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California, An Environmental Leader, Eyes A Key Role In Climate Talks

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 4:03am

World leaders are set to meet in Paris, trying to agree on how to combat climate change. Also attending will be California Gov. Jerry Brown, who is spearheading his own international climate movement.

How To Survive (And Maybe Even Enjoy) Thanksgiving Dinner

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 11:04pm

The holidays are a time to give thanks and be with the people we love. But sometimes those gatherings can be a bit challenging. This week, social-science based tips for having the best holiday season.

Police In Colorado Crackdown On Diesel Truck Owners For 'Rolling Coal'

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 3:25pm

Diesel trucks used to be known for belching black, polluting exhaust. Over the years, manufacturers have worked hard to shed that image, building cleaner engines. But there's a small group of diesel truck owners who are going in the opposite direction.

One Of Last 4 White Rhinos Euthanized At San Diego Zoo

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 3:25pm

One of the last four northern white rhinos was euthanized at the San Diego Zoo Sunday. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Rick Schwartz, the zoo's global ambassador, about how the species was so decimated and what might be done to save it.

U.N. Chief: Paris Convention Represents 'Turning Point' In Climate Policy

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 3:25pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, about why she's optimistic about the climate convention in Paris.

A Peek At Brain Connections May Reveal Attention Deficits

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 3:22pm

By assessing the strength of certain connections in the brain with an MRI test, researchers were often able to tell whether children and adolescents had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

U.S. Bioterrorism-Detection Program Is Unreliable, Report Finds

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 11:42am

The Government Accountability Office says that homeland Security's BioWatch system, deployed in 30 U.S. cities, has issued dozens of false alarms since its introduction in 2003.

How We React To Threats Post World Tragedy – And Why

Sun, 11/22/2015 - 6:35am

After the Paris attacks, some schools were quick to cancel trips to major cities. Rachel Martin spoke with NPR's Shankar Vedantam about the psychology of group fear.

When A Stranger Leaves You $125 Million

Sat, 11/21/2015 - 7:01am

A Seattle businessman left most of his fortune to a blindness organization he never contacted in life. Why the gift? Maybe, the evidence hints, to help others take the psychological leap he couldn't.

Can A Parasitic Worm Make It Easier (Or Harder) For A Woman To Conceive?

Sat, 11/21/2015 - 1:36am

Maybe. A nine-year study in Bolivia found an unexpected association between the parasitic worms in a woman's guts and her fertility.

National Institutes Of Health To Retire Last 50 Research Chimps

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 3:21pm

The National Institutes of Health announced their 50 remaining chimps will be going into retirement. NPR's Ari Shapiro spoke with Cathy Willis Spraetz, president and chief executive of Chimp Haven, where the chimps will ultimately be housed.

How Can You See Without Seeing?

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 7:40am

Daniel Kish has been blind since he was 13 months old, but has learned to "see" using a form of echolocation.

How Did Endurance Help Early Humans Survive?

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 7:40am

Christopher McDougall explores the mysteries of the human instinct to run: how did endurance help early humans survive — and what urges from our ancient ancestors spur us on today?

FDA Says Genetically Modified Salmon Is Safe To Eat

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 1:50pm

In a long-awaited ruling, the agency said Thursday that a salmon genetically modified to grow faster is safe for human consumption. Environmental and food safety groups vow to fight the decision.

Vocal Cord Tissue Grown In Lab For First Time

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 11:23am

Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have engineered lab-grown vocal cord tissue that appears to be functional, although it hasn't yet been tested inside of a body.

NIH Retires The Last Of Its Research Chimps

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 10:15pm

After retiring hundreds of research chimpanzees in 2013, the National Institute of Health said that 50 remaining chimps would no longer be used for medical studies.

A Tiny Pill Monitors Vital Signs From Deep Inside The Body

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 1:54pm

Sensors that work inside the body are gaining new skills. The latest version can track heart rate and respiratory rate, as well as temperature, as it travels through the digestive system.

Premium, Young And Natural: The Turkey Labels We Cluck-Cluck Over

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 12:30pm

Turkeys these days are often plastered with an array of terms that can confuse and even mislead consumers. Here's a glossary of jargon for the wannabe informed Thanksgiving turkey buyer.

Is Sex Once A Week Enough For A Happy Relationship?

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 11:18am

A study of thousands of people, most in committed relationships, finds that having sex about once a week correlates best with happiness and well-being. More didn't turn out to be better.

We Know China Has Ghost Cities, But Where Are They Hiding?

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 10:00am

The locations of the infamous empty housing complexes have been secret, but ghost city hunters are now using smart phones and GPS receivers to track them down.




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