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Dental Detectives: What Fossil Teeth Reveal About Ancestral Human Diets

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:00:03 -0400

From the thickness of tooth enamel to the molecular signatures on a tooth left behind by foods eaten by a human, fossil teeth hold many clues to the diets of our ancestors.

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.

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.

2,500 Years Ago, This Brew Was Buried With The Dead; A Brewery Has Revived It

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:14:00 -0400

In an ancient burial plot in what is now Germany, scientists uncovered a cauldron with remnants of an alcoholic beverage. They teamed up with a Milwaukee brewery to re-create the recipe.

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.

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.

Gotcha: Space Station Grabs Onto NASA's 5,100-Pound Cargo Craft

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 09:24:00 -0400

It's been a busy weekend for the space station. On Friday, three astronauts — two Russians and one American — docked at the ISS.

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.

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.

Schiaparelli Mars Lander May Have Exploded On Impact, European Agency Says

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:55:00 -0400

Instead of drifting gently onto Mars' surface, the Schiaparelli Mars lander hit the planet hard — and possibly exploded, the European Space Agency says.

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.

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.

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.