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Degrees of Maybe: How We Can All Make Better Predictions

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:00:25 -0400

Pundits and prognosticators make predictions all the time: about everything from elections, to sports, to global affairs. This week, we explore why they're often wrong, and how we can all do better.

How Do Eggs Get Their Shapes? Scientists Think They've Cracked It

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:15:00 -0400

Eggs evolved over 300 million years ago and now come in all kinds of shapes, from Tic Tacs to teardrops to pingpong balls. After studying some 50,000 eggs, a team of researchers thinks it knows why.

Moth Eyes Inspire Glare-Resistant Coating For Cellphone Screens

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:11:00 -0400

The scientists who developed the anti-reflective film were inspired by tiny, light-trapping structures on moth eyes that help the insects avoid predators.

Hidden Brain: Terror Strikes And An Attacker's Identity

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 05:05:00 -0400

Research shows people are more likely to label an attack as terrorism if the perpetrator is Muslim. Terrorist attacks committed by Muslims receive more coverage than those not committed by Muslims.

A Couple's Quest To Stop A Rare Disease Before It Takes One Of Them

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:35:00 -0400

Twenty years. That's how long two grad students, Sonia Vallabh and Eric Minikel, think they have before a deadly disease envelops Sonia's brain. The Massachusetts couple is now racing to find a cure.

Research Finds Dressmakers Have Good Eyes, And Not Just For Style

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 12:56:00 -0400

In a study of people from a variety of professions, dressmakers were found to have superior 3-D vision. Could their endless hours of delicate handwork be honing eyesight?

Lead Detected In Baby Food Samples. Pediatricians Say There's No Safe Level

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 18:23:00 -0400

Twenty percent of baby food samples were found to contain lead, according to a report from the Environmental Defense Fund. Pediatricians say there's no safe lead level. FDA is reviewing its policy.

A Few Genetic Tweaks To Chinese Bird Flu Virus Could Fuel A Human Pandemic

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 14:44:00 -0400

Three genetic changes could be enough to make a bird flu strain that's already killing some people in China highly contagious. Are experiments with a deliberately mutated version too risky?

Gray Seals, Once Hunted, Are Thriving In New England

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 18:05:00 -0400

Massachusetts once offered a bounty for gray seals. After conservation efforts, the New England population bounced back, and Google Earth images show more seals than scientists had previously counted.

Brain Cell Transplants Are Being Tested Once Again For Parkinson's

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:12:00 -0400

In 2003, researchers declared a moratorium on the use of transplanted brain cells to treat Parkinson's disease. Now, armed with better cells, they're giving the approach another try.

People Are More Likely To Eat Veggies With Fancy Names, Researchers Say

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 06:35:00 -0400

Stanford University researchers found diners did not go for foods labeled as sugar free or low fat. Take an item like carrots, and then call it: twisted citrus glazed carrots — now you're talking.

Police Shootings: How A Culture Of Racism Can Infect Us All

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 04:59:00 -0400

In a shooting involving a police officer, there's often a familiar blame game: Was the cop was racist? Was the person shot threatening? Or maybe, the bias that leads cops to shoot affects us all.

FDA Calls On Drugmaker To Pull A Powerful Opioid Off The Market

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 20:56:00 -0400

The Food and Drug Administration says abuse of the painkiller Opana ER has fueled an outbreak of HIV, hepatitis C and a serious blood disorder, though it was reformulated to try to reduce abuse.

CDC Reveals Sharper Numbers Of Zika Birth Defects From U.S. Territories

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 16:24:00 -0400

About 5 percent of pregnant women infected with Zika in Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories last year had babies with birth defects, says the federal health agency. And the risk isn't over.

315,000-Year-Old Fossils From Morocco Could Be Earliest Recorded Homo Sapiens

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 16:17:00 -0400

Scientists who found the fossils believe they are the remains of five people and far older than all previous finds. But how do the remains really fit into the bushy family tree of modern humans?