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Will State Voters Continue To Pour Money Into Stem Cell Research?

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 4:00am

California alone has spent billions in state funds over the last 14 years to support stem cell research. Scientists want another round of cash. So, what exactly did voters get for their money so far?

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Are There Zombie Viruses In The Thawing Permafrost?

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 4:19pm

There's a new fear from climate change: Bacteria and viruses buried in frozen ground coming back to life as the Arctic warms up. We went digging in permafrost to find out how worried we should be.

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Flu Virus Increases Risk Of Heart Attack

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 4:02pm

The rate of hospitalizations due to influenza is continuing to rise. Now, a study finds the risk of having a heart attack also spikes in the days after a confirmed diagnosis of flu.

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Chinese Scientists Clone Monkeys Using Method That Created Dolly The Sheep

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 11:02am

A team of researchers has produced two macaque monkey clones using a technique called somatic cell nuclear transfer. It's a first for primates. The advance could hasten research into human diseases.

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Google's Space Race To The Moon Ends, And Nobody Wins Lunar X Prize

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 7:53am

When it was announced in 2007, the prize's organizers said they expected it to be claimed before the original deadline of Dec. 31, 2014. One team raised more than $90 million.

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Is There A Ticking Time Bomb Under The Arctic?

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 3:37am

Just what exactly is permafrost? And what is happening now that it's warming up? To find out, we enter the Arctic circle's secret world of ice and frozen history.

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The Power Hour

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 5:00pm

This week on Hidden Brain's radio show, we tackled a big topic: power. From our conflicted feelings toward the powerful, to the ways we gain and lose power ourselves, and how power really can corrupt.

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Philippine Volcano Erupts, Causing 56,000 To Flee

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 11:56am

Authorities raised Mount Mayon's alert level to 4 out of a possible 5, indicating "intense unrest" and the possibility of a particularly violent, hazardous eruption within days.

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Drought-Stricken Cape Town Braces For Water To Run Out In April

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 8:54am

Officials in the South African city of 3.7 million are restricting water usage amid fears it will run out of water by April 21. Experts say the crisis has been exacerbated by rapid population growth.

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Welcome To The Age Of Digital Transcendence

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 8:40am

Smartphones have become an extension of the owner; it is the closest we've ever become to being omnipresent and omniscient and — in a metaphorical sense, at least — divine, says Marcelo Gleiser.

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Powerful Quake Strikes Off Alaska, Triggering Tsunami Warning For Coast

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 5:51am

The magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck about 175 southeast of Kodiak, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. U.S. Tsunami Warning System has issued a tsunami warning for coastal regions.

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Several Injured After Volcanic Eruption At Japanese Ski Resort

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 1:23am

Mount Kusatsu-Shirane suddenly erupted Tuesday morning, spewing volcanic rocks and belching a curtain of black smoke. An avalanche that followed injured at least 10 people.

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Scientific Theory And The Multiverse Madness

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 9:23am

An increasing number of theoretical physicist think that our universe is only one among infinitely many — but this speculation is not based on sound logic, says guest commentator Sabine Hossenfelder.

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My Grandmother Was Italian. Why Aren't My Genes Italian?

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 4:02am

Popular DNA ancestry tests don't always find what people expect. That's due to how DNA rearranges itself when egg meets sperm, and also the quirks of genetic databases.

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Living Well Now: What Does It Take?

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 2:55pm

Shaping our lives around fulfilling social, intellectual and creative potential — keys to happiness — is more compatible with sustainability than pursuing unlimited wealth, says author Randall Curren.

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When A Tattoo Means Life Or Death. Literally

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 4:00am

A gravely ill man arrives at the hospital, alone and unconscious, with a tattoo across his chest: "Do Not Resuscitate." It sparks deep conversation about end-of-life care in America.

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Saunas Are A Hot Trend, And They Might Even Help Your Health

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 4:30am

Sweating in a sauna feels good, and it's associated with health benefits including a lower risk of heart disease. But is that because of the heat, or because you're able to kick back and relax?

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U.S. Set To Decide In Trade Dispute Threatening Booming Solar Industry

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 2:17pm

President Trump is facing a Jan. 26 deadline to decide whether to impose tariffs on solar imports. While tariffs could help level the playing field for U.S. manfacturers, they could also raise prices.

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Iowa Boys Charged In Connection With Death Of Half A Million Honey Bees

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 1:55am

The unidentified juveniles, aged 12 and 13, allegedly ransacked a Sioux City honey farm, knocking over hives and exposing the bees to frigid winter temperatures.

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Scientists Peek Inside The 'Black Box' Of Soil Microbes To Learn Their Secrets

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 4:51pm

Microorganisms play a vital role in growing food and sustaining the planet, but they do it anonymously. Scientists haven't identified most soil microbes, but they are learning which are most common.

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