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Explaining The Sizzling Sound Of Meteors

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:28:51 -0500

Scientists recently published a paper explaining why some meteors create strange sounds. NPR's Scott Simon talks with researcher Bill Sweatt about what creates this "sizzling" sound.

Advice From Patients On A Study's Design Makes For Better Science

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:42:00 -0500

Increasingly, advocates for patients are in the room when big medical studies are designed. They demand answers to big questions: "Will the results of this study actually help anybody?"

Kevin Jones: Can Embracing Uncertainty Lead To Better Medicine?

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:57:00 -0500

Sometimes, doctors just don't have the answers. Surgeon Kevin Jones says having the humility to acknowledge this leads to better medicine.

Naomi Oreskes: Why Should We Believe In Science?

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:57:00 -0500

In school, we're taught we should trust science because the scientific method leads to measurable results and hard facts. But Naomi Oreskes says the process of inquiry doesn't end there.

Could A Bumblebee Learn To Play Fetch? Probably

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:37:00 -0500

Scientists found that bumblebees are nimble learners, especially when there's a sugary reward at the end. No wonder they're such good pollinators.

To Test Zika Vaccines, Scientists Need A New Outbreak

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:43:00 -0500

It's a bit of a paradox, but researchers say they need Zika virus to re-emerge this year so they can test vaccines designed to defeat it.

Should Scientists March? U.S. Researchers Still Debating Pros And Cons

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 04:35:00 -0500

A "March for Science" is set for April 22 in Washington, D.C., to show support for evidence-based public policy. But some worry the march will be seen as partisan, and may even undermine sound policy.

Researchers Failed To Tell Testosterone Trial Patients They Were Anemic

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:21:00 -0500

Low levels of iron in the blood may indicate a serious but treatable medical condition if caught early, but patients in a testosterone trial were not informed, a bioethicist finds.

Does Studying Economics Make You Selfish?

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 04:59:00 -0500

Social science research finds that students who are taught classical economics about how humans act in their rational self-interest, become more likely to act selfishly after learning those lessons.

On the Knife's Edge: Using Therapy To Address Violence Among Teens

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:20 -0500

We hear a lot about senseless violence: people who lose their lives or their freedom over a stolen backpack, or perceived slight. Two researchers think social science might help prevent these crimes.

Can Poetry Keep You Young? Science Is Still Out, But The Heart Says Yes

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:03:00 -0500

Scientific evidence showing health benefits from engaging in the arts is still weak. But Los Angeles students in their 80s say their poetry class gives them joy, solace, community and a voice.

Is That A Brown Recluse Spider Bite Or Skin Cancer?

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:57:00 -0500

Skin lesions are often misdiagnosed as a brown recluse spider bite when they're actually a tick bite or MRSA or even skin cancer. Here's how to tell the difference.

Crop-Protecting Fungicides May Be Hurting The Honey Bees

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500

Bees have been dying in unprecedented numbers. A new study has found that fungi-destroying chemicals may make it harder for bees to metabolize their food. And if they can't get energy, they can't fly.

Researchers Examine Race Factor In Car Crashes Involving Pedestrians

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 04:59:00 -0500

Cars are less likely to stop when people of color step into intersections, a study says. That may partly explain why there are higher levels of pedestrian deaths among racial minority communities.

Don't Think Your Bias Can Boss You Around? David Byrne Says Think Again

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 04:56:00 -0500

The musician and multimedia artist has co-created an immersive experience designed to make people aware of their implicit biases. It's called "The Institute Presents: Neurosociety."