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Oct 03, 2022

The Nobel prize in medicine has been awarded for research on evolution
This year's Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine has been awarded to Swedish scientist Svante Pääbo for his discoveries on human evolution.

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Sep 20, 2022

Why your bad boss will probably lose the remote-work wars
Since 2020, office workers have waged an epic battle to work remotely. They're mostly winning.

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Sep 20, 2022

Daily 'breath training' can work as well as medicine to reduce high blood pressure
Research finds five to 10 minutes daily of a type of strength training for muscles used in breathing can help anyone reduce or prevent high blood pressure. The training can also help elite athletes.

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Sep 18, 2022

Scientists have found a mineral stronger than diamond
Scientists have found a mineral stronger than diamond. They say lonsdaleite could be used to fortify industrial tools like drill bits and saw blades - AND teach us about the evolution of earth.

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Sep 16, 2022

Scientists debate how lethal COVID is. Some say it's now less risky than flu
They argue the threat posed by COVID has lessened because of preexisting immunity and access to treatment. Plus, some deaths may be incorrectly blamed on COVID. Others caution it's too soon to tell.

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Sep 12, 2022

With early Alzheimer's in the family, these sisters decided to test for the gene
For some people, a rare genetic mutation makes dementia inescapable. Three sisters have decided to confront fate with a genetic test and have joined a research project on possible treatments.

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Sep 10, 2022

7 fun facts about sweat
Perspiration can be a stinky nuisance as temperatures climb, but scientists say we shouldn't sell sweat short. There's so much more to the briny stuff than meets the eye.

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Sep 07, 2022

Amputation in a 31,000-year-old skeleton may be a sign of prehistoric medical advances
The skeleton of a young adult found in a cave in Indonesia that is missing its left foot and part of its left leg reveal the oldest known evidence of an amputation, according to a new study.

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Sep 07, 2022

A newly discovered planet 40% larger than Earth may be suitable for life
It's one of two new planets that were recently found about 100 light years from Earth, both of which take just days to orbit their own sun.

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Aug 23, 2022

Spiders show signs of REM-like activity, raising the question: Do they dream?
A team of researchers filmed jumping spiders overnight and observed behaviors that mirror rapid eye movement sleep in other species. It helps that baby jumping spiders have translucent exoskeletons.

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Aug 18, 2022

What's behind the FDA's controversial strategy for evaluating new COVID boosters
Some scientists are alarmed that the agency plans to evaluate the next generation of boosters by reviewing mouse studies alone. Others say there's no time to waste waiting for human trials.

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Aug 12, 2022

A cataclysmic flood is coming for California. Climate change makes it more likely.
There's a long history of massive inland flooding in California. New research finds that climate change has already doubled the odds it happens again.

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Aug 08, 2022

COVID sewage surveillance labs join the hunt for monkeypox
Wastewater testing has proved a reliable early alarm bell for COVID-19 outbreaks. U.S. researchers are now adapting the approach to track the explosive spread of monkeypox, and maybe other viruses.

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Aug 08, 2022

An island in the Galápagos reintroduced iguanas after nearly 200 years of extinction
The Galápagos land iguana is back on Santiago Island. That's thanks to some help from a team of conservationists.

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Aug 01, 2022

Why the American Dream is more attainable in some cities than others
A blockbuster new study reveals a key factor explaining rates of upward mobility.

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Jul 31, 2022

This fish evolved to walk on land — then said 'nope' and went back to the water
In a move reflective of a viral meme, a new study shows that an ancient fish really did evolve to walk out of the water, only to then go back to the sea.

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Jul 30, 2022

A lot of predictions were made about COVID's social impact. How did they hold up?
NPR's Scott Simon asks Wharton School management professor Ethan Mollick about research into pandemic predictions and how to make the people around you happy.

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Jul 26, 2022

Fossil shows fish evolved to walk on land — then went back to the water
After an ancient fish developed legs, its newly discovered descendent Qikiqtania wakei went back to swimming in open water.

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Jul 23, 2022

Baby talk is a universal phenomenon
NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Courtney Hilton about his research that centers on how people talk to babies around the world.

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Jul 23, 2022

The science is in: Everyone recognizes and uses baby talk with infants
The features of baby talk — softer tone, higher pitch, almost unintelligible vocabulary — are global. Researchers made over 1,500 recordings in urban, rural and Indigenous communities.

