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Pizza Physics: Why Brick Ovens Bake The Perfect Italian-Style Pie

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 9:46am

Brick transfers heat to dough more slowly than steel, allowing both crust and toppings to simultaneously reach perfection. In a home oven, that balance is elusive — but you might be able to get close.

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Hormone Levels Likely Influence A Woman's Risk Of Alzheimer's. But Exactly How?

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 8:01am

Scientists are taking a second look at the idea that hormone replacement therapy could reduce a woman's risk of dementia. New research suggests the key may be in giving it at the right time.

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Spring Is Springing Sooner, Throwing Nature's Rhythms Out Of Whack

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 4:01am

A warming climate is knocking nature's rhythms out of sync. High in the Rocky Mountains, scientists have been tracking the impact for decades.

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Words Matter When Talking About Pain With Your Doctor

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 4:01am

When you go to the doctor in pain, you'll probably be asked to rate your discomfort on a scale of 0 to 10. But doctors say there may be a better way to assess pain.

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How Soon Is Soon Enough To Learn You Have Alzheimer's?

Sun, 07/22/2018 - 3:58pm

Only about half the people with Alzheimer's symptoms get a diagnosis, partly out of fear of an incurable decline, doctors suspect. But Jose Bolardo says facing the future allows him to plan for it.

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Scientists Search For Causes Of Preterm Birth And Better Ways To Test For Risk

Sun, 07/22/2018 - 1:01pm

Preterm birth, a leading cause of death in infants, remains stubbornly hard to prevent. Researchers are on the hunt for a better understanding of what causes it and better ways to diagnose risk.

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One Child's Outsized Influence On The Debate Over Plastic Waste

Sun, 07/22/2018 - 7:12am

One of the most common statistics that comes up when discussing plastic straw waste comes from a study conducted by a 9-year-old. NPR's Korva Coleman speaks with Milo Cress, now 17.

Rome's Subway Expansion Reveals Artifacts From The Ancient Past

Sun, 07/22/2018 - 7:12am

Construction on a new subway line has uncovered marble busts, frescoes, mosaics, even ancient peach pits, dating back nearly 2,000 years. Archaeologists have also found an ancient military barracks.

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As Milk Production Cools In Summer, Farmers Try To Help Cows Take The Heat

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 7:15am

From fans and misting water to creating a whole new breed of cow, farmers and researchers are fighting rising temperatures to keep the dairy industry from losing millions of dollars to "heat stress."

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Masses Of Seaweed Threaten Fisheries And Foul Beaches

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 4:00am

A floating, smelly mass of seaweed called sargassum is covering beaches in the Caribbean and along the Gulf of Mexico.

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Replacing Vacant Lots With Green Spaces Can Ease Depression In Urban Communities

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 6:42pm

When researchers cleaned up vacant lots and planted grass and trees in poor neighborhoods in Philadelphia, residents' mental health improved.

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Britain's Big Butterfly Count Begins, With David Attenborough Leading The Charge

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 2:55pm

For the next three weeks, citizen volunteers in the United Kingdom will be tallying the painted ladies, peacocks and brimstones they see, to help create a nationwide count — and soothe their souls.

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Sleep Scientist Warns Against Walking Through Life 'In An Underslept State'

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 12:52pm

"Human beings are the only species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent gain," says sleep scientist Matthew Walker, author of Why We Sleep. Originally broadcast Oct. 17, 2017.

Doctors Raise Alarm About Shortages Of Pain Medications

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 4:11am

Hospitals across the country are reporting significant shortages of pain medication. A survey of anesthesiologists found that 95 percent say it is impacting patient care.

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Washington, D.C., Is Counting All Its Cats. It Will Take 3 Years And $1.5 Million

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 4:05pm

The nation's capital has a cat problem. And the first step toward fixing it, apparently, is to quantify it.

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Migrating Arctic Geese Are Confused, Exhausted By Rising Temperatures

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 12:59pm

Warmer weather means that barnacle geese fly faster to their breeding grounds, leaving them too tired to lay eggs right away. By the time they're ready, the babies have missed the best food.

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Three Dimensions, Endless Possibilities

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 9:06am

3-D printing isn't the future. It's changing the world we live in right now.

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A Spike In Liver Disease Deaths Among Young Adults Fueled By Alcohol

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 7:02pm

Deaths due to liver disease have increased among the young — and heavy drinking is to blame.

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AI Innovators Take Pledge Against Autonomous Killer Weapons

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 4:26pm

"We will neither participate in nor support the development, manufacture, trade, or use of" artificial intelligence that is used to kill people, leading AI researchers vowed.

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Physicists Go Small: Let's Put A Particle Accelerator On A Chip

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 3:43pm

A tiny accelerator could be useful in medicine as well as basic science. Instead of speeding up beams of electrons through giant tunnels, the aim here is to build accelerators on semiconductor chips.

(Image credit: SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)

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