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May 21, 2019

Can CBD Reduce Cravings And Stress In Opioid Users?
Researchers wanted to know if CBD can help people who are former opioid users resist relapse. Their double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial suggests CBD can help reduce stress and cravings.

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May 18, 2019

Calories, Carbs, Fat, Fiber: Unraveling The Links Between Breast Cancer And Diet
A new study finds that women who ate a low-fat diet and more fruits, vegetables and grains, lowered their risk of dying from breast cancer. But which of those factors provided the protective effect?

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May 17, 2019

Suicide Rate For Girls Has Been Rising Faster Than For Boys, Study Finds
Researchers found that the increase was highest for girls ages 10 to 14 in the U.S., rising by nearly 13% since 2007. The increase for boys of the same age was 7%.

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May 17, 2019

Researchers Say Evidence Shows What You Eat Really Does Matter
Two new diet studies add to the evidence that when it comes to staying healthy, counting calories may not be enough. What really matters is what you choose to eat and the quality of your diet.

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May 16, 2019

It's Not Just Salt, Sugar, Fat: Study Finds Ultra-Processed Foods Drive Weight Gain
"Landmark" study finds a highly processed diet spurred people to overeat compared with an unprocessed diet, about 500 extra calories a day. That suggests something about processing itself is at play.

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May 16, 2019

How To Help A Kid Survive Early Puberty
Around 15% of girls begin menstruation by age 7. The challenges of puberty can rock anybody, but being the first of your friends to go through it can be especially stressful. Good parenting helps.

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May 16, 2019

Remote Island Chain Has Few People — But Hundreds Of Millions Of Pieces Of Plastic
The Cocos Keeling Islands make up barely 6 square miles in the Indian Ocean. It's a good place to measure plastic waste as almost no one lives there. Scientists were flabbergasted by what they found.

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May 14, 2019

Spider Uses Web As Slingshot To Ensnare Prey, Scientists Find
There's a type of spider that can slowly stretch its web taut and then release it, causing the web to catapult forward and entangle unsuspecting prey in its strands.

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May 09, 2019

Placebos May Be A Powerful Tool That Medicine Has Overlooked
Physicians believe placebos work only if patients think they're getting medicine. In other words, doctors have to deceive patients. But there might be a way to get placebos to work without deception.

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May 08, 2019

Uber And Lyft Caused Major Traffic Uptick In San Francisco, Study Says
Researchers compared data from fall 2010 — before the companies made inroads in the city — and fall 2016. They found that the companies are to blame for more than half of a big increase in traffic.

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May 08, 2019

Genetically Modified Viruses Help Save A Patient With A 'Superbug' Infection
Treatment with genetically altered bacteriophages — viruses that attack bacteria — may have halted a patient's near-fatal infection, hinting at new ways to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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May 07, 2019

News Brief: U.S. China Trade Talks, Humans Excelerate Species' Extinction
The White House is fighting China in trade talks, but a new report found top advisers battled over whether to impose tariffs on Chinese imports. The U.N. warns which species are at risk of extinction.

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May 07, 2019

News Brief: U.S.-China Trade Talks, Humans Accelerate Species' Extinction
The White House is fighting China in trade talks, but a new report found top advisers battled over whether to impose tariffs on Chinese imports. The U.N. warns which species are at risk of extinction.

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May 07, 2019

News Brief: U.S.-China Trade Talks, Humans Excelerate Species' Extinction
The White House is fighting China in trade talks, but a new report found top advisers battled over whether to impose tariffs on Chinese imports. The U.N. warns which species are at risk of extinction.

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May 06, 2019

1 Million Animal And Plant Species Are At Risk Of Extinction, U.N. Report Says
"Protecting biodiversity amounts to protecting humanity," says UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, who warns that species are being lost at an alarming rate.

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May 06, 2019

If Drones Had 'Claws,' They Might Be Able To Fly For Longer
Small drones have a problem — their battery life runs out relatively quickly. A team of roboticists says it has created special landing gear that can help conserve precious battery life.

