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Surge In Use Of 'Synthetic Marijuana' Still One Step Ahead Of The Law

Wed, 11/11/2015 - 4:24pm

Outlawing more than a dozen cannabinoids concocted in labs and sprayed on leaves to create this risky street drug hasn't stopped the problem. Chemists keep making new versions.

SeaWorld Reinvents Itself In Face Of Growing 'Blackfish' Scrutiny

Wed, 11/11/2015 - 3:32pm

Facing continued pressure from activists and lawmakers over its shows featuring captive killer whales, SeaWorld is addressing its problems by putting an emphasis on conservation and education.

How Can Robots Learn New Tasks? Practice, Practice, Practice

Wed, 11/11/2015 - 3:32pm

Even the smartest robot does a miserable job picking up objects it hasn't been programmed to recognize. One way robots may get better at it is to learn by experience, a researcher says.

Farmers Have Been Enjoying The Fruits Of Bee Labor For 9,000 Years

Wed, 11/11/2015 - 1:51pm

Bees play a vital role in pollinating the crops we eat. Turns out, that relationship with agriculture began shortly after the rise of settled farming, new research shows.

Grooves On Mars' Moon Are Signs That It's Slowly Shattering, NASA Says

Wed, 11/11/2015 - 11:44am

Hanging in orbit just 3,700 miles above the surface of Mars, the planet's closest moon, Phobos, seems to be undergoing a "structural failure," NASA says.

Scientists Work With Cuba To Bring Lost Orchids Back To Florida State Park

Tue, 11/10/2015 - 3:26pm

Florida's Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park is home to more than 40 native species of orchids, but there used to be many more. Over the years, many orchid species were lost through poaching and habitat destruction. Scientists there have recently found and restored some lost orchids. They're now working with scientists in Cuba, where some orchids now extinct in Florida can still be found.

Mechanics Of Eating: Why You'll Miss Flavor If You Scarf Your Food

Tue, 11/10/2015 - 1:22pm

The real complexity of flavor comes from a food or drink's aroma. But the main way we experience the full range of these compounds isn't by sniffing. It's by breathing evenly while we eat.

More Women Opt For IUD, Contraceptive Implant For Birth Control

Mon, 11/09/2015 - 11:03pm

The number of U.S. women choosing long-acting, reversible birth control methods has more than quadrupled since 2002, data suggest. Use of the pill, condoms, and female sterilization has dipped a bit.

The Best-Laid Backup Plans ...

Mon, 11/09/2015 - 11:03pm

This week on Hidden Brain, researcher Katy Milkman explains why backup plans may make us less motivated, Dan Pink is back to discuss moral hazard, and NPR's Adam Cole ties it all together with a song.

It's Never Too Soon To Plan Your 'Driving Retirement'

Mon, 11/09/2015 - 3:36am

Families should rethink how seniors give up driving, researchers say. Figuring out transportation alternatives long ahead of time can help preserve independence and avoid painful confrontations.

What It's Really Like To 'Walk' In Space

Sun, 11/08/2015 - 8:54am

The International Space Station conducted a spacewalk this week to mark 15 years in space. Three people who've walked in space share their miraculous — and miserable — experiences.

Why A Neurotoxin Is Closing Crab Season In California

Sat, 11/07/2015 - 8:38am

State officials have closed recreational and commercial fishing for Dungeness and rock crab on the California coast, due to a large algae bloom that's making the crab unsafe for consumption.

Some Texans Puzzled By Keystone XL Pipeline Rejection

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 3:56pm

President Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline provoked cheers from environmental groups and a little bit of head scratching in the state of Texas.

Environmentalists Cheer Keystone XL Pipeline Decision As 'Decisive Moment'

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 3:56pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers interviews environmentalist Bill McKibben, who founded 350.org, about why he's celebrating Obama's veto of the Keystone XL pipeline, even though the next president can reverse it.

Canada's Trudeau Expresses Disappointment In U.S. Decision On Keystone XL

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 3:21pm

Canadian Company TransCanada took a blow Friday when President Obama announced he was rejecting its request to build the Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline would have helped transport hundreds of thousands of barrels of Canadian tar sands oil from Alberta to U.S. refineries. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed disappointment.

Obama: Keystone XL Pipeline Would Undercut U.S. Leadership On Climate Change

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 3:21pm

President Obama announced Friday that he rejected a permit to allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The controversial project would have carried oil harvested from tar sands in Canada.

Obama Rejects Plans To Build Keystone XL Pipeline

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 3:21pm

After seven years of study, the Obama administration has rejected plans for the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline. The move comes on the eve of an international climate summit.

Surgery Helps Some Obese Teens In Battle To Get Fit

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 2:11pm

Three years after bariatric surgery, more than 200 severely obese teens studied had dropped about a third of their weight, and improved their metabolism, heart health and self esteem.

#NPRreads: The Core Of Addiction And The Views Of Tiger Woods' Former Caddie

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 12:59pm

Also this week: The story of a 60-year-old United Airlines pilot and runner who finished the New York City Marathon in 2 hours, 47 minutes and 27 seconds.

Big Trouble Looms For California Salmon — And For Fishermen

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 12:28pm

Thanks to a blazing hot summer and unusually warm water, early counts of juvenile winter-run Chinook are at extreme low levels. To protect them, regulators may restrict ocean fishing.

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