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Planning To Watch The Eclipse? Here's What You Need To Protect Your Eyes

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 11:03am

A total solar eclipse is one of the most magnificent sights you can ever see. But you need the right kind of eye protection, and some of what's being sold out there isn't safe.

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Who Were Your Millionth-Great-Grandparents?

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 7:10am

Our pre-human ancestors are back there somewhere in the deep time that makes up Earth's braided history of life and change — and we are the tip of the spear moving that life forward, says Adam Frank.

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Country Music And Brain Research Come Together At Nashville Summer Camp

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 2:15pm

Researchers in Nashville are tapping into a country music camp to learn more about Williams Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder. Many people who have it love music but don't know why.

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To Help Keep Sturgeon Sustainable, Farm And Fishery Work Together

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 2:08pm

Because demand for seafood is rising and wild stocks are not, a hatchery owner in Canada is hoping his model of "responsible agriculture" can keep the prized fish both on the menu and in the water.

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Scientists Edge Closer To Elusive Lab Test For 'Chronic Fatigue Syndrome'

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 2:07pm

Stanford University scientists have found an array of proteins in the blood whose levels correlate closely with the severity of symptoms of the mysterious illness that's increasingly known as ME/CFS.

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Why We All Scream When We Get Ice Cream Brain Freeze

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 6:00am

When temperatures soar, there's nothing like a frozen treat to take off the edge. But if we dive in too fast, our brains are thrown for a distressing and sometimes painful loop. Here's why.

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New Florida Law Lets Residents Challenge School Textbooks

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 3:58am

The new bill was pushed by a conservative group critical of the way evolution, climate change and government were being taught in Florida schools.

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Sperm Counts Plummet In Western Men, Study Finds

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 3:55am

Data from nearly 43,000 men around the world found a 52 percent decline in sperm counts in Western countries. It could reflect a decline in health overall, scientists say.

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Scientists Still Seek A Reliable DUI Test For Marijuana

Sun, 07/30/2017 - 6:14am

Coloradans can get arrested for driving while stoned. But with no good roadside tools, officers' determinations are more subjective than for alcohol DUIs. Scientists hope to find chemical markers.

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When Your Hand Has A Mind Of Its Own

Sat, 07/29/2017 - 7:14am

What happens when you think and how you act don't align? We tell the story of a woman diagnosed with what's known as "alien hand syndrome."

From Rats To Humans, A Brain Knows When It Can't Remember

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 3:40pm

When we see a familiar face, we know instantly if we can remember that person's name. That's because the human brain has an ability called metamemory. Looks like rats may have that higher power, too.

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A Newspaperman Looks Back On A 77-Year Career

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 4:13am

David Perlman, age 98, talks with Steve Inskeep about his career as a science writer as he gets ready to retire from the San Francisco Chronicle after 77 years.

'An Inconvenient Sequel' Is An Effective, Cautiously Optimistic, 'I Told You So'

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 5:25pm

In 2006, Al Gore issued a forceful warning about the threat of climate change in An Inconvenient Truth. He's followed it up with a sequel that shows how far we've come — but with plenty of caveats.

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Mapping Coastal Flood Risk Lags Behind Sea Level Rise

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 3:53pm

Federal maps help determine who on the coast must buy flood insurance, but many don't include the latest data. Maryland is now making its own flood maps, so homeowners can see if they're at risk.

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Perdue Farms Signs Up For A Chicken Welfare Revolution

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 2:06pm

The poultry industry may be on the verge of adopting ambitious new animal-welfare standards, giving chickens more space and daylight, and even returning to older, slower-growing chicken breeds.

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Slug Slime Inspires Scientists To Invent Sticky Surgical Glue

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 1:18pm

The words "strong" and "inspiring" are not usually assigned to garden slugs. But slug slime inspired materials scientists to invent a new kind of adhesive that could one day help heal human wounds.

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How To Keep Friends And Influence Yourself

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 10:06am

What do you believe strongly? What, if anything, could change your mind about it?

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Is It Time To Sack Football As We Know It?

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 9:06am

A new study of 111 brains of former NFL players revealed that 110 of them had a degenerative brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

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PHOTOS: Japanese Scientists Turn Chrysanthemums 'True Blue'

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 2:31pm

The scientists introduced genes from two other flowers that allowed the mums to mimic the chemical process producing blue pigment. This might be applicable to other flowers, like roses and lilies.

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Looking Back At The Most Powerful Earthquake Ever To Strike North America

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 12:45pm

Science writer Henry Fountain says the deadly quake that shook Alaska in 1964 was so loud some thought it was the beginning of World War III. His new book is The Great Quake.

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