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Ashley Madison Hack Inspires Social Scientists To Look Behind The Names
04/28/2016 8:29 PM
A leak of names from one of the world's most famous "adultery" sites, Ashley Madison, got social scientists thinking. They've recently tried to see if people who like to cheat in their marriages also have a propensity to cheat at work.
In Houston, Pregnant Women And Their Doctors Weigh Risks Of Zika
04/28/2016 7:00 PM
Mosquitoes infected with Zika haven't turned up along the U.S. Gulf Coast yet, but could thrive in the region's sultry summer weather. Pregnant women and their doctors are already taking precautions.
Mars By 2018? SpaceX And NASA Announce A New Space Project
04/28/2016 4:41 PM
The Red Dragon missions are aimed at figuring out what's needed "to land large payloads propulsively on Mars." For now, the plan doesn't include sending astronauts to the red planet.
Genetic Variations Help Make Fraternal Twins More Likely
04/28/2016 4:06 PM
Scientists identified two genetic variants that make it more likely that a woman will give birth to fraternal twins. Knowing this might help develop safer fertility treatments.
A Concussion Can Lead To Sleep Problems That Last For Years
04/27/2016 8:14 PM
Eighteen months after a concussion or other traumatic brain injury, two-thirds of the patients in a recent study were still sleepy during the day. And most were unaware of their symptoms.
Loathed By Farmers, Loved By Ancients: The Strange History Of Tiger Nuts
04/27/2016 5:53 PM
One of the worst weeds in the world had its start as an ancient and valuable tuber used for food and medicine. Now tiger nuts are making a comeback in the health food aisle.
Scans Show 'Brain Dictionary' Groups Words By Meaning
04/27/2016 5:00 PM
Brain maps constructed by MRI imaging show that language meaning is distributed throughout the brain's outer layer. And it turns out that different people organize language in similar ways.
Ruling May Help Patients Keep More Of The Winnings When They Sue
04/27/2016 9:00 AM
When someone's been hurt and gets cash as part of a legal decision, health plans routinely demand to be reimbursed for medical costs they covered. But a Supreme Court ruling may hinder that strategy.
When Personalization Leads To Discrimination On AirBnB
04/26/2016 8:28 PM
In the sharing economy, the goal to personalize the exchange can have some unintended consequences. The Hidden Brain podcast explores how discrimination plays out on AirBnB.
Super Hearing And Fast Growth ... Scientists Learn Why Sauropods Ruled
04/26/2016 7:58 PM
A nearly complete fossilized skull from Argentina helps explains the success of these giant dinosaurs that roamed some 95 million years ago.
Beneath An Ugly Outside, Marred Fruit May Pack More Nutrition
04/26/2016 7:13 PM
Why are some fruits and veggies born ugly? Fighting off fungus, heat and pests can leave blemishes. Some researchers think these battle scars may boost the antioxidant content in produce.
How Being Busy Affects Our Motivation
04/26/2016 9:06 AM
There's an old saying: If you want to get something done, ask a busy person. Researchers find that busy people are more motivated to complete tasks after missing a deadline than their non-busy peers.
Many Grouchy, Error-Prone Workers Just Need More Sleep
04/26/2016 8:29 AM
Sleep researchers say about 30 percent of employees at big firms are so tired they're making as many mistakes as if they were coming to work drunk. Some offices now have "napping pods."
Can Big Data Resolve The Human Condition?
04/26/2016 7:46 AM
What makes the Kavli HUMAN Project, which will follow 10,000 people over 20 years, so exciting is that it's exactly the kind of approach that can show us if Big Data really works, says Adam Frank.
#AirbnbWhileBlack: How Hidden Bias Shapes The Sharing Economy
04/26/2016 4:10 AM
The sharing economy is making online transactions far more personal, which can lead to some unintended consequences.




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