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Yesterday โ€” May 26th 2019NPR Science

Study Shows Freezing Office Temperatures Affect Women's Productivity

By Susan Davis
As the battle for the thermostat is being waged in offices and homes across the U.S., a new study shows that women perform better in certain areas when the temperature is higher.

Do you often hear your colleagues complain that the office is too cold or that they have to bundle up? A new study shows that women are more productive when their surrounding temperatures are higher.

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  • May 26th 2019 at 14:31
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Why Corned Beef Sandwiches โ€” And The Rest Of The Universe โ€” Exist

By Joe Palca
An imbalance between matter and antimatter in the universe produced all the things in existence, including corned beef sandwiches.

Somehow, at the beginning of time, there was an imbalance of matter and antimatter. That's how all the stuff in the universe came about. Scientists think they may find an answer by studying neutrons.

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  • May 25th 2019 at 14:20

At $2.1 Million, New Gene Therapy Is The Most Expensive Drug Ever

By Rob Stein
Zolgensma, a new drug approved by the FDA Friday, costs more than $2.1 million. It

The Food and Drug Administration approved a new gene therapy for a rare but devastating genetic disorder. The drugmaker says the cost is worth it because it's a one-time treatment that saves lives.

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  • May 24th 2019 at 21:52

'Reluctant Psychonaut' Michael Pollan Embraces 'New Science' Of Psychedelics

By Terry Gross

Author Michael Pollan experimented with mushrooms, LSD and other psychedelics while researching his latest book, How to Change Your Mind. Originally broadcast May 15, 2018.

  • May 24th 2019 at 19:32

The 2019 Hurricane Season Will Be 'Near Normal.' But Normal Can Still Be Devastating

By Rebecca Hersher
Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina on Sept. 14, 2018. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasts that two to four major hurricanes will form in the Atlantic during the 2019 hurricane season, which begins June 1.

NOAA forecasts that two to four major hurricanes will form this year in the Atlantic. But even an average year can cause record-breaking damage, as storms get bigger and wetter.

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  • May 23rd 2019 at 23:13

Since The 1960s, Researchers Track Perry Preschool Project Participants

By Shankar Vedantam

For decades, researchers have followed the participants of a 1960's preschool program. They found a range of social and economic benefits, and not just for the participants in the program.

  • May 23rd 2019 at 11:02

News Brief: Impeaching Trump, Iran Threat, CRISPR Modified Viruses

By Noel King

House Democrats meet to decide whether to move forward with impeaching the president. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are briefed on the threat Iran poses. And, the latest on genetically modified viruses.

  • May 22nd 2019 at 11:01

Scientists Modify Viruses With CRISPR To Create New Weapon Against Superbugs

By Rob Stein
About two years ago, Alphonso Evans went to the hospital for what he thought was just another bladder infection and ended up in intensive care. In an effort to combat antibiotic-resistant superbugs, scientists have created "living antibiotics" made of viruses that have been genetically modified using the gene-editing tool CRISPR.

Superbugs are bacteria that can beat modern medicine's most powerful drugs. So doctors are racing to find new ways to fight back.

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  • May 22nd 2019 at 11:01

Computerized Model Reveals Details Of How Human Cells Divide

By Richard Harris
Allen Institute in Seattle has produced a visualization of human cell division.

The nonprofit Allen Institute in Seattle has produced a visualization of human cell division that promises to be useful for professional scientists and curious amateurs alike.

(Image credit: Allen Institute)

  • May 22nd 2019 at 09:01

Can CBD Reduce Cravings And Stress In Opioid Users?

By Allison Aubrey

Researchers wanted to know if CBD can help people who are former opioid users resist relapse. Their double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial suggests CBD can help reduce stress and cravings.

  • May 21st 2019 at 22:23

Wildlife Tourism And Other Dangers Facing Our Most Coveted Species

What's behind those cute selfies with wild animals?

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  • May 21st 2019 at 17:06

Scientists Introduce New Kilogram On World Metrology Day

After 130 years, the kilogram has been redefined. The new standard is based on the fundamental laws of physics and is much more accurate.

  • May 21st 2019 at 11:02

VIDEO: At 'Volcano Summer Camp,' Safety Is A Blast

By Madeline K. Sofia
 Studying active volcanoes can be dangerous. Which is why a group of 40 scientists and engineers from all over the world came together to simulate volcanic blasts. What they

Studying active volcanoes can be dangerous, which is why a group of scientists from around the world came together to simulate volcanic blasts. What they're learning will help them at a real eruption.

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  • May 21st 2019 at 11:01

How The Brain Shapes Pain And Links Ouch With Emotion

By Jon Hamilton
Pain is a complex mix of ouch and emotion.

Pain is more than an unpleasant sensation. When pain signals reach the brain, they interact with areas involved in thinking, memory and emotion.

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  • May 20th 2019 at 11:01

Billion-Dollar Gamble: How A 'Singular Hero' Helped Start A New Field In Physics

By Nell Greenfieldboyce
Rich Isaacson, seen in his backyard in Pentagon City, Va., wrote his thesis on gravitational waves and says he always thought their existence would be proved sometime during his career. But he didn

In the 1970s, Rich Isaacson was presented with what seemed like a crazy idea: using lasers to detect gravitational waves. It became the biggest project the National Science Foundation had ever funded.

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  • May 19th 2019 at 14:25

50 Years Later, Looking Back At Apollo 10, Precursor To The Moon Landing

It's the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 10 mission. NPR's Michel Martin speaks with General Thomas Stafford, who led the Apollo 10 mission.

  • May 18th 2019 at 23:28

Calories, Carbs, Fat, Fiber: Unraveling The Links Between Breast Cancer And Diet

By Allison Aubrey
A new study finds that women who ate a low-fat diet and more fruits, vegetables and grains, lowered their risk of dying from breast cancer. But which of those factors provided the protective effect?

A new study finds that women who ate a low-fat diet and more fruits, vegetables and grains, lowered their risk of dying from breast cancer. But which of those factors provided the protective effect?

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  • May 18th 2019 at 13:00

Critics Say USDA Relocation Proposal Is A Political Move

By Frank Morris

A plan to move USDA research groups out of D.C. has towns clamoring for "700 high-paying jobs." But critics say it's part of an effort to gut objective research and cut many jobs at the two agencies.

  • May 17th 2019 at 22:23

Suicide Rate For Girls Has Been Rising Faster Than For Boys, Study Finds

By Sasha Ingber
The increase in suicide rates was highest for girls ages 10 to 14, rising by nearly 13% since 2007. While for boys of the same age, it rose by 7%.

Researchers found that the increase was highest for girls ages 10 to 14 in the U.S., rising by nearly 13% since 2007. The increase for boys of the same age was 7%.

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  • May 17th 2019 at 21:31

Researchers Say Evidence Shows What You Eat Really Does Matter

By Allison Aubrey

Two new diet studies add to the evidence that when it comes to staying healthy, counting calories may not be enough. What really matters is what you choose to eat and the quality of your diet.

  • May 17th 2019 at 11:02
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