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    • Women in Engineering Engage Best with Gender Parity

    • By: Bethany Brookshire
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 7 mins
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    Even when a woman is confident in her abilities, it can be a chilling experience to be the only woman in the room. Suddenly her voice sounds higher in her ears. She begins to worry she.ll be talked over. And in male-dominated careers, it might end up meaning a woman never speaks up in the first place.

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    • This Study of Hype in Press Releases will Change Journalism

    • By: Bethany Brookshire
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 12 mins
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    New work shows the inflation of scientific results happens at many stages in the press game.

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    • That Familiar Feeling Comes from Deep in the Brain

    • By: Bethany Brookshire
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    • Length: 5 mins
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    A study in rats flips the switch between new and old experiences.

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    • 'Tis the Season for White-Nose Syndrome in Bats

    • By: Bethany Brookshire
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    • Length: 5 mins
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    For humans, it’s flu season. We should take care to wash our hands and cover our coughs. But we aren’t the only species with seasonal illnesses. Most mammals tend to be troubled by diseases in the spring, summer and fall, when they are active and spending time with other members of their species.

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    • Head Space

    • How Our Brains Rule Our Lives
    • By: Kathiann Kowalski, Esther Landhuis, Ashley Yeager, and others
    • Narrated by: Neil Holmes
    • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
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    How much do you know about that three-pound hunk of tissue in your head - your brain? Its structure and function drive your behavior in profound ways. Scientists are studying the brain and its chemicals to find behavioral patterns, to figure out the sources of good moods and random outbursts, for example. This compilation from Science News for Students turns to brain science to answer all sorts of questions: Can you actually be addicted to your phone? Why is it so hard to sleep away from home?

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    • How a Fat Hormone Might Make Us Born to Run

    • By: Bethany Brookshire
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 7 mins
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    Last weekend, I ran the Navy-Air Force half-marathon. After pounding pavement for an hour or so, my legs began to feel light. Slightly numb. I felt fantastic.

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    • Serotonin and the Science of Sex

    • By: Bethany Brookshire
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 9 mins
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    In 2011, a group of scientists .turned mice gay.. The only issue is, of course, they didn.t.

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    • Weekend Warriors Put Up a Fight Against Death

    • By: Bethany Brookshire
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 1 min
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    Cramming all your exercise into one or two bouts per week still reaps health benefits.

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    • How Trans Fats Oozed Into Our Diet and Out Again

    • By: Bethany Brookshire
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 11 mins
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    On June 16 the Food and Drug Administration made the final call: Trans fats are no longer "generally recognized as safe" for use in food. That means that food manufacturers have three years to ooze these cheap and useful fats out of their processed foods. In fact, most of them already have. Trans fat —a big source of which is partially hydrogenated vegetable oils — has been the food villain of choice since 2006, when the FDA required companies to include trans fat content on food labels. Since then, the oily fats that used to lurk in everything from crackers to frosting have largely vanished — with a few exceptions, such as ice cream sprinkles and some doughnuts.

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    • On the Biomechanics of Popcorn

    • By: Bethany Brookshire
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    With a combination of a high-speed camera, microwave popcorn and an oven, researchers have detailed the mechanisms behind the tiny explosions that turn hard, compact popcorn kernels into a favorite fluffy treat.

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    • Diet and Nutrition is More Complex Than A Simple Sugar

    • By: Bethany Brookshire
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 8 mins
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    Sugar study says a lot about our bodies and little about our diet.

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    • Views on Bias Can Be Biased

    • By: Bethany Brookshire
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 9 mins
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    The scientific method is supposed to be objective. A scientist comes up with a hypothesis for how they think something works. Rigorous testing takes place. The scientist looks at the resulting data and determines whether the original idea was right or wrong. But that doesn’t mean that science is bias-free. After all, science is an endeavor performed by scientists - people who come with their own beliefs and biases that influence how they see the world. A new study of gender bias in academic research puts the lens not on that bias, but instead on the interpretation of studies of it. And the results show another level of bias: Male scientists view studies of gender bias in academic research less favorably than do female scientists or male researchers in other fields.

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    • How the House Mouse Tamed Itself

    • By: Bethany Brookshire
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 6 mins
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    Got a mouse in the house? Blame yourself. Not your housekeeping, but your species. Humans never intended to live a mouse-friendly life. But as we moved into a settled life, some animals — including a few unassuming mice — settled in, too. In the process, their species prospered — and took over the world.

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    • Caffeine Gives Cocaine an Addictive Boost

    • By: Bethany Brookshire
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    • Length: 6 mins
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    A popular adulterant in South American street drugs makes cocaine more addictive in rats.

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    • Building Standards Aren't to Blame for Chilly Offices

    • By: Bethany Brookshire
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 7 mins
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    I remember the summer of 2004 as the “cold summer.” It wasn’t unseasonably cool - or at least, not outdoors. I was working as a temp receptionist in a law firm.

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    • No Matter the Language, Disease Risk is Hard to Communicate

    • By: Bethany Brookshire
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 7 mins
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    When communicating about risks — whether it’s an ongoing MERS outbreak, the Disneyland measles outbreak, or bird flu — a trustworthy communicator is just as important as the disease facts themselves.

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    • Home-Brewed Heroin: Hold the Hype

    • By: Bethany Brookshire
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    • Length: 8 mins
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    The headlines were enough to give anyone a little high. “Home brewed morphine is just around the corner,” “Yeast can make morphine and ‘home-brewed’ heroin” and “Home-brewed heroin could be a thing,” to name just a few.

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    • The Scent of a Worry

    • By: Bethany Brookshire
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 5 mins
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    Rats stink. First there’s the poop smell and the urine. And then there’s just that smell of rat — a kind of dusty, hairy little smell. But it turns out that rats don’t smell quite the same all the time. When they are stressed, they produce a different odor, one that makes other rats anxious.

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    • On Social Media, Privacy Is No Longer a Personal Choice

    • By: Bethany Brookshire
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 6 mins
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    Social networks can make predictions about people, based on information from their friends.

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    • The Need to Feed and Eating for Pleasure are Inextricably Linked

    • By: Bethany Brookshire
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 9 mins
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    You’ve already had a muffin. And a half. You know you’re full. But there they are, fluffy and delicious, waiting for the passersby in the office. Just thinking about them makes your mouth water.

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