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Teaching Friends And Family How To Reverse A Drug Overdose

Quick treatment with Narcan can save a life after an overdose of heroin or opioid pain pills. The year 2014 saw more police, drug users and their families carrying Narcan "rescue kits."
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Scientists Discover That Drunk Birds Sing Like Drunks

The songs of zebra finches, long used as a model for how humans learn to use speech, get a little sloppy after a few drinks, a new study finds. Future research will look at how it affects learning.
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From One Man's Damaged Brain, A Treasure Trove Of Research On Memory

When Kent Cochrane survived a motorcycle accident in 1981, he emerged with types of amnesia so rare that his brain became one of the most studied in history. He died this year at 62.
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An Aspiring Martian Continues To Pursue The Red Planet

Heidi Beemer has dreamed of going to Mars since she was 8 years old. In January, NPR talked to her about her application to Mars One, which is still pending — now she explains she has a plan B, too.
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Dwarf Galaxy, Long Overlooked, Discovered In Our 'Hood

Tiny Kks3, 7 million light years distant, is made up mostly of star stuff that's just a billion or so years younger than the Big Bang.
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Military Policy Impedes Research On Traumatic Brain Injuries

The U.S. military set up a bank to collect brain tissue samples to better understand battlefield brain injury. But a law that prevents tissue donations from U.S. troops has severely hampered efforts.
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One More Reason To Reach For A Paper Book Before Bed

Using an E-Reader before trying to nod off may disrupt sleep more than reading a paper book, a study suggests. Scientists suspect the screen's blue light is messing with a sleep-inducing hormone.
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Recordings That Made Waves: The Songs That Saved The Whales

In the mid-1960s, a biologist discovered the beauty of humpback whale songs. But his recordings weren't just academic — they were woven into popular music, and they kicked off an entire movement.
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Want To Solve The World's Most Heated Disagreements? Bring Your Wallet

Research found that a little cash goes a long way toward making people more thoughtful about what motivates their longtime foes, be it Israelis and Palestinians or Republicans and Democrats.
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Do Fish Have Fingers?

Of course they don't, but they do have the genetic machinery to make fingers — something that shows how similar fish are to modern mammals.

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