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Paralyzed Man Uses Thoughts to Control His Own Arm And Hand

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 6:42pm

A spinal injury severed the connection between Bill Kochevar's brain and everything below his shoulders. But technology has given him a new way to control one arm and hand.

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Mayor Of Wyoming Coal Town Reacts To Trump's Climate Order

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 3:32pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Louise Carter-King, mayor of Gillette, Wyo., about the impact that President Trump's executive order loosening regulations on coal will have on the the town.

Trump Signs Executive Order Rolling Back Regulation On Carbon Emissions

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 3:32pm

President Trump signed a sweeping set of executive orders on Tuesday that aim to dismantle the Obama administration's efforts to combat climate change.

Device Mimicking Female Reproductive Cycle Could Aid Research

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 1:32pm

Scientists have assembled a lab system from living tissue that can replicate a woman's 28-day hormonal cycle. The goal is to use the system to find new ways to treat a host of women's health problems.

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The Truth Is, Lying Might Not Be So Bad

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 4:01am

With repeated lies, the brain becomes less and less sensitive to dishonesty, supporting ever larger acts of dishonesty. But why do we lie and is it such a terrible thing if we do?

Expected Executive Actions On Climate Change Policies Aim To Ensure Focus On Energy Independence

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 4:01am

President Trump will sign executive actions Tuesday that aim to roll back a sweeping set of climate policies put in place by the Obama administration. A moratorium on new coal leases on public lands, a rule designed to address methane emissions from oil and gas operations and the Clean Power Plan, will all get a review.

What Gave Some Primates Bigger Brains? A Fruit-Filled Diet

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 3:49pm

A new study suggests that diet had a big influence in driving the evolution of brain size in primates. Monkeys who thrive on fruit have bigger brains than their plant eating neighbors.

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Proposed Budget Cuts Slash Funding For Great Lakes Clean-Up

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 3:28pm

Proposed White House budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies will end federal spending on Great Lakes clean-up. That includes axing work on invasive species like Asian carp and a public health program that protects drinking water from toxic algae for 11 million residents around Lake Erie.

Trump's Plan To Ditch Clean Power Plan Threatens Paris Agreement

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 3:28pm

President Trump is expected to ditch the Clean Power Plan this week. The CPP regulations would reduce emissions of greenhouse gases that warm the planet. Without it, the U.S. won't live up to its pledge, made in Paris in 2015, to make deep cuts in emissions. That could jeopardize the Paris deal, in which nearly 200 nations made similar pledges.

Breast-Fed Kids May Be Less Hyper, But Not Necessarily Smarter, Study Finds

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 4:06am

Prior research points to an association between breast-feeding and higher intelligence, but a new study finds no causal link. The study does find that breast-fed kids are less hyperactive at age 3.

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EPA Chief: Trump Plans To Kill Obama-era Clean Power Plan

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 4:06am

The Trump administration is expected this week to unveil its executive order undoing President Obama's Clean Power Plan, which aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

In Conflict With Trump Agenda, California Sets Stricter Auto Emissions Standards

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 5:26pm

California put itself on a collision course with the Trump Administration as the state's clean air agency moved forward with stricter emissions requirements for trucks and cars.

To Put You At Ease With Creepy-Crawlies, Entomologists Face Your Fears

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 9:00am

Nancy Miorelli posts photos of insects on her face on social media in hopes that the images will help normalize insects.

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Telehealth Doctor Visits May Be Handy, But Aren't Cheaper Overall

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 7:00am

Many patients like the convenience of being able to quickly consult a doctor by text or phone or webcam instead of heading to an urgent care clinic. But the cost of consultations can add up.

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Brain Tumor Defense For Jewish Center Bomb Threat Suspect Recalls 1991 Murder Trial

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 4:56pm

Ken Davis's book, "The Brain Defense," looks at the murder trial of Herbert Weinstein, in which lawyers argued that Weinstein was not guilty of killing his wife, because he had a brain tumor.

March Madness Vasectomies Encourage Guys To Take One For The Team

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 2:04pm

Some urologists use March Madness as an opportunity to market vasectomy services, offering men the excuse to sit on the sofa for three days to watch college basketball while they recover.

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The U.S. Can't Really Know If Farmers Are Cutting Back On Antibiotics, GAO Says

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 4:20am

New FDA rules limit how farmers can give antibiotics to animals raised for meat. But a Government Accountability Office report says the FDA doesn't collect the data to know if that policy is working.

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Cancer Is Partly Caused By Bad Luck, Study Finds

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 3:00pm

Researchers have long known behavior, environment and genetics play a role in cancer. A study in Science finds luck is also a major factor. Nearly two-thirds of cancer mutations arise randomly.

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Kids Who Suffer Hunger In First Years Lag Behind Their Peers In School

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 2:54pm

When infants and young kids grow up in homes without enough to eat, they're more likely to perform poorly in kindergarten, a study shows. The younger they experienced hunger, the stronger the effect.

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Science-Loving Teens From Ghana And D.C. Geek Out Together

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 1:35pm

They competed in the first World Smarts STEM Challenge. We got to know the team that worked on a water purifier using neem leaves and ... cilantro.

(Image credit: Ryan Eskalis/NPR)

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