Monday, October 23, 2017

NPR News: Screening For Diabetes Is Working Better Than Thought

Screening For Diabetes Is Working Better Than Thought
The CDC says 7 million people have Type 2 diabetes and don't know it. But a new analysis says that number's much lower. Screening efforts should focus on people at highest risk, the researchers say.

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NPR News: Stephen Hawking's Ph.D. Thesis Crashes Cambridge Site After It's Posted Online

Stephen Hawking's Ph.D. Thesis Crashes Cambridge Site After It's Posted Online
By late Monday, the thesis had been viewed more than 60,000 times, a Cambridge official says. He adds, "Other popular theses might have 100 views per month."

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NPR News: CRISPR Bacon: Chinese Scientists Create Genetically Modified Low-Fat Pigs

CRISPR Bacon: Chinese Scientists Create Genetically Modified Low-Fat Pigs
Scientists have used CRISPR, a new gene-editing technique, to create pigs that can keep their bodies warmer, burning more fat to produce leaner meat.

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NPR News: The Good Psychology In 'The Good Place'

The Good Psychology In 'The Good Place'
Despite my skepticism at the outset, for a light and amusing TV sitcom "The Good Place" does a pretty good job with philosophy — and a pretty good job with human psychology, too, says Tania Lombrozo.

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NPR News: In Memory Training Smackdown, One Method Dominates

In Memory Training Smackdown, One Method Dominates
A comparison of two memory training methods often used by scientists found that one was twice as good as the other. But neither succeeded in turning people into cognitive superstars.

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NPR News: Digging In The Mud To See What Toxic Substances Were Spread By Hurricane Harvey

Digging In The Mud To See What Toxic Substances Were Spread By Hurricane Harvey
Hurricane Harvey dumped 50 inches of rain on parts of Houston. Scientists are now trying to identify contaminants spread by the storm, including those in mud at the bottom of the Houston Ship Channel.

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NPR News: China Shuts Down Tens Of Thousands Of Factories In Unprecedented Pollution Crackdown

China Shuts Down Tens Of Thousands Of Factories In Unprecedented Pollution Crackdown
After decades of doing little about the pollution that has plagued much of the country, China's government is temporarily shutting down entire industrial regions to inspect for violations.

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