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American Hearing Loss In Decline

Sat, 12/24/2016 - 7:34am

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.

Big Leaps In Gene Editing Raise Ethical Questions About Human Application

Sat, 12/24/2016 - 7:34am

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.

After Baton Rouge Flood, Some Displaced Families Stick Out The Holidays In A Hotel

Sat, 12/24/2016 - 7:34am

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.

How That Holiday Song Becomes An Inescapable Earworm

Sat, 12/24/2016 - 4:00am

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 Announce Ebola Vaccine

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 11:10am

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.

FOJBI Friday: Meet Lori Dajose, Aspiring Author

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 6:00am

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."

(Image credit: Michael Wong/Courtesy of Lori Dajose)

Despite Pledges To Cut Back, Farms Are Still Using Antibiotics

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 5:12pm

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.

(Image credit: Don Ryan/AP)

Twist Of Fate Leads Musical Prodigy To Pursue Social Sciences

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 3:28pm

Maya Shankar was on her way to being an accomplished concert violinist, but a twist of fate led her to the social sciences instead.

Rare Snowfall Blankets Dunes in The Sahara

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 2:54pm

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.

(Image credit: Karim Bouchetata/Geoff Robinson Photography/REX/Shutterstock)

Bugs Abound: If You Think The Skies Are Crowded, You Have No Idea

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 1:50pm

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.

(Image credit: Clifton Beard/Flickr)

Holiday Turkey in Kolkata Takes A Village, Two Butchers And Three Cabs

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 8:00am

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.

(Image credit: Sandip Roy for NPR)

For Young Kids' Ear Infections, Longer Antibiotic Treatment Works Better

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 4:01pm

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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North Pole Temperatures Expected To Rise 50 Degrees Above Normal

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 3:38pm

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.

As Sleep Improves, So Does An Injured Brain

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 3:01pm

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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Knowing Someone Who Faced Discrimination May Affect Blood Pressure

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 2:35pm

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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Why Does A Frozen Lake Sound Like A Star Wars Blaster?

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 9:26am

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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Obama Administration Issues Offshore Drilling Ban In Arctic And Atlantic

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 3:29pm

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.

Opioids Can Derail The Lives Of Older People, Too

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 3:29pm

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.

(Image credit: Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health News)

Missing Malaysian Aircraft Is Likely Outside The Search Area, Report Finds

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 1:45pm

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.

(Image credit: ATSB)

A Rare Bird Flu Infects Cats In New York City Shelter

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 10:49am

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.

(Image credit: Stuart/Flickr)

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