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Doctors Discover First U.S. Case Of Bacteria Resistant To Last Resort Antibiotics

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 3:37pm

Doctors are reporting the first case in the U.S. of a bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics often used as a last resort. The germ was found in a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman with a urinary tract infection.

On The Trail Of The Wily Wild Hog

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 11:41am

These descendants of wild boars were brought over from Europe decades ago. They're highly invasive and hugely destructive — threatening native bears and deer in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

NASA's Attempt To Inflate Its Expandable Space Module Fizzles

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 9:57am

The module known as BEAM can be folded so it takes up less room in a cargo rocket, and then expanded once it reaches space. Or at least that's the hope.

Mysterious Cave Rings Show Neanderthals Liked To Build

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 4:00am

Deep in a French cave, researchers have found numerous ovals of broken stalagmites. They believe the rings were arranged by ancient Neanderthals.

It's Still Hard To Get Birth Control Pills In California Without A Prescription

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 4:00am

California law now permits pharmacists to sell many types of hormonal birth control methods without a doctor's OK. But good luck finding a drug store that will dispense the contraceptives that way.

ExxonMobil, Chevron Shareholders Reject Resolutions Aimed At Battling Climate Change

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 4:01pm

But shareholders at ExxonMobil approved one resolution that could make it easier to one day nominate an environmentalist to the board.

When Cars Collide, Safety Advocates Say It's No 'Accident'

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 3:31pm

The New York Times reported this week on the movement to get people to stop using the word "accident" when describing auto incidents and instead use the word "crash," as a way to hold people responsible for their actions. NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Peter Norton, a historian of engineering and society, about how the word "accident" came to be used by the manufacturing and auto industries.

For Female Fruit Flies, Mr. Right Has The Biggest Sperm

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:04pm

It's not unusual for males to try to impress females with big body parts. Consider antlers on deer, or elaborate tails on peacocks. Some male fruit flies take a different approach: giant sperm.

What Is The Meaning Behind The Moo?

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 10:37am

Researchers are trying to figure out what cows are saying to each other — and us. Often, it seems that cows moo to communicate that something is wrong, or different.

Rising Seas Push Too Much Salt Into The Florida Everglades

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 3:55am

Rising sea levels put extra pressure on coastal bedrock in South Florida. Eventually, as seawater moves in, it could contaminate plants on the surface and the region's stores of fresh water beneath.

We Followed A Snowy Owl From Maryland To Ontario

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 6:04am

In the spring of 2015, a snowy owl named Baltimore was fitted with a backpack GPS transmitter. The data that transmitter collected over the past year shines a light on a mysterious species.

Mosquito Hunters Set Traps Across Houston, Search for Signs of Zika

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 4:05am

Harris County, Texas, operates one of the largest mosquito control operations in the country, with more than 50 people who trap, freeze and test mosquitoes for disease threats.

Gig Economy Reduces Lower Quality Entrepreneurial Activity, Study Shows

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 4:05am

The gig economy might allow entrepreneurs more freedom to earn a living working hours that suit start-up activities, but it also discourages lower quality ventures — the type that fail on Kickstarter.

When Great Minds Think Unlike: Inside Science's 'Replication Crisis'

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 11:10pm

Lots of psychology studies fail to produce the same results when they are repeated. Does that mean we shouldn't trust science?

Building An Antibiotic To Kill Bad Microbes While Sparing Good Ones

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 2:36pm

Most antibiotics can't tell the difference between good and bad bacteria. That means medicines can kill helpful bacteria in your gut while they're obliterating the ones making you sick.

Inventing A Machine That Spits Out Drugs In A Whole New Way

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 2:12pm

A refrigerator-sized machine could someday make lifesaving drugs on site when outbreaks occur or where medicine is in short supply, like on the battlefield.

5,000-Year-Old Chinese Beer Recipe Revealed

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 2:11pm

Researchers discovered ancient "beer-making tool kits" in underground rooms built between 3400 and 2900 B.C. Analyses of funnels, pots and jugs show the brewers were using pretty advanced techniques.

Going There: The Future Of Water

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 11:15am

Western states like Colorado are balancing competing demands for waterways. When recreation, agriculture and civic interests find themselves at odds, how can water resources be divided fairly?

A Warming World Means Less Water, With Economic Consequences

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 4:50pm

We know that climate change will make water scarcer. But it could also have big economic impacts, Richard Damania of the World Bank says.

With Drought The New Normal In The West, States Scramble To Prepare

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 4:00pm

As the Colorado River dries out, the seven states that rely on this body of water risk water scarcity. Colorado state historian Patty Limerick discusses preparations for water scarcity in the West.

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