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Chemists Say You Should Add A Little Water To Your Whiskey. Here's Why

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:19:00 -0400

It's a common refrain from whiskey enthusiasts: Adding a few drops of water to a glass opens up the flavors of the drink. Chemists in Sweden provide a molecular explanation for why this works.

Probiotic Bacteria Could Protect Newborns From Deadly Infection

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:09:00 -0400

Each year more than 600,000 babies die of sepsis. Researchers have found a simple way to prevent it: Feed babies probiotic bacteria that are common in kimchi, pickles and other fermented vegetables.

With Heavy Drinking On The Rise, How Much Is Too Much?

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:00:00 -0400

Binge-drinking sounds like an all-night bender, but here's a reality check: Many social drinkers may "binge" without knowing it. Women who drink four or more drinks on an occasion are binge-drinking.

Can We Feed The World With Farmed Fish?

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:01:00 -0400

New research suggests there is space on the open ocean to farm essentially all the seafood humans can eat — and then some. But such volumes of fish and shellfish could not be grown without costs.

6,000-Year-Old Knee Joints Suggest Osteoarthritis Isn't Just Wear And Tear

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Even after a Harvard team took into account differences in age and weight among ancient specimens and knees today, they found that modern humans tend to have more osteoarthritis.

New Study Highlights Strong Link Between Basic Research And Inventions

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:33:00 -0400

A big waste of money or the engine of marketplace innovation? That's how some people see basic scientific research. Now a new study shows how basic research and inventions are connected.

Researchers: Hackers Could Encode Human DNA With Malicious Software

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 07:55:11 -0400

University of Washington researchers say malware could be encoded into DNA strands. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to researcher Karl Koscher about the findings and what they mean for gene sequencing.

Success In Placing Shelter Dogs Takes More Than Temperament Tests

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:48:00 -0400

Blogger Alva Noë talks with a dog trainer who says the need to give shelters, handlers and adopters the resources required to keep dogs and people supported and safe is critical in the process.

Nearly 1 In 5 Hospice Patients Discharged While Still Alive

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 04:34:00 -0400

The hospices that discharge the most patients before their death also make the most money, a recent study shows.

People Back Editing Genes To Treat Disease, But Are Wary Of Inheritable Changes

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 18:11:00 -0400

Scientists are getting closer to being able to alter people's genes permanently. A survey found that people are more cautious about changes that could be passed on to future generations.

Widowed Early, A Cancer Doctor Writes About The Harm Of Medical Debt

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 11:45:00 -0400

A decade after the death of her husband, Fumiko Chino is studying the strain that uncovered medical costs put on cancer patients, even those who have insurance.

47 Hospitals Slashed Their Use Of 2 Key Heart Drugs After Huge Price Hikes

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 18:52:00 -0400

These two older drugs, nitroprusside and isoproterenol, are frequently used in emergency and intensive care situations and have no direct alternatives, say cardiologists.

Some Tuna Can Carry Up To 36 Times The Toxic Chemicals Of Others. Here's Why

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 17:39:00 -0400

When it comes to pollutant levels, researchers now say where your tuna was caught can make a huge difference. But tracking your yellowfin to the spot it was caught may be tricky.

Earliest-Known Winged Mammal Relatives Discovered In China

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 14:37:00 -0400

These 160-million-year-old fossils are the oldest known examples of mammal relatives with the ability to glide. They're from an extinct lineage with no relationship to modern gliders.

Video Games May Affect The Brain Differently, Depending On What You Play

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 11:16:00 -0400

Millions of people play video games, but there's plenty of disagreement on whether they're good or bad for brains. Action games may have a different effect than something like Super Mario.