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May 05, 2019

From Gloom To Gratitude: 8 Skills To Cultivate Joy
Taking time each day to note positive moments and personal strengths; mindful breathing and reaching out in kindness are all part of program that reduces anxiety and depression. But it takes practice.

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May 03, 2019

After A Big Failure, Scientists And Patients Hunt For A New Type Of Alzheimer's Drug
Now that so many experimental drugs targeting amyloid-beta have bombed, scientists are looking for different approaches for treating Alzheimer's, including a drug that failed as a cancer treatment.

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May 02, 2019

Traces Of Cocaine, Pesticides Detected In U.K. Shrimp
Scientists collected freshwater shrimp at 15 locations in Suffolk. Animals from all of the sites were found to have detectable amounts of cocaine, and many had other drugs or pesticides.

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May 01, 2019

Denisovans, A Mysterious Form Of Ancient Humans, Are Traced to Tibet
Until now, the only Denisovan remains came from a cave called Denisova in Siberia. The new find is "much more complete," one expert says.

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May 01, 2019

Denisovans, A Mysterious Kind Of Ancient Humans, Are Traced to Tibet
Until now, the only Denisovan remains came from a cave in Siberia. The new find is "much more complete," one expert says.

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Apr 30, 2019

Political Crisis In Venezuela Escalates
Opposition leader Juan Guaidó says he is in the final phase of a plan to oust Nicolás Maduro. Maduro's officials say they are successfully putting down a coup attempt.

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Apr 30, 2019

Trump Sues Deutsche Bank And Capital One To Block Records' Release
President Trump wants to keep the banks from complying with congressional subpoenas seeking his bank records. He's joined in the suit by three of his children and some of his real estate businesses.

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Apr 30, 2019

Jury To Decide The Fate Of Ex-Officer Who Killed 911 Caller
A jury resumes deliberations in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, who shot and killed a woman while responding to her 911 call.

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Apr 30, 2019

U.S. Infrastructure Shows The Effects Of Neglect, Smith Says
NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Tom Smith, executive director of the American Society of Civil Engineers, about the current state of the nation's infrastructure. The group issued a report card in 2017.

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Apr 30, 2019

Infrastructure Gets The Attention Of Trump, Schumer And Pelosi
President Trump is meeting with Democratic leaders in the Senate and House Tuesday morning to discuss the nation's infrastructure needs. It seems to be a rare moment of bipartisanship.

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Apr 30, 2019

Drone Transports Human Kidney For Transplant
The drone was custom built to be able to monitor the payload while in the air. The kidney made it to the University of Maryland Medical Center. The woman who received the kidney called it "amazing."

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Apr 30, 2019

Whale Off Norway's Coast Found Wearing Camera Harness
The harness read "Equipment St. Petersburg." A researcher told CNN that the whale was probably trained by Russia's navy. He said they've "been known to train belugas to conduct military operations."

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Apr 30, 2019

Trump Lauds Disbarred Lawyer While Criticizing Others, Mueller Report Says
Attorney General William Barr heads to Capitol Hill this week to face questions about the Mueller report. Critics say Barr is running interference for President Trump.

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Apr 30, 2019

'High Five' Readers Invited To Participate In Secret Tournament
NPR's Rachel Martin talks to best-selling, children's book author Adam Rubin about his latest: High Five. It tells the story of a secret high-five tournament that's been held in the animal kingdom.

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Apr 30, 2019

After 5 Years, ISIS Leader Purportedly Releases Another Video
A video purports to show the ISIS leader speaking to followers and referencing the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka. The first video was released in 2014 as ISIS was rapidly increasing in strength.

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Apr 30, 2019

Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi's 'Call Me Zebra' Wins PEN/Faulkner Prize
The 35-year-old author won $15,000 along with the prestigious award for fiction. As she tells NPR, the prize also carries a special significance for her personally.

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Apr 30, 2019

Japan's Emperor Akihito Abdicates The Chrysanthemum Throne
Akihito, citing failing health, becomes the first Japanese monarch in some two centuries to step down. His reign ends at midnight Tuesday, and then his son, Crown Prince Naruhito, ascends the throne.

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Apr 30, 2019

Ground-Breaking Director John Singleton Dies At 51
Filmmaker John Singleton died Monday after complications from a stroke. He made history with 1991's Boyz n the Hood as the first African American nominated for a best director Oscar.

