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The Human Voice May Not Spark Pleasure In Children With Autism

Scientists and parents have long been baffled by the fact that children with autism often don't pay attention to human voices. Researchers say that may be because speech doesn't activate a reward system in the brain for those children the way it does for typical children.

Why Men Die Younger Than Women: The 'Guys Are Fragile' Thesis

Death, it appears, prefers gentlemen to ladies. Women don't just outlive men, they consistently outlive men at every stage of life. More boys die in utero, in infancy, in adolescence, in middle age, at every stage. That's why nature makes more of them. But why? What's so fragile about guys?

Will The Court's Gene Ruling Stifle Bio Innovation?

Weekend Edition Saturday Host Scott Simon talks with bioethicist Arthur Caplan of New York University about Thursday's Supreme Court ruling that isolated human genes may not be patented — and the implications for that ruling.

Rule Would List All Chimps As Endangered, Even Lab Animals

Though the regulation proposed by the Fish and Wildlife Service would make it more difficult to use chimpanzees for research purposes, that may not be a problem, some scientists say. Scientific advances show the animals are less medically useful than previously thought.

Archaeologists Discover Lost City In Cambodian Jungle

The Australian researchers found a jungle-covered metropolis that predates the country's famous Angkor Wat complex by some 350 years.
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NASA, Hubble & Outer Space: The Art Of Astronomy

NASA's images and footage are used in everything from TV to movies, and they've inspired visual artists and musicians for decades. We explore how images of space are created and used in everything from scientific study to pop culture.


Sorry, Dr. Oz, Green Coffee Can't Even Slim Down Chubby Mice

An extract from raw, green coffee beans has been called a "miracle" weight-loss aid. But a study in mice casts doubt on the supplement's fat-burning effects — and even offers preliminary evidence that it could be harmful.

Supreme Court Gene Ruling Splits Hairs Over What's 'Natural'

The court said biotech company Myriad could not patent human genes, since they already "existed in nature." But when it comes to synthetic DNA, the court said patents may be acceptable in some cases.

Why Bill Gates Is Investing In Chicken-Less Eggs

Investors like Gates are betting that our planet can't sustain the current rate of growth in animal-based foods for too much longer. Products like Beyond Eggs, a plant-based substitute, are designed to fill the void.