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Congress Poised To Pass Sweeping Law Covering FDA And NIH

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 3:09pm

The House could vote Wednesday on a vast bill that stretches nearly a thousand pages and holds changes large and small for the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration.

6 Potential Brain Benefits Of Bilingual Education

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 5:00am

Kids are showing reading gains in dual-language classrooms. There may be underlying brain advantages at work.

Texas, Oklahoma Divided Over How To Handle Earthquakes Linked To Oil Drilling

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 3:22pm

Oklahoma and Texas have been experiencing a rash of human-caused earthquakes. It happens when oil and gas wastewater gets pumped underground in the wrong places and disrupts faults. Oklahoma officials have cracked down on wastewater injection; Texas is apparently uninterested in doing much. That could mean a lot more quakes given that the country's biggest oil reservoir has just been discovered in west Texas.

Encore: Scientists Discover Centuries-Long Lifespan Of Greenland Shark

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 3:22pm

The longest-living vertebrate known to science is a shark that can live centuries. This story originally aired on Aug. 11, 2016 on All Things Considered.

Big Data Coming In Faster Than Biomedical Researchers Can Process It

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 1:03pm

There's a plethora of projects to gather data about the brain, various kinds of cancer and every type of cell in the body. But researchers are struggling to keep up with the information explosion.

Kale Is About To Have An Identity Crisis

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 11:55am

To develop a new variety of kale tailored to American palates, plant researchers are surveying consumer attitudes on the leafy green. The takeaway so far? "Be less like kale."

Some Assembly Required: New Space Telescope Will Take Shape After Launch

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 3:51am

The James Webb Space Telescope is undergoing its final series of tests in NASA workshops. It's designed to take even grander images than the Hubble telescope. But deploying it will be a major feat.

Millions Have Dyslexia, Few Understand It

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 3:07am

It's the most common learning disability, yet it's still hard to answer the question: What is it? An NPR reporter who has dyslexia talks with other people — young and old — in search of answers.

As Batteries Keep Catching Fire, U.S. Safety Agency Prepares For Change

Sun, 11/27/2016 - 12:57pm

The Consumer Product Safety Commission grabbed the spotlight in recalls of hoverboard scooters and Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 phones. It's a tiny agency with a vast oversight of thousands of products.

CDC Study: Babies Of Mothers With Zika Didn't Show Symptoms For Months

Sun, 11/27/2016 - 7:38am

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found some of the babies didn't show symptoms of microcephaly for months. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to the CDC's Dr. Denise Jamieson.

Haiti Still Reels From Hurricane Matthew, One Month On

Sat, 11/26/2016 - 8:06am

Haitians voted for a new president this week and are hoping the winner can help speed the recovery. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Reuters correspondent Makini Brice.

Army Corps Of Engineers Issue Dec. 5 Leave Deadline To Pipeline Protesters

Sat, 11/26/2016 - 8:06am

The Army Corps of Engineers has told a Native American tribe in North Dakota and its supporters that it will close down a camp housing protesters against a major oil pipeline in the state.

In New Jersey, Kids Help Dig For Fossils In An Unlikely Place

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 3:32pm

Each week, hundreds of kids gather behind an unassuming shopping center in New Jersey. They're digging for fossils with a real paleontologist.

Who Invented Agriculture First? It Sure Wasn't Humans

Fri, 11/25/2016 - 5:00am

Ants in Fiji farm plants and fertilize them with their poop. And they've been doing this for 3 million years, much longer than humans, who began experimenting with farming about 12,000 years ago.

Clean Energy Analyst: Renewables Are 'Here To Stay' Under Trump Presidency

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 3:29pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Amy Myers Jaffe, executive director of energy and sustainability at the University of California, Davis, about the future of renewable energy under the Trump administration.

Researchers Explore The Struggle Of Recognizing Faces

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 3:29pm

Being able to recognize faces is a crucial part of life. But why are some of us so good or bad at it, and how skilled at it are we on average? The answers might surprise you.

TV Chef Alton Brown Shares Tips On The Science Of Thanksgiving Dinner

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 3:29pm

There are tons of tips on how to cook that Thanksgiving dinner, many of them rooted in science. Alton Brown, the showman of food TV, runs through why we stuff the turkey after it's cooked, why gravy should be kept in a thermos, and why canned cranberries are the devil.

Dakota Access Pipeline Protests Continue On Thanksgiving Day

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 3:29pm

Opponents of a 1,200-mile oil pipeline from North Dakota are marking this Thanksgiving Day at the site of a planned river crossing near Lake Oahe. Protesters say the pipeline could damage local drinking water sources and Native American heritage sites. The pipeline's developers say the project will have big economic benefits.

Gotham, The Humpback Whale: The Hudson River's New Resident

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 3:27pm

New York City is not known for whale watching. But there's a new resident in the Hudson River: Gotham, the Humpback Whale. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Paul Sieswerda, president of Gotham Whale.

Heritage Turkeys Make A Comeback, But To Save Them We Must Eat Them

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 3:25pm

They're descended from birds brought by British settlers that mated with turkeys native to the U.S. These birds taste much more like the turkeys that were on the table in the 17th century.

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