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Some Neanderthals Were Vegetarian — And They Likely Kissed Our Human Ancestors

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 6:11pm

A new study of the dental plaques of three Neanderthals reveals surprising facts about their lives, including what they ate, the diseases that ailed them and how they self-medicated (and smooched).

(Image credit: Courtesy of Royal Belgian Institute of Nature Sciences)

Maybe You, Too, Could Become A Super Memorizer

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 3:03pm

After six weeks of training, people could memorize twice as much. Areas of the brain had begun communicating in new ways — a lot like what happens inside the heads of world memory champions.

(Image credit: Carolyn Cole/LA Times via Getty Images)

Researchers Take A Step Toward Mind-Controlled Robots

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 2:02pm

Researchers have created a system where humans can guide robots with their brainwaves, signaling to the machines when they've made a mistake. It could help improve the way humans and robots interact.

(Image credit: Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Effects Of Global Warming On Display In Antarctica

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 4:05am

James McClintock, a marine biologist, talks with David Greene about how warming temperatures have had a dramatic impact on the glacier near the U.S. Palmer Station in Antarctica.

The Affordable Care Act, Medicaid And Divorce

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 4:05am

As Republicans unveil their Affordable Care Act replacement, we examine how Medicaid expansion has affected divorce rates among older people.

Public Clinics Fear Federal Cuts To Planned Parenthood Would Strand Patients

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 4:29pm

A goal for many Republicans is to cut federal funding for health services at Planned Parenthood and divert those funds to public health centers. How ready are those centers to pick up that work?

(Image credit: Sarah McCammon/NPR)

Texas City Leads The Way On Renewable Energy

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 3:44pm

Georgetown, Texas, an exurb of Austin, is one of the first cities in the country to be 100 percent powered by renewable energy.

Eating Soy Has Benefits For Breast-Cancer Survivors, Study Finds

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 12:50pm

New research finds eating soy milk, edamame and tofu does not have harmful effects for women with breast cancer, as some have worried. In fact, for some women, soy consumption was tied to longer life.

(Image credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

WATCH: Raindrops Catapult Bacteria Into The Air, And It's Beautiful

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 11:14am

They don't have wings, but bacteria sure can fly. Researchers at MIT say that tiny bubbles trapped by raindrops play a part in launching bacteria on long-distance flights.

(Image credit: Joung et al. Nature Communications)

Are Routine Pelvic Exams A Must? Evidence Is Lacking, Task Force Says

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 10:32am

There's not enough good evidence to make the call as to whether an annual pelvic exam is a good screening tool, The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says.

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Farmers Fight Environmental Regulations

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 3:57am

Many of America's farmers are successfully fending off environmental regulation, from the Obama administration's Clean Water Rule to a lawsuit in Iowa that's aimed at reducing nitrates in rivers.

(Image credit: MN Pollution Control Agency/Flickr)

Tribes & Traitors: What Happens When You Empathize with the Enemy?

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 8:01pm

This week on Hidden Brain, the stories of two men who showed empathy for the other side and found themselves labeled "enemy" by their own people.

(Image credit: Joel Carillet/iStock)

Dakota Access Demonstrators Inspire New Pipeline Protests

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 3:32pm

Opponents lost their bid to stop the Dakota Access pipeline, but their effort has energized others. Pipeline protests are expanding across the country.

Reports Of Medical Breakthroughs Often Don't Prove Out

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 12:03pm

Medical breakthroughs that were covered by newspapers were often later disproved by more comprehensive research, a study finds. That's a problem for scientists and journalists.

(Image credit: Bloomberg/Gino Domenico/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

WATCH: Tracking Lightning Strikes, From Space

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 9:48am

NOAA's new weather satellite is carrying the first lightning detector ever parked in orbit over Earth. It has sent back its first images of real-time lightning storms in the Western Hemisphere.

(Image credit: MATLAB/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

Feeling Lonely? Too Much Time On Social Media May Be Why

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 5:21am

It's not clear whether spending a lot of time on Facebook, Snapchat or Instagram leads to social isolation, or whether the lonely seek solace in social media.

(Image credit: James Whitaker/Getty Images)

Did You Get Bit By a Lyme-Infested Tick? Here's What To Do

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 4:01am

One scientist is predicting a risky year for tick-borne Lyme disease in the Northeast, and it's spreading. But don't panic. We've got tips.

(Image credit: Stephen Reiss for NPR)

Forbidding Forecast For Lyme Disease In The Northeast

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 4:00am

Lyme disease is spreading, and this summer is shaping up as a whopper. Why has the tick-borne illness gotten so bad? The answer traces back to something the colonists did more than 200 years ago.

(Image credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Thomas Starzl, Trailblazer In Organ Transplantation, Dies At 90

Sun, 03/05/2017 - 12:13pm

The doctor, who performed the world's first liver transplant surgery in 1963, eventually earned the moniker "father of transplantation."

(Image credit: Gene J. Puskar/AP)

For The First Time In 146 Years Chicago Goes Without Snow During January And February

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 4:00pm

Tom Skilling, chief meteorologist for WGN-TV and The Chicago Tribune, talks about the Windy City's changing weather, specifically the record-breaking lack of snow this year.

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