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Science
5:25 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

Gazing Into Those Puppy-Dog Eyes May Actually Be Good For You

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Science
5:25 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

Setting The Record Straight On The Phrase 'Gateway Drug'

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Environment
6:43 am
Sat April 18, 2015

Why Water Markets Might Work In California

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 9:59 am

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The Salt
5:38 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

How The Food Industry Relies On Scientists With Big Tobacco Ties

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 7:30 pm

This story is excerpted from an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity, a nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organization.

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The Two-Way
2:25 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

WATCH: Chimps In Uganda Look Both Ways Before Crossing

A troop of chimpanzees in Uganda has learned to look both ways before crossing a busy highway.
New Scientist

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 5:32 pm

Call it Darwinian evolution in action: A troop of wild chimpanzees in Uganda has learned a valuable survival skill — to look before crossing.

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TED Radio Hour
8:13 am
Fri April 17, 2015

What Makes A Life Worth Living?

Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi says we can achieve one of our most elusive needs, self-actualization, by seeking moments of "flow."
Asa Mathat TED

Part 6 of the TED Radio Hour episode Maslow's Human Needs

About Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's TED Talk

Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi says we can achieve one of the most elusive needs — self-actualization — by finding a state of "flow" in our work or our hobbies.

About Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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TED Radio Hour
8:13 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Why Do We Need Sleep?

Circadian neuroscientist Russell Foster says it's time for us to take sleep seriously.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Maslow's Human Needs

About Russell Foster's TED Talk

What do we know about one of our most basic needs: sleep? Not a lot, says circadian neuroscientist Russell Foster. We know we need to do it to stay alive, but much about it remains a mystery.

About Russell Foster

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TED Radio Hour
8:13 am
Fri April 17, 2015

How Did Abraham Maslow Change Psychology?

Psychologist Abraham Maslow was a pioneer in positive psychology, envisioning what was right with his clients, rather than what was wrong.
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Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Maslow's Human Needs

Brandeis Psychology professor Margie Lachman works in the same office where Abraham Maslow developed his hierarchy of needs. She describes his lasting influence on psychology.

About Margie Lachman

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The Two-Way
7:01 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Espresso In Orbit: SpaceX Craft Brings Coffee Machine To Space Station

The SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule nears the International Space Station on Friday, as astronauts prepare to snag it with a robotic arm.
NASA TV

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 1:07 pm

The coffee on the International Space Station is about to get much better. The SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule linked up with the station on Friday, bringing groceries, supplies — and a long-awaited espresso machine called the ISSpresso.

In a rendezvous that was streamed live online, astronauts inside the ISS extended a robotic arm and captured the SpaceX Dragon early Friday. NASA says the pair made contact 257 miles over the Pacific Ocean.

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Shots - Health News
5:19 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Use Of E-Cigarettes Triples Among U.S. Teens

Nicotine exposure at a young age "may cause lasting harm to brain development," warns Dr. Tom Frieden, chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 7:13 pm

A national survey confirms earlier indications that e-cigarettes are now more popular among teenage students than traditional cigarettes and other forms of tobacco, federal health officials reported Thursday.

The findings prompted strong warnings from Dr. Tom Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about the effects of any form of nicotine on young people.

"We want parents to know that nicotine is dangerous for kids at any age," Frieden said.

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Goats and Soda
5:19 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

'Mad Cow' Disease In Texas Man Has Mysterious Origin

Colored brain scan of a 17-year-old boy with mad cow disease. The bright yellow spots are a sign that the thalamus is damaged by diseased proteins.
Simon Fraser Science Source

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 10:49 am

It began with anxiety and depression. A few months later, hallucinations appeared.

Then the Texas man, in his 40s, couldn't feel the left side of his face.

He thought the symptoms were because of a recent car accident. But the psychiatric problems got worse. And some doctors thought the man might have bipolar disorder.

Eventually, he couldn't walk or speak. He was hospitalized. And about 18 months after symptoms began, the man died.

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Shots - Health News
1:56 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Scientists Probe Puppy Love

A direct, friendly gaze seems to help cement the bond of affection between people and their pooches.
Dan Perez/Flickr

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 4:28 pm

It's a question that bedevils dog owners the world over: "Is she staring at me because she loves me? Or because she wants another biscuit?"

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Shots - Health News
12:05 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Men Strive To Give More To Charity When The Fundraiser Is Cute

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 4:28 pm

We donate to charities for lots of reasons: because we're generally magnanimous people, because we care deeply about certain issues or because it's the only way to get Meg to stop talking about the plight of the endangered proboscis monkey.

And for men, there may be another force at play: a subconscious desire to impress the ladies.

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NPR Story
4:06 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Students' Work Ethic Affected By Peer Groups, Desire To Be Popular

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 11:54 pm

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The Salt
2:51 am
Thu April 16, 2015

How Almonds Became A Scapegoat For California's Drought

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 9:05 am

You may have heard by now that it takes one gallon of water to produce just one almond. And those are considered fighting words in drought-stricken California, which produces 80 percent of the world's supply of the tasty and nutritious nut.

So when almond grower Daniel Bays hears that, he just shakes his head.

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