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Video Games May Affect The Brain Differently, Depending On What You Play

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 10:16am

Millions of people play video games, but there's plenty of disagreement on whether they're good or bad for brains. Action games may have a different effect than something like Super Mario.

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At CERN, In Search Of Nature's Building Blocks

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 8:22am

In a world so divided by cultural and economic warfare, what happens at the European laboratory for particle physics stands out as a celebration of the best we have to offer, says Marcelo Gleiser.

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'Pay For Success' Approach Used To Fund A Program That Supports New Moms

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 4:00am

South Carolina says it will contribute up to $7.5 million to help fund the expansion of the "Nurse-Family Partnership" in the state if the program can show it is improving pregnancy outcomes.

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PHOTOS: A 'Massive' Wildfire Is Now Blazing In Greenland

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 5:54pm

NASA satellites detected the blaze just over a week ago. Since then, the rare wildfire in western Greenland has continued to burn through a region far better known for its ice and snow.

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Scientists Fear Trump Administration Will Counter Climate Report

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 3:22pm

A comprehensive government report on climate change has leaked to the public. The report clearly states that humans are changing the climate, and the consequences could be serious. Those views are at odds with statements by many in the Trump administration.

U.S. Already Feeling Consequences Of Global Warming, Draft Report Finds

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 2:27pm

The document, which was leaked ahead of publication, states that humans are causing climate change. The findings are at odds with statements by President Trump and key members of his administration.

Baby, It's Cold Inside

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 9:18am

AC is central to American life — more than 8 out of 10 homes have it.

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A Chip That Reprograms Cells Helps Healing, At Least In Mice

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 4:00am

This device shoots new genetic code into cells to make them change their purpose. Researchers say the chip could someday be used to treat injuries in humans. But they've got a long, long way to go.

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Go See It, Eclipse Chasers Urge. 'Your First Time Is Always Special'

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 4:00am

A small number of passionate "shadow-lovers" roam the world to be at exactly the right place when the moon blots out the sun. One man has seen 33 — and calls each "one of the top events of my life."

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Federal Report Calls For $275 Million To Stop Asian Carp

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 6:59pm

The invasive species have been caught mere miles from Lake Michigan. Scientists fear if they invade the lake, they could spread throughout the Great Lakes.

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Syrian Refugee And German Scientist Make An Unlikely Team

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 3:40pm

In Leipzig, Germany, two scientists from very different backgrounds are working on a unique research project.

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'A Beautiful Spectacle': Geographer Makes Case To Witness Solar Eclipse

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 3:16pm

A total solar eclipse is the most beautiful natural spectacle Michael Zeiler has ever seen. The geographer tells NPR's Ari Shapiro that once one witnesses a total eclipse, they'll be hooked for life.

Coddled Puppies Make Poor Guide Dogs, Study Suggests

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 2:44pm

New research suggests that when puppies have more attentive, active mothers, they're more likely to fail guide-dog training.

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Scientists Prepare For 'The Most Beautiful Thing You Can See In The Sky'

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 2:13pm

You'd think that after hundreds of years of watching total solar eclipses, scientists would know all they'd need to about that particular phenomenon. You'd be wrong.

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Can Buddhist Practices Help Us Overcome The Biological Pull Of Dissatisfaction?

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 12:49pm

Science journalist and author Robert Wright says that Buddhist enlightenment might help counteract our natural tendency towards unhappiness. His new book is Why Buddhism is True.

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What Bloodied This Teen's Feet? Tiny Marine Flesh Eaters Had Scientists Stumped

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 12:25pm

After a 30-minute soak, Sam Kanizay left the water bleeding profusely. Exactly what attacked him puzzled experts, though — that is, until his father tracked down some of the little creatures.

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Issues Threatening Seabirds Could Extend To The Lobster Industry

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 4:01am

Researchers off the coast of New Hampshire are spending the summer studying baby seabirds called terns. They say the chicks are in trouble and it's an indication local lobstermen could be too.

Flattening The 'Mummy Tummy' With 1 Exercise, 10 Minutes A Day

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 3:50am

The technical term is diastasis recti and it affects many new moms. The growing fetus pushes apart the abdominal muscles and the separation often stays open. But science suggests this fix can work.

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10-Year-Old Spots Museum Error

Sun, 08/06/2017 - 6:51am

Ten-year-old Charlie Edwards got a jump start on his paleontology career when he noted a mistaken label at the Natural History Museum in London.

What Changes In Birthing Mean For Evolution

Sun, 08/06/2017 - 6:51am

Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with biological anthropologist Julienne Rutherford about the long term evolutionary changes possible from a shift in birth practices in the U.S.

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