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Apr 30, 2019

Negotiators Are In Beijing For Talks On Ending U.S.-China Trade War
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has been suggesting that the U.S. and China are closing in on a trade deal. NPR's David Greene talks to Erin Ennis, of the U.S.-China Business Council.

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Apr 30, 2019

More Than 700 Measles Cases Reported Across 22 States, CDC Data Show
NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, about the resurgence of the measles virus.

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Apr 29, 2019

Measles Shots Aren't Just For Kids: Many Adults Could Use A Booster Too
With U.S. measles cases at record highs, doctors say adults who got vaccinated prior to 1968 should consider getting revaccinated to make sure they and their neighbors are protected.

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Apr 24, 2019

Scientists Explain A Common Fight In Basketball
Are players just pretending to be so certain the ball is out on their opponent? Or could there be a difference in how they experience the event that has them pointing a finger at the other player?

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Apr 24, 2019

Decoded Brain Signals Could Give Voiceless People A Way To Talk
Scientists have found a way to transform electrical signals in the brain into intelligible speech. The advance may help people paralyzed by a stroke or disease, but the technology is experimental.

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Apr 22, 2019

Meal Kits Have A Smaller Carbon Footprint Than Grocery Shopping, Study Says
While it may seem that heaps of plastic from meal kit delivery services make them less environmentally friendly than traditional grocery shopping, a new study suggests that's not necessarily true.

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Apr 22, 2019

Meal Kits Have Smaller Carbon Footprint Than Grocery Shopping, Study Says
While it may seem that heaps of plastic from meal kit delivery services make them less environmentally friendly than traditional grocery shopping, a new study suggests that's not necessarily true.

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Apr 22, 2019

Scientists Dig Into Hard Questions About The Fluorinated Pollutants Known As PFAS
PFAS are a family of chemicals accumulating in the soil, rivers, drinking water and the human body. How much exposure to these substances in clothes, firefighting foam and food wrap is too much?

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Apr 22, 2019

'Invisibilia' Team Takes A Deep Dive Into The Science Of Desire
Most of us have a "type" — certain quirks and qualities we're just more into, that pique our sexual desire. But why are we attracted to the people we're attracted to?

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Apr 18, 2019

Tiny Earthquakes Happen Every Few Minutes In Southern California, Study Finds
A new catalog of Southern California earthquakes is 10 times larger than its predecessor list. The details of frequent, small quakes help scientists study what triggers large, destructive ones.

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Apr 18, 2019

News Brief: Mueller Report, North Korea, Brain Tests On Dead Pigs
The redacted version of the Mueller report is released Thursday. North Korea announces it has tested a new "tactical guided weapon." Scientists have restored some function in the brains of dead pigs.

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Apr 17, 2019

Gene Therapy Advances To Better Treat 'Bubble Boy' Disease
The latest advance is not only encouraging news for patients with severe compromised immunodeficiency. It's a test case for all those scientists working to develop better gene therapy techniques.

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Apr 17, 2019

Climate Change Was The Engine That Powered Hurricane Maria's Devastating Rains
Maria was the rainiest hurricane known to have hit the island. Scientists say a storm of its severity is nearly five times more likely to occur today, with warmer air and oceans, than in the 1950s.

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Apr 17, 2019

Study Examined Germ Levels In Men's Beards Versus Dogs
Researchers wanted to know whether they could use the same MRI scanners for dogs and people. They swabbed the machines used by 18 bearded men and 30 dogs. The beards had higher microbial levels.

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Apr 17, 2019

Hidden Brain: America's Changing Attitudes Toward Gay People
Public opinion about gay rights has shifted enormously in the United States over the past few decades. What are some of the factors that have led to this historic change in attitudes?

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Apr 16, 2019

First U.S. Patients Treated With CRISPR As Gene-Editing Human Trials Get Underway
This could be a crucial year for the powerful gene-editing technique CRISPR as researchers start testing it in patients to treat diseases such as cancer, blindness, and sickle cell disease.

