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Mar 02, 2021

Utah Considers State Park Named For Utahraptor Dinosaur
Utah is considering naming a new park in honor of dinosaurs discovered there. Researchers expect to uncover more Utahraptor bones — provided they can get them out of a massive block of rock.

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Mar 02, 2021

Reading A Letter That's Been Sealed For More Than 300 Years — Without Opening It
A signed, sealed but not delivered letter from 1697 has finally been read with the help of a high-tech scan that looked inside without breaking its seal.

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Mar 02, 2021

Reading A Letter That's Been Sealed For More Than 300 Years—Without Opening It
A signed, sealed, but not delivered letter from 1697 has finally been read with the help of a high-tech scan that looked inside without breaking its seal.

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Mar 02, 2021

5 Medical Appointments You Should Stop Putting Off
If you've been delaying routine medical care in the past year, now's the time to catch up, doctors say. The consequences of missing some key screenings and health checkups can be lethal.

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Mar 01, 2021

To Help Farmworkers Get COVID-19 Tests And Vaccine, Build Trust And A Safety Net
Getting COVID-19 tests and vaccine to essential workers on commercial farms and in meatpacking plants requires more than a pop-up clinic miles away. A positive test can be financially devastating.

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Feb 28, 2021

CDC Panel Endorses Johnson & Johnson's One-Dose COVID-19 Vaccine
Advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted to endorse the emergency use of a single dose of a vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson. A study showed it was 66% effective in the U.S.

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Feb 27, 2021

Scientists Talked To People In Their Dreams. They Answered
Scientists have found that two-way communication is possible with someone who is asleep and dreaming. Specifically, lucid dreaming — dreaming while being aware you're dreaming.

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Feb 23, 2021

Why 'Tight' Cultures May Fare Better Than 'Loose' Cultures In A Pandemic
A new study in The Lancet Planetary Health finds that cultural attitudes may explain the stark differences in how countries experience the pandemic.

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Feb 23, 2021

Do 'Tight' Cultures Fare Better In The Pandemic Than 'Loose' Cultures?
That's the question posted by a study in The Lancet Planetary Health. In case you're wondering, the United States is characterized as "loose." And Singapore is "tight."

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Feb 18, 2021

Ancient Trees Show When The Earth's Magnetic Field Last Flipped Out
A precise record of the last major reversal of the Earth's magnetic poles can be found in ancient trees. Researchers say this event 42,000 years ago had a huge impact on the planet and ancient humans.

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Feb 18, 2021

What A 30,000-Person Survey Reveals About Day-To-Day Life In The Pandemic
The responses reveal the impact on living standards in nine low- and middle-income countries — and may help governments find a way to help citizens most in need.

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Feb 18, 2021

American Life Expectancy Dropped By A Full Year In The First Half Of 2020
The group that suffered the largest drop in life expectancy was Black males — a decline of 3 years. Hispanic males also saw a large decrease, with a decline of 2.4 years.

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Feb 18, 2021

American Life Expectancy Dropped By A Full Year In 1st Half Of 2020
The group that suffered the largest drop in life expectancy was Black males — a decline of three years. Hispanic males also saw a large decrease, with a decline of 2.4 years.

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Feb 16, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine: Don't Miss 2nd Dose Because Of Scheduling Glitches
After getting one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, some people are having trouble getting their second shot. Here's how to maximize the likelihood you'll get both doses, to be fully immunized.

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Feb 16, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine: Don't Miss Your 2nd Dose Because Of Scheduling Glitches
Even after getting one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, some people are having trouble getting their second shot. Here's how to maximize the likelihood you'll get both doses, to be fully immunized.

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Feb 15, 2021

A Look At The New U.S. Coronavirus Variants
In recent months, we've learned about several new variants of the coronavirus that have popped up in the U.S. Scientists recently reported seven new and distinct variants.

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Feb 15, 2021

Tracking New Coronavirus Variants In The U.S.
Scientists have identified new coronavirus variants popping up around the U.S. Ailsa Chang speaks with Vaughn Cooper about how well the U.S. is equipped to track the emergence of these new strains.

