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CDC Urges Americans To Get A Flu Shot As Soon As Possible

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:23:00 -0400

There's plenty of vaccine available this year, and the sooner people get vaccinated the better, federal health officials say. A recent drop in vaccination, especially among the elderly, concerns them.



Rats That Reminisce May Lead To Better Tests For Alzheimer's Drugs

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:04:00 -0400

Most potential Alzheimer's drugs are tested on mice. But rats may be a better choice because they seem to have a type of memory that's more like ours, and also are highly vulnerable to Alzheimer's.



Scientists To Bid A Bittersweet Farewell To Rosetta, The Comet Chaser

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:45:00 -0400

To cap its 12-year scientific voyage, the Rosetta spacecraft will take a final plunge Friday. Scientists will signal Rosetta to crash into the surface of a comet — and gather data all the way down.



Flawed Research Tool Leads To Faulty Medical Findings

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:00:28 -0400

Just as natural antibodies help your body find and fight microbial invaders, tailored research antibodies let scientists target and study cancer cells. But too many are poorly made, scientists say.



Tech Giants Team Up To Tackle The Ethics Of Artificial Intelligence

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:15:00 -0400

Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and IBM form a group to set the first industrywide best practices for the technology already powering many applications, such as voice and image recognition.



What Meerkat Murder Tells Us About Human Violence

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:07:00 -0400

What is the most murderous mammal? A new study says it's the meerkat. But the study argues that over all of human history, humans are still more lethally violent than the average mammal.



Whales, Sea Turtles, Seals: The Unintended Catch Of Abandoned Fishing Gear

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:17:00 -0400

An endangered whale was found dead over the weekend, entangled in derelict fishing gear. Such incidents have been on the rise in recent years. A new California law aims to combat the problem.



Pangolin, The 'Artichoke With Legs,' Earns Top Trade Protection

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:54:00 -0400

World leaders at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species agreed to ban all commercial trade in pangolins, small and endangered mammals that also resemble aardvarks.



Bias Isn't Just A Police Problem, It's A Preschool Problem

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:00:00 -0400

A new study by researchers at Yale found that pre-K teachers, white and black alike, spend more time watching black boys, expecting trouble.



New York Fertility Doctor Says He Created Baby With 3 Genetic Parents

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:27:00 -0400

The New York-based doctor has sparked praise and criticism by going to Mexico and using DNA from three adults to create a child for a couple from Jordan who lost two children to a genetic disorder.



Chill Out: Stress Can Override Benefits Of Healthful Eating

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:02:00 -0400

Stress takes a toll on our bodies. And a new study suggests stress can diminish the benefits of more healthful food choices. But experts say a range of strategies can help people cope with stress.



How An Engineer's Desperate Experiment Created Fracking

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:34:00 -0400

The fracking boom in America kicked off almost by accident. An engineer worried about losing his job kept experimenting until he hit on a technique that changed the world.



The Myth Of Coincidences And Why We Search For Their Meaning

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:34:00 -0400

NPR's Hidden Brain podcast looks at the math — and the myth — of coincidences. They are not as unlikely as they seem, and the psychological reasons behind why we can't help but search for meaning in them anyway.



It May Not Cost You More To Drive Home In A Climate-Friendly Car

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:28:00 -0400

It has been a common belief that low-emissions vehicles, like hybrids and electric cars, are more expensive than other choices. But researchers at MIT have found otherwise.



Research Explains The Bias Behind Slow-Motion Video Replay

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:00:00 -0400

When we see someone perform an action in a slow-motion replay, we tend to believe the action had more intentionality behind it. This has implications in sports and in the criminal justice system.