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Apr 16, 2019

First U.S. Patients Treated With CRISPR As Human Gene-Editing Trials Get Underway
This could be a crucial year for the powerful gene-editing technique CRISPR as researchers start testing it in patients to treat diseases such as cancer, blindness and sickle cell disease.

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Apr 16, 2019

Scientists Plan To Start Human Trials Testing CRISPR Soon
The powerful gene-editing technique is moving out of the lab and into the clinic. Trials will use CRISPR to try to treat a variety of diseases, ranging from cancer and blindness to blood disorders.

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Apr 14, 2019

Do You Love Lying In Bed? Get Paid By NASA To Do It For Space Research
Researchers are currently looking for candidates who will stay in bed 24 hours a day, seven days a week for 60 straight days for a study on how the body adapts to weightlessness.

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Apr 14, 2019

High Stress Drives Up Your Risk Of A Heart Attack. Here's How To Chill Out
A study of siblings finds those who have a stress-related disorder have a 60 percent higher risk of heart attack or other cardiovascular event, compared to their less-stressed brothers and sisters.

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Apr 12, 2019

Should We Have Empathy For Those We Hate?
The latest episode of NPR's Podcast Invisibilia examines the history of empathy in American culture. In this era of political polarization, empathy has fallen out of fashion.

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Apr 10, 2019

Ancient Bones And Teeth Found In A Philippine Cave May Rewrite Human History
Islands in Southeast Asia were clearly important in the evolution of early humans, say scientists who have turned up 50,000-year-old remains of what they suspect is a previously unknown human species.

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Apr 10, 2019

Ancient Bones And Teeth Found In A Philippines Cave May Rewrite Human History
Islands in Southeast Asia were clearly important in the evolution of early humans, say scientists who have turned up 50,000-year-old remains of what they suspect is a previously unknown human species.

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Apr 10, 2019

A Black Hole Is Photographed For First Time By Massive Telescope Project
"For the first time we have seen what we thought was unseeable," said Event Horizon Telescope Director Shep Doeleman, as the first image of a black hole was released.

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Apr 10, 2019

Earth Sees First Image Of A Black Hole
Every image you've ever seen of a black hole has been a simulation. Until now. "We have seen what we thought was unseeable," said Event Horizon Telescope Director Shep Doeleman.

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Apr 10, 2019

Watch: Earth Gets Its First Look At A Black Hole
"Getting a direct view of a black hole is the ultimate dream for a lot of physicists," as astrophysicist Adam Frank wrote for NPR.

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Apr 09, 2019

Porcupine Barbs For Better Wound Healing
Surgeons would love to find a replacement for surgical staples — one that doesn't aggravate wounds on the way in and out. Bioengineers think they've found the right model — a porcupine's quill.

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Apr 09, 2019

Are Plastic Bag Bans Garbage?
A national movement to ban plastic bags is gaining steam, but these restrictions may actually hurt the environment more than help it. Human nature, hard truths, and what kind of bag to use anyway?

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Apr 07, 2019

Big Cities, Bright Lights And Up To 1 Billion Bird Collisions
When birds migrate, they can become attracted to and disoriented by artificial lights. The result: they end up colliding with skyscrapers and other buildings.

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Apr 06, 2019

Opinion: Can Stonehenge Offer A Lesson For Brexit?
As the U.K. continues to debate over the state of Brexit, NPR's Scott Simon looks at how a new discovery at Stonehenge might offer a lesson in coming together.

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Apr 04, 2019

Cats Don't Fetch, But Know Their Names As Well As Dogs, Researchers Say
In the study by Japanese researchers, cats reacted to their own name. Researchers say it's the first evidence showing cats can understand spoken words.

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Apr 04, 2019

Cats Might Not Act Like It, But They Know Their Names As Well As Dogs, Study Says
In the study by Japanese researchers, cats reacted to their own name. Researchers say it's the first evidence showing cats can understand spoken words.

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Apr 04, 2019

Stop The Presses! Newspapers Affect Us, Often In Ways We Don't Realize
This week we consider what we misunderstand about newspapers - from their long history of hype, to the hidden price we pay when they close.

