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Clues In That Mysterious Radioactive Cloud Point Toward Russia

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:34:00 -0500

Western scientists say they may never know the source of the cloud of ruthenium-106 that hovered over Europe last month. But what little data there is suggests a research facility inside Russia.

From Cattle To Capital: How Agriculture Bred Ancient Inequality

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:13:00 -0500

Archaeologists say early civilizations in North and Central America were more egalitarian than the societies of Eurasia — and they think it's because early Americans didn't have cattle or horses.

Increased Hours Online Correlate With An Uptick In Teen Depression, Suicidal Thoughts

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:13:00 -0500

It's not proof of cause and effect, but should be a warning, researchers say. Surveys showed teens — especially girls — who spent hours online daily were more likely than others to report depression.

Researchers Explore The Effects Of Section 8 Grants In Houston

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 05:00:00 -0500

A study looks at the effect of housing vouchers on criminal activity. People who receive Section 8 vouchers are more likely to be arrested for violent crimes, but this effect only shows up for men.

Georgian Jars Hold 8,000-Year-Old Winemaking Clues

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:09:00 -0500

Scientists have found evidence of ancient winemaking in Georgia, a country which prides itself on its vino. It's the earliest trace of viniculture using wild grapes similar to those used today.

What Makes Wagyu Beef Smell So Good? Science Explains

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 13:13:00 -0500

The Japanese beef is considered a luxury, with plenty of fat and its super-soft texture. New evidence could explain what's behind its sweet smell.

Brain Scientists Look Beyond Opioids To Conquer Pain

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 04:47:00 -0500

The search is on for opioid alternatives that can block pain without causing addiction. One promising candidate: snail venom.

In D.C., Brain Science Meets Behavioral Science To Shed Light On Mental Disorders

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 17:51:44 -0500

The Society for Neuroscience meeting is taking place in Washington, D.C., this weekend. Researchers there are focusing on how to find the biological underpinnings of mental disorders.

iPTF14hls: The Star That Won't Die

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 07:52:33 -0500

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Iair Arcavi, postdoctoral fellow in astrophysics at UC Santa Barbara, about the strange behavior of supernova iPTF14hls. This star doesn't seem to want to die.

Scientists Start To Tease Out The Subtler Ways Racism Hurts Health

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 08:07:00 -0500

The biological effects of lifelong exposure to racism or other sorts of discrimination can be complicated, scientists say, but likely tap into the same mechanisms as other types of chronic stress.

EPA Approval Of Bacteria To Fight Mosquitoes Caps Long Quest

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 14:30:00 -0500

Scientists have long sought a way to fight mosquito-borne viruses without pesticides. For researchers like Scott O'Neill, the Wolbachia bacteria offered that chance. But they had to prove it.

Genetically Altered Skin Saves A Boy Dying Of A Rare Disease

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 13:28:00 -0500

An inherited disease called epidermolysis bullosa destroyed the 7-year-old's skin. Scientists grew new skin in the lab without the genetic flaw, and replaced 80 percent of his skin. He is thriving.

Pavlovian Conditioning And Marriage

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 05:03:00 -0500

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

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

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 16:16:00 -0500

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

Sleepless Night Leaves Some Brain Cells As Sluggish As You Feel

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 15:20:00 -0500

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