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Why A Group's Power Dynamics Interferes With Collaboration

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 4:11am

Research finds that when you put powerful people together in a group, individuals tend to vie for the same level of authority and deference they receive outside the group.

California To Permit Medically Assisted Suicide As Of June 9

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 5:58pm

Terminally ill Californians will legally be able to get medicine from doctors to end their own lives. The end of the state's special legislative session Thursday made it official.

This Plastic-Eating Bacterium Might Help Deal With Waste One Day

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 3:35pm

Scientists found a new species of bacteria in the debris around a Japanese recycling plant. With the help of two plastic digesting enzymes, it can eat plastic and use it as a main food source.

Hospitals Adapt ERs To Meet Patient Demand For Routine Care

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 3:01pm

Many Floridians and other Americans turn to the ER for problems that aren't emergencies, a poll suggests, even though the experience can be unpleasant. Some ERs are striving to change their image.

Water, Soil And Radiation: Why Fukushima Will Take Decades To Clean Up

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 2:59pm

Five years after meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan, progress has been made, but there's still plenty to do.

How Best To Test For Zika Virus?

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 1:45pm

Getting an accurate diagnosis is a big hurdle in the current outbreak of Zika virus. There are three kinds of tests for Zika, and each has problems. Scientists are working hard to improve diagnosis.

U.S., Canada Announce Shared Goals For Fighting Climate Change

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 1:33pm

President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled goals for cutting methane emissions from the oil and gas industry by more than 40 percent by 2025, among other ambitious targets.

A Late Birth Date Could Boost The Risk Of An ADHD Diagnosis

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 11:01am

Children who are the youngest in a class are more apt to be diagnosed with ADHD, studies find. But researchers say that doesn't mean that they have the disorder.

He Rescued A Dog. Then The Dog Rescued Him

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 9:49am

Eric O'Grey was 51, obese and suffering from diabetes and high cholesterol when he took home an overweight shelter dog. Now the duo are headlining a campaign on how pets improve humans' lives.

1st U.S. Uterus Transplant Fails Amid 'Sudden Complication'

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 8:53am

The 26-year-old patient is recovering, and the Cleveland Clinic says it will continue its clinical study that is meant to involve 10 women with uterine factor infertility.

Chew On This: Slicing Meat Helped Shape Modern Humans

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 12:40pm

Long before cooking was common, early humans needed extra energy to fuel bigger bodies and brains. Scientists say simple stone cutting tools likely allowed small-toothed meat eaters to thrive.

Scientists Report In Real Time On Challenging Zika Research

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 4:01pm

It's rare for researchers to share their data as they work, but scientists in Wisconsin are reporting on their Zika virus experiments in real time. They say it's critical for stopping the virus.

Tests Say The Water Is Safe. But Flint's Restaurants Still Struggle

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 3:08pm

The tap draws from Lake Huron. Eatery owners have bought ice, bottles and expensive filters. Large signs in windows post lead-free test results. But diners in this Michigan city are still leery.

How Google's Neural Network Hopes To Beat A 'Go' World Champion

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 2:10pm

On Wednesday in Korea, a Google AI program will take on a top-level player in the ancient game of Go. Here's what you need to know.

Medical Bills Still Take A Big Toll, Even With Insurance

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 12:37pm

The Affordable Care Act has increased access to doctors and helped reduce medical costs. But poll data show 26 percent of U.S. families are still struggling to pay their health care bills.

Stem Cell Pioneer: Nancy Reagan Brought Alzheimer's 'Into The Public Sphere'

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 3:27pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Dr. Hans Keirstead, a stem cell research pioneer, about former First Lady Nancy Reagan's legacy as an Alzheimer's research advocate.

Can't Get In To See Your Doctor? Many Patients Turn To Urgent Care

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 3:38am

A recent poll shows 27 percent of Americans have visited an urgent care center in the past two years. Why? Most cite convenience.

Scientists Find A Genetic Culprit For Gray Hair

Sun, 03/06/2016 - 6:23am

Think you've gone gray from stress? Scientists say they've identified the first gene for gray hair. It accounts for about 30 percent of grays, mostly in lighter colored hair.

Abuse Or The Flu? My Autistic Son Couldn't Tell Me What Was Wrong

Sun, 03/06/2016 - 5:00am

My heart fell when a counselor called to say he was worried something bad might have happened to Nat, my severely autistic 25-year-old son. Nat has trouble talking, and was teary. What should I do?

Bill Gates Calls For 'Energy Miracle' In 15 Years. Do Experts Agree?

Sat, 03/05/2016 - 3:00pm

Yes and no. They definitely want a miracle to bring clean, cheap power to the powerless — only a lot sooner.

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