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Apr 03, 2019

Bad Diets Are Responsible For More Deaths Than Smoking, Global Study Finds
Some 11 million deaths annually are linked to diet-related diseases like diabetes and heart disease, a study finds. Researchers say that makes diet the leading risk factor for deaths around the world.

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Apr 02, 2019

Step 1: Build A House. Step 2: Set It On Fire
After back-to-back hurricanes and wildfires, insurers are looking for more-resilient construction materials. That means building model homes and then blowing off their roofs or setting them on fire.

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Mar 28, 2019

How Mosquitoes Sniff Out Human Sweat To Find Us
Female mosquitoes searching for a meal of blood detect people partly by using a special olfactory receptor to home in on our sweat. The finding could lead to new approaches for better repellents.

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Mar 27, 2019

Blech! Brain Science Explains Why You're Not Thirsty For Salt Water
Fresh water quenches thirst almost instantly, but salt water doesn't. New research shows how cells in the gut and on the tongue help the brain keep just the right concentration of salt in our bodies.

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Mar 26, 2019

VIDEO: Head Lice Up Close, And All Too Personal
Claws of the louse that afflicts human scalps fit neatly around a single human hair. Louse eggs stick to hair shafts with a sort of glue. Maybe the best remedy for you and the kids? Comb, baby, comb.

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Mar 26, 2019

Sparkle Unicorns And Fart Ninjas: What Parents Can Do About Gendered Toys
Toys are more pink and blue than ever before, experts say. But before you ban the sparkle unicorns and foam-dart blasters, consider other ways to help kids expand their play possibilities.

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Mar 25, 2019

Duke Whistleblower Gets More Than $33 Million In Research Fraud Settlement
Duke University is paying the U.S. government $112.5 million to settle accusations that it submitted bogus data to win federal research grants.

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Mar 24, 2019

Need A Can't-Miss Wheel Of Cheese? Try Playing It Some Hip-Hop
Researchers exposed cheese to different genres of music for 24 hours a day over six months to find out that hip-hop might create the tastiest cheese.

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Mar 21, 2019

Fentanyl-Linked Deaths: The U.S. Opioid Epidemic's Third Wave Begins
Overdose deaths involving fentanyl are rising — up 113 percent on average each year from 2013 to 2016. Dealers are adding cheap fentanyl to the illicit drug supply, and some users get it accidentally.

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Mar 21, 2019

Fentanyl-Linked Deaths: The U.S. Opioid Epidemic's Third Wave
Overdose deaths involving fentanyl are rising — up 113 percent on average each year from 2013 to 2016. Dealers are adding cheap fentanyl to the illicit drug supply, and some users get it accidentally.

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Mar 19, 2019

U.S. Mathematician Becomes First Woman To Win Abel Prize, 'Math's Nobel'
"I find that I am bored with anything I understand," Karen Uhlenbeck once said. That sentiment is part of why she won what many call the Nobel of mathematics Tuesday.

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Mar 19, 2019

Researchers Examine Who's Better At College Basketball's Free-Throw Line
March Madness is here, and college basketball is in the spotlight. When it comes to making free throws, who is better: College players who would eventually go pro, or players who would never go pro?

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Mar 16, 2019

Cannabis 101 At The University Of Connecticut
With expanding markets for hemp and marijuana, some students believe that taking the class could help their careers. "I'm definitely interested in the plant and where it can go," Madison Blake said.

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Mar 15, 2019

Google Employee Is Credited With Calculating Most Accurate Value Of Pi
Emma Haruka Iwao has computed over 31 trillion of its digits. She and her team calculated 31,415,926,535,897 digits of pi — crushing a 2016 record by trillions of digits.

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Mar 14, 2019

Did Cooking Really Give Us The F-Word?
Some linguists are arguing that the advent of softer food, thousands of years ago, led to changes in biting patterns and eventually, to more frequent use of sounds like "f" and "v" in human language.

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Mar 13, 2019

Call For Global Moratorium On Creating Gene-Edited Babies
An international group of 18 prominent scientists and bioethicists is calling for countries around the world to impose a moratorium on the creation of babies whose genes have been altered in the lab.

