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Can Placebos Work If You Know They're Placebos?

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 7:14am

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly asks writer Robert Siegel about "open label placebos" and whether placebos work even when patients know they're placebos. He wrote about his experience in Smithsonian Magazine.

First Step To 'Eco-Grieving' Over Climate Change? Admit There's A Problem

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 7:14am

Psychologists say anxiety over climate change is making some people feel overwhelmed. To talk through their worries, a group in Utah is meeting weekly and the idea has drawn interest in other states.

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An Organizer Speaks About Reasons For A 'March For Science'

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 7:14am

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Lucky Tran, organizer of today's March for Science, occurring in a number of cities around the world.

Chew On This For Earth Day: How Our Diets Impact The Planet

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 7:00am

The foods we choose to put on our plates — or toss away – could have more of an ecological impact than many of us realize.

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March For Science Organizers Work To Maintain Non-Partisan Position

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 3:34pm

A March for Science will be held Saturday in Washington, D.C., and hundreds of other cities in the U.S. Organizers say the march is a non-partisan celebration of science. It's meant to both encourage political leaders to fund science and rely on scientific evidence when making policy decisions. Critics worry the march will turn into an anti-Trump rally and paint scientists as just another interest group.

Lights Off, Blankets Out: Lyrid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 3:34pm

Conditions on Friday night and before dawn on Saturday should be ideal for spotting the streaks of space debris — leftover particles from a comet that was last seen in 1861.

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Jeremy Howard: Will Super-intelligent Machines Be The Last Human Invention?

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 8:02am

Data Scientist Jeremy Howard has studied machine learning for 25 years. He says super-intelligent machines can help us achieve amazing things. But he warns they might bring the end for our species.

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Maurice Conti: Can Machines Think And Feel For Themselves?

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 8:02am

Futurist Maurice Conti says we've entered a new era where machines and humans partner to do what neither can do alone. He calls it the "Augmented Age."

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Marco Annunziata: What Will Human-Machine Collaboration Mean For Our Jobs?

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 8:02am

GE's Chief Economist Marco Annunziata is optimistic about "the marriage of minds and machines" — provided we manage it the right way.

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Erik Brynjolfsson: In A Race With Machines, Can We Keep Up?

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 8:02am

MIT Professor Erik Brynjolfsson sees a bright future where machines serve as powerful tools and partners. But he says we can only shape this future if we keep up with the pace of innovation.

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Jeremy Howard: Will Artificial Intelligence Be The Last Human Invention?

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 8:02am

Jeremy Howard has studied machine learning for 25 years. He says artificial intelligence can help achieve amazing things. But he warns the impact on jobs may cause a great deal of social instability.

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Is It Safe To Eat Moldy Bread?

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 8:00am

No, say food safety experts. Molds can easily penetrate deep into a soft food, like bread. But you can salvage other foods with tougher surfaces, like cabbages, carrots and hard cheeses.

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When It Comes To Policymaking, The Rules Don't Apply To Climate Change

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 3:31pm

On Saturday, people from around the country will take to the streets in the March for Science. Organizers say that the point of the March is not to make science political, but to highlight the reality of science to politicians, as a guide in policymaking, in which science is an uncharted issue.

Researchers Find Yet Another Reason Why Naked Mole-Rats Are Just Weird

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 1:02pm

The hairless, ground-dwelling, cold-blooded rodents have proven capable of surviving total oxygen deprivation. Their odd biology allows them to run on an alternative fuel.

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Astronaut, Cosmonaut And Stuffed Dog Arrive At International Space Station

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 12:08pm

It's the first mission to space for American Jack Fischer, who says there is one aspect of space station life that you can't train for on Earth: using a zero-gravity toilet.

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Electrical Stimulation To Boost Memory: Maybe It's All In The Timing

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:01am

Research in epilepsy has found a key to why small pulses of electricity to the brain sometimes help and sometimes hurt a failing memory. Brains hurt by physical trauma or dementia might benefit, too.

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How Do Former Opioid Addicts Safely Get Pain Relief After Surgery?

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 4:00am

Max Baker got treatment for his opioid dependency and kicked the habit. He'd been clean for more than a year when a car accident and subsequent surgery returned him to addiction's spiral.

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Human Umbilical Cord Blood Helps Aging Mice Remember, Study Finds

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:03pm

Researchers found a protein in human umbilical cord plasma improved learning and memory in older mice, but there's no indication it would work in people.

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An Asteroid Is Swinging By Earth Today For Its Closest Visit In 400 Years

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 10:09am

Don't worry: Astronomers say asteroid 2014 JO25, which is more than a third of a mile wide, will fly harmlessly past our planet. Still, it should come close enough to be visible with small telescopes.

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FDA Approval Of Hepatitis C Drugs For Kids Is Likely To Speed Treatment

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 4:00am

Many insurers have required that adults with hepatitis C be very sick before they can get access to expensive drug treatment. But Medicaid has special rules that may get kids and teens access sooner.

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