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Why Some Cities Are Better Than Others At Avoiding Gridlock

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 4:03am

Just because a city is efficient at moving traffic around doesn't mean it's "traffic resilient." Scientists examined 40 cities and ranked them in terms of how they handle disruptions.

Scientists Use Gene Editing To Prevents A Form Of Deafness in Mice

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 4:23pm

Success with a new gene-editing technique in mice prone to deafness highlights the potential for using it to prevent a form of inherited hearing loss in humans. But it has many hurdles to overcome.

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WATCH: What Happens When Two Neutron Stars Collide

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 2:01pm

Turns out that Einstein was right about what happens when neutron stars collide. An international team of astronomers has confirmed his theory for the first time.

Beetle Penises May Hold Clues For Better Medical Devices

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 1:03pm

Male cassidine beetles have enormously long, hooked penises that are rigid in some parts and soft in others. Scientists hope studying the beetle penises could help people design better catheters.

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How Racism May Cause Black Mothers To Suffer The Death Of Their Infants

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 4:01am

African-American women are more likely to lose a baby in the first year of life than women of any other race. Scientists think that stress from racism makes their bodies and babies more vulnerable.

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For Alaskan Coastal Village, Erosion Hits Home

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 4:00am

Melting permafrost and major storms are eating away at the coastal Alaskan village of Newtok. Residents are desperate to move, but the U.S. has no climate change policy that could help them.

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Sorry Folks, Climate Change Won't Make Chocolate Taste Better

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 12:39pm

Several news stories recently celebrated a new study suggesting global warming might enhance the taste of the beloved sweet. Sadly, that's not what it found at all, says the lead researcher.

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Facebook Expands Use Of Facial Recognition To ID Users In Photos

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 12:39pm

Currently, the site uses face recognition to prompt users to tag themselves or their friends in photos. Now users will get alerts when a photo is posted of their face, tag or no tag.

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No Eggnog, But Rescued Animals Enjoy Holiday Celebrations, Too

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 10:34am

If you involve your pets in holiday festivities, you'll immediately get why sanctuaries and nature centers fuss over their animals at this time of year, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.

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GOP Tax Bill Leaves Health Savings Accounts Untouched

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 9:47am

Republicans tried last summer to expand the use of these tax-advantaged accounts that are linked to high-deductible health plans. But their expansion proposal didn't make it into the tax bill.

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Being Different Helped A NASA Roboticist Achieve Her Dream

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 8:50am

Ayanna Howard was 27 when she headed her first team at NASA. She talks about feeling like an outsider, and discovering that diversity drives innovation.

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NIH Lifts Ban On Research That Could Make Deadly Viruses Even Worse

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 8:33am

After an unusual three-year moratorium, the federal government says it will once again allow research on deadly viruses that could spark pandemics. The work has sparked concerns about bioterrorism.

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Could A Zap To The Brain Derail Destructive Impulses?

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 2:19pm

A brain implant already used to treat severe epilepsy might also help fend off impulses to abuse drugs or overeat before they happen, researchers say. But so far it's been tested mostly in mice.

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Food And Drug Administration Plans Crackdown On Risky Homeopathic Remedies

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 1:26pm

FDA says homeopathy has grown into a $3 billion industry with treatments being sold for conditions ranging from the common cold to cancer. The agency will prioritize action against unsafe products.

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Kids Start To Test Surprising Claims By Early Elementary School

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 12:49pm

As many families prepare for a visit from Santa, and some face questions about the jolly old man in the red suit, a new study looks at how children react to surprising claims, says Tania Lombrozo.

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Older Adults' Forgetfulness Tied To Faulty Brain Rhythms In Sleep

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 3:47am

As people get older, brain waves that occur during deep sleep become less synchronized. This appears to disrupt a system that saves new memories.

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How To Survive Climate Change? Clues Are Buried In The Arctic

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 5:36pm

Climate change isn't new. Scientists are studying an ancient civilization in the Arctic to figure out how they survived climate change. The clues are buried in a secret, seaside neighborhood.

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Astronaut Trio Heads For Space Station To Continue Scientific Research

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 10:45am

The astronauts from the U.S., Russia and Japan blasted off early Sunday and are scheduled to arrive on Tuesday.

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Secret Pentagon Program Spent Millions To Research UFOs

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 8:29am

A Pentagon program spent $22 million researching "unidentified aerial phenomena," according to multiple reports. It was backed by former Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada.

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Researching How To Fight Climate Change With Geoengineering

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 7:05am

NPR's Lulu Garcia Navarro talks with Rep. Jerry McNerney, Democrat of California, about his new bill to research the effects and risks of "geoengineering" the planet as a way to fight climate change.

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