August 08, 2016 by Contributor in Archived

A Study Takes The Globe's Blood Pressure And Finds A Dramatic Rise

A woman has her blood pressure checked at a center for the elderly in Bangkok. Lillian Suwanrumpha /AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Lillian Suwanrumpha /AFP/Getty Images High blood pressure, once considered a scourge of wealthy nations, is now even more common in low- and middle-income countries, according to an

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August 08, 2016 by Contributor in Archived

Trading Cards: The Who's Who Of #NPRWormWeek

Morgan McCloy/NPR “It may be doubted whether there are many other animals which have played so important a part in the history of the world as these lowly … creatures.” That’s what Charles Darwin said about earthworms. His quote applies to parasitic worms, too. This week Goats and Soda looks

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August 08, 2016 by Contributor in Archived

How A Wave Is Unlike An Armadillo: One Reporter's Summer Puzzle

The same word is used to describe light, a lively sea, or a ripple in the fabric of space-time. What’s in a wave? Photo illustration by Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption toggle caption Photo illustration by Meredith Rizzo/NPR This summer, NPR’s science desk is thinking about waves, of all kinds —

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August 08, 2016 by Contributor in Archived

When Pregnant Women Need Medicine, They Encounter A Void

Maria Fabrizio for NPR A few years ago, almost every aspect of Rosanne Mottola’s life was governed by the feeling in her gut. Literally. “I experienced extreme urgency to have to use the bathroom. Pain. Bleeding,” says Mottola, who has ulcerative colitis. “A lot of times I would go the

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July 15, 2016 by Contributor in Archived

She Offered The Robber A Glass Of Wine, And That Flipped The Script

Manual Cinema/NPR This week’s Invisibilia podcast and show explore what happens when people flip the script, responding to situations in ways that are completely unexpected. We tend to respond to aggression with aggression, kindness with kindness. Usually that works just fine. But sometimes turning 180 degrees can change the world.

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July 15, 2016 by Contributor in Archived

How Will 'Cut And Paste' Technology Rewrite Our DNA?

[embedded content] Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode What Makes Us … Us About Sam Sternberg’s TED Talk Biochemist Sam Sternberg describes how recent developments in gene editing technology may help end many diseases and even control our own evolution. About Sam Sternberg As a doctoral researcher in

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