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If They Want To Make Anything, Proteins Must Know How To Fold

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 3:20pm

As part of the series "Unfolding Science," NPR's Joe Palca presents the science of protein folding. A properly folded protein keeps you alive; a misfolded protein can kill you.

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When Heat Stroke Strikes, Cool First, Transport Later

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 1:41pm

To stop deaths from heat stroke, specialists say athletes and the rest of us should ease into a new sport, drink extra fluid, and — most importantly — get cool fast when body temperature spikes.

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Sticky Streamers Of Staph Bacteria May Clog Up Medical Devices

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 9:50am

Hospital-acquired infections with Staphylococcus aureus are a major health problem. Learning how staph can gum up tiny tubes like catheters may help prevent infections.

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Chemist With Visual Flair Answers Burning Food Science Questions

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 9:37am

A high school chemistry teacher in the UK started honing his visual talents by making posters for students. Now his infographics about food science and chemistry basics are a hit on the web.

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As Pig Virus Spreads, The Price of Pork Continues To Rise

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 2:21am

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus has killed more than 7 million piglets in the past year. There's no cure, but a vaccine that may protect piglets has been approved even though it's still being tested.

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A CRISPR Way To Fix Faulty Genes

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 3:17pm

This technique for manipulating genes borrows a strategy from the way bacteria fight viruses. It's still experimental, but the possibilities excite medical researchers hoping to tailor treatments.

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Did Neanderthals Eat Plants? The Proof May Be In The Poop

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 2:25pm

Bits of 50,000-year-old poop have provided scientists with clues into what our early Neanderthal ancestors ate. Rather than subsisting on meat alone, the poop suggests they also ate plants.

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A Shocking Fish Tale Surprises Evolutionary Biologists

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 1:03pm

Unrelated lineages of electric fish all use the same small set of genes to create their voltage, a genetic search shows. Maybe the same genes could one day power pacemakers, bioengineers suggest.

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What Not To Serve Buzzards For Lunch, A Glorious Science Experiment

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:48pm

This bird likes livers, kidneys, entrails — anything it can pluck that's freshly dead. But what if you served it ... a painting?

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How To Sell Green Products To The Self-Regarding Consumer

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 6:09am

Research shows narcissists can be induced to make environmentally positive purchases when those purchases are linked to the things narcissists value — prestige, status and image.

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Kandinsky On A Plate: Art-Inspired Salad Just Tastes Better

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:48am

Would a salad arranged like an abstract painting be more enjoyable and valuable to diners than a typical salad presentation? Psychologists set out to find that out.

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Two Glorious Science Experiments: One About Sex, The Other About Lunch

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 6:03am

In the 1760s, an Italian scientist ran a sex experiment that required putting teeny trousers on some ardent male frogs. Hot guys in pants, it turns out, aren't so hot.

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To 'Immunize' Kids Against Illiteracy, Break Out A Book In Infancy

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 4:05pm

The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that parents begin reading to their children early, even to newborns. Professor Susan Neuman, an expert on early literacy development, explains.

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Spineless, And Now Homeless: National Zoo Closes Animal Exhibit

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 10:06am

Invertebrates make up about 99 percent of all species. But they're no longer being featured at the National Zoo, after an abrupt closure.

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Scientists Observe Springtime Changes On One of Saturn's Moons

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 5:33am

On Titan, summer is almost three years away. But in a dark, placid ocean of natural gas, scientists have spotted something that could be the first inkling of springtime.

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Scientists Observe Springtime Changes In Titan's Northern Seas

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 5:33am

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has been monitoring Saturn's moon Titan for 10 years. Cornell researchers spotted some bright spots that might be the first sign of seasons on Titan's lakes.

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How Did The Meter Get Its Length?

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 4:07am

The U.S. doesn't routinely use the metric system. The U.S. government definition of a foot is .3048 meters. But if the length of a foot is based on the meter, what's the length of the meter based on?

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Hospitals To Pay Big Fines For Infections, Avoidable Injuries

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 2:29am

Starting this fall, 25 percent of all U.S. hospitals — those with the worst records for infections and injuries — will lose 1 percent of every Medicare payment for a year.

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Man Floats Free In Hotel Corridor

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 3:56am

Hotel hallways are cramped and narrow, like cages. But Storyboard P won't be trapped. Watch this Brooklyn dancer float toward a fire extinguisher — beauty in tight places.

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Man Floats Free In Hotel Corridor

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 3:56am

Hotel hallways are cramped and narrow, like cages. But Storyboard P won't be trapped. Watch this Brooklyn dancer float toward a fire extinguisher — beauty in tight places.

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