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Why We Think Ignorance Is Bliss, Even When It Hurts Our Health

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:40am

People sometimes avoid information because they're afraid of bad news. But this "information aversion" can lead people to avoid medical tests that could save their lives.

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How Do You Lose Half A Million Birds?

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 5:12pm

For the last 25 years, a giant flock of purple martins has gathered in Lake Murray, S.C. in late July. This year, they didn't show up.

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Sorry, Lucy: The Myth Of The Misused Brain Is 100 Percent False

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 4:02pm

The new Scarlett Johannson movie, Lucy, is based on the idea that most people only use only 10 percent of their brains. As it turns out, that idea is completely untrue — but it's oddly persistent.

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How Our Story About A Child's Science Experiment Sparked Controversy

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 9:33am

A researcher has complained that coverage in NPR and other outlets ignores his work and gives undue credit to a sixth-grader's project. But that sixth grader did make an original contribution.

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Learning To Read May Take Longer Than We Thought

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 8:08am

A Dartmouth study suggests that fifth-graders are still "learning to read," not just "reading to learn."

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Close Encounters Of The Radio Kind? Mystery Bursts Baffle Astronomers

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 7:13am

Two large radio telescopes have detected very brief, powerful bursts of radio waves, and so far, scientists have no idea what's causing them.

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Forget The Fishing Boat: Alaskans Scoop Up Salmon With Dipnets

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 7:09am

Salmon fishing on a scenic river in Alaska isn't always about hooking a big fish in the remote wilderness. Sometimes, it's about standing shoulder-to-shoulder in the water to fill up your freezer.

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If Dogs Feel Jealousy, It May Run Deeper In Us Than We'd Thought

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:15pm

Dr. Christine Harris co-authored a study that examined whether dogs exhibit jealous behavior, hoping to see if jealousy is an emotion unique to humans. Audie Cornish asks Harris: Does it take complex cognitions to trigger the emotion?

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The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 4:26pm

So much of the food we eat these days is encased in plastic. And behind it is a whole lot of research and innovation. We dive into some of the materials that keep food fresh and portable.

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Zoo In Argentina Says 'Sad Bear' Too Old To Go To Canada

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 12:01pm

The plight of the nearly 30-year-old polar bear, who lost his enclosure mate two years ago, has attracted attention from well-wishers the world over who want him moved.

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Globe-Trotting Virus Hides Inside People's Gut Bacteria

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:32am

Scientists have discovered what may be the most common virus in people worldwide. The tiny critter doesn't make us sick but may be involved in obesity and diabetes.

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As Millions Of People Fast For Ramadan, Does The Economy Suffer?

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 5:01am

New research examines the effects of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month during which millions of people around the world go without food all day. Does religious practice affect economic growth?

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Nuclear Plant May Be In Hot Water Over Its Cooling System

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:08pm

Operators of the Turkey Point nuclear plant near Miami have received federal permission to run their cooling system above the old 100 degree limit. The decision is meant to combat algae growth and rising temperature in cooling canals, but environmental groups in nearby Biscayne National Park are concerned.

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Does Your Dog Feel Jealous, Or Is That A Purely Human Flaw?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 1:32pm

Dog owners don't doubt that their pooch has feelings. But scientists aren't so sure. An experiment found that dogs act upset, dare we say jealous, when their owners ignore them for a stuffed animal.

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This Aspiring Astronaut Might Be The World's Most Amazing Teen

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 1:03pm

He lived in a village in Tanzania. He dreamed of being an astronaut. Now he's studying in a Florida flight academy — and hoping his secret potato salad recipe will bring support to pay the tuition.

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An Animal Makes A $10,000 Deposit, But Not At The Bank

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:03am

A Beverly Hills auction house has an unusual fossil for sale. It's not an ancient animal. It's something an ancient animal left behind — and it's very, very long.

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Many Kids Who Are Obese Or Overweight Don't Know It

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 6:29am

A significant percentage of obese kids think their weight is just fine. But do they need to know the truth to get healthier?

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Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella?

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 4:08pm

What does a 20 percent chance of rain or snow actually mean? Interpreting probabilities in forecasts can be hard even for mathematicians and meteorologists — never mind the average person.

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Thousands Of Migrating Birds Take Their Layover In A Texas Parking Lot

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:14pm

For one month every summer, hundreds of thousands of purple martins stop by an abandoned shopping mall parking lot in Austin, Texas, on their way to the Amazon Basin. Reporter Luke Quinton visited this year's roosting and offers a glimpse of the phenomenon.

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Don't Pop That Bubble Wrap! Scientists Turn Trash Into Test Tubes

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 2:31pm

Researchers have stumbled on an ingenious idea: Use bubble wrap as a cheap test tube and petri dish. They've even run tests on blood that's sitting inside the poppable packaging. So how does it work?

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