Science

5:00pm

Tue January 6, 2015
Research News

Kids May Not Benefit From Extended Isolation After Concussions

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 6:36 pm

New research suggests isolating children with concussions for more than two days may do more harm than good compared to adults. So what's the best approach to treating concussed children? Melissa Block talks with lead researcher Dr. Danny G. Thomas of the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

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12:15pm

Tue January 6, 2015
The Salt

Going Dry: The Benefits Of A Month Without Booze

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 2:11 pm

As New Year's resolutions go, cutting back on food and drink are right at the top of the list. And while those vowing to change their eating habits may cut the carbohydrates or say a sweet goodbye to sugar, for regular drinkers, the tradition may involve what's known as a "dry January": giving up booze for a month.

But could such a short-term breakup with alcohol really impart any measurable health benefits?

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10:43am

Tue January 6, 2015
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Setting The Record Straight For Alan Turing

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 1:37 pm

Alan M Turing and colleagues work on the Ferranti Mark I Computer in the United Kingdom in 1951.
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Imagine, for a moment, that Albert Einstein's greatest contributions were kept secret at the highest levels of government. Imagine, for a moment, that while still relatively young, Einstein was prosecuted, shamed and driven to suicide for the inclinations of his affections. Imagine, for a moment, that in the wake of the secrecy, the shame and the suicide, you never knew Albert Einstein's name.

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5:06am

Tue January 6, 2015
Research News

The Downside Of Cheaper Gas: More Accident Fatalities

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 3:57 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Believe it or not, there is a downside to cheap gas, even for consumers. There's a way low prices can end up being very costly. To explain, NPR's Shankar Vedantam talked to our own David Greene.

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3:52am

Tue January 6, 2015
The Salt

How Anglers Are Learning To Save Fish That Get 'The Bends'

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 11:35 am

Barotrauma can cause a fish's eyes to pop out of its head and its stomach to be pushed out of its mouth, according to Chris Lowe, a marine scientist at California State, Long Beach.
Jon Hamilton NPR

5:57pm

Mon January 5, 2015
The Two-Way

SpaceX Plans A Perfect Landing

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 8:09 am

The massive first stage of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket is designed to return to earth.
SpaceX

Update at 6:46 a.m. ET. Launch Scrubbed:

Early on Tuesday, SpaceX scrubbed a scheduled launch, citing technical problems. The next possible attempt is Friday at 5:09 ET, NASA said.

Our Original Post Continues:

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5:17pm

Mon January 5, 2015
Shots - Health News

How A Position Of Power Can Change Your Voice

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 11:46 am

How would you sound in front of an NPR microphone?
Meredith Rizzo NPR

Most radio reporters, I think it's fair to say, think about their voices a lot, and work to sound powerful and authoritative. I know my voice has changed since my very first radio story 10 years ago:

Compare that with how I sound these days:

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9:27am

Mon January 5, 2015
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

My Resolution For 2015: Be Smart About My Smartphone

Originally published on Mon January 5, 2015 7:00 pm

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Sometime in 2014, I read Brigid Schulte's Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time and was struck by this passage comparing the culture of work in America with that in Denmark:

"Most Danes don't feel obligated to check their smartphones and e-mail after hours. In fact, they say, people who put in long hours and constantly check e-mail after hours are seen not as ideal worker warriors, as in America, but as inefficient."

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5:02am

Mon January 5, 2015
Environment

Entrepreneurs Find Ways To Make Money From Carbon Emissions

Originally published on Mon January 5, 2015 9:41 am

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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3:33am

Mon January 5, 2015
Shots - Health News

What Heroin Addiction Tells Us About Changing Bad Habits

Originally published on Mon January 5, 2015 4:15 pm

U.S. soldiers at Long Binh base in South Vietnam line up to give urine samples at a heroin detection center before departing for the United States. About 20 percent of soldiers said they were addicts, but most didn't continue drug use back home.
AP

It's a tradition as old as New Year's: making resolutions. We will not smoke, or sojourn with the bucket of mint chocolate chip. In fact, we will resist sweets generally, including the bowl of M&M's that our co-worker has helpfully positioned on the aisle corner of his desk. There will be exercise, and the learning of a new language.

It is resolved.

So what does science know about translating our resolve into actual changes in behavior? The answer to this question brings us — strangely enough — to a story about heroin use in Vietnam.

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