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Researchers Study Effects Of Social Media On Young Minds

Teens showed an image that was deemed to have lots of "likes" tended to also like the image. Seeing popular pictures also produced greater activation in the reward centers of the brain.
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Losing Hurts (In Surprising Ways)

With the Olympics in full swing, we look at the myriad ways losing a competition can wreak havoc on our physical and mental health.
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A Study Takes The Globe's Blood Pressure And Finds A Dramatic Rise

According to the research, hypertension is now a more common disease in low- and middle-income countries than in wealthy nations.
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Athletes Go For Gold With Red Spots Blazing

There's scant science to support the ancient Eastern therapy of cupping. But that hasn't stopped Olympians from trying it to ease pain and speed recovery.
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How A Wave Is Unlike An Armadillo: One Reporter's Summer Puzzle

"There's something about waves that can get you into kind of a mental funk," one philosopher says. For NPR's summer science series, Joe Palca tries to answer the big question: What is a wave?
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When Pregnant Women Need Medicine, They Encounter A Void

Women encounter a dilemma when they get pregnant: Should they continue taking medications that keep them healthy? That question can be scary, because drugs are rarely tested for safety in pregnancy.
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The Chimera Quandary: Is It Ethical To Create Hybrid Embryos?

The National Institutes of Health proposed lifting its moratorium on funding for research on part-animal, part-human embryos — which raises a huge dilemma, says bioethicist Insoo Hyun.
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Saving The Tricolored Blackbird

The tricolored blackbird population in California has declined to a point that it's a candidate for the California Endangered Species List. But efforts are underway to keep the bird from disappearing.
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Trans And Adopted: Exploring Teen Identity

A Boston health clinic that treats transgender kids and teens finds that the percentage of its young patients who are adopted is higher than expected. These kids might need extra support, doctors say.
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The App That Aims To Gamify Biology Has Amateurs Discovering New Species

Not everyone outside staring into their phones is searching for Pokémon — some people are looking for actual wildlife. The app iNaturalist is bringing together urban biologists and curious citizens.

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