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Yes, 'World's Largest Nerf Gun' Is An Actual World Record. This Engineer Made It

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 08:05:39 -0500

Mark Rober designed a huge Nerf gun to win an office Nerf war. He talks to NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro about how he designed it, and what happens when you get hit with a pool noodle at 40 mph.

How To Use Math To Pick A Favorite Football Team

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 08:05:39 -0500

If your team leaves town, don't cry. Just pick a new team to root for. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks to FiveThirtyEight's Blythe Terrell about the math analysis that led her to find her new team.

Haight Ashbury's Free Health Clinic: Middle-Aged And Still Groovy

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 05:00:25 -0500

A series of mergers with other nonprofit clinics has transformed the 50-year-old San Francisco clinic into a $110 million health care system that provides networked care up and down California.

Why Is It Important To Be Touched?

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:25:46 -0500

Neuroscientist David Linden thinks that of the five senses, touch is the most overlooked, and perhaps the most important for promoting psychological health.

How Do Pheromones Really Work?

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:24:53 -0500

Pheromones are mysterious compounds that can make a mammal smell more sexy--but that's not true for humans. Zoologist Tristram Wyatt says human pheremones are hard to find.

Are There More Than Five Basic Tastes?

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:24:53 -0500

Scientists have long believed we have just five tastes - salty, sweet, bitter, sour and umami (or savory). Geneticist Nicole Garneau argues we might be able to taste a sixth — fat.

5th 'Mars Mission' Simulation Ready For Launch In Hawaii

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:34:00 -0500

Starting Thursday, six people will spend eight months in a dome on Mauna Loa volcano to study what living on Mars might be like. The mission is co-sponsored by the University of Hawaii and NASA.

Athlete-Turned-Trucker Works To Improve Truckers' Health

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:10:00 -0500

Once an elite swimmer and a Yale grad, Siphiwe Baleka now coaches 3,000 fellow truckers on the best ways to work out, eat right and stay connected on the road. Drivers say his wellness plan works.

Scientists Needn't Get A Patient's Consent To Study Blood Or DNA

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:41:00 -0500

In its update of ethics rules aimed at protecting patients, the Obama administration decided against a provision that scientists said would hinder research. Consumer advocates aren't happy.

U.S. Report Confirms 2016 Was The Hottest Year On Record

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500

2016 was the warmest year on record, according to a new report by the U.S. government. This is the third year in a row that global temperatures have soared above the 20th century average. The report comes ahead of the inauguration of Donald Trump, who has at times, referred to global warming as a "hoax."

States Could Take Lead On Environmental Regulation Under Trump

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Dallas Burtraw, senior fellow with the nonpartisan think tank Resources for the Future, about what role states have traditionally played in environmental regulation, and what a decentralized approach under the Trump administration would look like.

EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt Acknowledges Existence Of Climate Change

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500

Trump's pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency has acknowledged that human activity plays "some" role in the changing climate. In his confirmation hearing on Wednesday, Scott Pruitt said he wants to work with states to protect the environment while also encouraging economic growth.

What Does It Mean When Cancer Findings Can't Be Reproduced?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:19:00 -0500

Results from some key cancer studies were different when the experiments were redone in different labs. Scientists don't yet know why but say the answer could have health implications for patients.

2016 Was The Hottest Year Yet, Scientists Declare

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:31:00 -0500

Global temperatures soared above the 20th century average last year, as the climate continues to change. It's the hottest it has been since scientists started tracking global temperatures in 1880.

Coronations, Coups, And Keeping Up With The Kardashians

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500

It's in our nature to idolize the rich and famous. But this week on Hidden Brain, we explore the other side of our nature: the part of us that wants to see the rich and powerful fall from grace.