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Getting Climate Change Right: In Light Of The Stars

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 10:52am

When it comes to facing global warming, dealing with climate change and making informed choices for our cherished "project of civilization," we've been asking the wrong question, says Adam Frank.

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Kang Lee: Can Technology Detect Our Hidden Emotions?

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 8:09am

Developmental researcher Kang Lee says scientists can detect emotions by reading subtle physiological signals beneath the surface of our skin.

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Lisa Feldman Barrett: Can We Really Tell How Other People Are Feeling?

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 8:09am

Identifying basic emotions in others — like fear, sadness or anger — seems instinctive, but psychologist Lisa Feldman Barrett says we're doing more guesswork than we think.

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In The Recycling World, Why Are Some Cartons Such A Problem?

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 7:00am

Because of layers of material that can be difficult to separate, many containers for juices and broths have traditionally been destined for landfills. But recycling them is getting easier.

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Invisibilia: When Death Rocks Your World, Maybe You Jump Out Of A Plane

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 4:00am

The first episode of this season's Invisibilia podcast explores how people cope when something happens that fundamentally shifts how they view themselves. The author's mother decided to try skydiving.

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Study Questions Science Behind Hunting Plans

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 9:02pm

Researchers say governments' hunting policies often don't demonstrate they've made wildlife decisions using the best available science.

Tattoo You: Immune System Cells Help Keep Ink In Its Place

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 2:45pm

When you get a tattoo, your body mounts a battle against the ink. So how do ankle flowers and bicep hearts stick around so long? Researchers took a look at specialized cells that gobble up the ink.

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New Research Claims Bones Found 80 Years Ago On Pacific Atoll Likely Amelia Earhart's

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 1:55pm

Richard Jantz, a forensics expert at the University of Tennessee, reanalyzed measurements from the bones. He says they are female and the right size to be Earhart. But questions linger.

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Calling Team Cephalopod: Why Octopuses Could Never Disappoint

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 10:00am

Evidence for smart, sassy octopus behavior once again impresses our resident cephalopod fan Barbara J. King, who is standing up for octopuses against a recent broadside.

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What We Know About Russian Spies And Nerve Agents

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 4:11am

British authorities say that a former Russian spy and his daughter were poisoned by a nerve agent in England this week. Steve Inskeep speaks with Alastair Hay, a toxicologist at Leeds University.

America's Oil Boom Is Fueled By A Tech Boom

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 4:00am

The U.S. is on track to become the world's biggest oil producer. Technology advances and automation mean this can happen with fewer workers than during the last boom.

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A Look At Just How Invasive The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Is

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 3:20pm

The brown marmorated stink bug first showed up in the United States about 20 years ago, and has been terrorizing homeowners and farmers ever since. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Kathryn Schulz, who writes about the invasive insect in the latest issue of The New Yorker.

Sorry, Adults, No New Neurons For Your Aging Brains

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 1:37pm

The brains of birds and mice continue to produce new nerve cells in the hippocampus throughout life. But research now suggests the human brain stops doing this around adolescence.

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FDA Approved At-Home Test For Breast Cancer Gene Now Available

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 10:06am

But there are warnings to heed.

Life Hacking Life: The Scary Premise Of 'Annihilation'

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 9:59am

As with Ex Machina, says Marcelo Gleiser, director Alex Garland is sending a warning: We are now hacking life itself and will continue to do so with growing efficiency. Are we creating our own doom?

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21 Tech Companies Band Together Against Wildlife Trafficking

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 9:03am

The effort involves tech leaders such as Alibaba, Baidu, eBay, Facebook and Instagram who have pledged to try to reduce trafficking across their platforms by 80 percent by 2020.

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A 'Floating Fillet': Rice Farmers Grow Bugs To Replenish California's Salmon

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 7:00am

Insect-rich floodplain water once supported the threatened fish, but it has been diverted. The project's end goal is to improve the likelihood that Chinook survive the trek to the ocean and back.

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Patients Like Hospital Care At Home, But Some Insurers Are Skeptical

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 4:00am

Some health systems are encouraging selected emergency room patients who are sick but stable and don't need intensive, round-the-clock care to opt for hospital-level care at home, instead.

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What You Might Not Realize About The Benefits Of Hand-Washing

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 6:03pm

Norovirus is that awful ailment that can make you barf and suffer from diarrhea. A new study tries to figure out the best way to stop it.

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After Decades Of Air Pollution, A Louisiana Town Rebels Against A Chemical Giant

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 2:23pm

Neighborhoods around a Louisiana chemical plant have the highest cancer risk in the U.S. Residents felt powerless, until the Environmental Protection Agency released data on what they were breathing.

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