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Playtime With Mom Helps Boost Toddlers' Under-Developed Brains

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 3:59am

Due to malnourishment, some 200 million toddlers in poor countries have under-developed brains. A study in the journal Science suggests more play time with mom can dramatically reverse the damage.

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How Atomic Particles Became The Smoking Gun In Wine Fraud Mystery

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 2:31am

By testing for radiation, detectives showed that wine bottles purportedly from Thomas Jefferson's collection were fake. And with wine fraud rising, authentication is getting even more sophisticated.

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Study: Americans Less Fearful Of Storms Named After Women

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 4:23pm

People are less likely to seek shelter or otherwise prepare for storms given female names, researchers say. As a result, such storms result in nearly twice as many deaths as those with male names.

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Bursts Of Light Create Memories, Then Take Them Away

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 3:33pm

Scientists seem to have answered a fundamental question about the nature of memory. They have found compelling evidence that memories are made by strengthening connections between certain brain cells.

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With New EPA Rules, McCarthy Sees Economic Upside In Health Savings

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 3:22pm

For more on the new pollution regulations, Robert Siegel speaks with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy about her agency's carbon emission plan.

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EPA Lays Out Centerpiece To Obama's Climate Change Policy

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 3:22pm

The Obama administration is announcing new pollution standards Monday. The rules, key elements of President Obama's climate change policy, may decide the fate of coal-fired power plants in the U.S.

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EPA Chief Claims Greenhouse Gas Rules Will Save Country Billions

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 2:30pm

EPA administrator Gina McCarthy calls new rules on greenhouse gas reduction perhaps the most significant in the agency's history.

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Jacques Cousteau's Grandson Plans To Spend A Month Underwater

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 12:27pm

Fabien Cousteau and a crew of five headed down to the underwater laboratory Aquarius, just off the Florida Keys, on Sunday. He and his team intend to stay submerged until July 2.

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EPA To Unveil New Proposal Targeting Greenhouse Gases

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 8:16am

The draft proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency has sparked opposition from industry groups who say the changes would be prohibitively expensive.

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If Keystone XL Pipeline Is Rejected, Trains Will Transfer Oil

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 4:11am

The proposed Keystone XL pipeline has generated controversy, especially in Nebraska, where opposition to transporting crude from the oil sands of Canada has delayed a national decision on the project.

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EPA Seeks 30 Percent Cut In Power Plant Emissions

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 12:21am

The Obama administration on Monday will roll out a plan to cut earth-warming pollution from power plants by 30 percent by 2030. The proposal was first reported Sunday by The Wall Street Journal.

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Creativity, Dirty Eggs And Vocal Fry: The Week In Science

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 6:44am

Science is always churning out weird, funny and fascinating findings. What did we miss this week? NPR's Rachel Martin checks in with science writer Rose Eveleth.

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Obama To Wield Executive Power To Limit Carbon Emissions

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 6:44am

President Obama plans to announce Monday his most ambitious plan yet to combat climate change. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Princeton professor Michael Oppenheimer about the significance of the plan.

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Once A Year, Cancer Research News Comes In A Flood, Not A Trickle

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 6:31am

The annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology features thousands of presentations but no big news. That's how cancer treatment improves, in small increments.

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Researchers: Nothing Special About Einstein's Brain

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 6:40am

There had to be something anatomically different about Einstein's brain that made him so smart, right? A new study says no, not true. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Terence Hines of Pace University.

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Phone App Might Predict Manic Episodes In Bipolar Disorder

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 4:22am

People's speech patterns change when they are in the manic phase of bipolar disorder, doctors say. And a smartphone app might be able to detect those shifts and improve treatment.

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Phone App Might Predict Manic Episodes In Bipolar Disorder

Sat, 05/31/2014 - 4:22am

Speech patterns change when people enter the manic phase of bipolar disorder, doctors say. A smartphone app might be able to detect those shifts and improve treatment.

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What's In A Grunt — Or A Sigh, Or A Sob? Depends On Where You Hear It

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 3:50pm

New research suggests that different cultures do not hear the same emotions when they hear the same sounds. The "emotional grammar" of language is instead shaped by culture and local circumstances.

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SpaceX Unveils A Sleek New Ride To Orbit

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 3:38pm

The private space-launch company has taken its Dragon capsule design and taught it some cool new tricks.

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Oklahoma's Extreme Drought Has Wheat Farmers Bracing For Worst

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 3:04pm

Four years of crippling drought has withered the agricultural economies of Great Plains states like Oklahoma. The USDA forecasts this year's wheat crop will be half what it would be in a good year.

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