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Got Dense Breasts? That Can Depend On Who Is Reading The Mammogram

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 4:01pm

A big study suggests that radiologists vary widely in their assessment of density, a risk factor for breast cancer. And density is just one component of breast cancer risk, the researchers underscore.

A Case Of Zika Apparently Spread From A Patient To A Family Caregiver

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 3:14pm

Federal and Utah health officials are investigating a case that may be the first instance of Zika spreading from one person to another in ways other than via mosquito bites, sex, or the placenta.

SpaceX Rocket Sends A New Door To Space Station

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 6:37am

A new standardized docking port is bound for the International Space Station, in a mission that brought a sonic boom to Central Florida early Monday morning.

Wellness Programs Take Aim At Workplace Stress

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 3:48am

A recent poll shows stress tops the list for people concerned about the impact of their job on their health. Workplace wellness programs often address stress, but many employees don't sign up.

Cardiac Rehab Saves Lives. So Why Don't More Heart Patients Sign Up?

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 3:21am

Research shows exercise-based cardiac rehab programs help heart patients heal faster and live longer. But fewer than a third take part. Time and cost are the main barriers, doctors and patients say.

World AIDS Conference Returns To Durban, South Africa. How Has The Conversation Changed?

Sun, 07/17/2016 - 7:26am

The port city is hosting the International AIDS conference for a second time. NPR's Jason Beaubien tells NPR's Lynn Neary that much progress has been made in combating AIDS, but more needs to be done.

Despite The Headlines, Steven Pinker Says The World Is Becoming Less Violent

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 4:02pm

Psychologist Steven Pinker's book The Better Angels of Our Nature explains that the world is actually growing less violent, even though the media may give a different impression.

A Chemist Accidentally Creates A New Blue. Then What?

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 10:44am

In 2009, a chemist and his students stumbled across a blue pigment that had never before been seen. Now that it's been licensed for commercial use, you may start seeing it everywhere.

New Research Debunks The Dinosaur's Roar

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 7:28am

New studies prove that dinosaurs may not have roared in their days on the earth. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to paleontologist Julia Clarke about her new discovery — the cooing sounds of dinosaurs.

Don't Do What I Do: How Getting Out Of Sync Can Help Relationships

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 6:00am

When someone's angry we tend to get angry in return. But responding in an unexpected way is a valid tool in psychotherapy, and it can help make everyday relationships work better, too.

'Sheep View' Campaign Calls On Google To Photograph Roads In Faroe Islands

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 7:23pm

The Faroe Islands tourism board launched a campaign called Sheep View 360, shot by attaching cameras to some of the archipelago's many sheep.

Where Does Consciousness Come From?

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 9:00am

Philosopher John Searle argues that consciousness is what makes us human. He makes the case for studying consciousness and accepting it as a biological phenomenon.

How Do Nature And Nurture Combine To Make Us Who We Are?

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 9:00am

Psychologist Steven Pinker describes how far we've come in understanding how both nature and nurture make us ... us.

How Will 'Cut And Paste' Technology Rewrite Our DNA?

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 9:00am

Biochemist Sam Sternberg describes how recent developments in gene editing technology may help end many diseases and even control our own evolution.

She Offered The Stranger A Glass Of Wine, And That Flipped The Script

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 6:48am

NPR's Alix Spiegel, co-host of the podcast and program Invisibilia, tells the story of a robbery that was halted when a woman decided to respond to the threat in an unexpected way — with kindness.

Where Did Agriculture Begin? Oh Boy, It's Complicated

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 6:00am

Scientists have long assumed that farming began among one group in the Mideast. But a new study suggests a more diverse origin story.

How A Danish Town Helped Young Muslims Turn Away From ISIS

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 2:05am

Muslim youths in Denmark were leaving to join ISIS in Syria, feeling they were being persecuted in Europe. Then the police in Aarhus responded in a completely unexpected way: They apologized.

Zika Epidemic May Have Peaked But Will Threaten U.S. For Years

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 4:44pm

Scientists have evidence that the epidemic in Latin America may have started to subside. But the U.S. isn't out of the woods yet.

Study Explores Links Between Politics And Racial Bias

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 3:28pm

A new study looks at the link between racial bias and the Tea Party. Researchers found that people who looked at images of Barack Obama that were edited to make his skin look darker were more likely to express support for the Tea Party.

A Marine Ecologist On Swimming With Sharks And What 'Jaws' Got Wrong

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 1:36pm

Neil Hammerschlag has looked inside the mouth of a wild tiger shark and lived to tell the tale. He says that sharks pose only a very small risk to people: "Humans are not on the shark's menu."




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