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Are Cyborgs In Our Future? 'Homo Deus' Author Thinks So

NPR | Feb. 21, 2017 2 p.m.

Yuval Noah Harari expects we'll soon engineer our bodies in the same way we design products. "I think in general medicine ... will switch from healing the sick to upgrading the healthy," he says.

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Researchers Failed To Tell Testosterone Trial Patients They Were Anemic

NPR | Feb. 21, 2017 1:52 p.m.

Low levels of iron in the blood may indicate a serious but treatable medical condition if caught early, but patients in a testosterone trial were not informed, a bioethicist finds.

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Can Changing When And What We Eat Help Outwit Disease?

NPR | Feb. 21, 2017 11:15 a.m.

I'm fasting intermittently as part of a research study, to see if changing my gut microbiome affects my multiple sclerosis. But maybe living on Peanut Chews isn't the best strategy.

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How Hermann Rorschach's 'Inkblots' Took On A Life Of Their Own

NPR | Feb. 21, 2017 10:49 a.m.

These days, you're more likely to come across the concept of a Rorshach test in a cultural context than a clinical one. In a new book, author Damion Searls traces the history of the famous inkblots.

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Can Poetry Keep You Young? Science Is Still Out, But The Heart Says Yes

NPR | Feb. 21, 2017 10:48 a.m.

Scientific evidence showing health benefits from engaging in the arts is still weak. But Los Angeles students in their 80s say their poetry class gives them joy, solace, community and a voice.

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The Next Pandemic Could Be Dripping On Your Head

NPR | Feb. 21, 2017 7:35 a.m.

Bats, birds and tourists love a good cave. And so do viruses. Scientists say this mixture could trigger a deadly outbreak.

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On the Knife's Edge: Using Therapy To Address Violence Among Teens

NPR | Feb. 20, 2017 9 p.m.

We hear a lot about senseless violence: people who lose their lives or their freedom over a stolen backpack, or perceived slight. Two researchers think social science might help prevent these crimes.

Science | Environment

New Research Shows How 'Atmospheric Rivers' Wreak Havoc Around The Globe

NPR | Feb. 20, 2017 4:03 p.m.

The idea of plumes of moisture curling above our heads might seem beautiful, but new research shows atmospheric rivers to be among the most damaging of weather systems.


Space Poop Problem-Solvers Take Home Cash Prizes From NASA

NPR | Feb. 20, 2017 2:30 a.m.

NASA was looking for help from the public in solving a very specific challenge: How to deal with poop in a spacesuit. The winners included doctors, a dentist, a product designer and an engineer.

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When Their Food Ran Out, These Reindeer Kept Digging

NPR | Feb. 19, 2017 8:17 a.m.

Reindeer are thought to face a grim future as climate change threatens lichen, a key winter food source. But on one Alaskan island, reindeer have found a new food source, making scientists hopeful.