NPR Selected Archives
May 7, 2012 — Endurance athletes sometimes say they're "addicted" to exercise, and research suggests that may not be an overstatement. "Our brains have been sort of rewired from an evolutionary sense to encourage these running and high aerobic-activity behaviors," one researcher says.
May 3, 2012 — For decades, teachers, managers and parents have assumed that the performance of students and employees fits what's known as the bell curve — in most activities, we expect a few people to be very good, a few people to be very bad and most people to be average. But new research argues that a lot of people are actually outliers.
Apr 30, 2012 — A psychologist says he can predict whether two people will end up on a date by analyzing their language style and use of certain words. His research on language can also help explain power dynamics between people.
Nov 6, 2013 — The latest group to win NBC's a cappella competition show The Sing-Off is back with a new album. The group has racked up millions of views on YouTube, but its members say they're ready to be seen as more than novelty singers.
Apr 30, 2012 — The two Washington political veterans who wrote the new book claim today's Congress is probably the most dysfunctional since the Civil War — and they aren't afraid to point fingers at who they think is to blame: the Republican Party.
Apr 22, 2012 — Troubled by her 20-something clients' lack of direction, clinical psychologist Meg Jay decided to write a book about those formative years. In The Defining Decade, she argues that those years are by far the most crucial in our adult development.
Apr 16, 2012 — These debilitating, painful headaches affect three times more women than men. Migraines play out as a wave of electrical activity travels across the brain. Hormones can provide a trigger.
Apr 12, 2012 — People behaved very differently on another ship that sunk around the same time. An economist thinks he knows why.
Apr 1, 2012 — Some claim that Jesus is a myth, created for nefarious or altruistic purposes. Some truly believed that Jesus lived and breathed. But did he really? Is there any historical evidence? Historian and religious studies professor Bart Ehrman answers these questions in his new book, Did Jesus Exist?.
Mar 12, 2012 — Researchers have found that a meal loaded with spices like turmeric and cinnamon helps cut fat levels in the blood — even when the meal is rich in oily sauces and high in fat.