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Why Some Memories Seem Like Movies: 'Time Cells' Discovered In Human Brains
10/29/2020 5:16 PM
Scientists have identified special cells in the human brain that organize movie-like memories, helping us to relive important experiences and events.
As Biotech Crops Lose Their Power, Scientists Push For New Restrictions
10/29/2020 9:00 AM
Some of the first GMOs ? corn and cotton plants that have been genetically modified to fend off insects ? are running into problems. Bugs have become resistant to them because they've been overused.
Scientists Find Cells In The Human Brain Responsible For Episodic Memory
10/28/2020 8:08 PM
Many memories are like short movies. People relive experiences such as arriving for the first day of school or falling off a bike. Scientists have shown how the brain organizes these episodes.
Scientists Find Massive Coral Reef In Australia's Great Barrier Reef
10/28/2020 10:21 AM
The 1,600-foot-tall coral reef is taller than the Empire State Building, and its base is a mile wide. It's the first time in 120 years since a coral reef this size has been discovered.
Mask-Wearing Is Up In The U.S., But Young People Are Still Too Lax, CDC Survey Finds
10/27/2020 10:53 PM
A general increase in mask-wearing has been encouraging, U.S. public health experts say. But too few young people, especially, are social distancing and taking other steps to slow coronavirus' spread.
'Kindred' Dismantles Simplistic Views Of Neanderthals
10/27/2020 2:12 PM
Rebecca Wragg Sykes describes evidence showing that as innovative tool- and fire-makers, Neanderthals adapted to changing climates, adopted symbolic cultural practices and expressed profound emotions.
The Dark Side Of The Recovery Revealed In Big Data
10/27/2020 10:31 AM
The way the government tracks recessions is largely the same as it was 70 years ago. A research group is working to change that and is revealing a lot about the lopsided recovery along the way.
El Paso, Texas, Judge Issues 2-Week Curfew To Stem Surge Of COVID-19 Cases
10/26/2020 8:45 PM
The judge said he was "left with no choice" but to impose a countywide curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. He noted El Paso County has seen a 160% increase in its positivity rate in the last three weeks.
They Work In Several Nursing Homes To Eke Out A Living, And That May Spread The Virus
10/26/2020 8:27 PM
Most nursing homes are connected by shared staff to seven others. Instead of limiting workers to one facility to curb COVID-19 spread, advocates urge better pay and more PPE for nursing home staff.
Water On The Moon: NASA Confirms Water Molecules On Our Neighbor's Sunny Surface
10/26/2020 7:31 PM
The breakthrough suggests that water, vital to life on Earth, could be distributed across more parts of the lunar surface than the ice that has previously been found in cold and dark places.
Colleges Turn To Wastewater Testing In An Effort To Flush Out The Coronavirus
10/26/2020 9:01 AM
Wastewater offers an ideal testing opportunity for colleges: People often poop where they live; colleges know who lives in each dorm; and testing wastewater is a cheaper way to monitor virus spread.
U.S. Finds 1st 'Murder Hornet' Nest In Washington State
10/24/2020 11:50 AM
Entomologists in Washington State have located the first ever nest of the Asian giant hornet in the U.S. They tracked the "murder hornet" to its nest by attaching it with a miniature radio tracker.
A NASA Probe Is So Full of Asteroid Material That It Now Has A Problem
10/23/2020 11:35 PM
A NASA spacecraft sent out to collect rocks from an asteroid seems to have nabbed a lot of material, but there's now an unexpected problem--a flap isn't closing because some rocks are stuck.
'Fresh Air' Reflects On The Psychedelic Movement
10/23/2020 5:35 PM
We listen to a 1983 interview with psychologist Timothy Leary, a 1990 interview with spiritual leader Ram Dass and a 2018 interview with How to Change Your Mind author Michael Pollan.
COVID-19 Surges In Rural Communities, Overwhelming Some Local Hospitals
10/22/2020 9:00 AM
As COVID-19 cases increase, many rural communities, places which were largely spared during the early months of the pandemic, are now contending with a spike in infections and hospitalizations.





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