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The Man In The Google Doodle: From Poor Villager To Nobel Prize Winner

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 3:05pm

He's the biochemist Har Gobind Khorana, who discovered the grammar that organizes DNA. But first he had to overcome the accent and mannerisms of his Indian village.

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Rural And City Women A Little Different In Age At First Sex, Number Of Kids

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 1:36pm

In a recent national survey, nearly 80 percent of women living in rural areas reported having experienced sexual intercourse by age 18, compared to 68.6 percent of women in cities.

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Siri, Cortana, And Alexa Carry The Marks Of Their Human Makers

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 12:01pm

Before you dismiss them as inhuman or inhumane, consider their dramatic personal histories — and their ancestor grande damme Eliza, says guest blogger Jimena Canales.

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Federal Regulator Rejects Energy Department's Bid To Prop Up Coal, Nuclear

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 11:00am

Energy Secretary Rick Perry proposed a rule that would essentially subsidize older fuel sources to compete with cheaper natural gas and renewables. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission cried foul.

After Devastating Cyclone, Fiji Farmers Plant For A Changed Climate

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 7:01am

As the Pacific island archipelago of Fiji faces a warming planet, the country's farmers are turning to more climate-resilient techniques that other storm-prone communities worldwide could model.

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Weather Hampers Efforts To Put Out Tanker Blaze In East China Sea

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 6:13am

The fire occurred after two vessels, an Iranian-owned oil tanker and a Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier, collided on Saturday about 160 miles east of Shanghai.

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Fighting Bias With Board Games

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 5:00am

Buffalo is the sort of game you'd pull out at dinner parties when the conversation lulls. But the game's creators says it's good for something else — subliminally reducing prejudice.

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Hidden Brain: Great Recession Deaths

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 4:06am

Recessions are painful for a variety of reasons. A new study shows that during the Great Recession, mortality rates declined faster in areas where the unemployment rate grew faster.

VA Clears The Air On Doctors Talking To Veterans About Marijuana Use

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 4:01am

Officials want health care providers to discuss how the use of medical marijuana could interact with patient care, but doctors still can't point vets to state-approved marijuana programs.

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U.S. Spy Satellite Reportedly 'Write Off' After Failing To Reach Orbit

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 3:47am

The multi-billion dollar satellite, code-named Zuma, was initially thought to have made a successful low-Earth orbit, but there have been several unconfirmed reports since indicating it is lost.

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New Report Shows Weather Disasters In 2017 Cost More Than $300 Billion

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 3:26pm

Hurricanes, fires and even hail contributed to billions of dollars in damages. The government study also finds that it was among the warmest years on record.

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Pfizer Halts Research Efforts Into Alzheimer's And Parkinson's Treatments

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 11:37am

The pharmaceutical giant said it would be abandoning its neuroscience development programs and allocating its spending elsewhere. The move also means the company will be laying off some 300 employees.

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Gut Check: Gas-Sniffing Capsule Charts The Digestive Tract

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 10:00am

The electronic pill looks like the biggest multivitamin a human could possibly swallow. Tests have show that the experimental device can measure gases tied to microbes and digestion.

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Are Gummy Bear Flavors Just Fooling Our Brains?

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 9:59am

Color really does impact our perception of taste — even if the ingredients are otherwise the same, scientists say. It's something candy companies use to their advantage.

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What History And Fiction Teach Us About Women And Power

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 8:49am

Psychologist Tania Lombrozo considers two books: In one, we learn what ancient Greece can tell us about Twitter trolls and, in the other, we're shown a world in which women have power over men.

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Soaring Popularity Of Grass-Fed Beef May Hit Roadblock: Less Nutritious Grass

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 6:00am

Since the mid-'90s, levels of crude protein in the plants, which cattle need to grow, have dropped nearly 20 percent, and it may just be a matter of time before prairie grasses can't support grazing.

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As Cracks Widen In Washington State, Government Prepares For A Landslide

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 3:55am

Dozens of people have agreed to move temporarily to hotels in case a landslide destroys their homes.

SpaceX Rocket Launches Secret Government Payload Into Orbit

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 12:51am

The launch of the top-secret Zuma satellite into an undisclosed orbit ended with yet another pinpoint landing for the Falcon's first-stage booster, which will be reused.

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Dozens Evacuate In Washington State, Fearing Landslide

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 5:51pm

A massive crack on top of Rattlesnake Ridge in south-central Washington state has nearby residents evacuating, as geologists and government officials predict a potentially devastating landslide.

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Controversial Social Scientist Charles Murray Retires

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 5:01pm

After more than 30 years, The Bell Curve author Charles Murray is taking on a new role as emeritus scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. NPR's Michel Martin talks to Dr. Murray about his career.




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