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Countries Gather For Wildlife Convention On Animal Trafficking

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 3:33pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Ginette Hemley of the World Wildlife Fund about the CITES meeting and the challenges in trying to protect endangered species, particularly elephants.

Reykjavik Turns Off Street Lights To Turn Up The Northern Lights

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 3:29pm

Wednesday night's aurora borealis forecast was particularly strong, so Icelandic officials tried to reduce light pollution so the green glow would be more visible to people in the capital.

CDC Urges Americans To Get A Flu Shot As Soon As Possible

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 12:23pm

There's plenty of vaccine available this year, and the sooner people get vaccinated the better, federal health officials say. A recent drop in vaccination, especially among the elderly, concerns them.

Rats That Reminisce May Lead To Better Tests For Alzheimer's Drugs

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 11:04am

Most potential Alzheimer's drugs are tested on mice. But rats may be a better choice because they seem to have a type of memory that's more like ours, and also are highly vulnerable to Alzheimer's.

Scientists To Bid A Bittersweet Farewell To Rosetta, The Comet Chaser

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 7:45am

To cap its 12-year scientific voyage, the Rosetta spacecraft will take a final plunge Friday. Scientists will signal Rosetta to crash into the surface of a comet — and gather data all the way down.

Flawed Research Tool Leads To Faulty Medical Findings

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 4:00am

Just as natural antibodies help your body find and fight microbial invaders, tailored research antibodies let scientists target and study cancer cells. But too many are poorly made, scientists say.

Tech Giants Team Up To Tackle The Ethics Of Artificial Intelligence

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 5:15pm

Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and IBM form a group to set the first industrywide best practices for the technology already powering many applications, such as voice and image recognition.

What Meerkat Murder Tells Us About Human Violence

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 4:07pm

What is the most murderous mammal? A new study says it's the meerkat. But the study argues that over all of human history, humans are still more lethally violent than the average mammal.

Whales, Sea Turtles, Seals: The Unintended Catch Of Abandoned Fishing Gear

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 1:17pm

An endangered whale was found dead over the weekend, entangled in derelict fishing gear. Such incidents have been on the rise in recent years. A new California law aims to combat the problem.

Pangolins, The 'Artichoke With Legs,' Earn Top Trade Protection

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 12:54pm

World leaders at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species agreed to ban all commercial trade in pangolins, a small and endangered mammal that also resembles an aardvark.

Bias Isn't Just A Police Problem, It's A Preschool Problem

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 4:00am

A new study by researchers at Yale found that pre-K teachers, white and black alike, spend more time watching black boys, expecting trouble.

New York Fertility Doctor Says He Created Baby With 3 Genetic Parents

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 5:27pm

The New York-based doctor has sparked praise and criticism by going to Mexico and using DNA of three adults to create a child for a couple from Jordan who lost two children to a genetic disorder.

Chill Out: Stress Can Override Benefits Of Healthy Eating

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 5:02pm

Stress takes a toll on our bodies. And a new study suggests stress can diminish the benefits of healthier food choices. But, experts say a range of strategies can help people cope with stress

How An Engineer's Desperate Experiment Created Fracking

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 3:34pm

The fracking boom in America kicked off almost by accident. An engineer worried about losing his job kept experimenting until he hit on a technique that changed the world.

The Myth Of Coincidences And Why We Search For Their Meaning

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 3:34pm

NPR's Hidden Brain podcast looks at the math — and the myth — of coincidences. They are not as unlikely as they seem, and the psychological reasons behind why we can't help but search for meaning in them anyway.

It May Not Cost You More To Drive Home In A Climate-Friendly Car

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 12:28pm

It has been a common belief that low-emissions vehicles, like hybrids and electric cars, are more expensive than other choices. But researchers at MIT have found otherwise.

Research Explains The Bias Behind Slow-Motion Video Replay

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 4:00am

When we see someone perform an action in a slow-motion replay, we tend to believe the action had more intentionality behind it. This has implications in sports and in the criminal justice system.

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