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Jul 14, 2022

A woodpecker's brain takes a big hit with every peck: study
A new study refutes the popular idea that a woodpecker's brain is cushioned from the violent impacts of pecking. It offers a different reason the birds avoid brain damage.

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Jul 14, 2022

Over-the-counter birth control pills are available worldwide. The U.S. may be next
Birth control pills are available in the U.S. only with a prescription. Now a drugmaker is asking the FDA to approve a progestin-only contraceptive that would be available without one at pharmacies.

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Jul 08, 2022

A new species of giant water lily has been discovered
Botanists have discovered a new giant water lily with lilly pads that can grow to nearly 10 feet wide. Researchers previously thought there were only two species of giant water lillies.

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Jul 07, 2022

The story of Fred the mastodon, who died looking for love
A mastodon named Fred, also known as the Buesching mastodon, is a distant relative of the modern elephant. His remains reveal the story of his life and violent end.

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Jul 04, 2022

Thanks to researchers, face mites are getting an image makeover
New research suggests face mites, long considered parasites, might actually be helpful to humans.

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Jul 01, 2022

Underwater noise pollution is disturbing ocean life, researchers say
Whales, seals and other marine mammals need their keen hearing for communication and for finding food. But it's being damaged by a range of constant sounds. Ship engines and oil drilling for example.

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Jun 30, 2022

Scientists say they've solved a 700-year-old mystery: Where and when Black Death began
For centuries, scientists and historians have wondered where the Black Death — the deadliest pandemic in recorded history — came from. New research sheds light on the ancient disease.

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Jun 25, 2022

Monkeypox outbreak in U.S. is bigger than the CDC reports. Testing is 'abysmal'
The testing system set up by the CDC actually deters doctors from ordering a monkeypox test, and many physicians aren't familiar with the disease, resulting in too few tests and little tracking.

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Jun 24, 2022

Factual climate change reporting can influence Americans positively, but not for long
Climate change has impacted the world's water, air and land masses. But today's news media isn't designed to reinforce public belief, say researchers.

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Jun 23, 2022

How 'superworms' could help solve the trash crisis
A new study from Australia shows that larvae of the darkling beetle can eat polystyrene — the material behind plastic foam.

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Jun 22, 2022

COVID vaccines are finally here for young kids. But the logistics aren't easy
NPR talks to Claire Hannan, who has helped navigate vaccine rollouts in all 50 states, about some of the challenges involved in quickly getting shots out to millions of young kids.

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Jun 16, 2022

Omicron poses about half the risk of long COVID as delta, new research finds
Some scientists estimate that cases of long COVID from omicron will still rise, however, because of high transmissibility and the misconception that people don't have to worry about catching it.

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Jun 13, 2022

CTE is rare in brains of deceased service members, study finds
Despite a high risk of brain injuries, military personnel rarely develop a disabling brain condition often found in former boxers and football players.

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Jun 09, 2022

Researchers work to create a sense of touch in prosthetic limbs
A team at the University of Pittsburgh is equipping artificial hands and feet with sensors that are linked to a person's own nervous system. Preliminary results, though limited, are promising.

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Jun 09, 2022

Researchers are developing prosthetics that have a sense of touch
A team at the University of Pittsburgh is working to connect prosthetic arms and legs with the nervous system to give patients a sense of touch.

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Jun 06, 2022

A marble slab in storage turned out to be an ancient Greek yearbook
An ancient Greek inscription on a marble slab has been sitting in a museum for over 130 years. Researchers have learned it's a list of young men who had graduated from a military training class.

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Jun 06, 2022

A volcano's song could contain clues to its future eruptions, scientists hope
Scientists have recorded a song coming from a volcano. They think the musical notes may someday be useful for predicting when a dangerous eruption might occur.

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Jun 02, 2022

Researchers have identified the world's largest underwater plant
It covers almost 80 square miles off the coast of Western Australia. It looks like a massive meadow of seagrass, but it is actually a single seedling that's been cloning itself over and over again.

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May 28, 2022

A drug for HIV appears to reverse a type of memory loss in mice
In mice, the HIV drug maraviroc restored a system that links new memories that are made around the same time. The finding could help treat memory problems in people.

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May 26, 2022

Encore: The United States' only native parrot is being studied, to save it
We know the bird can mimic human speech; now a researcher is trying to understand parrot-to-parrot communication. He's looking at the red-crowned parrot, which is the only parrot native to the U.S.