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Feb 10, 2021

Why A Musician Breathed New Life Into a 17,000-Year-Old Conch Shell Horn
A seashell found in a French cave appears to have been modified by prehistoric people so that it could be used like a trumpet, making it a new addition to the Stone Age orchestra.

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Feb 09, 2021

8-Year-Old Calls Out NPR For Lack Of Dinosaur Stories
How can All Things Considered consider all things without considering dinosaurs? That's the question posed by 8-year-old Leo Shidla of Minneapolis.

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Feb 08, 2021

Elon Musk Funds $100 Million XPrize For Pursuit Of New Carbon Removal Ideas
The goal, XPrize says, is to tackle "the biggest threat facing humanity — fighting climate change and rebalancing Earth's carbon cycle. "

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Feb 08, 2021

Hope Heads For A Rendezvous With Mars
The UAE probe arrives at Mars on Tuesday, Feb 9. Its purpose is to both study the weather on Mars as well as inspire the next generation of that country's scientists and engineers.

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Feb 08, 2021

My Mother Got Vaccinated. Is It Now Safe To Go Visit?
I haven't seen my mother in over a year. I was going to visit in April to celebrate her 90th birthday, but the pandemic put that on hold. Now that she's been vaccinated is time for the birthday hug?

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Feb 08, 2021

My Mother Got Vaccinated. Is It Now Safe To Visit?
I haven't seen my mother in over a year. I was going to visit in April to celebrate her 90th birthday but the pandemic put that on hold. Now that she's been vaccinated is it time for the birthday hug?

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Feb 04, 2021

Dr. Fauci On Vaccinations And Biden's 'Refreshing' Approach To COVID-19
It's early days yet, but Dr. Anthony Fauci says he's encouraged by the new president's approach to the pandemic. Science, Fauci says, is "going to rule." And the whole world needs vaccine.

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Feb 02, 2021

How Poverty Makes Workers Less Productive
A new study adds to the growing mountain of evidence that says that poverty impairs people's ability to think.

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Feb 02, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine: Will It Protect Against New Variants And Do You Need A 2nd Dose?
The spread of new strains raises new questions as two COVID-19 vaccines continue their rollout across the U.S. and another vaccine candidate preps for regulatory review. Here's what you need to know.

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Jan 31, 2021

Did Closing Schools Save Lives Or Cost Lives? The Debate Continues
In November, a scientific paper estimated millions of years of life could be lost due to prolonged school closures in the U.S. The paper has since been corrected and critiqued.

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Jan 28, 2021

Friend or Foe? Naked Mole Rats Can Tell By A Unique Squeak
A new study shows that naked mole rats speak with distinct dialects that appear to be learned — and reveal what group they belong to.

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Jan 25, 2021

Protect Pregnant Women 'Through Research,' Not 'From Research,' OB-GYNs Urge
As COVID-19 vaccines roll out, doctors say it's long past time to address the exclusion of pregnant women from research on drugs and vaccines. They say better study design is the answer.

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Jan 22, 2021

How Does Catnip Make Cats High? New Study Offers Answers
Cats act high when they're given catnip because, well, they are. Researchers say that catnip and another plant, silver vine, produce a chemical that activates their opioid reward systems.

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Jan 18, 2021

Researches Show Efficacy Of Personalized Brain Stimulation In Psychiatric Treatments
Two new studies show the potential of personalized brain stimulation to treat psychiatric disorders. The approach delivers pulses of electric or magnetic energy to certain areas in the brain.

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Jan 16, 2021

OPINION: Moral Tragedy Looms In Early Chaos Of U.S. COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
As states suddenly expand the categories of people eligible for the first scarce shipments of vaccine, who will be watching to make sure those hit hardest by the pandemic aren't left behind?

