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Smell Mapping: Using Your Nose To Retrace Your Steps

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 3:29pm

A University of California, Berkeley psychologist has found that people can create a map in their heads with scents as location markers. NPR replicates the experiment with a master sommelier, and discovers that olfactory navigation is lot more successful if you have a sophisticated nose.

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How Startups Are Using Tech To Mitigate Workplace Bias

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 3:29pm

The idea that everyone makes automatic, subconscious associations about people is not new. But now some companies are trying to reduce the impact of such biases in the workplace.

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Denmark Might Be Winning The Global Race To Prevent Food Waste

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 12:41pm

According to a recent report from the Danish government, Danes now throw away 25 percent less food than they did five years ago. Supermarkets are doing their part by selling older food at a discount.

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Hard Evidence: Teachers' Unconscious Biases Contribute To Gender Disparity

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 4:41am

Girls often outperform boys in science and math at an early age but are less likely to choose tough courses in high school. An Israeli experiment demonstrates how biases of teachers affect students.

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Aim For At Least 7 Hours Of Sleep Nightly To Fend Off A Cold

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 3:48am

Just a couple extra hours can make a real difference, a study shows. Adults who slept only five or six hours were four times more likely to get sick when exposed to a common cold virus.

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Are Women Better Tasters Than Men?

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 4:32pm

Many in the wine and beer industry claim women have a keener sense of smell, and thus taste, than do men. Sensory scientists who've tackled this question say there's something to this.

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Katrina Sparked Push To Improve Hurricane Forecasting

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 3:33pm

In the decade since Katrina, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service have invested in new satellites and computer modeling technology that have significantly improved their ability to forecast and track hurricanes.

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Scientists Discover New Disease Caused By Prion Protein

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 3:33pm

Scientists have discovered the first new human disease caused by a "prion" in more than 50 years. Prions are strange, deformed proteins that can act like viruses and bacteria.

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What Do Low Oil Prices Mean For Unconventional Extraction Methods?

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 3:33pm

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Barbara R. Shook, senior reporter-at-large at the Energy Intelligence Group, about how low oil prices need to go to make "unconventional oil" extraction too expensive.

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How Shows Like 'Will & Grace' And 'Black-ish' Can Change Your Brain

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 9:19am

Go ahead, use this article to justify binge-watching Orange Is The New Black all weekend.

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To Thrive, Many Young Female Athletes Need A Lot More Food

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 4:03am

Doctors and parents often miss the signs of female athlete triad syndrome — low energy, low bone density and irregular menstruation in an otherwise healthy-looking girl or teen.

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How Are U.N. Climate Talks Like A Middle School? Cliques Rule

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 4:02am

Tiny island nations, Latin American developing countries, and even non-joiners like Switzerland have all found more power and influence in climate negotiations after forming or joining a group.

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Obama Renaming Continent's Highest Peak From Mt. McKinley To Denali

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 6:10pm

Efforts to change the mountain's name back to Denali date back to 1975. The White House says changing the name back "recognizes the sacred status of Denali to generations of Alaska Natives."

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WATCH: Octopuses Appear To Take Up Arms As Submarine Warfare Escalates

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 5:34pm

An Australian bay has gotten a bit too crowded for the local octopuses, who have been fighting and bullying each other. They now appear to be hurling shells as weapons — and there's video evidence.

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Small Shocks Help Enormous Birds Learn To Avoid Power Lines

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 4:34pm

With wingspans over 9 feet long, California condors are so big that they're at risk for electrocution when they fly into or land on power poles. One San Diego program seeks to change this behavior.

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A View On Oliver Sacks, From A Longtime Friend And Colleague

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 4:09pm

Renowned neuroscientist Oliver Sacks died Sunday at the age of 82. NPR's Arun Rath talks with his friend and colleague Dr. Orrin Devinsky.

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Oliver Sacks, Renowned Neurologist And Author, Dies At 82

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 7:53am

His book Awakenings, about reviving patients from a catatonic state was turned into a 1990 film. He also wrote more than a dozen other books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.

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NASA Scientists Simulate A Year On Mars — On Hawaii

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 7:02am

NPR's Rachel Martin reports on a year-long NASA mission to Hawaii.

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As Alaska's Climate Warms, Seabird Population Shrinks

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 7:02am

Alaska's seabirds are suffering a steep decline in population. There's evidence linking this to climate change, a problem President Obama will address Monday when he visits the state.

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Scientific Findings Often Fail To Be Replicated, Researchers Say

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 4:06am

A massive effort to test the validity of 100 psychology experiments finds that more than 50 percent of the studies fail to replicate. This is based on a new study published in the journal "Science."

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