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Why Don't We Have Princess Leia Holograms Yet?

Sat, 08/26/2017 - 8:01am

Researchers continue to chase down the sci-fi holy grail of genuine free-standing holograms — and they're getting pretty close. One obstacle: Current computing systems just aren't up to it.

(Image credit: University of Rochester)

What's Making These Dogs In Mumbai Turn Blue?

Sat, 08/26/2017 - 6:00am

Five dogs with this unusual hue were found in an industrial area of Mumbai. The hunt for its cause revealed a much bigger problem.

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'I Will Lose My Identity': Cambodian Villagers Face Displacement By Mekong Dam

Sat, 08/26/2017 - 4:18am

Thousands are being displaced by new dam construction. "I cannot leave my ancestors here," says a woman whose village will be submerged by the dam. "If I abandon them, I won't know who I am."

(Image credit: Michael Sullivan for NPR)

Having A Best Friend In Your Teenage Years Could Benefit You For Life

Sat, 08/26/2017 - 4:02am

Researchers have found that people with deep friendships in adolescence had less anxiety and a greater sense of self-worth in early adulthood. Close friends matter, their study found.

(Image credit: Maria Fabrizio for NPR)

This Music Teacher Played His Saxophone While In Brain Surgery

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 3:05pm

The surgeons tasked with removing a tumor from Dan Fabbio's brain had worked hard not to disrupt his ability to perform music. They rejoiced when he was able to play his sax on the operating table.

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Science 'Gone Wrong' Can Teach Us

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 10:26am

Pandora's Lab stresses that for science to work, it needs to base claims on data, studies need to be replicable, and scientists must be more attached to science than to their own ideas, says Alva Noë.

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Moshe Szyf: How Do Our Experiences Rewire Our Brains And Bodies?

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 8:09am

Many think genetic makeup is fixed from the moment we're born. But Moshe Szyf says this understanding is incomplete because our experiences and environment have the power to change our basic biology.

Brian Little: Are Human Personalities Hardwired?

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 8:05am

Are you introverted or extroverted? It depends. When it comes to personality, psychologist Brian Little says we can actually act against our biology — especially if we pursue a "core life project."

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Nadine Burke Harris: How Does Trauma Affect A Child's DNA?

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 8:05am

Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris found an unsettling trend when examining patients at her clinic: trauma. She found that adversity can change a child's biology and result in severe health outcomes.

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Robert Sapolsky: How Much Agency Do We Have Over Our Behavior?

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 8:05am

Neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky says nearly all aspects of human behavior are explained by biology: from developments millions of years in the past to microscopic reactions happening in the present.

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After A Suicide, Sibling Survivors Are Often Overlooked

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 4:01am

Recent studies show that people who survive a brother or sister's suicide are at great risk of mood disorders and mental health problems, including thoughts of harming themselves.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Taylor Porco)

25 Years Later: How Hurricane Andrew Impacted Emergency Response

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 3:52pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with former FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate about the important changes inspired by the historic Category 5 storm, in computer modeling, housing codes and insurance.

Texas Coast Prepares For Strengthened Hurricane Harvey

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 3:52pm

The National Hurricane Center now says Harvey will be a major hurricane when it arrives in Texas late Friday. The overnight escalation surprised planners who were told it would be a tropical storm.

Really? Really. How Our Brains Figure Out What Words Mean Based On How They're Said

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 1:44pm

Scientists have identified the brain cells that detect pitch changes in speech, allowing us to understand whether someone is asking a question or making a statement.

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