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The Machine That Tried To Scan The Brain — In 1882

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 4:24am

The inspiration for modern MRI brain scanners was built before the first World War, the Titanic sank, and humans took flight. Now neuroscientists are trying to give its inventor his due credit.

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For City Dwellers, Stargazing Can Make For A Stellar Vacation

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 4:49pm

For those willing to travel a bit, venture out and allow your eyes to adjust to the darkness, many places still offer the chance to enjoy the soul-lifting sight of a starry night sky.

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Making Scripts And Science Match

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 6:53am

How can screenwriters make sure the science and medical details of their shows are true to life? NPR's Scott Simon talks with Kate Langrall Folb of Hollywood, Health & Society, who helps them out.

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Scientists Test The World's Seas On Ocean Sampling Day

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 6:53am

For one day this summer, scientists from around the globe decided to find out what's in our oceans' water. We go to the coast of Savannah, Ga., to find out what exactly they were looking for.

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Startups Pitch Cricket Flour As The Best Protein You Could Eat

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 2:26pm

Could crickets compete with soy or even meat as a main source of protein in our diet? A few companies are testing the water with cricket flour for baking and bars fortified with powdered crickets.

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Has Health Law Helped Young People Get Mental Health Treatment? Maybe

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 12:55pm

The Affordable Care Act has allowed many young adults to stay on their parents' insurance. A study suggest the coverage may be helping more of them get treatment for mental health issues.

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When Snails Lose Their Way

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 6:03am

There are happy snails. There are lonely snails. And there are lost snails. This one is lost. Totally. But it sings.

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A Virtual Outbreak Offers Hints Of Ebola's Future

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 4:56pm

As the Ebola outbreak rages in West Africa, it is also unfolding — in a virtual sense — inside the computers of scientists trying to predict how far the outbreak will spread and when it will end.

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How A Dissolvable 'Tampon' Could One Day Help Women Stop HIV

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 4:41pm

Engineers have come up with an experimental technology that could make HIV prevention as easy as using a tampon. It's based on an ultrafine fabric that's thinner than a human hair.

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A Scientist's Mission To Break The Itch-Scratch Cycle

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 1:49pm

Dr. Gil Yosipovitch is a leading scientist in the field of itch. He says he hopes to gain more respect for the debilitating power of chronic itch — and to get more doctors on the search for a cure.

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Do Not Fear This Giant Robot Swarm

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 1:14pm

Researchers created a swarm of 1,024 tiny robots to do their bidding. So far, the only job they're given is to arrange themselves into a shape. But future versions could perform all sorts of tasks.

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There's No Longer A Doubt About This Cutthroat Trout

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 12:56pm

After learning that they'd spent decades restocking Colorado's lakes and streams with the wrong fish, biologists are now ready to release the right one.

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Beneath These Masks Is An Artist Conflicted By Junk Food

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 10:05am

James Ostrer slathered himself and a few friends with cream cheese and then piled candy, doughnuts and fries on top. As he photographed these human sculptures, he found a sort of catharsis.

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Stephen Hawking's Dazzling Life Becomes A Movie, But What Sort Of Movie?

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 5:47am

Stephen Hawking in love — a new movie turns him into a romantic lead. But how will they handle the not-so-wonderful parts? Truthaholics want to know.

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Who Gets First Dibs On Transplanted Liver? Rules May Change

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 2:34am

Location, location, location too often trumps medical need, some doctors say. But another solution to making the distribution of scarce organs fairer worries some transplant surgeons and patients.

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How A Co-Worker's Breast Cancer Diagnosis Affects Colleagues

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 3:57am

When a woman at work experiences breast cancer, does that make her colleagues more likely to get mammograms and be proactive about their own health?

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Biologists Choose Sides In Safety Debate Over Lab-Made Pathogens

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 2:25am

The debate about whether it's OK to engineer and study microbes that could prompt a human pandemic has reignited. Each side now has a website and its own list of Nobelists and superstar supporters.

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The Perseid Meteor Shower Due To Shine Tonight

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 6:22pm

The best time to see the shower, which comes every August, is between 3 and 4 a.m. in your local time zone.

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In 'Um' Or 'Uh,' A Few Clues To What We're Saying — And Who's Saying It

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 4:13pm

Linguist Mark Liberman, who works at the University of Pennsylvania, says the use of "um" or "uh" can provide signs about the speaker's gender, language skills and life experience.

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Unlocking France's Secrets To Safer Raw Milk Cheese

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 3:58pm

A British cheesemonger wants to translate a French guide to raw milk microbiology into English. She says it has the potential to revolutionize our approach to cheese flavor and safety.

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