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Good Medical Care Can Suffer Late In The Day


Many of us feel increasingly stressed and short on time as the day wears on. But does that make for worse medical care? Studies suggest preventive maintenance suffers with late appointments.

How A Coronavirus Blood Test Could Solve Some Medical Mysteries


Researchers in Asia are using a blood test that identifies people who've previously been exposed to the new coronavirus. In the U.S., that kind of test isn't yet available.

Short Wave Celebrates Black Excellence In Science


To close out Black History Month, Short Wave is highlighting just a few of the many incredible black scientists we've featured so far on the show.

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How The Brain Teases Apart A Song's Words And Music

Brain scans show that when people listen to songs, an area in the left hemisphere decodes speech-like sounds while one on the right processes musical information.

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Philadelphia Nonprofit Opening Nation's First Supervised Injection Site Next Week

After a two-year legal saga, Safehouse says it will open next week, allowing users to administer illegal drugs under supervision. Federal officials say they will try to stop the site from opening.

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A Guide: How To Prepare Your Home For Coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week urged the American public "to prepare with the expectation that this could be bad." Here are some of the steps you might consider.

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The Lessons To Be Learned From Forcing Plants To Play Music

It's not as mean as it might sound (though it does involve a little electrocution) and the results can be both beautiful and, well, eye-opening.

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Trump Administration Pressed On Coronavirus Preparedness

Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says there is "no plan" for potential outbreaks in the U.S. The White House says it has the situation "contained" and has requested emergency funding.

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Sell Or Stay? Australia's Fire Zone Experiment

After deadly 2009 wildfires, authorities offered to buy property to encourage people to move. Few accepted. The questions raised by Australia's experience are freshly urgent after its latest fires.

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Evidence Does Not Support Hunting As A Way To Control Cougars: Study

Legal cougar hunting is held up as a way to keep pets, livestock, humans and prey animals safe. But a new study calls that logic into question.

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Gray Whale Strandings More Likely During Solar Storms: Study

New research suggests radio frequency noise from the sun creates navigation problems for gray whales.

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Scientists Gather In The PNW To Study Risks Of Microplastic Pollution

The goal is to create a mathematical risk assessment for microplastic pollution in the region similar to predictions used to game out responses to major natural disasters such as earthquakes.

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Daredevil 'Mad' Mike Hughes Killed In Crash Of Homemade Rocket

Mike Hughes promoted himself as believing that the Earth was flat. He launched in homemade rockets with the goal of eventually flying to the edge of space to see for himself.