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May 26, 2022

Research shows policies that may help prevent mass shootings — and some that don't
The amount of resources devoted to studying gun violence is paltry compared to its public health impact. Still the evidence shows certain policies might help prevent mass shootings.

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May 23, 2022

Study finds microscopic life in 830-million-year-old crystal - and it might be alive!
A recent study in the journal Geology finds microorganisms trapped in an 830-million-year-old salt crystal. The researchers say it might still be alive.

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May 18, 2022

Johns Hopkins' students solve a modern-day problem: messy lunches
The engineering students invented something called "Tastee Tape" — possibly the world's first edible tape that can stick to food. Gone are the days of burritos, gyros and wraps falling apart.

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May 17, 2022

The case for revolutionizing child care in America
A new book argues that greater public support for parents is critical for the brain development of America's kids.

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May 16, 2022

Missouri scientists work to save lake sturgeon by electronically tracking them
With a decreasing population of lake sturgeon, nine states have listed the species as endangered. To protect them, scientists are studying where lake sturgeon travel before and after they reproduce.

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May 15, 2022

A landmark study tracks the lasting effect of having an abortion — or being denied one
The Turnaway Study followed nearly 1,000 women who sought abortions, interviewing them regularly for years to understand the impact on their mental and financial wellbeing.

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May 14, 2022

Scientists successfully grow plants in soil from the moon
The study makes use of lunar soil samples collected from Apollo 11, 12 and 17.

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May 13, 2022

In thimble-sized pots, researchers wanted to see if the moon could grow food
Decades ago, Apollo astronauts gathered hundreds of pounds of lunar rocks and dirt. Last year, NASA loaned scientists at the University of Florida some of the soil, and they sprouted seedlings.

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May 12, 2022

This is the first image of the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way
"We finally have the first look at our Milky Way black hole, Sagittarius A*," an international team of astrophysicists and researchers from the Event Horizon Telescope team said.

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May 11, 2022

Youthful spinal fluid could help treat Alzheimer's disease, study suggests
The memory of aging mice improved when they received a substance found in the spinal fluid of young animals and young people. The finding suggests a new approach to treating Alzheimer's disease.

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May 10, 2022

Firearm-related homicide rate skyrockets amid stresses of the pandemic, the CDC says
The rate of U.S. gun homicides jumped nearly 35% in 2020 to the highest level in more than 25 years. And gaps widened for groups already at the highest risk, especially Black men and boys.

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May 05, 2022

A popular program for teaching kids to read just took another hit to its credibility
Reading Recovery is one of the world's most widely used reading intervention programs for young children. A new study questions its long-term impact.

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Apr 30, 2022

A new study tells us to hold the stereotypes on dog breeds
A new study published this week indicates that a dog's breed does not dictate its personality and temperament.

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Apr 28, 2022

Your dog is a good boy, but that's not necessarily because of its breed
A new study based on thousands of DNA sequences and owner surveys finds that less than 10% of a dog's behavior — like howling, herding or retrieving — can be explained by its breed.

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Apr 28, 2022

Moderna asks FDA to authorize first COVID-19 vaccine for very young children
The company says a low-dose version of its vaccine triggers an immune response in children ages 6 months to less than 6 years equivalent to what has protected older children and adults.

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Apr 26, 2022

Brain scans may reveal a lot about mental illness, but not until studies get bigger
Scientists are using MRI scans to understand how mental illness shows up in the bran. But new research raises concerns that existing studies are not reliable because the sample sizes are too small.

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Apr 25, 2022

MIT researchers confirm that it's hard to split the filling evenly in an Oreo
Twist apart an Oreo and the creme filling usually ends up mostly on one side. Researchers concluded there's no secret. The production process makes it almost impossible to split the filling evenly.

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Apr 22, 2022

Firearms overtook auto accidents as the leading cause of death in children
The change occurred in 2020, researchers say. Overall firearm-related deaths increased 13.5% between 2019 and 2020, but such fatalities for those 1 to 19 years old jumped nearly 30%.

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Apr 20, 2022

Taylor Swift was the inspiration for the name of a new millipede species
The Swift Twisted-Claw Millipede, or Nannaria swiftae, was among several new species found in Tennessee.

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Apr 19, 2022

Climate change fueled extreme rainfall during the record 2020 hurricane reason
Human-induced climate change fueled one of the most active hurricane seasons on record in 2020, with rainfall totals up to 10% higher than in the pre-industrial era, according to a new study.

