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Autism, Haircuts And A Nursery Rhyme

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 4:11am

Haircuts can be traumatic for autistic children. It took two years for Australian barber Lisa Ann McKenzie to give Jordie Rowland a cut. The breakthrough was singing a favorite nursery rhyme.

The Puzzle Of Quantum Reality

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 4:30pm

Despite the incredibly accurate predictions of quantum theory, there's a lot of disagreement over what it says about reality — or even whether it says anything at all about it, says guest Adam Becker.

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Classroom Skeleton: Whose Bones Are These?

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 3:58pm

Remember that skeleton hanging in the front of your classroom? In some schools, those were actual human remains. We used science to figure out the story behind one of them.

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Why Are Iguanas' Skulls Being Crushed In The Name Of Science?

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 2:30pm

A scientific project for killing invasive green iguanas in Florida has become the center of national attention. Anthropologist Barbara J. King looks at wildlife management and methods.

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Robots Are Trying To Pick Strawberries. So Far, They're Not Very Good At It

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 2:27pm

Strawberry growers are so worried about the farmworker shortage that they're testing a strawberry-picking robot. But while picking strawberries is easy for humans, machines struggle with the task.

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Taste Buds Dull As People Gain Weight. Now Scientists Think They Know Why

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 1:01pm

Doctors have known that as people pack on the pounds, their sense of taste diminishes. New research in mice helps explain what's going on: Inflammation brought on by obesity may be killing taste buds.

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A Chinese Space Lab Will Soon Fall From The Sky. Where It Lands, No One Knows

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 11:51am

Most of the Chinese space lab, the size of a city bus, will burn up in the atmosphere, but some debris may survive re-entry.

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Shingles Is Nasty, And The New Vaccine Works Well. Why Do Adults Avoid Shots?

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 4:00am

Beyond annual flu shots, federal health officials say older adults need protection against shingles, pneumonia, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. But many grown-ups aren't getting vaccinated.

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Why Some Men Have A Harder Time Confiding In Others

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 4:00am

Many of us find our circle of friends gets smaller as we get older. Researchers say it is especially true for men and that social isolation can have grave effects on their physical and mental health.

Sudan, World's Last Male Northern White Rhino, Dies

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 1:51am

Sudan lived most of his life in a zoo in the Czech Republic, but was brought to a conservancy in Kenya in 2009 as part of a last-ditch effort to save his species. He died at the conservancy at age 45.

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Is Geoengineering A Solution To Climate Change?

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 10:06am

We got ourselves into this, and some researchers have a plan for getting ourselves out.

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Lawmakers Weigh Pros And Cons Of Mandatory Screening For Postpartum Depression

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 4:01am

California's legislature will soon take up a bill requiring doctors to screen new mothers. Many doctors oppose the idea, and similar laws elsewhere haven't increased the number of moms treated.

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Are There Risks From Secondhand Marijuana Smoke? Early Science Says Yes

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 4:00am

Now that marijuana is legal in more than 20 states, we all may be exposed to more marijuana on the street. Researchers warn that secondhand smoke from pot poses risks to the heart, lungs and arteries.

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Spot Fake News By Making It

Sun, 03/18/2018 - 7:03am

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Sander van der Linden of the Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab about his online game which tries to teach players about fake news by making them produce it.

Determine Potential Partners By Voice In New Dating App

Sun, 03/18/2018 - 7:03am

A new dating app called Waving lets users judge potential partners by their voice. We talk with Robert Burriss of Basel University about the role a person's voice plays in attraction.

How A Russian Nerve Agent Got To The U.K.

Sat, 03/17/2018 - 7:13am

How was a nerve agent of a group called Novichok manufactured and sent into the U.K. to poison a former Russian spy? Richard Guthrie, a U.K.-based chemical weapons expert, talks with Scott Simon.

Former Coal Lobbyist On Tap For No. 2 Spot At EPA

Sat, 03/17/2018 - 4:00am

The man hoping to help lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler, is a former lobbyist for coal and natural gas companies. As a young EPA lawyer, he worked on hazardous chemical rules.

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FEMA Drops 'Climate Change' From Its Strategic Plan

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 10:49pm

The agency's strategic planning document does not mention the potential impact of a changing climate on the rising risk of natural hazards.

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NASA Study Finds Astronaut's Genes Changed While In Space

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 3:13pm

A study shows that not only do astronaut's genes change in space, but they have the potential to remained changed even months after the astronaut is back on Earth.

Is It Time To Bring Risk Back Into Our Kids' Playgrounds?

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 2:19pm

Are playgrounds in the U.S. too sterile and risk-averse to help our kids thrive? Anthropologist Barbara J. King considers play and child development in evolutionary perspective.

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