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It seems an obvious question: What is life? But science writer Carl Zimmer says the answer to it is far more complicated than it appears at first glance. 

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As a new mom, NPR science reporter Michaeleen Doucleff was overwhelmed by motherhood and underwhelmed by the parenting advice she found in American parenting guidebooks. So, she set off to see what other cultures could teach her.

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In 2017, a telescope on Maui spotted … something hurtling through our solar system. While much of the scientific community offered various explanations, astrophysicist Avi Loeb’s stood out: This, he asserted, was a piece of alien technology.

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Maria Konnikova was having a bad year. So, to help pull herself out, this Harvard-trained psychologist decided to take up high stakes, competitive poker as a way to study human behavior. 

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Why do we dream? That’s one of the questions that Antonio Zadra and Robert Stickgold are trying to answer in their book, When Brains Dream: Exploring the Science and Mystery of Sleep.

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The new year means a lot of us are committing to new exercise routines — routines we’re going to “get right” this time. Only, what if we didn’t evolve to exercise at all?

The pop culture stereotype of a Neanderthal – even the word itself – conjures the image of a stumbling buffoon, dressed in a loincloth, banging some rocks together. But who actually were our ancient relatives? 

The Power Of Touch

Dec 3, 2020
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The COVID-19 pandemic has created a world where we humans don’t touch each other nearly as much as we used to. How will a touchless world change us?

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With the news this week that a COVID-19 vaccine is well underway, we’re taking a look at the historic origins of immunizations. 

How We Breathe

Nov 19, 2020
Renee Bright

Take a breath. Like, right now. Did you use your nose or your mouth? Turns out, that matters.

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