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Kids Who Suffer Hunger In First Years Lag Behind Their Peers In School

NPR | March 23, 2017

Growing Up In A Hungry Family Can Affect A Child's Learning Years Later

Cancer Is Partly Caused By Bad Luck, Study Finds

NPR | March 23, 2017

Researchers have long known behavior, environment and genetics play a role in cancer. A study in Science finds luck is also a major factor. Nearly two-thirds of cancer mutations arise randomly.

Science-Loving Teens From Ghana And D.C. Geek Out Together

NPR | March 23, 2017

They competed in the first World Smarts STEM Challenge. We got to know the team that worked on a water purifier using neem leaves and ... cilantro.

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The Forces Driving Middle-Aged White People's 'Deaths Of Despair'

NPR | March 23, 2017 12:10 p.m.

Middle-aged white people without college degrees are increasingly likely to die of suicide, or drug and alcohol abuse. The lack of a pathway to solid jobs is one reason why, two economists say.

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Social Media, Math And The Mystery Of A Mumps Outbreak

NPR | March 23, 2017 7:25 a.m.

Since August 2016, there have been nearly 3,000 cases of mumps diagnosed in Arkansas. A epidemiologist explains how her team used online data and mathematical modeling to understand the outbreak.

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Doctor Turns Up Possible Treatment For Deadly Sepsis

NPR | March 23, 2017 6:15 a.m.

Research hasn't yet confirmed the early hints that a mix of IV vitamins and steroids might stop the fatal organ failure of sepsis. But an effective treatment for sepsis would be a really big deal.

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Powdered Vaccine Raises Hopes Of Stopping A Top Killer Of Kids

NPR | March 22, 2017 3:54 p.m.

it's aimed at rotavirus, a nasty pathogen that can cause diarrhea and kills 200,000 children a year in developing countries.

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Congress Rolls Back Obama-Era Rule On Hunting Bears And Wolves In Alaska

NPR | March 22, 2017 2:04 p.m.

The Senate voted Tuesday to lift a 2016 ban on certain hunting practices — like trapping and aerial shooting — on national wildlife refuges there. Now the bill heads to President Trump to be signed.

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A Smartphone Can Accurately Test Sperm Count

NPR | March 22, 2017 11:03 a.m.

Measuring the quality of those little swimmers usually requires a trip to the doctor. Researchers have come up with a smartphone accessory that would let men do that at home in less than five seconds.

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How One Of The World's Toughest Creatures Can Bring Itself Back To Life

NPR | March 22, 2017 9:10 a.m.

The tardigrade, a strange animal smaller than a grain of sand and with hooks for feet, can survive in a dried-up state for a decade. Its secret might help improve how drugs are shipped and stored.

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Who Has The Healthiest Hearts In The World?

NPR | March 22, 2017 8:42 a.m.

Move over Japanese women. You've been dethroned as the population with the healthiest hearts. This group of people can fight off heart disease even into their 80s. What's their secret?

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Researchers Test Hotter, Faster And Cleaner Way To Fight Oil Spills

NPR | March 22, 2017 6:06 a.m.

The Flame Refluxer is essentially a big copper blanket: think Brillo pad of wool sandwiched between mesh. Using it while burning off oil yields less air pollution and residue that harms marine life.

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You Probably Believe Some Learning Myths: Take Our Quiz To Find Out

NPR | March 22, 2017 3:34 a.m.

A new survey shows widespread misconceptions and unfounded confidence about learning.