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Paul Gilding: How Do We Continue To Grow If The Earth Has Reached Its Limit?

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 9:03am

Environmental activist Paul Gilding says the world has been growing too fast for too long. And now...the Earth is full. The only solution, he says, is to radically change the way we consume.

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What Exactly Is K2, The Synthetic Cannabinoid?

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 5:20pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks to Dr. Kathryn Hawk, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the Yale School of Medicine, about synthetic marijuana, also known as K2.

Babies Born Dependent On Opioids Need Touch, Not Tech

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 4:58pm

A pediatrician is working to make sure every hospital in Kansas can give babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome the soft start they need, ideally right next to their mothers.

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Researchers Figure Out How To Break Spaghetti Into Only 2 Pieces

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 4:08am

It's almost impossible to break a piece of dry spaghetti into exactly two pieces. Mathematicians at MIT have figured out how to do it. And all it takes is a twist.

Scientists Race To Improve 'Living Drugs' To Fight Cancer

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 4:05am

To outwit cancer, researchers are working on better ways to teach patients' immune system to root out and kill malignant cells. A promising approach involves cells that attack cancer two ways at once.

(Image credit: Pearl Mak/NPR)

By Creating Habitats For Monarch Butterflies In Cities, Scientists Hope To Save Them

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 4:34pm

As summer draws to a close, conservationists are getting ready for the annual Monarch butterfly migration. One scientist thinks the best way to help the migration is to create more Monarch habitats in big cities.

2018 Revealed Just How Ill-Prepared We Are For Climate Change

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 12:59pm

Somini Sengupta, international climate reporter for The New York Times, discusses the dire consequences of rising temperatures, such as drought, famine, disease, war and increased migration.

Wisconsin Reservation Offers A Climate Success Story And A Warning

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 10:07am

Climate change is causing more severe flooding around the country, and a disproportionate number of Native American communities are on the front lines.

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Florida's Gulf Coast Battles Deadly And Smelly Red Tide

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 4:04pm

A toxic algae bloom is killing fish, turtles and dolphins and scaring tourists away from Florida's Gulf Coast.

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Brigham Young University Geologists Discover Oldest Known Pterosaur Fossil

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 3:39pm

A pterosaur is not a dinosaur, but the oldest known powered flying vertebrates. Brigham Young University students and teachers have published the result of their findings of the oldest known fossil.

Watch This Native Pollinator Build Her Bee-Jeweled Nest

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 8:00am

Research shows that 400 female blue orchard bees are as effective at pollinating almonds as the more than 10,000 bees in a honeybee hive. But they reproduce slowly and are prone to wandering.

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Despite FDA Caution, Doctors Say Lasers May Help With Vaginal Pain And Dryness

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 5:55pm

The FDA recently warned against using lasers for so-called "vaginal rejuvenation" treatments to reshape or tighten the vagina. But one kind of laser treatment might have gotten a bad rap.

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French Theme Park Asks: Crows Can Pick Up Trash, Why Can't You?

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 1:31pm

A team of six trained birds — rooks, actually — are collecting paper and cigarette stubs at the Puy du Fou park in western France. They drop the trash into a container in exchange for food.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Pou du Fuy theme park)

Ambitious 'Human Cell Atlas' Aims To Catalog Every Type Of Cell In The Body

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 4:00am

Already the project has revealed a previously unknown type of cell in the windpipe that might play a role in cystic fibrosis — and lead to a new treatment, scientists say.

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After 17 Days and 1,000 Miles, A Mother Orca's 'Tour Of Grief' Is Over

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 8:17pm

After carrying her calf's corpse for an unusually long time, a "remarkably frisky" Tahlequah, or J-35, as the orca's known, was seen Saturday chasing a school of salmon with fellow members of her pod.

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New Study Sheds Light On Depression In Teens And Parents

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 7:09am

There is a new study on the effect treating teens for depression has on their parents. It suggests just treating teens has benefits for parents.

NASA Launches Spacecraft Toward The Sun

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 7:09am

This morning, NASA launched the Parker Solar Probe. The probe will attempt to get closer to the sun than any other human-made object.

Understanding Horizontal Gene Transfer In 'The Tangled Tree'

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 7:19am

NPR's Scott Simon asks science writer David Quammen about horizontal gene transfer and how it changes how we think about humankind's place in the world. Quammen's new book is The Tangled Tree.

The Sound Of The Golf Swing

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 7:19am

Manufacturers work to perfect the sound drivers make when the ball is hit just right. Scott Simon talks with Tom Mase, who teaches mechanical engineering at California Polytechnic State University.

In Parts Of California Blanketed With Wildfire Smoke, Breathing Is 'A Chore'

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 7:42pm

As fires continue to rage in California, smoke is causing health problems for some residents. Public health officials warn against breathing polluted air.

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