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Human Sacrifice Is Linked To Social Hierarchies In New Study

Scientists say, "our results suggest that ritual killing helped humans transition from the small egalitarian groups of our ancestors, to the large stratified societies we live in today."
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Antoine Van Agtmael And Fred Bakker: "The Smartest Places On Earth: Why Rustbelts Are The Emerging Hotspots Of Global Innovation"

New research by an economist and a journalist on the emerging "brain belts" of America. Why some rust belt cities like Akron, Ohio; Albany, New York; and Portland, Oregon are becoming the hotspots of global innovation.

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Kids' Grades Can Suffer When Mom Or Dad Is Depressed

Children with a depressed parent do worse in school than peers, a study finds. But other research shows that early diagnosis and treatment can help turn that around for the whole family.
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Is There Wood Pulp In That Parmesan? How Scientists Sniff Out Food Fraud

Whether it's olive oil that's not so extra-virgin or burgers with a hint of horse meat, Chris Elliott, founder of the Institute for Global Food Security, explains how his laboratory uncovers fraud.
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How Cacti Can Clean Drinking Water

NPR's Scott Simon asks engineering professor Norma Alcantar about how the innards of a cactus can filter water. She got the idea from her grandmother, who knew about its unique cleansing properties.
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'Earthquake Lady' Says We Need Better Buildings

Lucy Jones is ending her career as noted seismologist, but says her retirement won't be dormant. NPR's Scott Simon asks Jones about her career and what she plans to do next.
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Fashionable Prostheses Trade Realistic Color For Personal Pizazz

A firm in New York is making brightly colored, personalized covers for prosthetic legs that each wearer helps design — sort of like a tattoo.
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LISTEN: How The Weather Above The Water Affects Blue Crab Season

John Hopewell, contributor to the Capital Weather Gang, explains how rain, wind and heat affect the Chesapeake Bay's famous blue crabs.

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Study Finds More Adults Are Obese Than Underweight

NPR's Ari Shaprio speaks with James Bentham, a research associate at the Imperial College London. He's one of the authors of a report on global obesity published in the journal Lancet. He says the study shows there are now more obese people than underweight people worldwide.
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Zika Is Linked To Microcephaly, Health Agencies Confirm

Scientists say research has establish a connection between Zika and microcephaly. More research is needed to establish how much danger a fetus is in if a pregnant woman becomes infected.

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