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Um, Uh, Huh? Are These Words Clues To Understanding Human Language?

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 8:38am

Tiny filler words in human rapid-fire conversation hold the key to understanding how language is unique, according to a new book. But anthropologist Barbara J. King raises some questions.

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Brain Scientists Look Beyond Opioids To Conquer Pain

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 3:47am

The search is on for opioid alternatives that can block pain without causing addiction. One promising candidate: snail venom.

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In D.C., Brain Science Meets Behavioral Science To Shed Light On Mental Disorders

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 4:51pm

The Society for Neuroscience meeting is taking place in Washington, D.C., this weekend. Researchers there are focusing on how to find the biological underpinnings of mental disorders.

3-Plus Tons Of Supplies Headed To International Space Station After Virginia Liftoff

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 9:18am

The Sunday launch of an Antares rocket from Wallop Islands has some 7,400 pounds aboard. The rocket was developed by private firm Orbital ATK, which conducts supply missions for NASA.

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The Answer To Life, The Universe — And Everything? It's 63

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 7:57am

Over time, the expansion of the cosmos and the passage of light has unlocked 63 orders of magnitude to us, each one a new opportunity for novelty and complexity, says guest blogger Caleb Scharf.

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iPTF14hls: The Star That Won't Die

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 6:52am

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Iair Arcavi, postdoctoral fellow in astrophysics at UC Santa Barbara, about the strange behavior of supernova iPTF14hls. This star doesn't seem to want to die.

Pittsburgh's Microgrids Technology Could Lead The Way For Green Energy

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 12:11am

Pittsburgh wants to become a model for cutting edge energy supply. Researchers in the city are planning a network of microgrids.

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Scientists Start To Tease Out The Subtler Ways Racism Hurts Health

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 7:07am

The biological effects of lifelong exposure to racism or other sorts of discrimination can be complicated, scientists say, but likely tap into the same mechanisms as other types of chronic stress.

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Terra Incognita: 'The Planet Factory' And 'The Undiscovered Islands'

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 6:00am

Two new books about unreal islands and yet-to-be-real planets have much to tell us about what human beings want to know when we look around at the world — life is uncertain, and our fears need maps.

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Mysterious Radioactive Cloud Over Europe Hints At Accident Farther East

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 1:05pm

Ruthenium-106, an artificial isotope, was detected in early October and is now gone. European safety officials say it poses no health risk to residents and that it might have come from Russia.

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Certain And Confident: Predicting The Future In A Climate-Changing World

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 8:39am

The Climate Science Special Report, released by the White House last week, is a valuable read — it's a primer on how science works when it overlaps with the need to make informed bets on our future.

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In The Age Of Legalization, Talking To Kids About Marijuana Gets Tougher

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 4:01am

Now that recreational marijuana use in California and other states is legal for adults and marketers are ramping up ads, youth drug educators fear that kids may think its safe for them to light up.

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Researcher Says Aaron Hernandez's Brain Showed Signs Of Severe CTE

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 8:40pm

Hernandez enjoyed a brilliant career on the football field and displayed a remarkable self-destructive streak off the field.

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Algae Toxins In Drinking Water Sickened People In 2 Outbreaks

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 3:16pm

In Ohio, more than 100 people got sick in 2013 and 2014 when municipal drinking water was contaminated with toxins from algae blooms in Lake Erie. The CDC says these are the first known instances.

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Algae Toxins In Drinking Water Sickened People In 2 Outbreaks

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 3:16pm

In Ohio, more than 100 people got sick in 2013 and 2014 when municipal drinking water was contaminated with toxins from algae blooms in Lake Erie. The CDC says these are the first known instances.

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Monks For A Month: College Kids Give Up Talking — And Technology

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 9:34am

Students in this "Living Deliberately"' class embrace asceticism and challenge stereotypes of college kids who can't put down their cellphones, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.

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Exploring Why Hurricane Harvey Caused Houston's Worst Fooding

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 6:53am

Scientists and citizens are still piecing together the story of why the flooding in Houston was so bad. A lot of the damage comes down to how people built the city in the first place.

EPA Approval Of Bacteria To Fight Mosquitoes Caps A 20-Year Quest

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 1:30pm

Scientists have long sought a way to fight mosquito-borne viruses without pesticides. For researchers like Scott O'Neill, federal approval to use Wolbachia bacteria is a dream come true.

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Genetically Altered Skin Saves A Boy Dying Of A Rare Disease

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 12:28pm

An inherited disease called epidermolysis bullosa destroyed the 7-year-old's skin. Scientists grew new skin in the lab without the genetic flaw, and replaced 80 percent of his skin. He is thriving.

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The Interdependence Of Humanity And Earth

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 7:27am

We owe our existence to little photosynthetic bacteria — but there is much more to this story, as life can only mutate and adapt when the planet offers the right conditions, says Marcelo Gleiser.

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