Shankar Vedantam Shankar Vedantam is a science correspondent for NPR.
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The Myth Of Coincidences And Why We Search For Their Meaning

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Research Explains The Bias Behind Slow-Motion Video Replay

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A woman wins the lottery not once, not twice, but four times. What are the odds? According to mathematician Joseph Mazur, it depends on how you ask the question. Amy Sancetta/AP hide caption

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Magic, or Math? The Appeal of Coincidences, and The Reality

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Can An Airline Affect The Direction Of Science?

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How Risk Affects The Way People Think About Their Health

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Democrats and Republicans often have trouble seeing one another's perspectives. Researchers think this might be driven in part by their earliest experience of power — the family. James Boast/Getty Images/Ikon Images hide caption

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When It Comes To Our Politics, Family Matters

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Why do people cheat time and time again? Katie Edwards/Getty Images/Ikon Images hide caption

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Social Science Researchers Explore 'Unethical Amnesia'

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Kevin Spacey's depiction of Frank Underwood from "House of Cards" epitomizes the Machiavellian idea of power. But researcher Dacher Keltner argues, that's not actually an effective way to gain influence. Nathaniel E. Bell/AP Photo/Netflix hide caption

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The Perils of Power

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It turns out, a common way we make predictions is ineffective. Martin Barraud/Getty Images/Caiaimage hide caption

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Want To Make Better Predictions? Researchers Explore How

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What effect does background music have on shark documentaries? Dave Fleetham/Getty Images/Perspectives hide caption

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Researchers Test The Effects Of Background Music On People

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Do You Read Terms Of Service Contracts? Not Many Do, Research Shows

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Dan Gilbert says we're not great at predicting how much we will enjoy an experience in part because we fail to consider all of the details. We think a visit to the dentist will be terrible — but we're forgetting about the free toothbrush, the nice chat with the dental hygienist, and the magazines in the waiting room. Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images hide caption

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You vs. Future You; Or Why We're Bad At Predicting Our Own Happiness

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Research Examines If Surgery Delays Affect Patients' Health Outcome

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As a result of all the competition in the craft beer market, craft beer prices are rising more slowly than big-name beers, which are largely consumed by poorer people. taketan/Getty Images hide caption

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Why High-Income Households Benefit More From Product Innovations

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Researchers Study Effects Of Social Media On Young Minds

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