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

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NASA Taps Young People To Help Develop Virtual Reality Technology

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 05:08:00 -0500

Scientists at NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center are hoping to use virtual reality technology to study space, and Earth, without leaving their offices. Talented high school students are helping.

Human Brains Have Evolved Unique 'Feel-Good' Circuits

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 14:01:14 -0500

A comparison of brain tissue from monkeys, chimps and humans suggests that our brains produce the chemical messenger dopamine, which plays a major role in pleasure and rewards, far differently.

Earth Is Lit, And That's A Problem

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:03:23 -0500

Over the last five years, global light pollution has increased nearly 10 percent, a new study shows, The fastest rise occurred in developing nations.

What The Industry Knew About Sugar's Health Effects, But Didn't Tell Us

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:29:00 -0500

The sugar industry pulled the plug on an animal study it funded in the 1960s. Initial results pointed to a link between sugar consumption and elevated triglycerides, which raises heart disease risk.

Popular Surgery To Ease Chronic Shoulder Pain Called Into Question

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:44:00 -0500

U.K. scientists say arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs or bits of ragged tissue in sore shoulders offered no more pain relief than sham surgery in their randomized test.

Spit Test May Help Reveal Concussion Severity

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:46:00 -0500

When a child suffers a concussion, it's very hard to tell if the brain injury will cause long-term problems. An experimental test that looks for bits of genetic material in spit might help.

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.