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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: Fri, 28 Oct 2016 05:03:00 -0400

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The Social Science Research Behind Political Campaign Ads

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 05:03:00 -0400

U.S. presidential candidates advertise in battleground states to increase voter turnout. But a new study says ads also have a big impact on campaign contributions.

This Bird Can Remain Airborne For 10 Months Straight

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 17:38:00 -0400

These birds fly from Europe to sub-Saharan Africa, but they don't touch down on the continent. Researchers say new findings raise questions about "when and to what extent swifts need to sleep."

How Is A 1,600-Year-Old Tree Weathering California's Drought?

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:45:00 -0400

Four years of too little water is killing millions of trees in the Sierra, yet some giant sequoias still thrive. Tree-climbing scientists are exploring sequoias branch by branch to find their secret.

Is A Placebo A Sham If You Know It's A Fake And It Still Works?

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:20:00 -0400

Most research on placebos involves people who think they're getting an active treatment, but aren't. But they may also work when people know full well they're getting a sham treatment.

Zika May Be In The U.S. To Stay

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:07:00 -0400

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now urges pregnant women to "consider postponing travel to all parts of Miami-Dade County." Zika is on the way to becoming an endemic disease in the U.S.

Researchers Clear 'Patient Zero' From AIDS Origin Story

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:02:00 -0400

A Canadian flight attendant had been blamed by media for years for bringing HIV to the U.S. A new study proves that's impossible. The virus that took hold came from Haiti in the early 1970s.

'Double Bind' Explains The Dearth Of Women In Top Leadership Positions

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 05:06:00 -0400

Women in power often have to choose between being seen as likeable but incompetent, or competent but cold. We explore what's known as "double bind" — assumptions about men, women and leadership.

Applying A Silicon Valley Approach To Jump-Start Medical Research

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:14:00 -0400

Neuroscientist Cori Bargmann is leading the new Chan Zuckerberg Initiative's $3 billion effort to cure or prevent "all diseases" by the end of this century. She talks about that daunting task.

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.