Science

1:17pm

Tue July 28, 2015
Health

A Sense Of Self: What Happens When Your Brain Says You Don't Exist

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 3:58 pm

Anil Ananthaswamy is a consultant for New Scientist Magazine.
Prasad Vaidya Dutton

Science journalist Anil Ananthaswamy thinks a lot about "self" — not necessarily himself, but the role the brain plays in our notions of self and existence.

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12:19pm

Tue July 28, 2015
Science

Bones In Church Ruins Likely The Remains Of Early Jamestown's Elite

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 7:22 pm

3-D renderings of four skeletons found buried near the altar of an early church in the Jamestown settlement in Virginia.
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Jamestown, Virginia — the first successful English colony in North America — was a difficult place, to say the least. Most of the colonists who arrived in 1607 died shortly thereafter.

Now archaeologists have discovered the remains of some of the colony's first leaders — Jamestown's elite.

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11:14am

Tue July 28, 2015
Shots - Health News

Happy 50th Birthday, Medicare. Your Patients Are Getting Healthier

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 3:50 pm

A Yale University study analyzed the experience of 60 million Americans covered by traditional Medicare between 1999 and 2013, and found "jaw-dropping improvements in almost every area," the lead author says.
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Here's a bit of good news for Medicare, the popular government program that's turning 50 this week. Older Americans on Medicare are spending less time in the hospital; they're living longer; and the cost of a typical hospital stay has actually come down over the past 15 years, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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9:23am

Tue July 28, 2015
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

The Divergence Of Art And Science

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 2:29 pm

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Here at 13.7, we have have spent considerable time thinking about art and science. In particular, we've often tried to unpack the meaning of their similarities.

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6:15am

Tue July 28, 2015
Research News

Research: Let Your Fingers Stroll Down Yellow Pages' Listings

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 7:41 am

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5:13am

Tue July 28, 2015
The Salt

Squeezed By Drought, California Farmers Switch To Less Thirsty Crops

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 7:41 am

Gary Broomell and his daughter, Debbie, pose behind a sign on their ranch in San Diego County. Their family has been growing citrus for generations, but lately, it's been hard staying in the black growing oranges, so they started a vineyard a few years ago.
Lesley McClurg Capital Public Radio

Water scarcity is driving California farmers to plant different crops. Growers are switching to more profitable, less-thirsty fruits, vegetables and nuts.

Nowhere is this truer than San Diego County, where water prices are some of the highest in the state.

Grapefruit trees shade the entrance to Triple B Ranches winery in northern San Diego County. The tasting room is a converted kitchen festooned with country knick knacks.

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8:04pm

Mon July 27, 2015
Shots - Health News

California Health Insurance Exchange Keeps Rate Hikes Low — Again

At sign-up events like this one in Los Angeles in 2013, Covered California pledged "affordability" in health insurance as one of its main selling points.
Lucy Nicholson Reuters/Landov

Monthly premiums for California's 1.3 million Covered California customers will rise a modest 4 percent, on average, officials with the agency said Monday. This increase is slightly less than last year's increase of 4.2 percent for consumers who bought policies on the state's health insurance marketplace.

Some consumers could even achieve a reduction in their premium, of an average of 4.5 percent, if they choose to shop around.

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11:02am

Mon July 27, 2015
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

15 Questions About Science And Religion, Answered

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Last April, I joined more than a dozen cognitive scientists at a workshop called "Breaking New Ground in the Science-Religion Dialogue." The workshop, organized by Cristine Legare at the University of Texas at Austin, aimed to encourage a sophisticated, evidence-based look at the psychology behind science and religion, as well as psychological factors that affect people's perception of believers, atheists and the relationship between science and religion.

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3:57am

Mon July 27, 2015
Shots - Health News

A Scientist Deploys Light And Sound To Reveal The Brain

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 3:51 pm

A nanosecond pulsed laser beam starts the photoacoustic imaging process.
Geoff Story/Courtesy of Washington University in St. Louis

Lihong Wang creates the sort of medical technology you'd expect to find on the starship Enterprise.

Wang, a professor of biomedical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, has already helped develop instruments that can detect individual cancer cells in the bloodstream and oxygen consumption deep within the body. He has also created a camera that shoots at 100 billion frames a second, fast enough to freeze an object traveling at the speed of light.

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11:27am

Sun July 26, 2015
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

This Is Your Brain On The Outdoors

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The New York Times recently carried a fascinating report on how a walk in nature can actually change the wiring in your brain. According to the story, not only did a brief walk in the woods make people report they felt happier but, using brain scans, researchers found time nature changed neurological functioning as well.

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