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Scientific Theory And The Multiverse Madness

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:23:00 -0500

An increasing number of theoretical physicist think that our universe is only one among infinitely many — but this speculation is not based on sound logic, says guest commentator Sabine Hossenfelder.

My Grandmother Was Italian. Why Aren't My Genes Italian?

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 05:02:00 -0500

Popular DNA ancestry tests don't always find what people expect. That's due to how DNA rearranges itself when egg meets sperm, and also the quirks of genetic databases.

Living Well Now: What Does It Take?

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 15:55:00 -0500

Shaping our lives around fulfilling social, intellectual and creative potential — keys to happiness — is more compatible with sustainability than pursuing unlimited wealth, says author Randall Curren.

When A Tattoo Means Life Or Death. Literally

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 05:00:23 -0500

A gravely ill man arrives at the hospital, alone and unconscious, with a tattoo across his chest: "Do Not Resuscitate." It sparks deep conversation about end-of-life care in America.

Saunas Are A Hot Trend, And They Might Even Help Your Health

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 05:30:00 -0500

Sweating in a sauna feels good, and it's associated with health benefits including a lower risk of heart disease. But is that because of the heat, or because you're able to kick back and relax?

U.S. Set To Decide In Trade Dispute Threatening Booming Solar Industry

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:17:25 -0500

President Trump is facing a Jan. 26 deadline to decide whether to impose tariffs on solar imports. While tariffs could help level the playing field for U.S. manfacturers, they could also raise prices.

Iowa Boys Charged In Connection With Deaths Of Half A Million Honeybees

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 02:55:00 -0500

The unidentified boys, ages 12 and 13, are accused of ransacking a Sioux City honey farm, knocking over hives and exposing the bees to frigid winter temperatures.

Scientists Peek Inside The 'Black Box' Of Soil Microbes To Learn Their Secrets

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:51:00 -0500

Microorganisms play a vital role in growing food and sustaining the planet, but they do it anonymously. Scientists haven't identified most soil microbes, but they are learning which are most common.

Moscow Sees Only 6 Minutes Of Sunlight During All Of December

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:16:00 -0500

The city experienced the darkest month in its recorded history in December. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with reporter Charles Maynes, who lived through those nearly sunless weeks.

Scientists Edge Closer To A Blood Test To Detect Cancers

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:28:00 -0500

This blood test detected signs of cancer in 70 percent of people with eight common forms of the disease. But it was much less good at identifying cancer in people in the early stages.

That Smells Like ... Um, I Can't Think Of A Word For It!

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:25:00 -0500

A new study looks at the way we identify smells. English speakers kind of stink at it. But that's not the case in every language.

Sugar And Sleep: More Rest May Dull Your Sweet Tooth

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:44:00 -0500

When study participants who routinely got less than seven hours of sleep were coached to extend their sleep time, they also changed their diets, without being asked — taking in less sugar each day.

2017 Among Warmest Years On Record

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:00:00 -0500

The planet's global surface temperature last year was the second warmest since 1880, NASA says. Scientists say the five warmest years on record have been since 2010.

Repeated Head Hits, Not Just Concussions, May Lead To A Type Of Chronic Brain Damage

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:01:00 -0500

Scientists believe they have solid evidence that repeated direct hits to the head can cause the degenerative brain disease seen in some athletes, even if there are no signs of concussion.

Cat Lovers, Is Your Cat Right- Or Left-Pawed?

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:58:00 -0500

Do you know which paw your cat uses first when coming down the stairs? Anthropologist and cat lover Barbara J. King discusses with researchers why a new finding of paw preference matters for our pets.