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Seven Decades Ago, A New, Enormous Kind Of Explosion

Seventy years ago this week, in the New Mexico desert, U.S. Army scientists detonated the first atom bomb. NYU physics professor Benjamin Bederson was among those who worked on the Manhattan Project.
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On The Cold, Dead Fringes Of The Solar System, Pluto Looks Shockingly Lively

New Horizons team scientist Carly Howett says no one expected the kind of geologic activity that the spacecraft appears to have found on the dwarf planet and its moon.
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How Air Pollution May Have Caused Catastrophic Flooding in China

Scientists believe soot that hangs over the mountains of Sichuan Basin — a byproduct of factories and cars — brought about the 2013 floods that devastated the region.
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Nice Kids Finish First: Study Finds Social Skills Can Predict Future Success

A study finds that children who demonstrate more "pro-social" skills — those who share more and who are better listeners — are more likely to have jobs and stay out of trouble as young adults.
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Combating Addiction With Abuse Deterrent Drugs

Kojo explores the promise that new "abuse deterrent" formulations of painkillers hold for both fighting a surging prescription drug addiction epidemic and treating patients who seek pain relief.

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Screaming For Science: The Secrets Of Crying Babies And Car Alarms

Why do screams demand our attention like no other sound? The answer seems to involve an acoustic quality called roughness that triggers fear circuits in the brain.
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Webcast: Sports And Health In America

What are the obstacles that keep adults off the field? How can sports help keep kids and adults in good health? What are the best ways to encourage more widespread and enduring participation?
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Actor And Science Advocate Alan Alda

Actor Alan Alda talks about how he is using acting improvisation training and other techniques to help academics and researchers engage the public.

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Health Risks Associated With Some Over-The-Counter Pain Medications

Millions of Americans regularly take over-the-counter medicines for minor aches and pains. But the FDA has now strengthened its warning that some of these drugs can be dangerous. We discuss the risks and benefits of non-prescription pain relief medications.

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'Buckyballs' Solve Century-Old Mystery About Interstellar Space

Scientists have long wondered what's in the wispy cloud of gas floating in the space between the stars, absorbing starlight. Turns out it's a form of carbon named after architect Buckminster Fuller.

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