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To Make Healthier Choices, Color-Code Your Food (Green Means Go!)

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 7:26am

Could a little red circle help you skip the comfort food this winter and maybe drop a few pounds? Doctors from Massachusetts General Hospital think so. They put traffic-light labels on their cafeteria's menu to signal the healthfulness of dishes. The colorful cues helped improve eating habits even two years later.

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Want To Eat Healthier In 2014? Try A Traffic Light System

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 7:26am

Could a little red circle help you skip the comfort food this winter and maybe drop a few pounds? Doctors from Massachusetts General Hospital think so. They put traffic-light labels on their cafeteria's menu to signal the healthfulness of dishes. The colorful cues helped improve eating habits even two years later.

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Can't Stand The Cold Snap? Don't Go To Antarctica

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 3:29am

You think it's cold? You ain't seen nothing! Imagine what it's like at science's coldest places: from the Eastern Antarctic Plateau to the moons of Saturn to the coldest labs.

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Polar Vortex Blamed For Dangerously Cold Weather

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 3:29am

A phenomenon called the Polar Vortex is responsible for one of the nation's coldest periods in two decades. David Greene talks to Andrew Freedman, senior science writer for Climate Central, an independent non-profit organization researching and reporting on the science and impacts of climate change.

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Foul Weather In Britain Linked To U.S. 'Polar Vortex'

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 3:36pm

The southwestern U.K. is getting slammed by huge waves whipped up by 70 mph winds accompanying a low-pressure system sweeping in from the Atlantic.

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Arctic Methane Bubbles Not As Foreboding As Once Feared

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 2:57pm

European scientists were alarmed in 2008 when they discovered streams of methane bubbles erupting from the seafloor in Norway's high Arctic. This gas, which contributes to global warming, was apparently coming from methane ice on the seafloor. A follow-up study finds that methane bubble plumes at this location have probably been forming for a few thousand years, so they are not the result of human-induced climate change. But continued warming of ocean water can trigger more methane releases in the Arctic, with potentially serious consequences to the climate.

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Looks Like The Paleo Diet Wasn't So Hot For Ancient Hunters' Teeth

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 2:22pm

When hunter-gatherers started adding grains and starches to their diet, it brought about the "age of cavities." At least, that's what a lot of people thought. But it turns out that even before agriculture, what hunter-gatherers ate could rot their teeth.

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Searching For Science Behind Reincarnation

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 6:44am

Say a child has memories of being a Hollywood extra in the 1930s. Is it just an active imagination, or actual evidence of reincarnation? Jim Tucker, a psychologist at the University of Virginia studies hundreds of cases like this and joins NPR's Rachel Martin to share his research on the science behind reincarnation.

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Oh Say, Can You See? A Musical Salute

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 3:33am

You've heard it a thousand times, maybe 10,000. Is there any way to make "The Star-Spangled Banner" fresh? Even fascinating? There is (Jimi Hendrix aside). Here is a new one that did it for me — the Jon Batiste version.

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Billboards That Drop Angels On Your Head

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 7:32am

There you are in a train station, and if you stand in the right space, suddenly an angel — a lady with enormous wings, looking like the real deal — appears at your side. She's not real. She's a billboard display gone wild. Which is what a bunch of billboards have been doing lately. We visit three of the wildest.

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Tree-Incarnation: Christmas Trees Return To Nature (A Poem)

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 4:53am

Americans buy about 30 million live trees every year. Many end up as mulch, but in some communities they help rebuild dunes, create fish habitat and feed zoo animals.

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Want Perfect Pitch? You Could Pop A Pill For That

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 11:50pm

A Harvard study found that a drug normally used as a mood-stabilizer might allow adults with no musical experience to learn perfect pitch.

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Saving Babies' Lives Starts With Aquarium Pumps And Ingenuity

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 3:10pm

Students at Rice University in Houston are finding low-cost solutions to big global health problems. The women running the program are hoping to get these young engineers hooked on helping. One particularly successful device that helps infants breathe has already been tested in Malawi and will be distributed to hospitals around the country.

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'You're Invisible, But I'll Eat You Anyway.' Secrets Of Snow-Diving Foxes

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 6:43am

They leap into the air, adjust their tails, land headfirst in the snow, burrow down and hit a teeny moving target — buried three feet below. It's their lunch. How does a fox catch a mouse in winter? This is amazing.

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