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New advances in science, medicine, health, and technology.Stem cell research, drug research, and new treatments for disease.

Last Build Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:00:00 -0400

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What's In It For The Corpse Flower To Smell Like Death?

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:00:00 -0400

The corpse flower is a botanical rock star — prized by botanic gardens around the globe. In a new video, NPR's Skunk Bear explores the biology of the stinky giant, which thrives by playing dead.

Pediatricians Release New Guidance For Preventing Sudden Infant Deaths

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:41:00 -0400

Infants should sleep in the same room as their parents for the first six months of their lives, and ideally, the entire first year. That's a key recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

How Small Fibs Lead To Big Lies

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:59:00 -0400

A new study finds evidence of "a gradual escalation of self-serving dishonesty," in which small lies pave the way for larger deceptions.

Can Mental Illness Be Prevented In The Womb?

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0400

Researchers are exploring changes in prenatal nutrition to lower risks for future mental disorders. The work is preliminary, but there is ample precedent for maternal diet affecting children's health.

No Snapchat In The Bedroom? An Online Tool To Manage Kids' Media Use

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:03:00 -0400

The American Academy of Pediatrics has launched more liberal guidelines on children's media use. They're offering parents an online tool to help manage the what, where and when of family screen time.

How Snakes Lost Their Legs

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:45:00 -0400

Scientists in Florida say they've pinpointed a genetic process that caused snakes to lose their legs and have found that embryonic pythons still form "cryptic leg skeletons," millions of years later.

Breathing Less Oxygen Reduces Jet Lag, At Least In Mice

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:38:00 -0400

Jet lag and shift work impose painful changes on the body's circadian rhythms. Adjusting oxygen consumption might help, researchers say. But don't hold your breath; it's only been tested in mice.

Emergency Room Use Stays High In Oregon Medicaid Study

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:45:00 -0400

Health officials hoped giving more people health insurance would curtail their use of expensive emergency rooms for routine medical care. But data from Oregon suggest their overall ER use didn't drop.

Those Ancient Stone Tools — Did Humans Make Them, Or Was It Really Monkeys?

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:02:00 -0400

Capuchin monkeys in Brazil have been seen making sharp stone flakes. It was previously thought that only humans and their ancestors had flaking skills.

Don't Look Now! How Your Devices Hurt Your Productivity

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:32:00 -0400

Our tendency to respond immediately to email and texts gets in the way of high-level thinking, a neuroscientist says. Want to be more productive at work? Turn off most tech, at least part of the day.

'Higgs Bison' Is The Missing Link In European Bison Ancestral Tree

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:48:00 -0400

A newly released study examines why European cave art includes drawings of two distinct types of bison. One of the types is a newly discovered ancestor of modern bison.

Study: Immigrants Face Backlash But Do The Same To The Next Group

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 05:00:00 -0400

Many immigrant groups faced prejudice and suspicion when they first arrived in the U.S. quickly turn around and exhibit the same kinds of prejudice and suspicions toward those who come after them.

How Gaps In Mental Health Care Play Out In Emergency Rooms

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 17:18:00 -0400

Psychiatric patients have longer ER stays than patients with physical problems, research shows, and have trouble finding inpatient care and follow-up treatment. Kids can be among the hardest hit.

Forget Tomayto/Tomahto: The Real Debate Is, Should It Be Refrigerated?

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 15:20:00 -0400

In the great household debate about refrigerating tomatoes, there's some new scientific evidence on the no-fridge side. But some taste testers are not convinced.

How The Concept Of Implicit Bias Came Into Being

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 05:03:00 -0400

Implicit bias has become a key part of the national dialogue on race in America. To learn more about the history of the term, we turn to Mahzarin Banaji, one of the researchers who founded the theory.