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Why Is U.S. Insulin So Expensive?

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 2:06am

The hormone that controls blood sugar among diabetics is one of the oldest medicines used today. But more than 90 years after its discovery, a low-cost version is no longer available in the U.S.

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How Malaria In The Brain Kills: Doctors Solve A Medical Mystery

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 4:53pm

A child stricken with the deadliest form of the disease can quickly fall unconscious and die. A doctor in Michigan has dedicated her life to figuring out how this happens. At last, she has the answer.

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The Dangerous Distractions Of Spring Break

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 4:09am

Does Spring Break cause an increase in traffic fatalities? There's new research that may give parents and students pause.

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SXSW Debuts Robot Petting Zoo For A Personal Peek Into The Future

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 2:15am

Robots are coming — in fact they're already here. One exhibit at the South by Southwest interactive festival lets visitors get up close and personal to our future overlords.

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Do TV Cooking Shows Make Us Fat?

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 2:12am

Women who cooked the meals they saw prepared on television weighed more, on average, than those who simply watched, a study shows. The findings challenge the notion that home cooking is always best.

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Breast-Feeding Boosts Chances Of Success, Study In Brazil Finds

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 5:34pm

A study with more than 3,000 babies found those who were breast-fed had slighter higher IQ test scores, stayed in school longer and earned more money as adults.

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Four Tropic Cyclones At Once: How Unusual Is That?

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 4:26am

Four tropical cyclones have been sweeping through the western Pacific and the Indian Ocean. One slammed into the island nation of Vanuatu. Having four cyclones at once is rare but not unheard of.

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Are Humans Really Headed To Mars Anytime Soon?

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 2:17am

Public passion is all well and good, but it will take more than big talk to get to Mars by 2025, space specialists say. Even several rockets-worth of cash won't easily solve the technical challenges.

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Clues To Autism, Schizophrenia Emerge From Cerebellum Research

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 5:15pm

The brain's cerebellum helps shape thinking and emotion, as well as physical coordination, research shows. Could stimulating that part of the brain help ease some aspects of autism and schizophrenia?

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Vaccination Gaps Helped Fuel Disneyland Measles Spread

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 12:15pm

The quick rise of measles infections in the wake of cases reported among Disneyland visitors underscores how even a small dip in vaccination rates can allow the virus to spread.

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A Man's Incomplete Brain Reveals Cerebellum's Role in Thought And Emotion

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 2:08am

Jonathan Keleher is one of a handful of people known to have lived their entire lives without a cerebellum. His experiences are helping scientists show how this brain structure helps shape who we are.

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How Far Has The Health Of Moms Come Since 1995?

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 6:03am

The rate of women worldwide who die in childbirth has dropped by more than 40 percent over the past two decades. But does this rosy global health statistic overstate the extent of change?

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The Fate Of The World's Chocolate Depends On This Spot In Rural England

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 4:24am

Cocoa is unusually susceptible to disease. Every year, a third of the crop is destroyed, even as the appetite for chocolate grows. That's why the world needs the International Cocoa Quarantine Centre.

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The Fate Of The World's Chocolate Depends On This Spot In Rural England

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 4:24am

Cocoa is unusually susceptible to disease. Every year, a third of the crop is destroyed, even as the appetite for chocolate grows. That's why the world needs the International Cocoa Quarantine Centre.

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Pi Day Isn't Just Magical, It's Mathematics. And There's Pie!

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 8:28am

Math geeks are excited about 3-14-15, this year's Pi Day. The San Francisco Exploratorium will celebrate with a pizza-pi-dough-tossing contest, a pi parade and special pie. Mmmm, pie. Or is it pi?

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Guardian Editor Pledges To Bolster Coverage Of Climate Change

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 6:35am

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian, about his recent column detailing his personal motivation for intensifying the paper's focus on climate change coverage.

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Ooze, Fog And Climate Change Threaten Mummies

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 6:35am

The oldest mummies in the world are in northern Chile. Preserved for seven thousand years, the mummies are now deteriorating, and scientists say climate changes are to blame.

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The 'Math Guy' Presents 5 Facts About 3.14

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 6:35am

Want to impress the guests at your local Pi Day celebration this Saturday (3/14/15, hopefully at 9:26)? Pick up some tidbits of mathematical trivia from Keith Devlin.

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Making Pies For Pi Day: Think Inside The Circle

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 10:37am

As math lovers know, it's almost Pi Day. And what better way to celebrate than by rolling out the dough? An NPR editor known for her experimental baking shares some of her favorite recipes.

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Behold! The Cosmos Created From The Contents Of A Kitchen

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 6:03am

From spices, flour, milk, water and food coloring, a photographer creates startlingly realistic-looking images of space. These photos are convincing enough to impress an astrophysicist.

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