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    • Big Data, Big Challenges

    • By: Tina Hesman Saey
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 20 mins
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    In my quest to explore the unknown frontier inside my own body, I stumbled upon one of the most intractable problems facing science.

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    • Misguided Math

    • By: Laura Sanders
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 16 mins
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    From within the dark confines of the skull, the brain builds its own version of reality. By weaving together expectations and information gleaned from the senses, the brain creates a story about the outside world. For most of us, the brain is a skilled storyteller, but to spin a sensible yarn, it has to fill in some details itself.

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    • Gaming the Brain

    • By: Laura Sanders
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    • Length: 10 mins
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    Brain scientists Eric Jonas and Konrad Kording had grown skeptical. They weren’t convinced that the sophisticated, big data experiments of neuroscience were actually accomplishing anything. So they devised a devilish experiment.

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    • Neandertal DNA Poses Health Risks

    • By: Tina Hesman Saey
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 10 mins
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    Finding Neandertal ancestors in the human family tree was shocking enough when researchers announced it in 2010. Now, the implications for modern-day people carrying surviving Neandertal DNA may prove just as stunning.

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    • Quantum Chemistry May Be a Shortcut to Life-Changing Compounds

    • By: Rachel Ehrenberg
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 19 mins
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    Technique could ID materials for better solar cells and batteries or more effective medicines.

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    • Walking the Vagus

    • By: Sarah Schwartz
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 19 mins
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    With outposts in nearly every organ and a direct line into the brain stem, the vagus nerve is the nervous system’s superhighway.

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    • Pluto's Smaller Moons Pose Mysteries

    • By: Christopher Crockett
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 5 mins
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    Pluto and Charon might have been the stars of the New Horizons mission, but the dwarf planet's four smaller moons have some surprises to share as well. With images of Kerberos transmitted from the spacecraft on October 20, the Pluto family portrait is complete. The tiny moons Nix, Hydra, Kerberos and Styx are no longer pinpricks of light but textured, misshapen balls of ice that look quite different from both Pluto and Charon.

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    • New Type of Stem Cells, Fuzzy and Flexible

    • By: Rachel Ehrenberg
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 6 mins
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    “Don’t judge a cell by its cover” has turned out to be sage advice for stem cell scientists. They have discovered a new class of cells, generated from mouse tissue, that can be reprogrammed to become almost any cell in the body.Called F-class cells for their fuzzy appearance in a petri dish, they were probably overlooked in the past because they don’t look like ordinary stem cells.

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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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    • Animal Math

    • By: Susan Milius
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 19 mins
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    Searching the barnyard and zoo for the evolutionary roots of human number crunching.

    "Animal Math" is from the December 10, 2016 issue of Science News.

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    • The Opioid Epidemic Spurs a Search for New, Safer Painkillers

    • By: Laurel Hamers
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 21 mins
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    Last year, Joan Peay slipped on her garage steps and smashed her knee on the welcome mat. Peay, 77, is no stranger to pain. The Tennessee retiree has had 17 surgeries in the last 35 years — knee replacements, hip replacements, back surgery. She even survived a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that sickened her and hundreds of others, and killed 64. This knee injury, though, “hurt like the dickens.”

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    • Nudge Backlash

    • By: Bruce Bower
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 18 mins
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    Steering people’s decisions with simple tactics can come with a downside.

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    • Confirmed: Quantum Mechanics is Weird

    • By: Andrew Grant
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
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    A new experiment checks all the boxes in validating the weirdness of quantum physics. The first demonstration of a loophole-free Bell test, reported October 21 in Nature, confirms that particles coaxed into a state called entanglement share a relationship that cannot be explained by the physical laws that govern everyday life.

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    • Math Describes Sheep Herd Fluctuations

    • By: Sarah Schwartz
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 2 mins
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    Equations quantify periodic spreading, clustering.

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    • Long-Lasting Mental Health Isn’t Normal

    • By: Bruce Bower
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Most people have at least one bout of depression, anxiety or other disorder, study suggests.

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    • Aspirin, Other Painkillers May Not Reduce Colorectal Cancer Risk For Everybody

    • By: Nathan Seppa
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    Regular use of aspirin and NSAIDs - nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs - seems to reduce colorectal cancer risk in population studies. Yet a new study finds that people who harbor one of two genetic variants seem to have a heightened risk of the cancer if they take aspirin or NSAIDs, drugs that include ibuprofen and naproxen.

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    • Periodic Table Gets 4 More Elements

    • By: Andrew Grant
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
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    The seventh row of the periodic table is officially full with the addition of four new elements.

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    • Language Heard, but Never Spoken, by Young Babies Bestows a Hidden Benefit

    • By: Laura Sanders
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 3 mins
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    The way babies learn to speak is nothing short of breathtaking. Their brains are learning the differences between sounds, rehearsing mouth movements and mastering vocabulary by putting words into meaningful context. It’s a lot to fit in between naps and diaper changes.

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    • Microbes and the Mind

    • By: Laura Sanders
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 15 mins
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    The bacteria in our guts may help decide who gets anxiety and depression. "Microbes and the Mind" is from the April 2, 2016 issue of Science News.

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    • Antiaging Treatment Shows Promise

    • By: Tina Hesman Saey
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Killing worn-out cells helps middle-aged mice live longer, healthier lives, a new study suggests. Removing those worn-out, or “senescent,” cells increased the median life span of mice 24 to 27 percent over that of mice in which senescent cells built up normally with age, Mayo Clinic researchers report. Clearing senescent cells also improved heart and kidney function.

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