bit Of DNA Helps Explain Humans' Big Brains

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 12:48pm

Scientists have found some human DNA that, when added to mice, makes their brains bigger. But as DNA research into human brains goes forward, are there ethical lines we shouldn't cross?

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Can You Hear Nature's Sounds?

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 8:48am

Our lives are now so noisy that we're at risk of shutting out nature's beautiful sounds, a new study shows. Anthropologist Barbara J. King invites us to be still and listen to the world.

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Pain Really Is All In Your Head. Emotion Controls Intensity

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 3:03pm

Humiliation, fear and unpredictability all turn up the volume on pain, research shows. And meditation can turn down pain's intensity, according to scientists who are starting to figure out why.

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Salty, Sweet, Sour. Is It Time To Make Fat The Sixth Taste?

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 11:19am

Fat has a lot in common with the five basic tastes: salty, sweet, sour, bitter and umami. But while people easily recognize the texture of fat, scientists say they can't quite perceive the taste.

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How Marijuana Hijacks Your Brain To Give You The Munchies

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 9:14am

Where there's pot, there's often an insatiable hunger. Now researchers have a big clue why: Cannabinoids, the drug in marijuana, appear to flip a neural circuit that normally tells us we're full.

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Examining The Entourage Effect

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 4:12am

New psychological research explores a phenomenon known as the entourage effect. We hear why people like to create their own entourages.

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Tough As Nails: Women Scientists Rise Up In Nigeria

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 10:26am

Working as a professor isn't an easy job anywhere. But try doing innovative research with only four hours of electricity a day, no access to the Internet and hostility from male colleagues.

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Pity For Penguins: They Can't Taste Their Dinner

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 6:03am

Savory fish are a staple for penguins, but the poor birds lack the ability to taste the umami flavor of their meals. One hypothesis? The genes at play got frozen out of commission.

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Climate Scientist Tries Arts To Stir Hearts Regarding Earth's Fate

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 3:00pm

Physicist Robert Davies worked with a classical quartet and two visual artists to create a musical performance about climate change. The music and images, he says, help the information take hold.

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Female Libido Pill Fires Up Debate About Women And Sex

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 3:00pm

Is the FDA being sexist, or appropriately cautious in requiring stringent evidence that the latest pill works and is safe? Women's advocacy groups aren't sure.

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Scientists Weigh In On What Can Mend A Broken Heart

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 3:56am

Anyone who has suffered a break up knows it can take time to get over it. While wallowing in self pity isn't a great idea, reflecting on a recent break up can help speed up the healing process.

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Commercial Drone Rules To Limit Their Speed And Altitude

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 10:08am

The long-awaiting Federal Aviation Administration proposal could be a boon to some companies hoping to use unmanned aircraft, but they might complicate the picture for Amazon.

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Navy Funds A Small Robot Army To Study The Arctic

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 6:03am

The U.S. Navy has completed the largest robotic survey of the Arctic ever attempted. Warming waters are absorbing more sunlight and melting more ice there each summer, the gizmos and gliders suggest.

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WATCH: The Sun Like You've Never Seen It

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 2:00pm

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center has released a video composite of some of the imagery taken over the past five years by the Solar Dynamics Observatory. It's nothing short of breathtaking.

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Thanks To Technology, Toucan Gets A Second Beak On Life

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 6:12am

NPR's Scott Simon takes a moment to note that a toucan in Costa Rica that had part of its beak destroyed is getting a new one made from a 3-D printer.

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GMO Apples Get The Nod, But Not Much Of A Welcoming Party

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 4:38pm

Government regulators have approved the first genetically modified apples, which don't turn brown when you cut them open. But planting these trees will be a gamble since consumers may not want them.

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Your Brain May Want That Bottle Of Soda Because It's Easy To Pick Up

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 10:37am

Coca-Cola has launched a small, easy-to-hold bottle in Kenya. And the size and shape could make people crave it. That's the belief of psychologist Sian Beilock, author of How the Body Knows Its Mind.

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Your Brain May Want That Bottle Of Soda Because It's Easy To Pick Up

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 10:37am

Coca-Cola has launched a small, easy-to-hold bottle in Kenya. And the size and shape could make people crave it. That's the belief of psychologist Sian Beilock, author of How the Body Knows Its Mind.

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Internet Pioneer Warns Our Era Could Become The 'Digital Dark Ages'

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 10:24am

Google Vice President Vint Cerf says that our complete reliance on digital information that is often not preserved could result in an information "black hole" for future historians.

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Can A Computer Change The Essence Of Who You Are?

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 2:31am

The latest episode of NPR's Invisibilia takes us online. Some people think interacting with these machines is changing us all — for better and worse.

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