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Pavlovian Conditioning And Marriage

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 4:03am

A new study finds that people who looked at positive images of things like puppies next to a pictures of their spouses went on to have more positive feelings toward their spouses.

Potential Trump Adviser Suggests Climate Change Regulations Are Communist Conspiracy

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 4:03am

President Trump has tapped a former Texas regulator to be his senior adviser on environmental policy. Like a string of other controversial picks, she questions the science behind climate change.

Shark Fin Trade Faces Troubled Waters As Global Pressure Mounts

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 4:15pm

Congress is once again considering a federal ban on shark fins, used in soup. But scientists are divided about whether a ban is the best way to protect the creatures, which are imperiled worldwide.

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How Do Gravitational Waves Really Work?

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 2:54pm

Gravitational waves — ripples in the fabric of space-time — are a big deal in the world of science. Here's a video that helps explain how they work.

(Image credit: Sebastian Scheiner/AP)

WHO To Farmers: Stop Giving Your Animals So Many Antibiotics

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 1:06pm

The World Health Organization is calling for strict limits on antibiotic use in animals raised for food. The guidelines could push many countries, including the U.S., to restrict drug use on farms.

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A Quest: Insulin-Releasing Implant For Type-1 Diabetes

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 3:16pm

People who have Type-1 diabetes would love to be free of insulin injections and pumps. Researchers in San Francisco are now testing in animals an implantable pouch of living, insulin-releasing cells.

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A Quest: Insulin-Releasing Implant For Type-1 Diabetes

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 3:16pm

People who have Type-1 diabetes would love to be free of insulin injections and pumps. Researchers in San Francisco are now testing in animals an implantable pouch of living, insulin-releasing cells.

(Image credit: Steve Gschmeissner/Science Source)

Sleepless Night Leaves Some Brain Cells As Sluggish As You Feel

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 2:20pm

Scientists have found an underlying reason why it's dangerous to drive when you're sleepy. Brain recordings show cells involved in perception fire more slowly in somebody who has been up all night.

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Sleepless Night Leaves Some Brain Cells As Sluggish As You Feel

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 2:20pm

Scientists have found an underlying reason why it's dangerous to drive when you're sleepy. Brain recordings show cells involved in perception fire more slowly in somebody who has been up all night.

(Image credit: Darren Pryce/Getty Images/Imagezoo)

What's Your (Epistemic) Relationship To Science?

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 10:12am

Tania Lombrozo looks at a new paper arguing that research on the public's understanding of science often conflates knowledge and understanding — and that this conflation has costs.

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What's Your (Epistemic) Relationship To Science?

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 10:12am

Tania Lombrozo looks at a new paper arguing that research on the public's understanding of science often conflates knowledge and understanding — and that this conflation has costs.

(Image credit: turk_stock_photographer/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

From Fire Hydrants To Rescue Work, Dogs Perceive The World Through Smell

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 1:58pm

Dogs can sniff out people, drugs, bombs, cancer and much more. In her book Being A Dog, Alexandra Horowitz explores the mysteries and mechanics of canine noses. Originally broadcast Oct. 4, 2016.

From Fire Hydrants To Rescue Work, Dogs Perceive The World Through Smell

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 1:58pm

Dogs can sniff out people, drugs, bombs, cancer and much more. In her book Being A Dog, Alexandra Horowitz explores the mysteries and mechanics of canine noses. Originally broadcast Oct. 4, 2016.

Why Riding An Elevator Is Like Changing Gravity

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 9:13am

If you time it just right, throwing a ball in the air as an elevator starts to move, the ball seems to hang in the air for a moment, like gravity had been canceled, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.

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Why Riding An Elevator Is Like Changing Gravity

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 9:13am

If you time it just right, tossing a ball in the air as an elevator starts to move, the ball seems to hang in the air for a moment, like gravity had been canceled, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.

(Image credit: kostsov/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

On Thin Ice: Walruses Threatened After U.S. Declines To List As Endangered

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 3:19pm

The Trump administration refused last month to put the Pacific walrus on the endangered species list, spelling a "death sentence" for the species that lives in the seas between Alaska and Russia.

(Image credit: S.A. Sonsthagen/AP)

On Thin Ice: Walruses Threatened After U.S. Declines To List As Endangered

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 3:19pm

The Trump administration refused last month to put the Pacific walrus on the endangered species list, spelling a "death sentence" for the species that lives in the seas between Alaska and Russia.

(Image credit: S.A. Sonsthagen/AP)

After Chemical Fires, Texans Worry About Toxic Effects

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 3:07pm

Some residents and first responders are suing the chemical company Arkema, saying it didn't do enough to protect them from fires that started at one of its plants near Houston after Hurricane Harvey.

(Image credit: William Chambers for NPR)

After Chemical Fires, Texans Worry About Toxic Effects

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 3:07pm

Some residents and first responders are suing the chemical company Arkema, claiming it didn't do enough to protect them from fires that started at one of its plant near Houston after Hurricane Harvey.

(Image credit: William Chambers for NPR)

Massive Government Report Says Climate Is Warming And Humans Are The Cause

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 1:36pm

The government's most comprehensive climate report to date is at odds with the statements made by President Trump and his Cabinet.

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