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Could Magnets Help Lessen The Impact Of Concussions In Football?

November 23, 2014 - 5:10pm

A researcher at Virginia Commonwealth University is experimenting with putting magnets in football helmets to dull the impact. NPR's Tess Vigeland speaks with neuroscientist Raymond Colello.

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Why People Take Risks To Help Others: Altruism's Roots In The Brain

November 23, 2014 - 7:14am

In the face of natural disasters and disease, there are always people who step forward to help. Their brains may tell why. This story originally aired on Sept. 22 on Morning Edition.

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A Bus Isn't The Only Thing That Can Be Powered By Poop

November 23, 2014 - 7:03am

Human waste can help things grow and even cook your dinner. It might sound gross, but don't worry, the odor has been removed. Plus: It's good for the environment!

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What Microbes Lurked In The Last Public Restroom You Used?

November 23, 2014 - 5:52am

A census of bacteria and viruses on the floors, toilets and soap dispensers of several bathrooms on a college campus turned up around 77,000 different types of organisms. Oh, joy.

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What Microbes Lurked In The Last Public Restroom You Used?

November 23, 2014 - 5:52am

A census of bacteria and viruses on the floors, toilets and soap dispensers of several bathrooms on a college campus turned up around 77,000 different types of organisms. Oh, joy.

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Starfish Illness Harms Other Sea Creatures

November 22, 2014 - 7:51am

Starfish in the Pacific northwest are being decimated by what's called wasting disease. Researcher Drew Harvell tells NPR's Scott Simon that warming seas are making it worse.

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Shrinking Glaciers Could Squeeze Washington's Water Supply

November 21, 2014 - 4:22pm

Washington state is home to more glaciers than any other state in the lower 48. And they're receding faster than ever before.

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How Can We Find More Time To Be Still?

November 21, 2014 - 9:21am

Pico Iyer says sitting still and reflecting is hard work, but we bring so much more to our experiences and relationships when we make time to think.

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Why Would Someone Choose Silence For 17 Years?

November 21, 2014 - 9:21am

For almost three decades, John Francis has been a planetwalker, traveling the globe by foot and sail with a silent message of environmental respect. For 17 of those years he didn't speak a word.

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How Do Years Of Silence Change Someone?

November 21, 2014 - 9:21am

For almost three decades, John Francis has been a planetwalker, traveling the globe by foot and sail with a silent message of environmental responsibility. For 17 years he didn't speak a word.

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Why Do We Undervalue Introverts?

November 21, 2014 - 9:21am

In a culture where being social and outgoing are celebrated, it can be difficult to be an introvert. Susan Cain argues introverts bring extraordinary talents to the world, and should be celebrated.

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Blind From Birth, But Able To Use Sound To 'See' Faces

November 21, 2014 - 4:19am

The area of the brain that recognizes faces can use sound instead of sight. That recent discovery suggests facial recognition is so important to humans that it's part of our most basic wiring.

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Sleep's Link To Learning And Memory Traced To Brain Chemistry

November 20, 2014 - 9:56am

During sleep, the brain locks in existing memories and can even form new ones. Scientists say they are starting to understand how that happens. A midnight snack may interfere.

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Turkey Looks For Energy In An Abundant Resource: Pistachio Shells

November 20, 2014 - 8:33am

Converting the shells into biogas could provide most of the heat for a planned city of 200,000, engineers say. There's precedent in Australia, where macadamia nut shells are generating power.

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WATCH: How Carbon Dioxide Travels Around The Globe

November 19, 2014 - 10:59am

A NASA computer model visualizes in detail where carbon dioxide is released, how it moves across the globe and how it's affected by the seasons.

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Bloodmobiles To Collect Plasma From West Africa's Ebola Survivors

November 19, 2014 - 5:12am

Researchers gear up tests in West Africa to see whether blood from Ebola survivors can help people who are sick with the disease. This is part of a broader effort to test therapies in West Africa.

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Invasive Surgery May Motivate Patients To Adopt Healthier Behaviors

November 18, 2014 - 5:06am

One challenge in evaluating the effectiveness of different medical procedures, is that patients behave differently after different procedures. Is this true for patients getting heart surgery?

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Are Modafinil's Brain-Boosting Benefits Hype Or Science?

November 17, 2014 - 4:24pm

Modafinil has been approved for treatment of narcolepsy, but it's often used to improve mental performance. The question is, does it work? A new study says probably not.

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Are Modafinil's Brain-Boosting Benefits Hype Or Science?

November 17, 2014 - 4:24pm

Modafinil has been approved for treatment of narcolepsy, but it's often used to improve mental performance. The question is, does it work? A new study says probably not.

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Toxic Tau Of Alzheimer's May Offer A Path To Treatment

November 17, 2014 - 4:18pm

Faulty forms of the brain protein tau trigger tangles inside and outside brain cells of Alzheimer's patients. Scientists say figuring out how to stop bad tau's spread from cell to cell might be key.

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