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A Wisecracking Biochemist Shares Her Kitchen ABCs
10/24/2014 11:03 AM
Shirley Corriher, author of Cookwise: The Hows and Whys of Successful Cooking, has tips on taking the bitter bite out of coffee, and holding onto cabbage's red hue while it's in the pan.
European Scientists Conclude That Distant Comet Smells Terrible
10/24/2014 8:53 AM
A European spacecraft has picked up a foul odor emanating from comet called 67P/C-G. Imagine sharing a stable with a drunk person and a dozen rotten eggs.
How Foodies Were Duped Into Thinking McDonald's Was High-End Food
10/23/2014 9:53 PM
A viral video shows people lauding fare billed as an "organic" fast-food option that was actually McDonald's. It wasn't just pranksters playing tricks on these poor folks, but maybe their brains, too.
FDA Cracks Down On Fake Ebola Cures Sold Online
10/23/2014 8:22 PM
The Food and Drug Administration has issued warning letters to companies marketing products claimed to be cures for Ebola. One firm says it will drop such claims ? but it's still selling the product.
Why California's Drought-Stressed Fruit May Be Better For You
10/23/2014 3:49 PM
Is California's severe drought hurting the nutrient content of fruit? No, preliminary data on pomegranates suggest. The fruit may be smaller, but packed with more antioxidants, tests show.
Scientists Fight For Superbug Research As U.S. Pauses Funding
10/23/2014 12:58 PM
Frustrated scientists argued Wednesday that making nasty viruses even worse in the lab provides crucial insight into preventing pandemics. Others say it just ups the risk a lab germ will start one.
Is There Really Such A Thing As A 'Trophy Wife'?
10/23/2014 8:23 AM
The idea of a "trophy wife" is common in popular culture: Attractive young women trade beauty for status by "marrying up" and finding wealthy husbands. NPR's Shankar Vedantam questions whether the belief is a real phenomenon.
Sunken U-Boats Off North Carolina Coast A Significant Find For Historians
10/22/2014 8:31 PM
The North Carolina coast may be the last place you'd think to find a sunken German submarine from World War II. But that's what Joe Hoyt ? a nautical archeologist ? found on a recent expedition to the ocean floor. Robert Siegel talks to him about the underwater battle site there.
Bigger Than A T.Rex, With A Duck's Bill, Huge Arms And A Hump
10/22/2014 8:31 PM
Scientists first figured the claw-tipped, giant arm bones found in 1965 belonged to an ostrich-like dinosaur. But its recently recovered skull looks more like a dino designed by a committee ? of kids.
A 45,000-Year-Old Leg Bone Reveals The Oldest Human Genome Yet
10/22/2014 6:39 PM
The DNA in this ancient Siberian leg bone shows that the man had Neanderthal ancestors ? yet more proof that humans and Neanderthals interbred. And he lived much farther north than expected.
Banned Drugs Still Turning Up In Weight-Loss Supplements
10/22/2014 12:49 PM
Just because the Food and Drug Administration recalls a supplement because it contains dangerous substances, doesn't mean the product disappears from the market.
Ebola Vaccine Could Start Testing In Africa By January
10/21/2014 10:08 PM
The World Health Organization says two vaccine candidates now undergoing small-scale tests of dosage and safety in people might be ready for broader deployment in Africa by early 2015.
When Reassuring Isn't: The Rush To Test Cruise Passenger For Ebola
10/20/2014 9:47 PM
Galveston, Texas, officials meant well when they tested a passenger while she was still at sea. But some say airlifting a blood sample in a Coast Guard helicopter was needlessly alarming.
Why Are The Great Lakes On The Rise?
10/20/2014 7:53 PM
Host Audie Cornish talks with Drew Gronewold, a hydrologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, about why water levels in lakes Superior, Michigan and Huron are rising.
Our Skulls Might Have Evolved To Withstand Blows To The Face
10/19/2014 4:04 PM
Many scientists believe that a diet of nuts, seeds and other tough, brittle foods shaped our faces, but a June study in Biological Reviews suggests that violence had a heavier hand in its evolution.

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