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When It Comes To Policymaking, The Rules Don't Apply To Climate Change

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 3:31pm

On Saturday, people from around the country will take to the streets in the March for Science. Organizers say that the point of the March is not to make science political, but to highlight the reality of science to politicians, as a guide in policymaking, in which science is an uncharted issue.

Researchers Find Yet Another Reason Why Naked Mole-Rats Are Just Weird

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 1:02pm

The hairless, ground-dwelling, cold-blooded rodents have proven capable of surviving total oxygen deprivation. Their odd biology allows them to run on an alternative fuel.

(Image credit: Roland Gockel/Max Delbruck Center for Molecular Medicine)

Astronaut, Cosmonaut And Stuffed Dog Arrive At International Space Station

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 12:08pm

It's the first mission to space for American Jack Fischer, who says there is one aspect of space station life that you can't train for on Earth: using a zero-gravity toilet.

(Image credit: Dmitri Lovetsky/AP)

Electrical Stimulation To Boost Memory: Maybe It's All In The Timing

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:01am

Research in epilepsy has found a key to why small pulses of electricity to the brain sometimes help and sometimes hurt a failing memory. Brains hurt by physical trauma or dementia might benefit, too.

(Image credit: Science Photo Library/SCIEPRO/Getty Images)

How Do Former Opioid Addicts Safely Get Pain Relief After Surgery?

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 4:00am

Max Baker got treatment for his opioid dependency and kicked the habit. He'd been clean for more than a year when a car accident and subsequent surgery returned him to addiction's spiral.

(Image credit: Craig LeMoult/WGBH)

Human Umbilical Cord Blood Helps Aging Mice Remember, Study Finds

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:03pm

Researchers found a protein in human umbilical cord plasma improved learning and memory in older mice, but there's no indication it would work in people.

(Image credit: Mike Kemp/Rubberball/Getty Images)

An Asteroid Is Swinging By Earth Today For Its Closest Visit In 400 Years

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 10:09am

Don't worry: Astronomers say asteroid 2014 JO25, which is more than a third of a mile wide, will fly harmlessly past our planet. Still, it should come close enough to be visible with small telescopes.

(Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/GSSR)

FDA Approval Of Hepatitis C Drugs For Kids Is Likely To Speed Treatment

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 4:00am

Many insurers have required that adults with hepatitis C be very sick before they can get access to expensive drug treatment. But Medicaid has special rules that may get kids and teens access sooner.

(Image credit: Lloyd Fox/Baltimore Sun/TNS via Getty Images)

WATCH: NASA Livestreams 360-Degree View Of Rocket Launch

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 10:01am

A special 360-degree camera was installed on the launch pad near the base of the Atlas V rocket heading to the International Space Station.

(Image credit: United Launch Alliance)

Researchers Examine The Psychology Of Protest Movements

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 4:04am

Social science researchers examine whether extreme protest tactics are an effective way for recruiting popular support. The public may not be relating to protesters like the way protesters aimed for.

Nonprofit Working To Block Drug Imports Has Ties To Pharma Lobby

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 4:00am

An organization campaigning against foreign drug imports has deep connections to the lobbying group PhRMA, which includes Eli Lilly, Pfizer and Bayer, an analysis by Kaiser Health News reveals.

(Image credit: Bill Diodato/Getty Images)

In The Rockies, Climate Change Spells Trouble For Cutthroat Trout

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 3:55am

Native cutthroat trout, an iconic part of the mountain West, thrive in cold streams. But warmer weather has allowed invaders to move in — and it's killing off the cutthroats.

(Image credit: Jonny Armstrong/USGS)

Home-Based Drug Treatment Program Costs Less And Works

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 1:47pm

Treating addiction is expensive and patients often relapse. A new company is offering better results at a price that's lower in the long run — and clients get treatment right at home.

(Image credit: Jack Rodolico/NHPR)

Peep Show: Watch Us Calculate The Speed Of Light With Stale Easter Treats

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 1:22pm

NPR's Adam Cole demonstrates a science experiment that offers a new use for old Peeps. All you need is a ruler and a microwave.

(Image credit: Adam Cole/NPR)

Untangling The Mystery Of Why Shoelaces Come Untied

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 3:46am

Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley have figured out why shoelaces seem to come untied at the worst moments, like when you're running.

(Image credit: Meredith Rizzo/NPR)

Climate Change In Louisiana Changes Diets Of Native Americans

Sun, 04/16/2017 - 4:38pm

Freelance journalist Barry Yeoman says climate change and other man-made obstacles are pushing Native Americans away from traditional foods and towards processed dinners.

Spider Scientists Find 50 New Species

Sun, 04/16/2017 - 7:12am

A team of arachnologists discovered over 50 new species of spider in Cape York, Australia. Dr. Robert Raven is one of them. He tells Lulu Garcia-Navarro about the expedition and their findings.

Artist Sets Futuristic Dinner Party In World Reshaped By Rising Seas

Sun, 04/16/2017 - 6:00am

How will our diets shift as climate change causes sea-level rise and coastal flooding? Photographer Allie Wist attempts to answer that with pictures of an imagined "post-sea-level-rise dinner party."

(Image credit: Courtesy of Allie Wist)

As A Boy, He Learned About Science By Rubbing Calves' Ears

Sun, 04/16/2017 - 6:00am

Dr. Thumbi Mwangi had a eureka moment when he began researching a cattle disease in the U.S. The treatment was the same thing his dad the farmer had him do when he was growing up in Kenya.

(Image credit: Akash Ghai/for NPR)

The Poetic Intimacy Of Administering Anesthesia

Sun, 04/16/2017 - 4:00am

An anesthesiologist and poet says her medical work is well-suited to poetry, as patients move in and out of consciousness under the doctor's watch.

(Image credit: Sara Wong for NPR)

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