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Scientists In New York Are Trying To Edit The DNA In Human Sperm

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 4:46pm

NPR got exclusive access to the only lab known to be trying to edit the DNA in human sperm, which raises all the same thorny issues as modifying genes in human embryos

Lack Of Diversity In Genetic Databases Hampers Research

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 12:23pm

Scientists around the world are working to correct a problem with genetic health information — too much of it is currently based on samples of Europeans.

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How Dr. Kenneth Davis Turned the Mount Sinai Health System Around

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 10:30am

The neurobiologist oversaw one of the largest financial turnarounds in academic medicine.

News Brief: Federal Deficit, New Immigration Policy, DNA Experiment

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 4:00am

The Congressional Budget Office revises its federal deficit estimate. New policy would allow the government to indefinitely detain children with their families. And, the results of a DNA experiment.

Naked And Unafraid: 6 Wild Facts About Naked Mole Rats

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 12:52pm

Picture a hairless, wrinkly rodent about the size of a small sweet potato — kinda cool, kinda weird. They also are extraordinarily long-lived. Researchers are lining up to study their secrets.

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Subtle Differences In Brain Cells Hint at Why Many Drugs Help Mice But Not People

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 12:23pm

A detailed comparison of mouse and human brain tissue found differences that could help explain why mice aren't always a good model for human diseases.

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More U.S. Towns Are Feeling The Pinch As Recycling Becomes Costlier

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 6:00am

The U.S. recycling industry is facing a quandary: Too much of the plastic we use can't be recycled, and taxpayers increasingly are on the hook for paying for all that trash to hit the landfills.

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U.S. Recycling Industry Is Struggling To Figure Out A Future Without China

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 2:27pm

China is no longer taking the world's waste. The U.S. recycling industry is overwhelmed — it can't keep up with the plastic being churned out. This doesn't bode well for our plastic waste problem.

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Perfect Storm Hits U.S. Recycling Industry

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 4:04am

Since Woodbury, N.J., began the nation's first mandatory curbside recycling program, the industry is in trouble. China has stopped taking all the plastic so facilities are overwhelmed.

Cigarettes Can't Be Advertised On TV. Should Juul Ads Be Permitted?

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 4:00am

Though tobacco ads have been banned from TV for about 50 years, the marketing of electronic cigarettes isn't constrained by the law. Public health advocates consider that a loophole that hurts kids.

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Cave Diver Risks All To Explore Places 'Where Nobody Has Ever Been'

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 11:54am

"The big picture of survival is sometimes so hard to see, but we always know what we can do to make the next best step toward survival," says cave diver, photographer and memoirist Jill Heinerth.

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Can Maternal Fluoride Consumption During Pregnancy Lower Children's Intelligence?

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 11:19am

A Canadian study suggests that fluoride consumed by pregnant women can affect the IQ of their children. No single study provides definitive answers, but the findings will no doubt stir debate.

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Got Pain? A Virtual Swim With Dolphins May Help Melt It Away

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 4:04am

A recent study found virtual reality experiences were better at easing pain than watching televised nature scenes. Immersive distraction seems key to the success, scientists say.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Cedars Sinai/Screenshot by NPR)

How Much Hotter Are The Oceans? The Answer Begins With A Bucket

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 4:04am

Scientists need to track the history of sea temperatures precisely to model climate change. A newly discovered clue in measurements taken by sailors in the 1930s could have far-reaching implications.

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This App Aims To Save New Moms' Lives

Sun, 08/18/2019 - 6:55am

The startup Mahmee hopes to help OB-GYNs, pediatricians and other health providers closely monitor a mother and baby's health so that any red flags can be assessed before they become life-threatening.

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How We Hear Our Own Voice Shapes How We See Ourselves And How Others See Us

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 4:59pm

At some point in our lives, many of us realize that the way we hear our own voice isn't the way others hear us. This gap has consequences. It shapes how we see ourselves and how others see us.

These Engineers Have Found A Way To Use Sweat For Some Medical Tests

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 4:25pm

Engineers at the University of California Berkeley have developed a patch that can measure someone's sweat composition and sweat rate at the site of excretion.

Denise Herzing: Do Dolphins Have A Language?

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 8:50am

We know that dolphins make distinctive clicks and whistles. But is that a language? Researcher Denise Herzing thinks it might be — and for the past 35 years — she's been working on unlocking it.

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Deinse Herzing: Do Dolphins Have A Language?

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 8:50am

We know that dolphins make distinctive clicks and whistles. But is that a language? Researcher Denise Herzing thinks it might be — and for the past 35 years — she's been working on unlocking it.

(Image credit: James Duncan Davidson / TED)

Barbara King: Do Animals Grieve?

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 8:50am

In 2018, an orca made headlines when she carried her dead calf on her back for weeks. Barbara King says this was a display of animal grief and explains how this changes our relationship with animals.

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