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PHOTOS: The Final Hours Of A Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Camp

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 6:52pm

On Thursday morning, law enforcement cleared out the Oceti Sakowin camp in North Dakota, ending a months-long protest against the completion of the nearby Dakota Access Pipeline.

(Image credit: Angus Mordant for NPR)

To Test Zika Vaccines, Scientists Need A New Outbreak

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 11:43am

It's a bit of a paradox, but researchers say they need Zika virus to re-emerge this year so they can test vaccines designed to defeat it.

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SpaceX Cargo Craft Is Now In Space Station's Grip, One Day After Aborted Docking

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 6:06am

NASA had originally planned for the Dragon craft to reach the space station three days ago. It's carrying crew supplies and a range of scientific experiments.

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Poverty Plus A Poisonous Plant Blamed For Paralysis In Rural Africa

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 6:00am

Some African countries have long witnessed mysterious outbreaks of paralysis. Affected regions are poor and conflict-ridden, where people's main food is a bitter, poisonous variety of cassava.

(Image credit: Amy Maxmen for NPR)

Should Scientists March? U.S. Researchers Still Debating Pros And Cons

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 3:35am

A "March for Science" is set for April 22 in Washington, D.C., to show support for evidence-based public policy. But some worry the march will be seen as partisan, and may even undermine sound policy.

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After Making History In Space, Mae Jemison Works To Prime Future Scientists

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 5:03pm

For the first African-American woman in space, her path to spaceflight and beyond includes trying to pave the way for more girls of color to follow in her footsteps.

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Protesters Leave Dakota Access Pipeline Area; Some Stay And Are Arrested

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 5:03pm

The governor of North Dakota had set Wednesday as the evacuation deadline for the largest protest camp. The Trump administration is allowing the pipeline to be built, despite the protests.

(Image credit: Angus Mordant for NPR)

Key Moments In The Dakota Access Pipeline Fight

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 3:28pm

An overview of multiple legal challenges and protests since the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers considered approving a section of the pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota.

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Nick Dupree Fought To Live 'Like Anyone Else'

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 3:15pm

The activist campaigned to change rules, so that people with disabilities could get nursing care and other support at home past the age of 21, and get married without losing Medicaid benefits.

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Behold: 4 New Species Of Tiny Frogs Smaller Than A Fingernail

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 2:47pm

Scientists in India say the frogs are actually fairly common but have eluded discovery likely because of their extremely small size, secretive habitats and unusual calls.

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Astronomers Find 7 Earth-Size Planets Around A Nearby Star

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 12:01pm

Some of the planets could be home to liquid water, but it remains unclear whether life could exist on such strange worlds.

(Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Apollo 11 Space Capsule Is Going On Another Mission

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 11:31am

The capsule called Columbia hasn't left the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., since 1976. It's heading out on tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

(Image credit: Dane Penland/National Air and Space Museum/Smithsonian Institution)

SpaceX Cargo Craft Fails To Dock With Space Station, Will Try Again

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 9:48am

The private spaceflight company launched its Falcon 9 rocket on Sunday only to have the rocket's cargo capsule encounter an error in its navigation system on Wednesday during a docking attempt.

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GOP Seeks Reduction In Health Law's 10 Essential Benefits

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 9:04am

The woman set to run the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services told senators that maternity coverage should be optional in individual and small group plans. Other services could be cut entirely.

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Cannibalism: It's 'Perfectly Natural,' A New Scientific History Argues

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 9:00am

It's gruesome, but from a scientific standpoint, there's a predictable calculus for when humans and animals go cannibal, a new book says. And who knew European aristocrats ate body parts as medicine?

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Are Cyborgs In Our Future? 'Homo Deus' Author Thinks So

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 4:04pm

Yuval Noah Harari expects we'll soon engineer our bodies in the same way we design products. "I think in general medicine ... will switch from healing the sick to upgrading the healthy," he says.

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Researchers Failed To Tell Testosterone Trial Patients They Were Anemic

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 3:21pm

Low levels of iron in the blood may indicate a serious but treatable medical condition if caught early, but patients in a testosterone trial were not informed, a bioethicist finds.

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Does Studying Economics Make You Selfish?

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 3:59am

Social science research finds that students who are taught classical economics about how humans act in their rational self-interest, become more likely to act selfishly after learning those lessons.

The Next Pandemic Could Be Dripping On Your Head

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 2:10am

Bats, birds and tourists love a good cave. And so do viruses. Scientists say this mixture could trigger a deadly outbreak.

(Image credit: Razis Nasri)

On the Knife's Edge: Using Therapy To Address Violence Among Teens

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 11:00pm

We hear a lot about senseless violence: people who lose their lives or their freedom over a stolen backpack, or perceived slight. Two researchers think social science might help prevent these crimes.

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