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Not-So-Objective Scientists Cling To Accepted Wisdom

Sun, 03/16/2014 - 7:00am

Overturning scientific dogma is tricky. Reporter Joe Palca tells NPR's Rachel Martin that one astronomer learned that lesson when he calculated that the universe was younger than colleagues believed.

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Why'd The Scientist Cross The Road? To Figure Out Why You're Laughing

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 7:00am

Scott Weems' book HA! explores the science of when we laugh and why. He describes the part of your brain that's active when you laugh, and the controversy over whether ducks are funnier than chickens.

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You're Old. You're a Rock. You Can See

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 6:11am

Two rocks sit on a hill. They're rocks, so there's not a whole lot to do. But then there's a noise, some motion, and suddenly they are witnesses to an extraordinary change. Come see what they see.

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Rethinking The Five-Second Rule: With Carpet, There's No Rush

Sat, 03/15/2014 - 4:01am

Looks like the old adage about when it's safe to eat dropped foods may actually be effective for wet, sticky stuff like candies. For carpet-dusted snacks, you can take your sweet time, a study finds.

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Lawmakers Seek To Lay Roadblock To Powerful Painkiller

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 3:00pm

Sen. Joe Manchin is introducing a bill to force the Food and Drug Administration to ban potent new painkiller Zohydro, backed by a bipartisan effort to get the FDA to remove its approval of the drug.

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See More, Eat More: The Geography Of Fast Food

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 2:09pm

The more fast food you encounter where you live and work, the likelier you are to be obese, research shows. That suggests policies limiting fast-food outlets in neighborhoods may be onto something.

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Daring Cameraman In Ukraine Captures Secret 'Moscow' Summit

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 7:04am

They met on a bridge high over the Dnieper River near Kiev, in Ukraine. They didn't want the authorities to know and — until the video came out — nobody noticed.

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Rare Diamond Points To Mass Quantities Of Water In Earth's Mantle

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 4:53pm

A unique mineral trapped inside a unique diamond bolsters the theory that oceans of non-liquid water lurk hundreds of miles below the planet's surface.

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Google's Flu Tracker Suffers From Sniffles

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 3:12pm

A system that tries to anticipate flu's spread by monitoring a region's online searches for flu-linked words sounds good. But sometimes a sniffle is just a cold. Tracking diagnoses still works better.

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With 3-D Printing, Affordable Prosthetics Are In Reach

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 3:00pm

Dan Carsen of WBHM reports how 3-D printers are changing manufacturing. They're cheap, and their results can be impressive. In Alabama, a team is working to create affordable prosthetics for kids.

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HIV Can Spread Through Sexual Contact Between Women

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 1:31pm

The case of two women in Texas offers the strongest evidence to date of HIV transmission between women. Though rare, it's a reminder that the virus can spread during various forms of intimacy.

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A Major In Coffee? U.C. Davis Might Be Brewing One Up

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 12:21pm

The California university is already famous for its wine and beer programs. Coffee seemed like a natural next step. It's new Coffee Center aims to break down the science behind the perfect cup of Joe.

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Water-To-Wine Machine Sound Too Good To Be True? It Is

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 1:12pm

News media were quick to report on a $499 "Miracle Machine" that could turn water into wine. The science sounded suspect to us, with good reason. The perpetrators call it a sham for charity's sake.

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Mix Of Gut Microbes May Play Role In Crohn's Disease

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 11:05am

Research involving more than 1,500 patients suggests people with Crohn's may have too many of the types of gut bacteria that tend to rile the immune system and too few that reduce inflammation.

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Who Needs Clicks? Blogger Vi Hart, In Daring Move, Goes Wildly, Dramatically Dull

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 6:20am

It was bound to happen. In the worldwide race for clicks, one of the Web's most popular bloggers has gone rogue. She's decided to bore her audience — in the most daring way.

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Whole Genome Scans Aren't Quite Ready For Your Doctor's Office

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 4:11pm

Wouldn't it be great to be able to scan your genes and find out your disease risk? Those scanners exist. But a test of their usefulness for medical care found them not as accurate as one would hope.

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Save The Escargot! Snail-Devouring Predator Rears Its Head In France

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 3:21pm

The New Guinea flatworm is a vicious little thing with an appetite for snails. Its discovery in Normandy has raised concerns about the fate of Europe's snails — and France's famed mollusk appetizer.

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Genetic Sequencing May Not Be Ready To Become Routine

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 3:00pm

Sequencing someone's genetic code may seem a good way to raise warnings on health risks. But results can be a confusing mess of information that only leaves patients and doctors needlessly scared.

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Three Years From Meltdown, Japanese Nuclear Plant Still Struggles

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 3:00pm

In the time since the meltdown at Fukushima's nuclear plant, there have been other mishaps. A recent tour of the reactor reveals that the facility's dogged by both technical problems and labor issues.

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Evolved Science: Crowdsourcing Makes Cataloging Bugs Faster

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 3:00pm

Thousands of non-scientists sitting at their home computers may now be as useful as a single Einstein — thanks to online crowdsourcing. What once took years, now takes days.

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