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Title: Edible Insect Breeding Led to Larger but Not Necessarily Better Larvae

Edible Insect Breeding Led to Larger but Not Necessarily Better Larvae

March 14th, 2019

Researchers aiming to lower the cost of mealworms were able to double the worms' size, but the larger larvae had fewer eggs and weaker offspring. Christopher… Go to Episode

Weekday–Weekend Sleep Imbalance Bad for Blood Sugar Regulation

March 11th, 2019

Weekday sleep deprivation with weekend make-up sleeping seems to be worse for blood sugar control than even chronic sleep deprivation alone. Go to Episode

Busting Earth-Bound Asteroids Bigger Job Than We Thought

March 12th, 2019

A new model suggests smashing killer space rocks with insufficient force could let gravity pull the pieces back together. Christopher Intagliata reports.  Go to Episode

Warm-Blooded Animals Lost Ability to Heal the Heart

March 7th, 2019

Thyroid hormone, which helps warm-blooded animals regulate body temperature, also appears to put a halt on heart regeneration. Christopher Intagliata… Go to Episode