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Apr 19, 2022

Climate change fueled extreme rainfall during the record 2020 hurricane season
Human-induced climate change fueled one of the most active hurricane seasons on record in 2020, with rainfall totals up to 10% higher than in the pre-industrial era, according to a new study.

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Apr 19, 2022

Moderna says its new 'bivalent' vaccine shows promise against COVID variants
The company says this version targets both the original coronavirus and the beta variant, and appears to provide broader and longer-lasting protection against different strains, including omicron.

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Apr 16, 2022

Individual grants fuel diverse research, from break dancing to enslaved beer brewers
The National Endowment for the Humanities recently announced grants for 245 projects, including research on Latina members of the military, Black women brewers, and the history of break dancing.

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Apr 15, 2022

Encore: Babies and toddlers know that swapping saliva is a sure sign of love
A study suggests babies are aware that people who are willing to share saliva, through kissing or sharing spoons, have especially close relationships. (Story aired on ATC on Jan. 20, 2022.)

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Apr 13, 2022

A record number of Yellowstone wolves have been killed. Conservationists are worried
States neighboring Yellowstone National Park have eased rules on hunting wolves, resulting in the most being killed in nearly a century

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Apr 12, 2022

How much energy powers a good life? Less than you're using, says a new report
Americans use nearly four times the energy researchers say is needed to live a happy, healthy and prosperous life.

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Apr 10, 2022

Charles Darwin's notebooks return to Cambridge after being missing for 20 years
Last month, two of Charles Darwin's notebooks that had been missing from the Cambridge University Library for 20 years were returned.

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Apr 07, 2022

Solar panels that can generate electricity at night have been developed at Stanford
While standard solar panels can provide electricity during the day, this device can be a "continuous renewable power source" during the day and at night.

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Apr 07, 2022

A new study suggests that mushrooms can communicate
A scientist at the University of the West of England inserted electrodes into four species of fungi, and discovered that the mushrooms seem to use electrical impulses to communicate internally.

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Apr 07, 2022

Scans reveal the brain's early growth, late decline and surprising variability
A study of more than 120,000 brain scans shows rapid growth before age 2 and accelerating decline after age 50. The results may one day help pick up abnormalities in the developing brain.

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Apr 06, 2022

For the first time, researchers find microplastics deep in the lungs of living people
Tiny plastic debris — some so small you can't see it — has previously been found in human blood, excrement and in the depths of the ocean.

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Apr 06, 2022

In jumpy flies and fiery mice, scientists see the roots of human emotions
Scientists are trying to understand PTSD and other human disorders by studying emotion-related brain circuits in animals, which research suggests may have a lot in common with the human brain.

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Apr 01, 2022

Sleeping with even a little bit of light isn't good for your health, study shows
Just a night or two of exposure to faint light is enough to raise your pulse and increase insulin resistance — factors that increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes, researchers find.

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Mar 30, 2022

The light from this star that astronomers just spotted is 12.9 billion years old
Scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have spotted light from what appears to be the most distant star ever seen. It offers a glimpse into an early moment in the history of the universe.

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Mar 25, 2022

COVID and schizophrenia: Why this deadly mix can deepen understanding of the brain
People with schizophrenia are three times as likely to die from the virus, giving scientists an opportunity to study the potential relationship between the immune system and mental illness.

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Mar 24, 2022

This trick keeps snakes from suffocating as they squeeze and swallow their prey
How do boa constrictors breathe while constricting their victims? A new study finds that snakes can switch which set of ribs they use to draw in air as they crush their meal before devouring it.

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Mar 24, 2022

Evidence grows that vaccines lower the risk of getting long COVID
Though findings are preliminary, many studies suggest that vaccinated people have good protection against the condition, although just how much is still up for debate.

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Mar 22, 2022

Roll over sourdough. Italian scientists develop a new way rise pizza crust
Bread geeks, take note! The new technique, developed in a lab in Naples, involves the smart application of materials science and physics to make airy, bubbly dough without fermentation.

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Mar 22, 2022

Roll over sourdough. Italian scientists develop a new way to rise pizza crust
Bread geeks, take note! The new technique, developed in a lab in Naples, involves the smart application of materials science and physics to make airy, bubbly dough without fermentation.

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Mar 22, 2022

Roll over, sourdough. Italian scientists develop a new way to rise pizza crust
Bread geeks, take note! The new technique, developed in a lab in Naples, involves the smart application of materials science and physics to make airy, bubbly dough without fermentation.