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Jan 13, 2021

After Being Booted By Big Tech, Parler Registers With Hosting Service
Parler, the messaging app favored by far-right activists, has a new home. NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to Brian Friedberg of Harvard's Shorenstein Center. He tracks social media and hate groups,

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Jan 13, 2021

After Booted By Big Tech, Parler Registers With Hosting Service
Parler, the messaging app favored by far-right activists, has a new home. NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to Brian Friedberg of Harvard's Shorenstein Center. He tracks social media and hate groups,

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Jan 12, 2021

Why You Should Still Wear A Mask And Avoid Crowds After Getting The COVID-19 Vaccine
It takes time after vaccination for immunity to the virus to build up, and no vaccine is 100% effective. Plus, scientists don't yet know if the vaccine stops viral spread. Here's what's known so far.

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Jan 04, 2021

To 'Keep Sharp' This Year, Keep Learning, Advises Neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta
CNN's chief medical correspondent says it's never too late to develop new brain pathways. Even small changes, like switching up the hand you use to hold your fork, can help optimize brain health.

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Jan 04, 2021

What Drove The Drop In Kids' Asthma ER Visits At A Boston Hospital During Lockdown?
Boston Children's Hospital saw a precipitous drop in cases during the spring shutdown, and the trend continues. Researchers are asking why — and what it would take to keep up the change post-pandemic.

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Dec 29, 2020

C.V. Vishveshwara's Revolutionary Black Hole Research Turns 50
Before scientists were even sure black holes existed, an Indian astrophysicist did the math behind Einstein's predictions of what would happen if two black holes collided.

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Dec 29, 2020

How To Make A New Year's Resolution
A new study looks at ways to make New Year's resolutions succeed.

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Dec 28, 2020

Pandemic Advances Scientific Understanding Of Viruses' Air Transmission
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, scientists this year made significant progress in understanding how respiratory viruses can be transmitted from one person to another through the air.

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Dec 26, 2020

Scientists Have Found Some Truly Ancient Ice, But Now They Want Ice That's Even Older
Ice is usually emphemeral; it doesn't last that long before melting. But some ice on our planet has stayed frozen for millions of years, according to scientists are on a quest to find the oldest ice.

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Dec 26, 2020

For Scientists Who Study Virus Transmission, 2020 Was A Watershed Year
The emergence of COVID-19 started scientists on a year-long, crash course to learn how this virus might travel through the air and how to stop it. They learned a lot, and quickly.

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Dec 24, 2020

WATCH: Octopuses Punch Fish, Sometimes For No Apparent Reason
Researchers discovered that an octopus might punch a fish when both are hunting. Although some of the thrown punches can be explained, others remain a mystery.

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Dec 24, 2020

'Trusted Messengers, Trusted Messages': How To Overcome Vaccine Hesitancy
As the first COVID-19 vaccines begin to be rolled out across the U.S., community leaders in diverse groups already are working hard to dispel misinformation and reach skeptics with truth.

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Dec 22, 2020

How To Be An Elite Athlete, According To The Data
A new book digs into the social science of athletic greatness and reveals patterns leading to glory.

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Dec 18, 2020

I Felt Fine, But Tested Positive For The Coronavirus. What's That Really Mean?
Science writer Robin Marantz Henig has written about dangerous emerging pathogens for 30 years. But none of what she learned could shed light on her own confusing encounter with this virus.

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Dec 17, 2020

Without Resources, Vaccine Rollout Could 'Fall At The Last Hurdle,' Journalist Warns
Atlantic writer Ed Yong says the COVID vaccination program will be the most complicated the U.S. has ever attempted: "It's going to be a slow process, and there are a lot of possible roadblocks."

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Dec 16, 2020

What Impact Can Having An Older Sister Have On A Child's Development?
A new study suggests kids in poor countries benefit hugely from having older sisters — who are more likely than brothers or even mothers — to engage in stimulating play.

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Dec 16, 2020

Distant Cousins Of Food Crops Deserve Respect And Protection
Scientists are calling for efforts to protect hundreds of wild plants in the United States that are related to native foods such as cranberries and chili peppers.

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Dec 15, 2020

1st Patients To Get CRISPR Gene-Editing Treatment Continue To Thrive
As the first patient to receive an experimental treatment that relied on the gene-editing technique CRISPR continues to do well 17 months later, more patients seem to be benefiting, too.

