Despite the ubiquity of headphones these days, a new study indicates hearing loss among American is in decline. Our host speaks with the study's co-author, audiologist Gregory Flamme.
A new technique that enables scientists to edit DNA much more easily stirred big hopes this year for medical breakthroughs. But it also stirred fears.
In August historic floods damaged more than 60,000 homes in Louisiana. We check in with displaced families still living in a Baton Rouge hotel this holiday season — with no known move-out date.
There's a reason why certain songs get stuck in our brains, scientists say. They interrupt the musical patterns we expect with surprises that we can't help but notice.
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Scientists announced Thursday that they created a safe, effective vaccine to prevent Ebola. They don't know yet how long the protection will last, but it will bring outbreaks to a screeching halt.
Lori Dajose just started her career as a science writer. She believes that "a scientific understanding of the world around us — from microbes to galaxies — makes us better people."
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Many meat producers say that they are cutting back on their use of antibiotics. Yet the latest government statistics show that sales of these drugs for farm use continues to grow.
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Maya Shankar was on her way to being an accomplished concert violinist, but a twist of fate led her to the social sciences instead.
An amateur photographer in Algeria captured beautiful images of a rare phenomenon this week: the red and white swirl of snow dusting sand dunes in the Sahara.
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A new study involving blimps, nets and radar beams reveals the staggering number of insects that fly above us each year in their seasonal migrations.
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Turkeys aren't native to India. But these days in Kolkata, you can buy can buy a turkey for your Christmas dinner. But cooking a holiday turkey can still send you on a surreal adventure.
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Cutting by half the time that children are given antibiotics for ear infections didn't do as good a job, a study finds. And it didn't reduce antibiotic resistance, which was a key goal.
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Temperatures at the North Pole are expected to be 40 to 50 degrees higher than normal on Thursday. Zack Labe, a doctoral student at the University of California Irvine, explains what's driving the temperatures up.
After a serious brain injury, people often sleep just a few minutes at a time. As the brain heals, sleep patterns begin to return to normal. The link suggests restoring sleep could improve recovery.
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Seeing someone close to you experience racial discrimination may have more of an effect on health than experiencing that discrimination yourself, a study finds.
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Visitors to icy lakes are sometimes treated to the sounds of a space age battle. Why? NPR's Skunk Bear takes on the cold case in their latest video.
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The White House ordered an indefinite ban on offshore oil drilling in large parts of the Atlantic and Arctic oceans. Officials say President-elect Trump will not be able to automatically overturn it.
Doctors have commonly managed the persistent pain of people over 65 with prescription opioids. But that has left some still in pain, and with a physical and emotional dependence that can ruin life.
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A new analysis of existing data suggests that MH370, which vanished in March 2014, might have gone down to the north of the existing search area in the Indian Ocean.
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Health officials are tracking people who interacted with the sick cats, since flu viruses can jump from animals to people. In this case they think there's probably little risk to humans.
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