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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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Failure To Save A Child In Wartime Inspires Wound-Healing Tech

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

As a soldier, Kit Parker saw horrific injuries. As a scientist, he led an effort to create high-tech dressings that speed healing and reduce scarring.

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

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 8:01pm

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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Chinese Space Lab Expected To Crash To Earth On Sunday Night

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 12:52pm

Tiangong-1, an abandoned Chinese orbiting lab, will re-enter the atmosphere soon. The European Space Agency predicts sometime Sunday evening, but says it can't predict location.

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'He Broke Boundaries With His Mind': Public Pays Tribute At Stephen Hawking's Funeral

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 9:03pm

About 500 guests honored the physicist at Sunday's private service in Cambridge, his intellectual home for half a century. The procession was met by admirers who lined the streets to share memories.

'The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind' Returns From Madness

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 7:22am

Neuroscientist Barbara Lipska describes in a new memoir surviving 20 brain tumors, and what the eight-week nightmare of psychological symptoms taught her about mental illnesses she's long studied.

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The Pattern Problem

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 11:04pm

Are we destined to repeat our patterns, or do we generally stray in surprising directions?

U.S. Utilities Look To Electric Cars As Their Savior Amid Decline In Demand

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 3:14pm

After years of rising demand, utility companies are staring down a projected decline in the demand for electricity. They say the budding electric car industry could save them.

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What If A Drug Could Make Your Blood Deadly To Mosquitoes?

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 3:13pm

That's what researchers wondered as they look at new ways to stop the spread of malaria. A new study reports on the impact of ivermectin on skeeters.

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Gonorrhea Strain Thwarts 2 Main Drugs, Raising Concerns It's Becoming Untreatable

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 12:48pm

This is the latest in a long history of gonorrhea developing resistance to antibiotics. It's the first global report of gonorrhea that is resistant to the two main drugs used to treat it.

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'Aggressive' Advance Directive Permits Halting Food And Water In Severe Dementia

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 12:19pm

Supporters call this right-to-die proposal the strongest move yet to document a person's advance wishes in cases of severe dementia. Critics say it would deny basic care to society's most vulnerable.

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'Aggressive' Advance Directive Permits Halting Food And Water In Severe Dementia

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 10:34am

Supporters call this right-to-die proposal the strongest move yet to document a person's advance wishes in cases of severe dementia. Critics say it would deny basic care to society's most vulnerable.

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Teaching And Learning At The Boundaries Of Two Cultures

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 5:01am

We all stand to lose from the gulf between the sciences and the humanities — and the classroom is the ideal place for conversations between these two cultures to unfold, says Prof. Marcelo Gleiser.

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No Fooling: Chinese Space Lab Might Plunge From Orbit On April 1

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 3:18am

China's Tiangong-1, launched in 2013, is expected to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere sometime between March 31 and April 2, according to the European Space Agency.

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Why Scientists Aren't Fans Of Creating On-Demand Meteor Showers

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 3:06pm

A Japanese company is proposing a venture to create on-demand meteor showers using small spheres dropped from a satellite. Scientists aren't really keen to the idea.

An Engineer's Quest To Save Stephen Hawking's Voice

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 3:06pm

When Stephen Hawking's computer voice was in danger of disappearing, his team called Eric Dorsey for help. The Palo Alto-based engineer worked for the company that helped create Hawking's CallText 5010 speech system.

New Study Finds Mother Bears Are Sticking Around With Their Cubs Longer

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 10:00am

In many parts of the world, it is illegal to shoot a brown bear with cubs. The restrictions have made mother bears more likely to spend an extra year with their cubs.

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The Psychology Of Fake News

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 9:21am

How can we succeed in creating and perpetuating a culture that values and promotes truth? Cognitive scientist Tania Lombrozo considers the science of fake news — and how to protect ourselves.

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Energy Supplies And Prices Have Grown More Unpredictable

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 4:00am

Energy analysts are getting worse at predicting how much oil and gas will come out of the ground in the future, a new study finds.

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Crickets And Cannibals: Unpacking The Complicated Emotion Of Disgust

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 8:00pm

Imagine seeing a cockroach skitter across your kitchen counter? Does the thought alone gross you out? This week on Hidden Brain, we discuss disgust.

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