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Why Is It Important To Be Touched?

NPR | Jan. 19, 2017 3:25 p.m.

Neuroscientist David Linden thinks that of the five senses, touch is the most overlooked, and perhaps the most important for promoting psychological health.

Flora and Fauna | Arts | Entertainment | Science | Technology

How Do Pheromones Really Work?

NPR | Jan. 19, 2017 3:25 p.m.

Pheromones are mysterious compounds that can make a mammal smell more sexy--but that's not true for humans. Zoologist Tristram Wyatt says human pheremones are hard to find.

Flora and Fauna | Arts | Food | Science | Health

Are There More Than Five Basic Tastes?

NPR | Jan. 19, 2017 3:25 p.m.

Scientists have long believed we have just five tastes - salty, sweet, bitter, sour and umami (or savory). Geneticist Nicole Garneau argues we might be able to taste a sixth — fat.

Science | Nation | Health

Scientists Needn't Get A Patient's Consent To Study Blood Or DNA

NPR | Jan. 19, 2017 2:33 p.m.

In its update of ethics rules aimed at protecting patients, the Obama administration decided against a provision that scientists said would hinder research. Consumer advocates aren't happy.

Flora and Fauna | Science | Nation | Health

What Does It Mean When Cancer Findings Can't Be Reproduced?

NPR | Jan. 19, 2017 1:30 p.m.

Results from some key cancer studies were different when the experiments were redone in different labs. Scientists don't yet know why, but say the answer could have health implications for patients.

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5th 'Mars Mission' Simulation Ready For Launch In Hawaii

NPR | Jan. 19, 2017 10:33 a.m.

Starting Thursday, six people will spend eight months in a dome on Mauna Loa volcano to study what living on Mars might be like. The mission is co-sponsored by the University of Hawaii and NASA.

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Coronations, Coups, And Keeping Up With The Kardashians

NPR | Jan. 18, 2017 11:13 a.m.

It's in our nature to idolize the rich and famous. But this week on Hidden Brain, we explore the other side of our nature: the part of us that wants to see the rich and powerful fall from grace.

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When The Brain Scrambles Names, It's Because You Love Them

NPR | Jan. 18, 2017 10:42 a.m.

If your mom had to run though the name of everyone in the family, including the dog, before hitting yours, it's probably because you're all in a mental folder labeled "loved ones."

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2016 Was The Hottest Year Yet, Scientists Declare

NPR | Jan. 18, 2017 8:03 a.m.

Global temperatures soared above the 20th century average last year, as the climate continues to change. It hasn't been this hot since scientists started tracking global temperatures in 1880.

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As Rains Soak California, Farmers Test How To Store Water Underground

NPR | Jan. 17, 2017 11:53 a.m.

After years of drought, California is getting drenched with rains. Some scientists and farmers are testing a way to capture that water by filling the state's depleted groundwater aquifers.