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Un-Sweetened: How A Maryland County Cut Soda Sales Without A Soda Tax

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 4:24pm

Over three years, a campaign urged Howard County, Md., residents to pare back on sugary drinks — through ads, social media, health counseling and changes to what vending machines sold. And it worked.

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Boaty McBoatface Prepares For First Antarctic Mission

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 10:12am

After the Internet voted to name a U.K. research vessel "Boaty McBoatface," the results were overruled. But, as a consolation gesture, the name was given to a remote-controlled submersible.

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The Saga Of The Irish Giant's Bones Dismays Medical Ethicists

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 10:10am

Charles Byrne was about 7 feet 7 inches tall, an 18th century marvel whose height came from a pituitary tumor. He asked for privacy in death, but his skeleton is still on display in a London museum.

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Old-Style Chemo Is Still A Mainstay In The Age Of Targeted Cancer Therapy

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 3:51am

Scientists hunting cures for cancer hope to find targeted therapies with fewer side effects. But there's also new evidence that old-style chemo sometimes helps gentler treatments work better.

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Save Hide And Seek For The Playground: Why Kids Should See Their Veggies

Sun, 03/12/2017 - 6:00am

Getting kids to eat veggies through subterfuge — say, spinach smoothies -- sets the bar too low, researchers say. Your child must actually learn to like veggies, weird textures and all. Here's how.

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Beyond Lyme: New Tick-Borne Diseases On The Rise In U.S.

Sat, 03/11/2017 - 11:00am

The world is seeing more and more new diseases, and the U.S. is no exception. We're living in a hot spot for tick-borne diseases. Some are deadly. The key to stopping them may be an unlikely critter.

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Activists Work To Preserve Government Environmental Data

Sat, 03/11/2017 - 7:29am

Scott Simon talks with historian Matt Price, whose group holds "hack-a-thons" to preserve scientific information. Activists fear environmental data will be harder to find under the new administration.

Some Plaque To Build A Theory On: Did Humans And Neanderthals Kiss?

Sat, 03/11/2017 - 6:22am

NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the scientific discovery of Neanderthal dental plaque that indicates they might have kissed humans.

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Eating More — Or Less — Of 10 Foods May Cut Risk Of Death From Heart Disease

Sat, 03/11/2017 - 6:00am

Too much bacon, or too few nuts, can influence the risk of death from heart disease and Type 2 diabetes, a study finds. Nearly half of U.S. deaths from these causes were linked to diet.

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Moon Or Space Dumpling? You Decide

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 5:08pm

New images from the Cassini spacecraft reveal that Saturn's moon Pan looks like a dumpling.

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This Moon Of Saturn May Be Tiny, But It Sure Looks Like A Mouthful

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 3:54pm

You may be inclined to see a ravioli, a walnut or an empanada, but it's tough to deny that Pan's distinctive ridge makes a tasty impression. The images were taken by the Cassini spacecraft Thursday.

(Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

Dan Ariely: When Are Our Decisions Made For Us?

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 7:48am

We often think that our decisions are our own. But Behavioral Economist Dan Ariely explains how our environment — even something as simple as how a question is framed — can affect what we choose.

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Ruth Chang: How Can Making Hard Choices Empower Us?

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 7:48am

One choice isn't always better than the other. Philosopher Ruth Chang says, once we realize that, it's easier to embrace the hard work of decision-making.

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Sheena Iyengar: Why Are Some Choices So Paralyzing?

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 7:48am

Psycho-economist Sheena Iyengar explains how we can actively use choice as a tool to help us arrive at decisions we can live with.

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High-Tech Greenhouse Has Neighbors Throwing Shade Over Light Pollution

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 4:35am

LEF Farms is investing $10 million to grow gourmet lettuce indoors in New Hampshire. Neighbors say they support the idea of locally grown food, but worry that the lights may affect property values.

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Bees Travel Cross Country For The California Almond Harvest

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 3:34pm

Each year, millions upon millions of honey bees go on a cross country road trip to make the California almond harvest possible.

EPA Head Scott Pruitt Doubts Basic Consensus On Climate Change

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 3:34pm

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency says he does not agree that carbon dioxide is the main driver of climate change.

Mozzarella Magic: How My Father And I Learned To Separate Curds And Whey

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 2:00pm

To feed their cheese habit, the author and her father took a crash course in mozzarella on a Pennsylvania farm. The experience offered valuable insight into the science and history of cheese-making.

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Scientists Closer To Creating A Fully Synthetic Yeast Genome

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 1:03pm

An international consortium of researchers has synthesized about a third of the genetic code of baker's yeast. It's an important milestone in science's quest to create complex "synthetic life."

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EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Questions Basic Facts About Climate Change

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 10:48am

In an interview with CNBC, President Trump's EPA administrator said he did not believe carbon dioxide is a major contributor to global warming.

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