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Louisiana History Washes Away As Sea Levels Rise, Land Sinks

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 3:52am

Louisiana's coastline is disappearing into the Gulf of Mexico. And with it many historic sites are being washed away, leaving archaeologists scrambling to document what they can before it's gone.

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'National Geographic' Tackles Changing Gender Norms Worldwide

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 3:32pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with reporter Robin Marantz Henig on her new feature in National Geographic about changing gender norms worldwide.

Learning German In The Name Of Science And Cross-Cultural Collaboration

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 1:27pm

Ninety young Syrian refugees are teaming up with neuroscientists in Leipzig to figure out the quickest and best way to teach German as a second language. Vocabulary first, or grammar, early on, too?

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Child Care Scarcity Has Very Real Consequences For Working Families

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 6:00am

In much of the U.S., demand for licensed infant care outstrips supply. Parents face lengthy waitlists, hefty waitlist fees, and few good options when returning to work after the birth of a baby.

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Methane's On The Rise, But Regulations To Stop Gas Leaks Still Debated

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 3:23pm

Scientists concede that oil and gas production is only partly to blame for the 3 percent surge in the greenhouse gas in the last decade. Obama tightened rules on the industry. Will Trump repeal them?

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Dinosaur 'Baby Teeth' Reveal That Dino Eggs Hatched Slowly

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 2:03pm

Early stages of dinosaur development remain a mystery. However, researchers have uncovered a new way to study the early stages using the teeth of fossilized dinosaur embryos.

(Image credit: Mick Ellison / American Museum of Natural History/Courtesy of Dr. Greg Erickson)

Design Thinking Could Help Those Who Want To Get Unstuck

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 4:04am

Psychologists and self help gurus have advice for people who feel stuck. If you're looking for new ways to reboot your life as you enter the new year, you could also turn to the tech world.

China Says It Will Shut Down Its Ivory Trade in 2017

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 3:59am

After years of negotiation with wildlife conservation groups, China's government has now set a timetable to end its legal ivory trade--March 2017.

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Is the Warning That Creatine's Not For Teens Getting Through?

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 11:02pm

Researchers who surveyed 244 shops across the U.S. found that, despite label warnings, two thirds would recommend the dietary supplement to a 15-year-old football player trying to gain muscle.

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Easing Old People's Loneliness Can Help Keep Them Healthy

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 7:35pm

Little Brothers, which operates in San Francisco and several other cities, sends volunteers to brighten up the lives of isolated elderly people, helping them reduce the risk of serious illness.

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Coal Country Picked Trump. Now, They Want Him To Keep His Promises

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 2:06pm

Voters in coal country overwhelmingly chose Donald Trump. They liked his promises to create jobs, even if they didn't like his other rhetoric. Now, they're waiting to see if coal can make a comeback.

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Unexpected Risks Found In Editing Genes To Prevent Inherited Disorders

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 4:00am

In 2016, scientists combined the genes of three people in an effort to make a baby free of an inherited disease. But the process doesn't wipe out all faulty mitochondria, and could pose new risks.

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A Skeptic Fact-Checks Yoga's Health Claims And Goes With The Om

Sat, 12/31/2016 - 9:00am

Yoga has been promoted as the cure for many ills, from diabetes to insomnia. Scientific proof is mixed. But this skeptic says if yoga makes climbing the stairs hurt less, that's good enough.

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When Bats Squeak, They Tend To Squabble

Sat, 12/31/2016 - 6:54am

Researchers have found new clues to how bats communicate. And it turns out they tend to argue — a lot. The research could lead to a broader understanding of animal communication.

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By Returning To Farming's Roots, He Found His American Dream

Sat, 12/31/2016 - 6:00am

David Fisher's farm is a kind of American Dream. Not the conventional one of upward economic mobility. This is the utopian version, the uncompromising pursuit of a difficult agrarian ideal.

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From Psychedelics To Alzheimer's, 2016 Was A Good Year For Brain Science

Sat, 12/31/2016 - 4:00am

A woman with ALS was able to type just by thinking about the letters, and people with cancer found their anxiety and depression erased by a single encounter with magic mushrooms.

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'Panda Grandpa' Pan Pan Dies In China

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 12:45pm

Pan Pan, who died this week at the age of 31, was known as the "panda grandpa": He has some 130 descendants worldwide, accounting for a quarter of the world's captive giant pandas.

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QUIZ: Test Your Knowledge Of NPR's Tech Stories From 2016

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 10:05am

A bar owner who wants patrons to put away their phones, Internet users tracking down a vandal, a project to analyze hundreds of Rembrandt paintings — can you remember (or guess) what happened?

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As A Rough Year Ends, We Turn To The Cosmos For Some Perspective

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 5:00am

As 2016 winds down, we take a moment to contemplate the billions of years that led to 2017 and the billions more yet to come.

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The Wrong Eating Habits Can Hurt Your Brain, Not Just Your Waistline

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 4:00am

A diet high in saturated fats and sugars can affect the parts of the brain that are important to memory. Diet-linked brain changes can also make people more likely to crave the unhealthful food.

(Image credit: Katherine Streeter for NPR)

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