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Economic, Environmental Concerns Threaten Future Of Oil Sands

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 3:08pm

Alberta, Canada, has the third largest oil reserves in the world, but the potentially lucrative oil sands business faces serious economic challenges.

Fish Stocks Are Declining Worldwide, And Climate Change Is On The Hook

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 2:08pm

Fish populations aren't replenishing themselves like they used to. Researchers say there's not enough food for young fish, and it's directly linked to changing temperatures.

Proposed Dow-DuPont Merger Must Clear Regulatory Hurdles

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 4:12am

Combined, the proposed company Dow-DuPont would be worth $130 billion and would have even deeper and broader reach in the chemical, industrial and agricultural sectors.

You Can Buy Insulin Without A Prescription, But Should You?

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 3:49am

Versions sold that way are based on older formulas, and make tight control of blood sugar harder. But they are cheaper and might save the life of a diabetic patient whose alternative is to go without.

No Warp Drives, No Transporters: Science Fiction Authors Get Real

Sun, 12/13/2015 - 4:17pm

Some of the biggest names in science fiction right now — like The Martian author Andy Weir — are writing what's called hard sci-fi, based on real-world science and a vision of hope for the future.

Will DNA Tests Finally Settle Controversy Surrounding Russia's Final Tsars?

Sun, 12/13/2015 - 12:39pm

Tsar Alexander III's remains have been exhumed for DNA tests to confirm the identity of two grandchildren. Historians say the Russian Orthodox Church wants to reaffirm its ties to the imperial family.

What The Last-Minute Climate Deal-Making Means For the Pact

Sun, 12/13/2015 - 6:50am

There was cheering when nearly 200 countries reached an historic agreement to stem global warming. But the frantic deal making says something about what it may take to carry the agreement out.

Final Draft Of World Climate Agreement Goes To A Vote In Paris Saturday

Sat, 12/12/2015 - 6:48am

The draft sets the goal of limiting the world's average temperature rise to "well below 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels," with an attempt to cap it at 1.5 degrees.

Paris Climate Negotiators Continue Into Overtime

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 3:33pm

The U.N. climate conference in Paris was supposed to end Friday, but negotiators have extended it for at least another day. NPR has the latest from Paris.

Climate Nerd Loves Science But Admits 'Only God (Is) Sure 100 Percent'

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 3:06pm

Armed with a Ph.D from Columbia University, Ousmane Ndiaye wants to tell farmers when the rain will (and won't) fall. But he's the first to say he's not always right.

To Go Green, Bars Try To Reuse Their Booze

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 1:24pm

Bartenders are finding novel ways to reuse leftover wine and spent ingredients from cocktail-making. It's just one part of a nascent movement toward sustainability in the industry.

Antibiotic Use On Farms Is Up, Despite Promises To Kick The Drugs

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 10:32am

Producers of poultry, cattle and pigs continue to use more antibiotics, according to the latest government data. That's despite more pledges from food companies to sell meat raised without the drugs.

Mastectomy No Better Than Lumpectomy For Early Breast Cancer

Thu, 12/10/2015 - 6:23pm

A comparison of common treatments for early-stage breast cancer finds lumpectomy with radiation is essentially equal to breast removal in terms of recurrence and survival, with fewer complications.

Limits Urged On The Use Of Codeine To Stop Kids' Coughs And Pain

Thu, 12/10/2015 - 4:05pm

Codeine can trigger rare, but life-threatening, breathing problems in kids. Food and Drug Administration advisers want to more tightly restrict the drug's use by anyone under 18.

Study Finds Happiness Doesn't Guarantee Longer Life

Thu, 12/10/2015 - 3:31pm

A recent study finds that being happy doesn't always mean living longer.

Tiny Witnesses: Microbes Can Tell When A Murder Victim Died

Thu, 12/10/2015 - 1:14pm

When bodies decompose, the types of bacteria on and around the body change in predictable ways. These patterns can be used to estimate time of death, a crucial clue in solving murders.

Bright Spots On Ceres Aren't Signs Of Alien Civilizations, Studies Say

Thu, 12/10/2015 - 10:40am

Two new studies of the dwarf planet might make it harder for people to imagine Ceres as a space colony or way station for an advanced race.

7 Bundles Of Scientific Joy: 'Test Tube Puppies' Prove IVF Can Work In Dogs

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 5:44pm

While in vitro fertilization has been successfully used in many species (including humans) for decades, scientists have never managed to use the procedure with dogs — until this summer.

A Protein In The Gut May Explain Why Some Can't Stomach Gluten

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 4:49pm

Some people who don't have celiac disease say they feel better on a gluten-free diet. Researchers have long been puzzled as to why. A study suggests it could be because of a protein called zonulin.

Cancer Treatments May Need To Be Tailored To Each Tumor

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 3:55pm

Jimmy Carter seems to have gotten the perfect drug to treat his cancer. But scientists need to understand a lot more about tumors before personalized cancer treatments are available for everyone.

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