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Mar 13, 2019

Scientists Call For Global Moratorium On Creating Gene-Edited Babies
An international group of 18 prominent scientists and bioethicists is calling for countries around the world to impose a moratorium on the creation of babies whose genes have been altered in the lab.

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Mar 10, 2019

Scientists Thread A Nano-Needle To Modify The Genes Of Plants
Getting DNA into plant cells is tricky. Researchers have tried using infectious bacteria, as well as gene guns that shoot gold bullets. Then a physicist came up with a new approach almost by accident.

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Mar 08, 2019

A Gulp Of Genetically Modified Bacteria Might Someday Treat A Range Of Illnesses
Researchers think genetically engineered versions of microbes that can live in humans could help treat some rare genetic disorders and perhaps help with Type 1 diabetes, cirrhosis and cancer.

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Mar 07, 2019

An Antibody-Inspired Small Molecule Could Make For A Better Flu Treatment
To outsmart influenza, researchers are leveraging the biological information encoded in infection-fighting antibodies to design new drugs. One attempt neutralizes near-lethal levels of flu in mice.

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Mar 07, 2019

Why Partisanship Changes How People React To Noncontroversial Statements
New research finds that partisans agree with bumper sticker slogans — unless they are told that those slogans were made by a leader of the opposing party.

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Mar 05, 2019

How Much Is Today's HIV Research Centered Around The Search For A Cure?
For the second time ever, a man's HIV infection has been sent into remission. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Rowena Johnston, director of research for the Foundation for AIDS Research.

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Mar 05, 2019

London Patient Cleared Of HIV
Doctors in London say they've successfully treated an HIV patient, but the treatment is dangerous and expensive. The news comes 12 years after a different patient was declared cured of AIDS.

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Feb 28, 2019

Scientists Shocked By Rare, Giant Sunfish Washed Up On California Beach
They initially thought it was a type of fish known to swim near Santa Barbara. But by collaborating with Australian scientists, they found it was a species never before documented in North America.

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Feb 26, 2019

Double-Booked Surgeons: Study Raises Safety Questions For High-Risk Patients
Most patients do fine, research suggests, when the lead surgeon steps away to begin another procedure. But patients who are older or have underlying medical conditions sometimes fare worse.

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Feb 21, 2019

World's Largest Bee Is Spotted For First Time In Decades
The bee towers over its apian cousins. Females have been recorded as being at least an inch and a half long. Add to that a pair of gigantic mandibles, and it's a bee like no other.

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Feb 20, 2019

Scientists Release Controversial Genetically Modified Mosquitoes In High-Security Lab
The insects were created, using CRISPR, to carry a powerful "gene drive." The mosquitoes could provide a potent weapon against malaria, but they raise fears about unpredictable environmental effects.

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Feb 18, 2019

Scientific Duo Gets Back To Basics To Make Childbirth Safer
Remarkably little is known about the fundamentals of how a woman carries a baby inside her. Two Columbia University researchers aim to change that, to reduce the number of kids born too soon.

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Feb 17, 2019

Volunteers Fight Bad Science
James Heathers is a postdoctoral researcher at Northeastern University, who looks for mistakes for fun. He speaks to NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks about errors published in scientific papers.

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Feb 14, 2019

Racial Disparities In Cancer Incidence And Survival Rates Are Narrowing
African-Americans still have the highest death rate and the lowest survival rate of any U.S. racial or ethnic group for most cancers. But the "cancer gap" between blacks and whites is shrinking.

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Feb 14, 2019

World Health Organization Forms Committee To Guide Editing Of Human Genes
WHO acted in reaction to a Chinese scientist's announcement in 2018 that he had created the world's first gene-edited babies, a step that highlighted the need for uniform gene-editing guidelines.

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Feb 13, 2019

When Teens Threaten Violence, A Community Responds With Compassion
After years of being beaten up, this teen decided to take justice into his own hands. A school district in Oregon showed him a better way to solve his problems.

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Feb 13, 2019

Hungry Deer May Be Changing How Things Sound In The Forest
Sound travels differently through open fields than the woods. When deer eat up bushes, small trees and other forest plants, it affects the transmission of bird calls and other natural sounds.

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