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Dec 12, 2020

What You Need To Know As The First COVID-19 Vaccine Heads Your Way
Within hours, U.S. states are expected have in hand their first shipments of Pfizer's newly FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine. It marks a new phase in the pandemic, but what's that mean for you?

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Dec 12, 2020

What You Need To Know As The First COVID-19 Vaccines Head Your Way
States are starting to administer their first doses of two newly FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines. It marks a new phase in the pandemic, but what's that mean for you?

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Dec 09, 2020

Researchers On Why Dogs Learn Only A Limited Number Of Words
Dogs are good at learning new words. But researchers say dogs don't understand small sound differences in words such as "dog" or "dig." It may explain why most don't learn a large number of words.

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Dec 09, 2020

Progress Toward A Safer Psychedelic Drug To Treat Depression And Addiction
A synthetic version of the psychedelic drug ibogaine appears to relieve depression and addiction without producing hallucinations or other dangerous side effects — at least in rodents.

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Dec 08, 2020

What Is Your Time Worth?
A new study did experiments on millions of Lyft riders to figure out how much they value time. They found time is worth more money than previously thought.

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Dec 04, 2020

Immune Response In Animals Good News For COVID-19 Vaccine Development
Researchers found that a class of antibodies in a monkey's blood provides protection from COVID-19. If that hold true for humans, a blood test may predict whether a vaccine candidate is working.

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Dec 02, 2020

'We Don't Have To Live This Way': Doctors Call For Climate Action
Heat waves, air pollution and extreme weather are making people sick and, increasingly, killing people. A key report by global physicians says fossil fuels are to blame.

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Dec 02, 2020

Social Distancing Plummeted In Lead Up To Fall Surge, Survey Finds
Social distancing fell dramatically between spring and fall and the gap between Democrats and Republicans widened. But both ends of the political spectrum agree on some measures to fight COVID-19.

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Dec 02, 2020

Social Distancing Plummeted In Lead-Up To Fall Surge, Survey Finds
Social distancing fell dramatically between spring and fall and the gap between Democrats and Republicans widened. But both ends of the political spectrum agree on some measures to fight COVID-19.

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Dec 02, 2020

Adding Red Seaweed To Cow Feed Could Cut Bovine Flatulance
Seaweed can potentially help fight climate change. Research shows that a specific type of seaweed can cut cows' methane production by up to 98%.

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Dec 02, 2020

Adding Red Seaweed To Cow Feed Could Cut Bovine Flatulence
Seaweed can potentially help fight climate change. Research shows that a specific type of seaweed can cut cows' methane production by up to 98%.

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Nov 30, 2020

More Good News For Moderna's COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate
Biotech company Moderna has new data reinforcing that its COVID-19 inoculation is safe and effective. The company is submitting an application to the FDA Monday requesting emergency use authorization.

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Nov 30, 2020

Moderna's COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Gets More Good News
The biotech company has new data reinforcing that its COVID-19 inoculation is safe and effective. Moderna is submitting an application to the FDA requesting emergency use authorization.

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Nov 27, 2020

For Rats That Coat Themselves In Poison, These Rodents Are Surprisingly Cuddly
The African crested rat's fuzzy fur has hairs loaded with a poison that can purportedly fell an elephant. But these rats turn out to be social, affectionate creatures.

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Nov 26, 2020

Researchers Predict That Autumn Leaves Might Start Falling Earlier In The Future
Researchers say fall leaves may start falling a few days earlier in the future and it could have global implications for climate change.

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Nov 25, 2020

Having A Group Thanksgiving? Here's How To Think About Safety
The safest way to have Thanksgiving this year is to stay in your social bubble. But those traveling to gather with friends and loved ones should keep pandemic safety guidelines in mind.

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Nov 23, 2020

FDA Approves First Drug For A Rapid Aging Disorder In Children
A newly approved drug can extend the lives of children with progeria, a rare disorder that causes rapid aging. The drug is the result of one family's effort to help a child with the fatal condition.

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Nov 23, 2020

Mask Mandates Work To Slow Spread Of Coronavirus, Kansas Study Finds
When the state of Kansas issued a mask mandate, 81 counties opted out. Researchers found coronavirus infection rates rose sharply in the opt-out counties, while falling in those that required masks.

