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Dialing Back Stress With A Bubble Bath, Beach Trip And Bees

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 9:57am

Socializing topped the list of stress reducers for those dealing with a great deal of stress, according to an NPR poll. Prayer, meditation, exercise and playing with pets were also common responses.

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Coping With A Co-Worker's Body Odor Takes Tact

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 2:27am

Stinking on the job is a common problem, say pros in human resources, and a reluctance to use soap and water is rarely to blame. Medical conditions, diet or cultural differences can play a role, too.

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Stroke Rate Declining In Older Adults

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 5:24pm

Deaths from stroke are dropping, too, a study suggests. But don't celebrate just yet — diabetes, a big risk factor for these "brain attacks," is still on the rise.

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What's Going On In There? How Babies' Brains Practice Speech

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 4:08pm

It's not easy to scan a baby brain, so scientists used a kind of scanner that lets the infants wiggle at will. They could see how speech sounds activate motor regions in babies' brains.

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Captain Ahab's Revenge: Brewing Beer From An Ancient Whale Bone

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 3:52pm

Yeast scraped from a 35-million-year-old whale fossil is the key ingredient in a "paleo ale" from a Virginia brewery. Like many scientific innovations, the idea came about late one night over a pint.

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Calorie Counting Machine May Make Dieting Easier In The Future

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 7:48am

Tracking the calories in food you eat can be tedious. But a GE scientist is working on a device that fits over your plate and automatically tells you exactly how much energy is in your meal.

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Why Smartphone Breaks At Work Aren't Such A Bad Idea

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 7:03am

A play a quick game or a moment to connect with family or friends benefits both employees and their employers, a new study finds.

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Underwater Meadows Might Serve As Antacid For Acid Seas

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 4:37am

Marine biologists worry that certain species won't survive the shifts in sea acidity that climate change brings. But research on sea grasses along California's coast suggest marine preserves can help.

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California Experiments With A Fix To Acidifying Oceans

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 4:37am

Marine biologists are witnessing oceans grow more acidic. There may be hope though as underwater vegetation along coastlines may buffer the acidity like a Tums does for acid indigestion.

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When Work Becomes A Haven From Stress At Home

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 2:30am

Moms who worked full time reported significantly better physical and mental health than moms who worked part time, research involving more than 2,500 mothers found.

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This Is Your Stressed-Out Brain On Scarcity

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 3:06pm

When we don't have enough of something — love, time or money — we spend extraordinary effort worrying about how to get by, research shows. The stress of poverty changes the way people think.

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Do We Choose Our Friends Because They Share Our Genes?

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 2:08pm

You and your friends may have more than music and movies in common. Friends typically have more genetic similarities than strangers, researchers say. That may have evolutionary advantages.

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Pathogens On A Plane: How To Stay Healthy In Flight

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:05am

We all think of airplanes as hotbeds for diseases. But how easily do pathogens spread on jets? One travel doctor explains what he does to keep from bringing home microbial stowaways.

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Facing A Toxic Dump In South Africa, He Cleaned Up

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 9:38am

Desmond D'Sa fought a landfill that took over a beautiful valley and sickened residents with its awful smell. He lost his job but won the battle — and the Goldman Environmental Prize.

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Mark Your Calendars: In A Year, We'll Arrive At Pluto

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 4:03pm

It takes a long time to travel 3 billion miles. On July 14, 2015, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will finally get a flyby glimpse of the dwarf planet, as part of a mission launched in 2006.

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Antares Ready For Blast Off On ISS Supply Mission

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 11:28am

The rocket, built by commercial firm Orbital Sciences, carries an unmanned Cygnus capsule. It will lift off from a pad at Wallops Island, Va.

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Like Humans, Chimps Fall For Fashion Trends

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 8:51am

It's long been known that chimps learn from each other to make useful tools. Now researchers have seen them copy each other's "fashion statement," Dr. Katherine Cronin tells NPR's Arun Rath.

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The Most Astonishing Wave-Tracking Experiment Ever

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 4:30am

What if I told you that an ordinary-looking wave hitting your beach had traveled, intact, halfway across the planet? Would you believe me? Well, believe this.

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Well, I'll Be Un-Dammed: Colorado River (Briefly) Reached The Sea

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 3:54pm

This spring, the river's final stretch flowed freely for the first time in 50 years. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to writer Rowan Jacobsen about his paddling trip down the temporarily-restored delta.

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The Moon Puts On A Triple Super Summer Spectacle

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 6:42am

This summer, the moon will reach "super" status — turning full at its closest point to the Earth — no fewer than three times. The first supermoon appears Saturday.

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