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Nostalgia Isn't Just A Fixation On The Past - It Can Be About The Future, Too

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:00:15 -0400

Is nostalgia an emotion that's bitter, or sweet? Psychologist Clay Routledge explains what causes us to feel nostalgic and how nostalgia affects us.



Sleep Scientist Warns Against Walking Through Life 'In An Underslept State'

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:04:00 -0400

"Human beings are the only species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent gain," says sleep scientist Matthew Walker. His new book is Why We Sleep.



After Hurricane Power Outages, Looking To Alaska's Microgrids For A Better Way

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:04:00 -0400

Alaska is a leader in microgrids since its remote communities have had to power themselves for decades.



Studies Skewed By Focus On Well-Off, Educated Brains

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:56:00 -0400

What does a "normal" brain look like? Something a lot different when researchers make sure that study participants reflect the race, education and income levels of the U.S. at large.



Astronomers Strike Gravitational Gold In Colliding Neutron Stars

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:01:00 -0400

In an astonishing discovery, astronomers used gravitational waves to locate two neutron stars smashing together. The collision created 200 Earth masses of pure gold, along with other elements.



Mindfulness Apps Aim To Help People Disconnect From Stress

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 04:55:00 -0400

Finding inner calm hard to come by? Some people use their device obsession to help them disconnect. The apps aren't a quick fix, therapists say, but might help you stick to a mindfulness practice.



'Quackery' Chronicles How Our Love Of Miracle Cures Leads Us Astray

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 08:02:04 -0400

Tobacco enemas? Mercury pills? Ice pick lobotomies? A new book explains how throughout history, miracle "cures" often didn't just fail to improve people's health, they maimed and killed.



A School For Kids With Autism Copes With Fire's Physical And Emotional Damage

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 07:00:17 -0400

Dealing with a fire or other natural disaster is hard on anyone, from evacuation to aftermath. And people with physical or developmental disabilities have particular needs, say emergency planners.



Jeremy, The Lonely, Left-Twisting Snail, Dies — But Knows Love Before The End

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 19:46:29 -0400

OK, "love" might be overstating it. But the little lefty — whose seemingly hopeless search for a mate sparked an international quest — did manage to procreate before he slithered off this mortal coil.



'The Butchering Art': How A 19th Century Physician Made Surgery Safer

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:28:00 -0400

Before surgeons accepted germ theory, operations often killed patients. All Things Considered host Robert Siegel talks with the author of a new biography of antiseptic advocate Joseph Lister.



With OK From EPA, Use Of Controversial Weedkiller Is Expected To Double

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:14:00 -0400

The EPA says farmers can still spray dicamba on their crops next year — with some new restrictions. The weedkiller has been blamed for drifting into fields, damaging millions of acres of crops.



Is Harrison Ford An Android In 'Blade Runner'?

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:32:00 -0400

Ever since the first movie achieved cult status, fans have hotly debated whether Rick Deckard, played by Harrison Ford, is a replicant. Blade Runner 2049 leaves room for argument, says fan Adam Frank.



California Blazes Are Part Of A Larger And Hotter Picture, Fire Researchers Say

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:11:00 -0400

The wildfires in California's wine country are coming in the midst of a near-record fire season nationwide. Researchers say a warming climate is a factor.



Elizabeth Loftus: How Can Our Memories Be Manipulated?

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:21:00 -0400

Years of research have taught Elizabeth Loftus just how unreliable our memories are. From tweaking a real memory to planting a completely fabricated one, tampering with our minds is surprisingly easy.



This Week's Air Quality Is Worst On Record For San Francisco Bay Area

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 17:31:00 -0400

As wildfires spread through Northern California counties, clouds of smoke and ash are spreading, too, far beyond the flames. Air quality officials have a database that's searchable by ZIP code.