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An Ill Newborn, A Loving Family And A Litany Of Wrenching Choices

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 2:51pm

As families consider how far to push an infant's medical care, a chasm can open between the parents' hopes and what doctors and nurses consider realistic. How do you measure a baby's quality of life?

European Cancer Experts Don't Agree On How Risky Roundup Is

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 1:37pm

Glyphosate, or Roundup, is a widely used weedkiller and has been classified as a "probable carcinogen." But experts from the European Food Safety Agency now contend it probably doesn't cause cancer.

A Push In California To Train More Latino And Black Nurses

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 10:10am

Though 39 percent of the state's population is Latino, only 8 percent of its nurses are. Health officials are looking to reduce health disparities by increasing diversity among health professionals.

A Kitchen Science Savant Shares His Secrets In 'The Food Lab'

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 9:18am

Kenji Lopez-Alt left a restaurant job to test and write about the mysteries of food science. His new book details findings from how best to sear a steak to how to get more golden pancakes.

Rounding Up The Last Of A Deadly Cattle Virus

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 3:53pm

Rinderpest, or cattle plague, was declared eradicated in 2011. But many research institutes still have samples of the rinderpest virus in storage. Disease experts want those samples destroyed.

Rising Sea Levels Threaten Tiny Islands Home To Indigenous Panamanians

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 3:24pm

Sea rise is threatening the way of life for a Panamanian indigenous group that lives on islands off the Caribbean coast. They're now pondering moving back to the mainland and abandoning their way of life.

Tug Of War Over Obama's Clean Power Plan Takes Center Stage In Colorado

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 3:24pm

The Obama administration's Clean Power Plan has divided the states. It requires carbon emission reductions from power plants, and more than two dozen states have sued to stop it. But many others are in favor. This tug of war is playing out in Colorado and could head to the state Supreme Court.

Can Life Insurance Affect The Propensity To Commit Suicide?

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 4:13am

Economists talk about moral hazards. When you protect people against risk you prevent bad things from happening. But something curious happens: Some start to take more risks because they feel safer.

Astronomers Spot Most Distant Object So Far In The Solar System

Wed, 11/11/2015 - 5:05pm

A random search has turned up a dwarf planet orbiting roughly ten billion miles away. The far-off world is tiny, and probably very, very cold.

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.




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