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How One Of The World's Toughest Creatures Can Bring Itself Back To Life

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 11:06am

The tardigrade, a strange animal smaller than a grain of sand and with hooks for feet, can survive in a dried-up state for a decade. Its secret might help improve how drugs are shipped and stored.

(Image credit: Steve Gschmeissner/Getty Images)

Trump Administration Proposes Big Cuts In Medical Research

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 9:26am

The National Institutes of Health, which funds research in treatments and cures, could lose 20 percent of its budget under the administration's proposal. More money would go for addiction treatment.

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Study Finds High Temperatures Killing Large Parts Of Great Barrier Reef

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:49am

A new study looks at coral bleaching in 2015-2016. Mia Hoogenboom was a co-author, who says warming ocean temperatures are killing sections of the Great Barrier Reef faster than researchers expected.

Travel Ban Adds Stress To 'Match Week' For Some Doctors

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:35am

A medical residency program is the next training step for newly minted doctors, and awaiting "the match," can be tense. For some international students, Trump's travel ban has made the tension worse.

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3 Women Blinded By Unproven Stem Cell Treatments

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 4:06pm

Three patients were blinded after getting stem cells from fat at a Florida clinic. But a research study showed that induced pluripotent stem cells might someday help treat vision loss.

(Image credit: Professor Miodrag Stojkovic/Science Source)

California Officials Pledge Not To Roll Back Fuel Efficiency Standards

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 3:38pm

California officials have said they will not back off the fuel efficiency standards established under Obama, despite the Trump administration's plan to revisit those standards.

Trump To Reopen Review Of Car Fuel Efficiency Standards

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 3:38pm

President Trump announced he is reopening review of car fuel efficiency standards at a rally Wednesday in Michigan. But his claims that the standards are hurting the auto industry's bottom line come at a time when carmakers are enjoying record profits.

Emails Reveal Monsanto's Tactics To Defend Glyphosate Against Cancer Fears

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 2:20pm

Internal emails show Monsanto executives scrambling to counter a U.N. agency's finding that glyphosate, the chemical in Roundup, can cause cancer. One email proposed "ghost-writing" scientific papers.

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Cancer Drug That Might Slow Parkinson's, Alzheimer's Headed For Bigger Tests

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 11:29am

In a preliminary study, the cancer drug nilotinib seemed to help patients with Parkinson's and dementia. Now two larger and more rigorous studies of the drug are under way.

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I Want To Eat Fish Responsibly. But The Seafood Guides Are So Confusing!

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 8:16am

All reputable seafood guides are science-based, and yet can offer conflicting advice, because they have different goals. Some support sustainable fishers. Others aim to recover declining populations.

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Send Us Your Science Questions For 'Skunk Bear'

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 3:28pm

NPR's YouTube channel, "Skunk Bear," answers science questions in surprising, artsy videos. NPR asks what mystery listeners would like them to tackle next.

Love In The Time Of Repeal And Replace

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 3:01pm

One couple sped up their wedding plans because of concern over how a GOP health plan might affect them. The bride had bad experiences in getting health insurance before Obamacare.

(Image credit: Fred Mogul/WNYC)

Scientists Catch Star And Possible Black Hole In A Rapid, Dangerous Dance

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 2:19pm

The white dwarf is whizzing around what researchers think is a black hole at an extraordinary speed — at least twice an hour. It is believed to be a star's closest known orbit to a black hole.

(Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/University of Alberta/A.Bahramian et al.; Illustration: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss)

Natural Environmental Swings Cause Up To Half Of Arctic Sea Ice Loss

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 9:43am

Researchers say 30 percent to 50 percent of the ice loss is due to natural variation in temperature and humidity, while human-caused warming is responsible for the rest.

(Image credit: NASA/Kathryn Hansen)

A Microbe Hunter Plies Her Trade In Space

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 4:00am

Meet Kate Rubins, a virus-hunter turned astronaut. When she sequenced DNA in space for the first time, she opened the door to a new era in space biology.

(Image credit: NASA Johnson/Flickr)

Orangutan's Vocal Feats Hint At Deeper Roots of Human Speech

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 3:57am

Rocky wowed scientists when he showed he could control his vocal cords much the way people do. His abilities suggest that early humans might have spoken words 10 million years ago.

(Image credit: Mark Kaser/Courtesy of Indianapolis Zoo)

When It Comes To Politics and 'Fake News,' Facts Aren't Enough

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 8:00pm

In politics, it sometimes feels like we can't agree on basic facts. But according to neuroscientist Tali Sharot, facts are not enough — emotions may be the key to changing our minds.

(Image credit: Renee Klahr/NPR)

Un-Sweetened: How A Maryland County Cut Soda Sales Without A Soda Tax

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 4:24pm

Over three years, a campaign urged Howard County, Md., residents to pare back on sugary drinks — through ads, social media, health counseling and changes to what vending machines sold. And it worked.

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Boaty McBoatface Prepares For First Antarctic Mission

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 10:12am

After the Internet voted to name a U.K. research vessel "Boaty McBoatface," the results were overruled. But, as a consolation gesture, the name was given to a remote-controlled submersible.

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The Saga Of The Irish Giant's Bones Dismays Medical Ethicists

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 10:10am

Charles Byrne was about 7 feet 7 inches tall, an 18th century marvel whose height came from a pituitary tumor. He asked for privacy in death, but his skeleton is still on display in a London museum.

(Image credit: Wellcome Library, London/Wellcome Images)

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