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Nov 22, 2020

Pandemic Pet Therapy: What's So Special About A Critter Friend?
"Relationships with animals are simple," notes one researcher. In a year when life feels fraught, pets have been healers, helping human companions get exercise, quell anxiety and make new friends.

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Nov 21, 2020

A Look At COVID-19 Vaccine Development Progress
The race to develop COVID-19 vaccines is moving swiftly, both nationally and internationally. But challenges remain when it comes to distributing vaccines around the world.

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Nov 20, 2020

Why Does A Virus Cause Problems In One Region But Not Another? A Study Offers Insight
In 2015, the mosquito-borne virus Zika exploded in South America. Health experts predicted it would erupt in Africa. But a major outbreak never happened. Now scientists think they understand why.

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Nov 20, 2020

Why Does COVID-19 Seem To Spare Africa? Zika May Have The Answers
In 2015, the mosquito-borne virus Zika exploded in South America. Health experts predicted it would erupt in Africa. But a major outbreak never happened. Now scientists think they understand why.

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Nov 18, 2020

Scientists Discover Outer Space Isn't Pitch Black After All
Scientists have used a NASA probe way out in space, beyond Pluto, to measure visible light that's not connected to any known source like stars or galaxies.

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Nov 18, 2020

Scientists Discover Outer Space Isn't Pitch-Black After All
Scientists have used a NASA probe way out in space, beyond Pluto, to measure visible light that's not connected to any known source such as stars or galaxies.

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Nov 17, 2020

Deep Sleep Protects Against Alzheimer's, Growing Evidence Shows
People who get more deep sleep appear less likely to develop Alzheimer's. That may be because this phase of sleep allows the brain clears out waste products.

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Nov 16, 2020

Scientists Discover A Link Between Lack Of Deep Sleep And Alzheimer's Disease
There's growing evidence that a lack of deep sleep increases the risk of Alzheimer's disease. Scientists say that's because during deep sleep, the brain removes toxins associated with Alzheimer's.

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Nov 12, 2020

Cicadas Might Help Humans Discover New Hydrophobic Materials
Cicadas can stay totally dry in the pouring rain. One researcher is trying to figure out how they do that. This finding may lead to interesting new materials for humans.

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Nov 11, 2020

From Stinky Cheese To Cat Pee, Author Takes A 'Nose Dive' Into The Science Of Smell
Harold McGee talks about how our sense of smell affects taste, why things smell the way they do and the ways different chemicals combine to create surprising (and sometimes distasteful) odors.

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Nov 09, 2020

Operation Warp Speed's Logistics Chief Weighs In On Vaccine Progress
Gen. Gustave Perna says as soon as the FDA deems a vaccine safe and effective, his team is ready to coordinate deployment of tens of millions of doses as early as next month.

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Nov 05, 2020

First COVID-19 Vaccine Doses To Go To Health Workers, Say CDC Advisers
A team of independent advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a science-based outline for deploying a vaccine when it's ready. The goal is to stop deaths and viral spread fast.

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Nov 05, 2020

Clots, Strokes And Rashes. Is COVID-19 A Disease Of The Blood Vessels?
COVID-19 can cause symptoms that go well beyond the lungs, from strokes to organ failure. To explain these widespread injuries, researchers are studying how the virus affects the vascular system.

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Oct 31, 2020

How Humans Domesticated Themselves
Duke anthropologist Brian Hare argues that humans evolved in a way that left us more cooperative and friendlier than our now extinct human cousins, like Neanderthals and Denisovans.

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Oct 30, 2020

Advisers To CDC Debate How COVID-19 Vaccine Should Be Rolled Out
In advance of a COVID-19 vaccine being available, a group of independent medical advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention weighed Friday who should get the vaccine first and how.

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Oct 29, 2020

Why Some Memories Seem Like Movies: 'Time Cells' Discovered In Human Brains
Scientists have identified special cells in the human brain that organize movie-like memories, helping us to relive important experiences and events.

