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20 Thoughts On Facebook's News Feed Experiment Apology

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 5:37pm

A scientific study that manipulated the news feeds of Facebook users has sparked a lot of negative feelings toward the company. A top executive apologized. Now, NPR's Shankar Vedantam weighs in.

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Can We Predict Which Teens Are Likely To Binge Drink? Maybe

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 4:06pm

We know some people are more at risk for abusing alcohol than others. Now scientists say they're getting closer to predicting which teenagers are most at risk.

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Costlier Digital Mammograms May Not Be Better For Older Women

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 12:43pm

Digital mammograms are sharper and aid diagnosis, radiologists say. But these scans aren't significantly better than film scans in finding tumors in older women, a study finds. And they cost more.

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With Help From Extinct Humans, Tibetans Adapted To High Altitude

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 12:03pm

When it comes to living at extreme altitudes, Tibetans may have gotten a leg up from Denisovans, a species of archaic humans that lived about 50,000 years ago.

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Easy Method For Making Stem Cells Was Too Good To Be True

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 10:37am

Scientific papers that claimed stem cells could be made in the laboratory simply by dipping regular cells in acid didn't hold up under scrutiny. Now the work is being retracted because of errors.

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Oh Pooh: Bear Cub Gets Head Stuck In Cookie Jar

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 10:19am

A plastic jar of animal crackers was too enticing for a young bear in New Jersey, which got its head irretrievably wedged

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Watch It Swallow An Entire Tree In Seconds

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 6:03am

It's got big iron teeth and a powerful jaw. When it finds a 30-foot tree it goes to the top, opens its mouth and — watch this.

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Living 63 Feet Underwater Helps Cousteau Team Conduct Experiments

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 4:04am

Fabien Cousteau and a crew of scientists and explorers have spent the past 31 days underwater in the Aquarius Reef Base off the coast of Florida. David Greene talks to Cousteau about the experience.

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Targeting Overweight Workers With Wellness Programs Can Backfire

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 2:49am

Companies say it pays to invest in employee health — productivity climbs and many costs of health care drop. But preserving worker privacy while encouraging fitness can be tricky.

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Breeding Battle Threatens Key Source Of California Strawberries

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 4:37pm

The University of California, Davis is the source of most commercial strawberries. Now, the university's strawberry breeders are going into business for themselves, and farmers are worried.

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A Misspent Youth Doesn't Doom You To Heart Disease

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 3:38pm

You don't necessarily have to waste your days regretting the mistakes of your youth. People who drop bad habits by their 40s can slow or even reverse damage done to their arteries, a study finds.

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IBM's Watson Is Out With Its Own Barbecue Sauce

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 5:55am

The supercomputer first showed off its intellectual prowess on Jeopardy. Now after analyzing a massive number of recipes, Watson has come up with its own sauce.

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Theories On Black Holes Are Full Of Holes

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 5:29am

Scientists have announced they discovered 3 supermassive black holes orbiting close together in a single galaxy. That indicates that black holes are more common than astronomers previously thought.

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Safety Feature For Pedestrians Has Undesired Consequence

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 4:09am

New analysis finds that the countdown clocks telling pedestrians how much time they have to cross the intersection actually increases traffic crashes.

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Carbon Observatory To Monitor Greenhouse Gas From Space

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 4:09am

On Tuesday, NASA is to launch a new satellite to observe carbon dioxide from space. The satellite could revolutionize our understanding of where this greenhouse gas comes from and where it goes.

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Lead Exposure Causes Anxiety And Depression In Chinese Children

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 3:51pm

Lead exposure lowers children's IQ and causes aggression. But children exposed to low levels of lead show different symptoms, including more depression and anxiety, a study of preschoolers finds.

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Carbon-Sensing Satellite Prepares For Second Launch

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 3:16pm

An earlier version of the satellite crashed into the ocean near Antarctica shortly after launch. Scientists are keeping their fingers crossed for the second attempt.

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NASA Explores A New World: Crowdsourcing Ideas

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 1:37pm

NASA is asking the public to help it develop new ways to bring their technology to the commercial market. Daniel Lockney of NASA tells us more about this crowdsourcing, profit-sharing initiative.

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The Past Is Where It's At For The Future Of Barbecue

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 11:14am

The future of good barbecue isn't in new technology, but in the old way of cooking with wood and smoke, says one expert. The science of slow-cooked meat seems to support his argument.

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Online Psychotherapy Gains Fans And Raises Privacy Concerns

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 2:25am

Video chatting with a therapist is convenient, people who have tried it say. Research suggests online therapy can be effective, but issues with the quality of the service and privacy remain unsolved.

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