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The latest health and science news. Updates on medicine, healthy living, nutrition, drugs, diet, and advances in science and technology. Subscribe to the Health & Science podcast.

Last Build Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2016 04:45:00 -0400

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National Science Test Scores Are Out, But What Do They Really Tell Us?

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 04:45:00 -0400

The results are mixed for fourth-, eighth- and 12th-graders. More than that, though, experts say the nation's report card may be out of step with the latest goals for science learning.

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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.

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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.

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'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.

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Volkswagen Agrees To $14.7 Billion Settlement In Emissions Cheating Scandal

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:23:00 -0400

Nearly 500,000 dirty diesel vehicles could be taken off the roads under a settlement approved by a judge in the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal. VW has agreed to pay up to $14.7 billion to resolve claims from consumers and the U.S. government. Customers will be compensated under a VW buyback program, and the company will also pay to offset the pollution caused by the rigged diesel vehicles.

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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.

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Antarctica's Ice Sheets Are Melting Faster — And From Beneath

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:01:00 -0400

Researchers say the ice is melting more quickly than they've ever seen. They think it's because warm water is circulating under the ice shelf, and that the melting process appears to be irreversible.

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Out Of This World: How Artists Imagine Planets Yet Unseen

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:38:00 -0400

When astronomers spot a new planet that's too far away to be seen in detail, they work with artists to depict it. Space artists say they have a lot of freedom, but have to be careful, too.

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Why Does This Election Have Us So Down? Social Science May Have An Answer

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 17:43:00 -0400

U.S. politics have long been marked by disagreement and even rancor. But 2016 feels worse than usual. NPR's Hidden Brain podcast offers one explanation why, from deep in our psychological frameworks.

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Wrecked Haiti Still Reeling From Deadly Hurricane Matthew

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:10:00 -0400

Haiti is still recovering from a Category 4 storm that ravaged its southern coast two weeks ago. Scott Simon speaks with Chief Medical Officer Joanna Cherry of Hospital Bernard Mevs in Port-Au-Prince.

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Can A Place Still Be Home Even After Becoming Toxic?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:09:43 -0400

Even thirty years after the devastating nuclear accident in Chernobyl, there are still people who call the place home. Filmmaker Holly Morris tells the stories of the mostly elderly women who stayed.

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How Does Our Brain Get Rid Of Toxins?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:09:43 -0400

Neuroscientist Jeff Iliff talks about his research, which explores how the brain naturally flushes out toxins during sleep.

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How Can Your Home Make You Sick?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:09:43 -0400

When Dr. Rishi Manchanda worked in a clinic in South Central Los Angeles, he saw that patients were getting sick because of toxic living conditions — so he tried a unique treatment approach.

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How Do Toxins From Plastics Find Their Way Into Our Food?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:09:43 -0400

Ocean advocate Emily Penn has seen first hand how much plastic ends up in the oceans. She explains how the toxins from plastic makes their way into our food chain and how we might be able to stop it.

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How Do Common Chemicals Affect Frogs, Rats — And Maybe Us?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:09:43 -0400

Biologist Tyrone Hayes talks about the concerning effects of the herbicide atrazine, which is part of a group of chemicals that are found in everyday food and household products.

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