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Heroin, Opioid Abuse Puts Extra Strain On U.S. Foster Care System

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 3:28pm

Roughly 265,000 U.S. kids entered foster care last year — the highest number since 2008. Officials say the abuse of heroin or prescription painkillers by more parents is one reason for the increase.

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Candy For Your Vote, Kid? A Test Of Political Bribery

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 3:29am

NPR's Shankar Vedantam tells Steve Inskeep about a Halloween experiment to see whether children can be swayed to change their political preferences with candy.

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Things That Go Bump In The Lab: Halloween And The Science Of Fear

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 11:03pm

This week, the Hidden Brain podcast explores the science of fear — traveling to a haunted house curated by a scientist to investigate what scares us, and why some people enjoy feeling fear.

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Processed And Red Meat Could Cause Cancer? Your Questions Answered

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 4:04pm

An expert panel's conclusion that hot dogs and yes, even turkey bacon are carcinogenic had many of you wanting more details. Which cancers? How much is safe to eat? We tackle your questions.

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Task Force Urges Screening Of Overweight Adults For High Blood Sugar

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 12:16pm

In response to a big jump in diabetes in the U.S., a federal advisory panel advises tens of millions of overweight Americans to get their blood tested, and intensive counseling if sugar's too high.

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Bad Day For Bacon: Processed Red Meats Cause Cancer, Says WHO

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 9:31am

The World Health Organization's decision puts bacon, hot dogs and sausages in the same category of cancer risk as tobacco smoking. And beef, pork, veal and lamb are "probably carcinogenic," WHO says.

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The Science Of A Cyclone: Dissecting Hurricane Patricia

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 3:47am

David Greene talks to tropical meteorologist Kristen Corbosiero of the University of Albany in New York about what made the once-mighty Hurricane Patricia so powerful and unpredictable.

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'East Los High' Serves Up Sex Ed With Its Teen Drama

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 3:47am

For three seasons, fans have flocked to Hulu for East Los High. The teen soap follows its characters through the tumult of adolescence and uses a secret weapon to deliver life lessons along the way.

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Fetal Cells May Protect Mom From Disease Long After The Baby's Born

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 3:47am

In 1893, a German scientist made a striking discovery: Cells from a fetus hide out in a mother's body after birth. Scientists say these cells alter the risk of breast cancer and autoimmune diseases.

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Could Depression Be Caused By An Infection?

Sun, 10/25/2015 - 5:01am

Infection and autoimmune activity result in inflammation. And psychiatric researchers now suspect that inflammation may play a role in some cases of depression and other mental illnesses.

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Why Hurricane Patricia Can't Be Blamed On Climate Change

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 3:45pm

Hurricane Patricia's record-breaking winds come as a powerful El Niño heats the Pacific Ocean. But researchers say that's not enough to blame climate change for the storm's rapid strengthening.

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Beachside Resort In Sayulita, Mexico, Prepares For Hurricane Patricia

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 3:30pm

NPR's Audie Cornish interviews Norma Adams, general manager of Villa Amor in Sayulita, Mexico. Adams, a native of Sayulita, talks about how she and other staff started in the middle of the night Thursday to evacuate an entire wedding party from the resort on the water.

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What You Need To Know About 'Catastrophic' Hurricane Patricia

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 11:56am

The most powerful storm ever recorded in the eastern Pacific or Atlantic basin is about to slam Mexico, bringing with it the threat of deadly flooding and mudslides. Winds could reach 220 mph.

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How Can We Open Source Exploring Our Oceans?

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 8:28am

David Lang became an amateur oceanographer by getting a network of ocean lovers to team up and build open source, low-cost underwater explorers.

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30,000 Brain Researchers Meld Minds At Science's Hottest Hangout

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 5:59pm

Once an obscure hub of specialists, the yearly gathering of the Society of Neuroscience now draws some of the biggest and brightest from other fields too, seeking answers to brain and body secrets.

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Do E-Signatures Change How People Think Of Documents?

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 4:05am

New research finds that e-signatures can potentially make people behave in more dishonest ways. It turns out people are less willing to lie and cheat when they handwrite and sign their full names instead of using an e-signature, computer generated user code or other form of identity verification.

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Why Is Mammogram Advice Still Such A Tangle? Ask Your Doctor

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 4:12am

Leading physicians' groups don't agree about when and how often women with an average risk for breast cancer should get a screening mammogram. But your history can help guide you and your doctor.

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How U.N. Climate Negotiations Are Like Splitting A Bar Tab

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 4:12am

Nearly 200 countries have delegates in Bonn, Germany this week, trying to figure out how to fight global warming. They're at a difficult point — what the nations have pledged so far isn't enough.

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