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Sensory scientist Edgar Chambers says flavor is multi-dimensional, and the current lexicon diagrams aren't doing it justice. So he wants to turn the wheel into a tree — with plenty of room to grow.
Dec. 30, 2016
As 2016 winds down, we take a moment to contemplate the billions of years that led to 2017 and the billions more yet to come.
Dec. 30, 2016
A diet high in saturated fats and sugars can affect the parts of the brain that are important to memory. Diet-linked brain changes can also make people more likely to crave the unhealthful food.
Dec. 30, 2016
When educators are buried under problems beyond their control — here's a solution: Get mindful.
Dec. 30, 2016
The town of Sunderland, where jobs depend on a foreign employer, Nissan, voted resoundingly for Britain to leave the EU even though that could work against its economic interests.
Dec. 30, 2016
The inaugural addresses often remembered best were delivered at the worst times in our national history: Abraham Lincoln with Civil War looming, Franklin D. Roosevelt in the depths of the Depression.
Dec. 29, 2016
Actress Debbie Reynolds died just one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher's sudden death — which has led some to speculate that grief might have been a contributing factor.
Dec. 29, 2016
Syed, whose conviction for a 1999 murder was the subject of the podcast Serial, will remain in jail while he awaits a new trial.
Dec. 29, 2016
To keep our system of time in sync with Earth's rotation, the world's foremost timekeepers are adding an extra second to 2016. For such a small thing, the leap second has some big implications.
Dec. 29, 2016
The mixed-race genizaros, whose history stretches back to the 17th century, smash the conventional notion that New Mexican identity is defined as either the noble Spaniard or the proud Pueblo Indian.
Dec. 29, 2016
NPR's Robert Siegel talks with John Eligon of the New York Times who embedded with Chicago's Black Disciples gang to learn more about what's causing the spike in gun violence in Chicago.
Dec. 29, 2016
Donald Trump spent part of Thursday working on his speech for Inauguration Day. NPR's Ron Elving reviews the tradition of new presidents making their first address to the U.S. after taking the oath.
Dec. 29, 2016
Russia and Turkey have announced a new ceasefire for Syria. But like others that have come and gone, this probably represents little more than a pause.
Dec. 29, 2016
The Obama administration is expelling 35 Russian intelligence operatives and imposing sanctions on Russian intelligence services in response to Kremlin efforts to influence the presidential election.
Dec. 29, 2016
The VFW wants more younger vets — those who served in Afghanistan and Iraq. Students at Northeastern University who are looking to be part of the VFW have come up with an idea: a VFW post on campus.
Dec. 29, 2016
Hate crimes are challenging to count. The FBI's annual tally is spotty because of underreporting. Advocacy groups are using their own systems to track a rise of reported attacks since the election.
Dec. 29, 2016
Rashaan Salaam won the 1994 Heisman Trophy as college football's most outstanding player.
Dec. 29, 2016
West Bank settlements have expanded under every Israeli government over the past half-century. Nearly 10 percent of Israel's Jewish population now lives on land captured in the 1967 Six-Day War.
Dec. 29, 2016
They were used to clap back at a racist cartoon and express grief for the Syrian war. The world in 2016, captured in hashtags.
Dec. 29, 2016
The White House announced Thursday a number of actions in response to hacking aimed at the U.S. election. "All Americans should be alarmed by Russia's actions," President Obama said.
Dec. 29, 2016

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