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Brain Area That Recognizes Faces Gets Bigger And Better In Young Adults

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 1:24pm

From birth through age 30 or so, our ability to recognize faces keeps improving, research shows. At first, kids discern adult faces better than other kids' mugs. Not so after adolescence.

(Image credit: Jesse Gomez and Kalanit Grill-Spector at the Vision and Perception Neuroscience Lab/Science)

New Guidelines Tell Parents When To Introduce Babies To Peanut Products

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 11:15am

The recommendations by a panel sponsored by the National Institutes of Health suggest introducing foods containing peanuts into the diets of children as young as 4 to 6 months.

(Image credit: Andrew M. Halpern/Flickr)

Northern Elephant Seals Gather Along California Coast

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 3:39pm

It's the time of year when northern elephant seals, some as big as a car and weighing 5,000 pounds, gather in colonies along the California coast. They fight each other in noisy battles for the right to mate.

Research Finds Evidence Of Coastal Buffer Preventing U.S. Hurricanes

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 3:39pm

There has been a hurricane "drought" along the U.S. coast in the past decade, with few powerful storms making landfall. New research suggests that a bipolar relationship between conditions in the Atlantic and those along the coastline may have a protective effect.

Dust To Dust: Scientists Find DNA Of Human Ancestors In Cave Floor Dirt

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 10:38am

Anthropologists in Germany say they may not need old bones to recover ancient DNA. They just analyze dust from the floor of caves where Neanderthals and other now-extinct human relatives once resided.

(Image credit: Bence Viola/Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology )

Some Bizarre Black Holes Put On Light Shows

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 10:26am

Black holes aren't all doom and gloom. Some of these incredibly dense matter-suckers fling powerful jets of light and charged particles — the space version of a fireworks show.

(Image credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser)

Some Bizarre Black Holes Put On Light Shows

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 10:25am

Black holes aren't all doom and gloom. Some of these incredibly dense matter-suckers fling powerful jets of light and charged particles — the space version of a fireworks show.

(Image credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser)

Do Anti-Snoring Gadgets Really Work?

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 4:00am

Your noisy roommate probably won't like paying cold cash to get electric shocks. And that may not stop the snoring, sleep doctors say. Fortunately, there are other ways to turn down the volume.

(Image credit: Getty Images)

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.

(Image credit: Tegan Wendland/WWNO)

'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?

(Image credit: selimaksan/Getty Images)

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.

(Image credit: Chelsea Beck/NPR)

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?

(Image credit: David Gilkey/NPR)

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.

(Image credit: Khalil Senosi/AP)

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.

(Image credit: Tara Moore/Getty Images)

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.

(Image credit: Anna Gorman/KHN)

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.

(Image credit: Dominick Reuter/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

(Image credit: Getty Images/Science Photo Library)

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