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Mar 22, 2022

Italian scientists hacked pizza physics to make dough without yeast
Bread geeks, take note! The new technique, developed in a lab in Naples, involves the smart application of materials science and physics to make airy, bubbly dough without fermentation.

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Mar 18, 2022

This form of memory loss is common — but most Americans don't know about it
Mild cognitive impairment, a common brain condition, can be an early sign of Alzheimer's disease. But most people don't know the symptoms. And some may mistake it for normal aging.

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Mar 18, 2022

This form of memory loss is common— but most Americans don't know about it
Mild cognitive impairment, a common brain condition, can be an early sign of Alzheimer's disease. But most people don't know the symptoms. And some may mistake it for normal aging.

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Mar 17, 2022

How a fossil with 10 arms and named after Joe Biden changed the vampire squid game
Millions of years ago and thousands of feet below the ocean's murky surface lived the oldest relative of the octopus and vampire squid.

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Mar 11, 2022

Nizar Ibrahim: How did we unearth the largest predator in history?
The largest predator in history was bigger than a T. Rex and longer than a school bus. And it swam. Paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim shares his quest to uncover the Spinosaurus.

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Mar 10, 2022

Even many decades later, redlined areas see higher levels of air pollution
"We see a really clear association between how these maps were drawn in the '30s and the air pollution disparities today," says an author of a new study on the effects of discriminatory lending.

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Mar 10, 2022

Therapy dogs can help relieve pain in the ER
They have offered comfort at nursing homes, schools — even disaster sites. Now, a study shows that a 10-minute visit from therapy dogs can help relieve emergency room patients' pain.

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Mar 09, 2022

A man who got the 1st pig heart transplant has died after 2 months
David Bennett, 57, died Tuesday at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He was the first person to receive a heart transplant from a pig.

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Feb 28, 2022

The time of year the dinosaur-killing asteroid hit explains why some species survived
The asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs hit in spring the northern hemisphere, a new study suggests. Scientists say animals in the different hemispheres may have fared differently after the event.

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Feb 25, 2022

'Stand Your Ground' laws are linked to an increase in U.S. homicides, study says
Trayvon Martin was killed a decade ago. The man who shot him used Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law as a successful defense. Critics say those laws are being abused and leading to more deaths.

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Feb 23, 2022

A.I. has mastered 'Gran Turismo' — and one autonomous car designer is taking note
A new artificial intelligence program has beaten the world's best players in the popular PlayStation racing game Gran Turismo Sport. But the impact could be felt far beyond that.

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Feb 22, 2022

Soot is accelerating snow melt in popular parts of Antarctica, a study finds
Arctic communities have long been plagued by soot that drives snow melt and respiratory disease. Now, humans are making their mark in Antarctica.

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Feb 22, 2022

Soot is accelerating snow melt in popular parts of Antarctica, study finds
Arctic communities have long been plagued by soot that drives snow melt and respiratory disease. Now, humans are making their mark in Antarctica.

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Feb 21, 2022

As booster shot protections wane, here's the latest research on a 4th vaccine dose
Scientists now know that the potency of the booster shot wanes quickly after about three months. We look at the latest research on a fourth shot.

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Feb 19, 2022

Art and music therapy seem to help with brain disorders. Scientists want to know why
Arts therapies appear to ease brain disorders from Parkinson's to PTSD. Now, artists and scientists have launched an effort to understand how these treatments change the brain.

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Feb 18, 2022

Major oil companies aren't following through on climate change promises
NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Gregory Trencher, a co-author of a report that shows, despite pledges, BP, Chevron, Exxon Mobil and Shell aren't making changes needed to transition to clean energy.

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Feb 18, 2022

Elephant tusk DNA can expose poaching networks, new analysis finds
Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a way of using DNA from elephant tusks to solve poaching mysteries and bring animal traffickers to justice.

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Feb 16, 2022

Scientists say elephant tusk DNA can expose poaching networks
Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a way of using DNA from elephant tusks to solve poaching mysteries and bring animal traffickers to justice.

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Feb 14, 2022

Study finds Western megadrought is the worst in 1,200 years
In records dating back to 800 AD, the only multi-decade drought that came close to today's was in the 1500's. Researchers say climate change is a factor, and the U.S. must plan for less water.

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Feb 10, 2022

Watch these robotic fish swim to the beat of human heart cells
Tiny, robotic fish powered by human heart cells suggest that scientists are getting closer to their goal of building replacement hearts from living tissue.

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