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Is Curiosity A Positive Or Negative Feeling?

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 9:06am

Not all feelings of curiosity are the same. A study finds that one factor affecting the balance of negative and positive when it comes to curiosity is time, says psychologist Tania Lombrozo.

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Pregnant Women Should Still Get The Flu Vaccine, Doctors Advise

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 3:35am

Researchers and physicians say a study suggesting a link between the flu vaccine and miscarriage in a limited population is cause for more research, not a reason to change vaccination recommendations.

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Transgender Hockey Player Postpones Hormone Treatment To Keep Playing

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 4:00am

Sports leagues have struggled with how to define gender when it comes to deciding who can play. Pro hockey player Harrison Browne has decided to postpone hormone therapy for one more year on the ice.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the National Women's Hockey League)

Simulating The Bodily Pain Of Future Climate Change

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 8:03am

People can't simulate realistic, internal sensations, like temperature change or pain — which is a reason why more people aren't terrified by climate change, says guest blogger Lisa Feldman Barrett.

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How Many Viruses Can Live In Semen? More Than You Might Think

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 6:00am

According to a new report, semen can be a hotbed for viruses.

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An Accident On The Moon, Young Lawyers To The Rescue

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 4:23pm

Each year, law students argue hypothetical, futuristic case that takes place in space. This year, it's about who pays when two machines collide on the moon.

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Study Suggests Neanderthals Enjoyed Long Childhoods

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 3:45pm

The study of a 49,000-year-old skeleton of a Neanderthal boy discovered in Spain indicates that he may have matured at about the same rate as children of modern homo sapiens.

(Image credit: Paleoanthropology Group MNCN-CSIC)

Ruling Finds Solar Panels From China Hurt U.S. Makers

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 3:14pm

Installing solar panels on your home could become more expensive, depending on how President Trump responds to a decision Friday by the U.S. International Trade Commission.

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(Legally) Selling Weed While Black

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 11:11am

As Oakland's legal cannabis industry grows, the biggest players seem to have two things in common: They're white, and they have lots of money.

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Do Letters Show You How They Sound?

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 8:43am

It is a principle of most modern thought about language that the relation between signs and meanings is arbitrary. But a new study finds a connection between sounds and ink on "paper," says Alva Noë.

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Gassy Cows Warm The Planet. Scientists Think They Know How To Squelch Those Belches

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 6:00am

Researchers have won a prize for discovering that a cow's genetics determine which microbes populate its gut. Some of those microbes produce the greenhouse gas methane that ends up in the atmosphere.

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Arkansas Defies Monsanto, Moves To Ban Rogue Weedkiller

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 3:51am

Arkansas regulators are on a collision course with Monsanto, voting to ban use during the growing season of a drift-prone herbicide that Monsanto says is farmers' best hope for weed-free fields.

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How Prepared Is The U.S. For Earthquakes?

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 3:45pm

Mexico has had an earthquake early-warning system for decades, and other countries that get earthquakes — Japan, Taiwan — have them, too. The U.S. does not. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones, who spent years working with the U.S. Geological Survey to create a system.

Are We About To See A Black Hole?

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 8:51am

A project called the Event Horizon Telescope is analyzing data taken earlier this year using interferometry — and we may be remarkably close to "seeing" a black hole, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.

(Image credit: J.A. Biretta, Hubble Heritage Team/NASA)

Shellfish Surprise: Common 'Herbivore' Dinosaur Found To Snack On Crustaceans

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 8:02am

"I immediately said, 'Oh, no, no, it can't be crustaceans.' That was my knee jerk reaction," a paleontologist said. The prehistoric snacking was likely intentional and linked to mating behaviors.

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Mexico City Doomed By Its Geology To More Earthquakes

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 3:54pm

The problem is that just to the west, a huge slab of the Earth's crust called the Cocos Plate is grinding relentlessly toward North America. And it's running under another slab to the north.

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Editing Embryo DNA Yields Clues About Early Human Development

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 12:16pm

Researchers disabled a gene that they think helps determine which human embryos will develop normally. The technique they used is controversial because it could be used to change babies' DNA.

(Image credit: Courtesy of The Francis Crick Institute)

Cassini's Spectacular Legacy — And Nod To The Future

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 8:11am

Following on Cassini's discoveries, NASA aims to probe Jupiter's Europa for potential life. With every new world we discover, we should look back at our own planet with awe, says Marcelo Gleiser.

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Bemoaning Budget Cuts, Health Care Navigators Say Feds Don't Get It

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 6:30am

The federal government has sharply cut funding to groups that help people enroll in health plans. But the groups say federal officials don't understand how much help and follow-up some people need.

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Once Teased For Her Love Of Bugs, 8-Year-Old Co-Authors Scientific Paper

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 10:29pm

Sophia Spencer was extremely fond of bugs, especially grasshoppers. Her peers didn't always appreciate her interest. Entomologists on Twitter, on the other hand, were huge fans of her passion.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Nicole Spencer)




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