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Oct 29, 2020

As Biotech Crops Lose Their Power, Scientists Push For New Restrictions
Some of the first GMOs - corn and cotton plants that have been genetically modified to fend off insects - are running into problems. Bugs have become resistant to them because they've been overused.

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Oct 28, 2020

Scientists Find Cells In The Human Brain Responsible For Episodic Memory
Many memories are like short movies. People relive experiences such as arriving for the first day of school or falling off a bike. Scientists have shown how the brain organizes these episodes.

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Oct 27, 2020

Mask-Wearing Is Up In The U.S., But Young People Are Still Too Lax, CDC Survey Finds
A general increase in mask-wearing has been encouraging, U.S. public health experts say. But too few young people, especially, are social distancing and taking other steps to slow coronavirus' spread.

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Oct 26, 2020

They Work In Several Nursing Homes To Eke Out A Living, And That May Spread The Virus
Most nursing homes are connected by shared staff to seven others. Instead of limiting workers to one facility to curb COVID-19 spread, advocates urge better pay and more PPE for nursing home staff.

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Oct 26, 2020

They Work In Several Nursing Homes To Eke Out A Living, And That Spreads The Virus
Most nursing homes are connected by shared staff to seven others. Instead of limiting workers to one facility to curb COVID-19 spread, advocates urge better pay and more PPE for nursing home staff.

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Oct 26, 2020

Water On The Moon: NASA Confirms Water Molecules On Our Neighbor's Sunny Surface
The breakthrough suggests that water, vital to life on Earth, could be distributed across more parts of the lunar surface than the ice that has previously been found in cold and dark places.

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Oct 20, 2020

A Big Alzheimer's Drug Study Is Proceeding Cautiously Despite The Pandemic
Researchers launched a major study of an experimental Alzheimer's drug this summer. They also learned a lot about how to protect participants who must make frequent visits to a medical center.

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Oct 20, 2020

A Big Alzheimer's Drug Study Is Proceeding Cautiously, Despite The Pandemic
Researchers launched a major study of an experimental Alzheimer's drug this summer. They also learned a lot about how to protect participants who must make frequent visits to a medical center.

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Oct 19, 2020

If This NASA Spacecraft Can Avoid 'Mount Doom,' It Might Nab A Bit of Asteroid
NASA is getting ready to collect its first sample from an asteroid ever. The rocks and dust could help us understand potentially dangerous space rocks and the history of the solar system.

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Oct 19, 2020

A NASA Spacecraft Successfully Touched Down On A Rocky Asteroid
NASA has collected and is returning its first sample from an asteroid. The rocks and dust could help us understand potentially dangerous space rocks and the history of the solar system.

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Oct 17, 2020

Helping Hands Need A Break, Too: How To Lend Support Without Burning Out
These days, there are hundreds of reasons to open your heart to others, but it's easy to get exhausted. Try these tips honed by social workers for staying healthy and empathetic.

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Oct 16, 2020

Jim Hudspeth: How Do We Hear — And How Do We Lose Our Ability To Hear?
Over 30 million people in the U.S. have hearing loss. Neuroscientist Jim Hudspeth explains how the ear's thousands of hair cells function to amplify sound—and how they can be damaged but not repaired.

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Oct 15, 2020

Is The Risk Of Sea Level Rise Affecting Florida Home Prices? A New Study Says Yes
Research published this week finds that home sales volume and prices have declined in coastal census tracts vulnerable to sea level rise, relative to coastal areas less threatened by climate change.

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Oct 15, 2020

Tobacco Plants Contribute Key Ingredient For COVID-19 Vaccine
Here's irony: tobacco plants may be key in preventing COVID-19. Two companies are using the plants to produce proteins for a vaccine. One candidate vaccine is already in a clinical trial.

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Oct 15, 2020

A Disturbing Twinkie That Has, So Far, Defied Science
A Twinkie stored in a basement for eight years has been transformed by fungi, giving scientists something unusual to ponder and probe.

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Oct 14, 2020

Water Or A Sports Drink? These Brain Cells May Decide Which One We Crave
Scientists have identified specialized brain cells that create two distinct kinds of thirst. Some cells respond to a need for water alone, while others produce a craving for water and salt.

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