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In The Search For The Perfect Sugar Substitute, Another Candidate Emerges

NPR | Aug. 27, 2015

There's a new contender in the century-old quest for perfect, guiltless sweetness: allulose. It's sugar — but in a form that our bodies don't convert into calories. Perfect? Not quite.

Oregon Considers Changing When To Issue Beach Advisories

OPB | Aug. 27, 2015

Oregon will likely see a lot more advisories for beach bacteria in the future. But it’s not because the state is finding more bacteria, it’s because it’s lowering the bar for issuing an advisory.

Good Vibrations Key To Insect Communication

NPR | Aug. 27, 2015

For some insects, sound waves or vibrations are the real social media — high-speed rumbles sent through the air and along leaf stems to help the bugs claim territory, send warnings and find mates.

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Froggy Went A-Courtin', But Lady Frogs Chose Second-Best Guy Instead

NPR | Aug. 27, 2015 3:23 p.m.

Given two choices of attractive mates, female frogs pick the top vocalist. But add a third, inferior male to the mix, and females go for No. 2. The "decoy effect" shapes some human choices, too.

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Dining Like Darwin: When Scientists Swallow Their Subjects

NPR | Aug. 27, 2015 7:55 a.m.

Some scientists carry on the tradition of eating the animals or plants they study: leeches, tadpoles, 30,000-year-old bison. Darwin did it first, but why do it at all? Call it all-consuming curiosity.

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Illicit Version Of Painkiller Makes Heroin Deadlier

NPR | Aug. 26, 2015 4:14 p.m.

U.S. drug officials have traced a sharp spike in the already climbing death toll from heroin overdoses to an additive — acetyl fentanyl. The fentanyl is being cooked up in clandestine labs in Mexico.

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Katrina Shut Down Charity Hospital But Led To More Primary Care

NPR | Aug. 26, 2015 11:44 a.m.

More than 70 percent of New Orleans residents say some progress has been made in the availability of medical services since the storm. Still, most say care for the poor continues to lag.

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Particles From The Edge Of Space Shine A Light On Fukushima

NPR | Aug. 25, 2015 6:49 p.m.

Researchers have been using muons to take a peek inside the nuclear reactors in Japan that melted down in 2011. The results could aid the continuing cleanup operations.

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This Little Card Can Turn Wasted Heat Into Electricity

NPR | Aug. 25, 2015 5:08 p.m.

The PowerCard, a small card with an imbedded thermoelectric, is like a mini solar cell. But, instead of converting sunlight into energy, it converts wasted heat from things such as coal stacks.

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After A Divorce, What Happens To A Couple's Frozen Embryos?

NPR | Aug. 25, 2015 2:23 p.m.

Former spouses who disagree over whether their embryos can be destroyed have taken their case to court. In the process, one thing has become clear: how far the law lags behind reproductive technology.

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Snooze Alert: A Sleep Disorder May Be Harming Your Body And Brain

NPR | Aug. 25, 2015 2:23 p.m.

A lack of sleep can increase the risk of traffic accidents, heart attacks, diabetes and maybe even Alzheimer's disease, research suggests. Yet most people with sleep disorders don't get treatment.

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Stephen Hawking: Things Can Escape Black Holes

NPR | Aug. 25, 2015 11:12 a.m.

The world's most famous physicist unveiled a novel idea that he says solves the mystery of the information paradox. Essentially, he explained, information can escape a black hole.

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Does This Phylum Make Me Look Fat?

NPR | Aug. 24, 2015 10:48 a.m.

The relationship between the types of microbes in our gut and belly fat is turning out to be a lot more complicated than scientists first thought.