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New Test Improves Detection Of Performance-Enhancing Drugs

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 7:00am

A group of scientists has developed a doping test 1,000 times more sensitive than those currently used. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with lead researcher Daniel Armstrong about how the test works.

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The Most Powerful Nerd In The Universe Is A Scientific Anomaly

Sun, 03/23/2014 - 6:00am

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is everywhere these days. And his current stature is remarkable, in part because he's a black astrophysicist — seemingly as elusive a phenomenon as the Higgs boson.

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Why The Exxon Valdez Spill Was A Eureka Moment For Science

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 1:03pm

In the aftermath of the 1989 oil spill off the Alaskan coast, scientists expected the worst damage to be short-lived. Instead, the spill shattered conventional wisdom about oil's affect on wildlife.

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I Can't Believe What I'm Seeing: A Springtime (Froggy) Miracle

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 4:03am

A few weeks ago, this little frog was frozen solid, hard like an ashtray, basically dead. And then, we don't know how, this amazing thing happened ...

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I Can't Believe What I'm Seeing: A Springtime (Froggy) Miracle

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 4:03am

A few weeks ago, this little frog was frozen solid, hard like an ashtray, basically dead. And then, we don't know how, this amazing thing happened ...

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How Your Love Of Burgers May Be Helping To Drive Wildlife Extinct

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 12:43pm

Many meat-eating animal lovers may not realize that their hankering for hamburgers hurts wildlife. A conservation group says some species have already been driven extinct by the livestock industry.

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Why 500 Million U.S. Seafood Meals Get Dumped In The Sea

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 9:26am

Nine American fisheries together throw overboard as much as 340 million pounds of fish and other species they were not trying to catch, a report finds. Much of it is perfectly edible fish.

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What's The Biggest Animal Gathering Ever? (Was Rod Stewart There?)

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 6:19am

Count the army ants; count the starlings; count the herring, the pigeons, and the fans at a Rod Stewart concert in Rio and then ask: What's the greatest gathering of animals ever?

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Does Diversity On Research Team Improve Quality Of Science?

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 4:00am

As science becomes more diverse, scientific collaborators are growing more diverse, too. New research exploring the effect of this change suggests the diversity of the teams that produce scientific research play a big role in how successful the science turns out to be.

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Never Mind Eyesight, Your Nose Knows Much More

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 3:18pm

The human nose may be able to distinguish more than a trillion different odors and fragrances, research hints. If true, our noses are much more discerning with smells than our eyes are with color.

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This Freeloading Bird Brings Help — And The Help Smells Gross

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 3:00pm

The great spotted cuckoo is a parasitic bird that plops its eggs in nests of other birds, so others can care for its chicks. Those chicks might aid the caretaker bird by helping to repel predators.

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French-Fry Conspiracy: Genes Can Make Fried Foods More Fattening

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 9:33am

Some people are more likely to gain weight from frequently indulging in fried foods than others, scientists say. You can blame mom and dad for passing on the obesity risk genes.

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Digging For Gold: Study Says Your Race Determines Your Earwax Scent

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 6:00am

Researchers have found that the smell of your earwax can vary by race. It turns out that the compounds in earwax may hold important information about your body and its environment.

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The 500-Pound 'Chicken From Hell' Likely Ate Whatever It Wanted

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 4:00am

OK, maybe it just munched vegetation, small animals and eggs. But this newly named dino looked like a cross between a chicken and a bulked-up ostrich. Five-inch claws? We'd have stayed out of its way.

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Einstein's Lost Theory Discovered ... And It's Wrong

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 4:00am

Einstein's theory of relativity explains the universe. But — in part because of a math error — some recently uncovered work by the great physicist is wrong. Really, really wrong.

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Most U.S. Women Wouldn't Know A Stroke If They Saw Or Felt One

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 3:02pm

Acting fast can be key to preventing permanent damage from a stroke. But many women don't realize that face or arm numbness, speech trouble, or abrupt, severe headache can mean it's time to call 911.

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Alzheimer's Diagnosis Expanding To Catch Early Warning Signs

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 3:00pm

The approach would recognize changes in behavior and in the brain. Right now there aren't treatments that slow down the disease, but identifying high-risk patients early on could help with prevention.

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Alzheimer's Estimates Draw Attention To How The Disease Is Defined

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 3:00pm

Estimates from the Alzheimer's Association show that more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease. Those numbers don't include the millions whose brains show signs of the disease but whose symptoms aren't obvious yet.

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Half Of Americans Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 2:25pm

Despite evidence to the contrary, many Americans believe cellphones cause cancer and that health officials are covering it up. Discredited theories about vaccines and fluoridation also remain popular.

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Study: The Chicken Didn't Cross The Pacific To South America

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 4:42pm

An analysis of DNA from ancient and modern chicken bones from the Pacific islands shows they are genetically distinct from South American birds.

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