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DNA Test Reveals Fertility Doctor Used His Own Sperm To Impregnate Patient

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 4:43pm

Kelli Rowlette first thought the results were a mistake when she learned her dad was not her dad. But she learned her mother's OB-GYN had lied and inseminated her using his semen and not a donor's.

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A Novel Virus Killed 24,000 Piglets In China. Where Did It Come From?

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 12:54pm

At first, tests were positive for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus. Then something strange happened. The pigs stopped testing positive for that virus — but kept getting sick.

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Center Of The Milky Way Has Thousands Of Black Holes, Study Shows

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 12:26pm

The supermassive black hole lurking at the center of our galaxy appears to have a lot of company, according to a new study that suggests the monster is surrounded by about 10,000 other black holes.

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Suffering From Nature Deficit Disorder? Try Forest Bathing

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 10:54am

Positive scientific results aside, the idea of shinrin-yoku shouldn't be surprising: Who hasn't felt an inner sense of well-being when walking along a forest trail? asks commentator Marcelo Gleiser.

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GMO Yeast Mimics Flavors Of Hops, But Will Craft Brewers Bite?

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 7:00am

Some beer-brewing scientists have developed a genetically modified yeast that produces the same hoppy aromas and flavors beer drinkers like, without the hops. But some craft brewers are skeptical.

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A Tale Of 2 Whale Songs

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 4:09am

Oceanographer Kate Stafford of the University of Washington talks about a new study on the differences between the whale songs of bowhead whales and humpback whales.

Michigan OKs Nestlé Water Extraction, Despite Over 80K Public Comments Against It

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 4:01pm

Many public comments cited a clash between corporate greed versus people and the environment, after Nestlé asked to pump 576,000 gallons of water each day from a well in western Michigan.

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A Look At The Ethical Questions EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Is Facing

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 3:21pm

A new report in The Atlantic says that Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, bypassed the White House to grant raises to two of his closest aids. Reporter Robinson Meyer speaks with NPR's Audie Cornish about his reporting and other ethics questions Pruitt is facing.

Federal Efforts To Control Rare And Deadly Bacteria Working

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 2:29pm

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's efforts to control drug-resistant bacteria finds that the percentage of bacteria carrying this resistance is declining. But it wants more data.

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EPA Chief Pruitt Faces Mounting Scrutiny For Ethics Violations

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 1:32pm

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is fending of accusations he misused taxpayer funds and maintained improper ties to companies regulated by the EPA.

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Time Travel With Your Fridge?

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 11:55am

If the history of thermodynamics can teach us anything, it is that modest entropy reversals have not taken us back in time at all. But it is more fun to think otherwise, says guest Jimena Canales.

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WATCH: See How Leeches Can Be A Surgeon's Sidekick

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 8:53am

The idea of using leeches to treat ailments is ancient — and no longer in favor. But now these blood-suckers are gaining new respect as a doctor's helper during surgery.

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When Going Gluten-Free is Not Enough: New Tests Detect Hidden Exposure

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 7:00am

For people with celiac disease, incidental ingestion of gluten can lead to to painful symptoms and lasting intestinal damage. Two new studies suggest such exposure may be greater than many realize.

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Social Science Researchers Examine The Peter Principle

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 4:03am

Workers with a strong sales record were likely to be promoted into managerial positions, yet they tended to be worse at managerial jobs than those who were low-performing workers.

Video: Can You Find The Imposter Bugs In America's Largest Insect Collection?

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 4:00am

Insects are nature's masters of disguise. Take a backstage tour of the largest insect collection in America to experience nature's most convincing mimics.

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The Scarcity Trap: Why We Keep Digging When We're Stuck In A Hole

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 8:00pm

Have you ever noticed that when something important is missing in your life, your brain can only seem to focus on that missing thing? Two researchers have dubbed this phenomenon "scarcity."

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EPA Moves To Weaken Landmark Fuel Efficiency Rules

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 4:11pm

The EPA is rejecting landmark fuel efficiency rules for automobiles, a key part of President Obama's efforts to address climate change. The move could lead to another legal battle with California.

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To Treat Pain, PTSD And Other Ills, Some Vets Try Tai Chi

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 2:45pm

In hopes of reducing some veterans' reliance on pills for physical pain and psychological trauma, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is taking a look at alternative therapies.

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Is Humanity Unusual In The Cosmos?

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 11:28am

Commentator Adam Frank talks with Harvard astrophysicist Avi Loeb about exo-civilizations, techno-signatures, and the search for alien life — living or long-gone.

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Scientists Say You May Live Longer By Severely Restricting Calories

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 4:00am

Scientists have long been fascinated with whether dramatic restrictions in the amount of food we eat can help us live longer. New research suggests it might, but the question is, is it worth it?

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