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Sans Forgetica: A Font To Remember

Sat, 10/06/2018 - 6:57am

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with typography lecturer Stephen Banham of RMIT University about a new font he helped develop to assist people in remembering what they've read.

Addiction Treatment Gap Is Driving A Black Market For Suboxone

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 12:58pm

This medicine to treat opioid addiction is hard to come by — only a fraction of doctors are approved to prescribe it. So some people trying to quit a heroin habit turn to a black market for help.

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Anil Seth: How Does Your Brain Construct Your Conscious Reality?

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 8:24am

When we look around, it feels like we're seeing an objective reality. But neuroscientist Anil Seth says everything we perceive, from objects to emotions, is an act of informed guesswork by the brain.

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MacArthur Fellow And Planetary Scientist Sarah Stewart Discusses How The Moon Was Formed

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 4:04pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with planetary scientist Sarah Stewart about her research into how the moon was formed, using a big cannon in her University of California Davis lab.

Too Little, Too Much: How Poverty and Wealth Affect Our Minds

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 4:00pm

We all know the downsides of being poor. But what about the downsides of being rich? This week, we explore the psychology of scarcity...and excess.

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Minnesota Residents Call Police On Rowdy Drunk Birds

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 4:00pm

Gilbert Police Chief Ty Techar says an early frost means the birds have been "getting a little more 'tipsy' than normal" on fermented berries.

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Here Are The Winners Of The 2018 MacArthur 'Genius' Grants

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 11:01am

From engineering to economics, from painting to planetary science, the range of this year's class is vast. But the MacArthur Foundation expects them all to do big things with their newfound $625,000.

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Building Strength And Resilience After A Sexual Assault: What Works

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 8:35am

Sexual assault is still a highly stigmatized form of trauma, and that can complicate recovery for years, psychologists find. PTSD, depression and anxiety aren't unusual, but treatment can help.

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People Around The Country Are Pushing For More Information About Drinking Water

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 3:24pm

Communities around the country are grappling with a new kind of chemical pollution in their drinking water. The science and regulation around it aren't settled, leaving some people frustrated and in limbo.

Lemurs Provide Clues About How Fruit Scents Evolved

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 3:00pm

Researchers tested what kind of information the animal is able to discern from scent about whether a fruit is ripe. There's evidence that some fruits evolved to better signal ripeness to lemurs.

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Scientists Find What Could Be A History-Making Moon

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 1:01pm

Scientists have detected plenty of planets outside our solar system. Now, they say, they've found the first moon circling one of them.

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Probe Lands On Ryugu Asteroid, In Latest Success For International Group

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 9:18am

On Twitter, the craft echoed Alice in Wonderland, declaring, "And then I found myself in a place like no place on Earth. A land full of wonder, mystery and danger!"

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Sexual Assault And Harassment May Have Lasting Health Repercussions For Women

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 8:50am

In small study of middle-aged women, a history of sexual assault and workplace harassment was linked to health problems like hypertension, sleeplessness and depression.

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Nobel Prize In Chemistry Honors 'The Power Of Evolution'

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 5:00am

Frances H. Arnold, an American chemist, has won half of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and George Smith of the U.S. and Sir Gregory Winter of the U.K. will share the other half.

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Nobel Prize In Chemistry To Be Announced Wednesday

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 4:04am

The Nobel Prize in chemistry, which honors researchers for advances in studying how molecules combine and interact, is being announced Wednesday by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Southern Diet Blamed For High Rates Of Hypertension Among Blacks

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 6:13pm

Fried chicken, mac and cheese and sweet drinks: A study suggests Southern cuisine may be at the center of a tangled web of reasons why blacks in America are more prone to hypertension than whites.

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Donna Strickland Becomes First Woman In More Than 50 Years To Win Physics Nobel Prize

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 3:37pm

NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks to scientist Donna Strickland, who won the Nobel Prize for physics. She is the first woman to do so since 1963.

The Nobel Prize In Physics: 117 Years, Three Women And Counting

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 3:04pm

Donna Strickland is the first woman to win the prize in a generation. Other women in physics are not surprised, but some hope change may be coming.

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A Small Planet With Big Implications

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 1:14pm

Astronomers have found a distant dwarf planet that appears to confirm the existence of Planet Nine, a giant planet lurking in the outer reaches of the solar system.

Sizing Up The Universe With Neil deGrasse Tyson

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 10:20am

The famed astrophysicist knows a whole lot about a whole lot. He even used science to predict when LeBron James will retire from the NBA.

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