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Startups Pitch Cricket Flour As The Best Protein You Could Eat

NPR | Aug. 15, 2014

Cricket flour is a thing, and it's showing up in bars and baked goods. A few companies are testing the water to see if Americans can get on board with cricket as an alternative to meat or soy.

Why Knuckles Crack

NPR | April 18, 2015

A little MRI video seems to settle the decades-old debate about that loud pop of the joints. It's all about bubbles. But imagine an air bag inflating, not not the bursting of a balloon.

Tylenol Might Dull Emotional Pain, Too

NPR | April 18, 2015

People who took acetaminophen responded less strongly to happy or sad photos in a small study. It's one of several studies suggesting that there's an overlap with pain and other feelings.

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How Almonds Became A Scapegoat For California's Drought

NPR | April 18, 2015 9:17 a.m.

The relentless drought has turned almonds into a target for water conservationists who bemoan that it takes one gallon of water to grow one almond. Growers say the bad rap is unfair and misleading.

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How The Food Industry Relies On Scientists With Big Tobacco Ties

NPR | April 17, 2015 5:30 p.m.

Critics of the system that ushers food products to market say it is rife with conflicts of interest. When scientists depend on food companies for work, they may be less likely to contest food safety.

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Oregon Doctors Try To Reduce Number Of C-Section Births

OPB | April 17, 2015 4 p.m. | Portland

The group that helped dramatically reduce the number of early elective births in Oregon, is now turning its attention to C-sections.

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WATCH: Chimps In Uganda Look Both Ways Before Crossing

NPR | April 17, 2015 3:32 p.m.

A 29-month study of chimpanzees in Uganda's Kibale National Park reveals that many have learned a valuable survival skill — to look both ways before crossing a busy highway.

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Men Strive To Give More To Charity When The Fundraiser Is Cute

NPR | April 17, 2015 2:28 p.m.

If you're wondering how to get more people to contribute to your online charity drive, consider a photo of you smiling. Even better if you're an attractive woman. Biology is to blame, researchers say.

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Scientists Probe Puppy Love

NPR | April 17, 2015 2:28 p.m.

Research shows the mutual gazing between pooches and people spurs release of a "trust hormone" in both. The results suggest dogs really may love us back.

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Espresso In Orbit: SpaceX Craft Brings Coffee Machine To Space Station

NPR | April 17, 2015 11:07 a.m.

The coffee on the International Space Station is about to get much better. The SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule linked up with the station Friday morning, bringing a long-awaited espresso machine.

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'Mad Cow' Disease In Texas Man Has Mysterious Origin

NPR | April 17, 2015 8:49 a.m.

It's only the fourth case of the deadly disease in the U.S. And it has doctors on an international hunt. How did a disease linked to contaminated beef in the U.K. more than a decade ago get to Texas?

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What Makes A Life Worth Living?

NPR | April 17, 2015 6:13 a.m.

Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi says we can achieve one of the most elusive needs — self-actualization — by finding a state of "flow" in our work or our hobbies.

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Why Do We Need Sleep?

NPR | April 17, 2015 6:13 a.m.

What do we know about one of our most basic needs: sleep? Not a lot, says circadian neuroscientist Russell Foster. We know we need to do it to stay alive, but much about it remains a mystery.