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Listeners To NPR: Why Don't We Track Planes Like We Do Ships?

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 2:58am

Geoff Brumfiel, the physics guy on our science desk, helps us land on the right answer.

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Why Is Nearsightedness Skyrocketing Among Chinese Youth?

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 3:35pm

More than 80 percent of high school students in Shanghai are myopic. A new study finds a link between higher income and poor eyesight. But the root cause is still hotly debated.

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First Stars Fired Up 140 Million Years Later Than Previously Thought

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 3:18pm

New data collected from the European Space Agency's Planck telescope shows that the first starlight in the universe occurred about 560 million years after the Big Bang.

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FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg To Step Down

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 7:39am

The head of the Food and Drug Administration has been on the job for six years and presided over such controversial decisions as relaxing age restrictions on the Plan B contraceptive.

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Gotcha: Satellites Help Strip Seafood Pirates Of Their Booty

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 2:51am

Most of the seafood Americans eat is imported; a lot of that is illegally caught. Now, environmentalists are using satellites to track pirate vessels on the high seas and help crack down on the trade.

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Measles + Low Vaccination Rates = Big Headaches For Schools

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 6:30pm

California allows parents to opt out of vaccination requirements. Amid Southern California's measles outbreak, many schools are struggling with how best to deal with students who aren't vaccinated.

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Scientists Want To Trick The Gut Into Burning Fat Without Food

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 4:11pm

Researchers say they've discovered a way to jump-start fat burning by switching on the digestion process without the presence of food. So far, it has only been tested in mice.

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Pediatricians Pressured To Drop Parents Who Won't Vaccinate

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 4:08pm

The pressure, doctors say, is mostly coming from other parents who don't want their infants exposed to measles, whooping cough or other serious illnesses in the pediatric waiting room.

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Does Facebook Cause Depression? Depends On How You Use It

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 3:24pm

Those great photos from your high school girlfriend's recent vacation in the Caribbean? A study says they're probably making you envious, and that envy could be contributing to feelings of depression.

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Does Binge-Watching Make Us Depressed? Good Question

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 12:35pm

Recent headlines make it sound like just because we watched a few episodes last night, we're depressed and lonely. OK, more than a few. But the science on binge-watching is just getting started.

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The Psychology Behind Why Some Kids Go Unvaccinated

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 4:12am

As the country grapples with a growing outbreak of measles, Morning Edition delves into what works and what doesn't — and what might get people to vaccinate their kids.

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Once A Vaccine Skeptic, This Mom Changed Her Mind

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 2:39am

Juniper Russo wants what is best for her daughter Vivian, and she sometimes questions mainstream medicine. But after three years of soul searching, she decided what was best was vaccination.

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Beyond Rash And Fever: How Measles Can Kill

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 3:09pm

It happened to Roald Dahl's daughter in 1962. It still happens today, in the U.S. and around the world. In rare cases, measles becomes an incurable disease.

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U.K. Lawmakers Allow Scientists To Attempt 'DNA Transplants'

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 3:06pm

The British Parliament has voted to allow scientists to attempt to do "DNA transplants" on women's eggs to try to help them have healthy babies. Doctors want to do this to help families carrying devastating "mitochondrial diseases." But opponents question whether transferring DNA from healthy eggs into the eggs of women carrying these diseases is safe, and whether it would open the door to "designer babies."

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Love Hot Sauce? Your Personality May Be A Good Predictor

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 2:04pm

Personality seems to play a key role in our lust for heat in our food. Research has found that thrill seekers tend to like the burn of a spicy meal, and the lure may be different for men and women.

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Fingertips To Hair Follicles: Why 'Touch' Causes Pleasure And Pain

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 12:42pm

In his latest book, neuroscientist David Linden explains the science of touch. He tells Fresh Air how pain protects, why fingertips are so sensitive and why you can't read Braille with your genitals.

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Why We Judge Algorithmic Mistakes More Harshly Than Human Mistakes

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 3:59am

In many areas, algorithms make fewer mistakes than humans. But new research suggests that we distrust algorithms when they make mistakes, in ways we do not distrust humans who make mistakes.

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How Unboiled Eggs Could Help Fight Food Waste

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 4:40pm

No yolk: Researchers have discovered how to unboil egg whites. The chemical technique could help the food industry and others utilize more enzymes for cheese or beer with less waste.

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Lack Of Patients Hampers Ebola Drug And Vaccine Testing

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 3:45pm

Scientists launched a large trial Monday to test two vaccines. But testing Ebola drugs in West Africa is proving more difficult than expected because the disease is disappearing rapidly.

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Hunting For Big Planets Far Beyond Pluto May Soon Be Easier

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 3:29pm

Construction is starting in Chile on a new sort of telescope. One aim is to survey huge swaths of sky for faint signals of a "Planet X" that may be lurking on the farthest edges of our solar system.

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