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  • Notice anything unusual about this lung scan? Harvard researchers found that 83 percent of radiologists didn't notice the gorilla in the top right portion of this image.
    Trafton Drew and Jeremy Wolfe
    9:37am Feb 14, 2013
    Health & Safety Health & Safety

    Why Even Radiologists Can Miss A Gorilla Hiding In Plain Sight

    An attention researcher wanted to find out how radiologists would fare in a version of the famous Invisible Gorilla study. He found that 83 percent of the radiologists failed to spot an image of a gorilla on slides they were told to inspect for cancer. It's just one example of how, when people are asked to perform a challenging task, their attention can narrow and blocks things out.
  • Brad McDonald and his 14-year-old daughter, Madalyn, are working to understand each other during her teenage years.
    Courtesy of Brad McDonald
    11:41am Feb 11, 2013
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    How Parents Can Learn To Tame A Testy Teenager

    Whether fighting about texting or curfew, the key to resolving parent-child disputes is by helping them understand why they're angry in the first place. It usually turns out to be another stress like trouble at school or fear of embarrassment.
  • 3:55pm Feb 08, 2013
    Science Science Health & Safety

    Science of Slumber: How Sleep Affects Your Memory

    We spend a lot of time sleeping (roughly one-third of our lives, according to the National Institutes of Health). But how much downtime do our brains really need? Experts discuss the links between sleep, memory and cognition, and why our sleep patterns change as we age.
  • Health researchers say the proportion of people in their late 40s to 60s with diabetes, hypertension or obesity has increased over the past two decades.
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    10:40am Feb 06, 2013
    National National Science Health & Safety

    Aging Poorly: Another Act Of Baby Boomer Rebellion

    Many of them have cut out smoking, and rates of heart attack and emphysema have declined. But baby boomers are burdened with diabetes, hypertension and many other chronic conditions. Researchers say too little exercise and a rise in obesity threaten baby boomers' golden years.
  • Disinfecting robots at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore spray rooms with toxic doses of hydrogen peroxide to kill dangerous drug-resistant bacteria.
    Rebecca Hersher/NPR
    6:16pm Feb 03, 2013
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    Got A Superbug? Bring In The Robots

    Johns Hopkins Hospital is using disinfecting robots to kill dangerous drug-resistant bacteria in its hospital rooms. Since it began using the machines, the hospital has seen the number of untreatable infections fall by a stunning 64 percent.
  • A woman gets a sonogram
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    9:19am Jan 23, 2013
    National National Politics & Government Health & Safety

    'We Have No Choice': A Story Of The Texas Sonogram Law

    Journalist Carolyn Jones wrote about her experience with the law for The Texas Observer after having an abortion last year. The state requires that a woman seeking an abortion receive a sonogram at least 24 hours before the procedure.
  • Each strand of DNA is written in a simple language composed of four letters: A, T, C and G. Your code is unique and could be used to find you.
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    5:12pm Jan 18, 2013
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    Anonymity In Genetic Research Can Be Fleeting

    Researchers were able to identify 50 people whose DNA had been posted anonymously on the Internet for genetics studies. The results highlight a trade-off in making genetic data widely available for researchers and protecting personal privacy.