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Biomedical Researchers Ponder Future After Trump Election

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 2:22pm

The federal government spends more than $30 billion a year to fund the National Institutes of Health. How will a new administration affect academic research? What about pharmaceutical research?

A Twist On 'Involuntary Commitment': Some Heroin Users Request It

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 12:16pm

Some Massachusetts opioid users are so desperate to quit the drug habit they are asking judges to lock them up and require treatment. But critics question whether courts should play this role.

Female Panther Crosses Florida River, Humans Applaud

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 10:40am

The endangered Florida panther has only bred south of the Caloosahatchee River since 1973. Now, a female has turned up on the north side, and it could be a good thing for the future of the species.

WATCH: Mantis Shrimp's Incredible Eyesight Yields Clues For Detecting Cancer

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 8:01am

Cancer cells, it turns out, reflect light in a particular, polarized way that mantis shrimp can see. A tiny camera based on the shrimp's eye might help doctors better visualize tumors during surgery.

Skygazers Await The First Supermoon Since 1948

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 3:35pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Sarah Noble, lunar scientist at NASA, about the supermoon, which is when the moon is at the closest point to Earth along its orbit.

Grapefruit And Salt: The Science Behind This Unlikely Power Couple

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 8:26am

Ad campaigns of the first and second World Wars sold Americans on this surprising pairing. Despite a rocky history of breakups, the chemistry between these two flavors cannot be denied.

'Minibrains' Could Help Drug Discovery For Zika And For Alzheimer's

Sun, 11/13/2016 - 5:01pm

Each lab-grown cluster of human cells fits on a pin's head, but contains some of the cell types and circuitry of a real brain. The structures already are offering insights into how Zika attacks.

DNA Is Not Destiny When It Comes To Heart Risk

Sun, 11/13/2016 - 3:01pm

People with unlucky genes but good health habits were half as likely to develop heart disease as those who had an unhealthful lifestyle and genes that increased their heart risk, a study found.

Closest Supermoon Since 1948 Arrives Monday: Tips On Seeing And Photographing It

Sun, 11/13/2016 - 2:32pm

It's the nearest supermoon in almost 70 years — and we won't see another like it until 2034. You have three chances to see the moon at its biggest, on Sunday and Monday.

For First Time Since 1948, Supermoon Rises On Monday

Sun, 11/13/2016 - 7:18am

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to astronomer Jackie Faherty about Monday's supermoon. It will be the closest the moon has been to Earth since 1948.

Is Birdfeeding Just, Well, For The Birds?

Sat, 11/12/2016 - 7:40am

What do birds like to chow down on anyway? And what to do with pesky squirrels? NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Talkin' Birds host Ray Brown about birdfeeding.

Name Of A Vietnam Veteran Killed By Hepatitis C Added To 'The Wall'

Sat, 11/12/2016 - 5:30am

Members of the military are more than twice as likely to have hepatitis C as the general public. For many, including Jim McGough, the virus takes its final toll decades after they are first infected.

Trump's Plan For Clean Coal Could Put The Brakes On Natural Gas

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 3:19pm

President-elect Donald Trump's energy plan includes a promise to develop clean coal. Clean coal is a technology that has struggled for years and is unlikely to be competitive with cheap natural gas.

Trump's Victory Elevates Hopes For People In Coal Country

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 3:19pm

Coal country is celebrating Donald Trump's victory. Support for Trump was strong from Appalachia to Wyoming, and now that he has been elected, people have high hopes about what he, and the Republican Congress, can do to turn around coal's fortunes.

Hey, Baby, Meet Peanuts: How And When To Safely Introduce The Food

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 11:47am

Giving infants peanut puree as one of their first solid foods can help prevent peanut allergies, research has shown. To do that safely, start early — and only after checking with your doctor first.

Can't Hurry Love: Rare Snail Finds Romance After Global Search

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 3:26pm

A genetic fluke stood in the way of love for a lonely and unique snail named Jeremy. But thanks to a public appeal, the snail has hopefully found a mate — or maybe even two.

Why Seabirds Love To Gobble Plastic Floating In The Ocean

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 2:55pm

New evidence suggests that for a lot of birds, plastic actually smells like food. The reason for that involves a common kind of algae floating in the ocean and a "chemical scream."

Brain Scientists Trace Rat Ticklishness To Play Behavior

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 1:00pm

Why and when tickling makes us laugh is still mysterious. But researchers who studied what happens in rat brains when they're tickled say they emit ultrasonic giggles, too — when in the mood for fun.

In Ancient Trash Heaps, A Whale Hunting Puzzle Emerges

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 6:00am

New DNA evidence from a 4,000-year-old dumpster along the coast of Greenland suggests the paleo-Inuit or Saqqaq culture ate large amounts of whale. But how?

Trump Has A Chance To Pull U.S. Out Of Climate Accord

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 4:08am

During the campaign, the president-elect said climate change is not real, and he rejected last year's international agreement to cut greenhouse gases.

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