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World AIDS Conference Returns To Durban, South Africa. How Has The Conversation Changed?

Sun, 07/17/2016 - 7:26am

The port city is hosting the International AIDS conference for a second time. NPR's Jason Beaubien tells NPR's Lynn Neary that much progress has been made in combating AIDS, but more needs to be done.

Despite The Headlines, Steven Pinker Says The World Is Becoming Less Violent

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 4:02pm

Psychologist Steven Pinker's book The Better Angels of Our Nature explains that the world is actually growing less violent, even though the media may give a different impression.

A Chemist Accidentally Creates A New Blue. Then What?

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 10:44am

In 2009, a chemist and his students stumbled across a blue pigment that had never before been seen. Now that it's been licensed for commercial use, you may start seeing it everywhere.

New Research Debunks The Dinosaur's Roar

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 7:28am

New studies prove that dinosaurs may not have roared in their days on the earth. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to paleontologist Julia Clarke about her new discovery — the cooing sounds of dinosaurs.

Don't Do What I Do: How Getting Out Of Sync Can Help Relationships

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 6:00am

When someone's angry we tend to get angry in return. But responding in an unexpected way is a valid tool in psychotherapy, and it can help make everyday relationships work better, too.

'Sheep View' Campaign Calls On Google To Photograph Roads In Faroe Islands

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 7:23pm

The Faroe Islands tourism board launched a campaign called Sheep View 360, shot by attaching cameras to some of the archipelago's many sheep.

Where Does Consciousness Come From?

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 9:00am

Philosopher John Searle argues that consciousness is what makes us human. He makes the case for studying consciousness and accepting it as a biological phenomenon.

How Do Nature And Nurture Combine To Make Us Who We Are?

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 9:00am

Psychologist Steven Pinker describes how far we've come in understanding how both nature and nurture make us ... us.

How Will 'Cut And Paste' Technology Rewrite Our DNA?

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 9:00am

Biochemist Sam Sternberg describes how recent developments in gene editing technology may help end many diseases and even control our own evolution.

She Offered The Stranger A Glass Of Wine, And That Flipped The Script

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 6:48am

NPR's Alix Spiegel, co-host of the podcast and program Invisibilia, tells the story of a robbery that was halted when a woman decided to respond to the threat in an unexpected way — with kindness.

Where Did Agriculture Begin? Oh Boy, It's Complicated

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 6:00am

Scientists have long assumed that farming began among one group in the Mideast. But a new study suggests a more diverse origin story.

How A Danish Town Helped Young Muslims Turn Away From ISIS

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 2:05am

Muslim youths in Denmark were leaving to join ISIS in Syria, feeling they were being persecuted in Europe. Then the police in Aarhus responded in a completely unexpected way: They apologized.

Zika Epidemic May Have Peaked But Will Threaten U.S. For Years

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 4:44pm

Scientists have evidence that the epidemic in Latin America may have started to subside. But the U.S. isn't out of the woods yet.

Study Explores Links Between Politics And Racial Bias

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 3:28pm

A new study looks at the link between racial bias and the Tea Party. Researchers found that people who looked at images of Barack Obama that were edited to make his skin look darker were more likely to express support for the Tea Party.

A Marine Ecologist On Swimming With Sharks And What 'Jaws' Got Wrong

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 1:36pm

Neil Hammerschlag has looked inside the mouth of a wild tiger shark and lived to tell the tale. He says that sharks pose only a very small risk to people: "Humans are not on the shark's menu."

Early Bedtime For Preschoolers Might Help Reduce Obesity Risk Later

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 12:36pm

Little kids who hit the sack early may be less likely to get overtired and fussy in a way that messes with their sleep cycle, researchers say.

A Mouse Watches Film Noir And Offers Clues To Human Consciousness

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 1:11pm

Researchers in Seattle have created a public observatory for studying the visual circuitry in a mouse's brain. Among the attractions: watching 18,000 neurons respond to Orson Welles' Touch of Evil.

Thirsty? New Study Links Good Hydration To Slimmer Waistlines

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 5:03pm

A new study finds people who are well-hydrated have lower body weights and lower odds of obesity. It adds evidence to the theory that drinking lots of water may help in weight management.

Not In My Landfill: Georgia Residents Fight Plan To Store Toxic Coal Ash

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 3:26pm

In 2014, after disastrous spills and opposition from environmentalists, the Environmental Protection Agency imposed new rules on the storage of coal ash. Now utilities are planning to close down the ponds that hold the toxic ash, but it has to go somewhere. Environmentalists say the safest place for it is in securely lined landfills, such as the municipal landfill in Wayne County, Ga. Locals are fighting the plan, but there's not much they can do.

Red Tape Leaves Some Low-Income Toddlers Without Health Insurance

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 1:51pm

Despite government policies designed to encourage health coverage for these toddlers, many families are thwarted by confusing rules and regulations, advocacy groups say.




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