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Giraffe Now Listed As 'Vulnerable' To Extinction As Population Plummets

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 9:57am

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature says the giraffe population has declined by as much as 40 percent in the past 30 years, and could face extinction if the trend is not reversed.

Life Expectancy In U.S. Drops For First Time In Decades, Report Finds

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 11:02pm

Overall, U.S. life expectancy dipped in 2015 — the first drop since 1993. That's because the death rate went up between 2014 and 2015, driven by an increase in mortality among people younger than 65.

Trump Selects Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt To Run The EPA

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 3:31pm

President-elect Donald Trump has selected Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the incoming administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt is a self-avowed opponent of what he calls "the EPA's activist agenda."

Trump Reportedly Picks Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt To Lead EPA

Wed, 12/07/2016 - 2:31pm

Pruitt has made no secret of his disdain for the Environmental Protection Agency — his official biography calls him "a leading advocate against the EPA's activist agenda."

To Help The Poorest Of The Poor, First You Have To Find Them

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 4:40pm

A new project uses computers to analyze daytime satellite pictures for signs of extreme poverty. Does it work?

Protesters Fear Trump Could Reverse Dakota Access Pipeline Decision

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 3:39pm

A decision by the Army Corps of Engineers on Sunday put a halt on the construction of the oil pipeline at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Protesters rejoiced after months of demonstrations. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak about what's next for the pipeline.

Real Parents, Real Talk About Kids And Screens

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 2:31am

How do you cope with parenting in the digital age? And how do you balance it all? How do you protect your kids, yet give them the freedom to create and explore.

Drivers Beware: Crash Rate Spikes With Every Hour Of Lost Sleep

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 11:01pm

An analysis of car accidents found that drivers who slept only five or six hours in the previous 24 had nearly twice the accident rate of drivers who slept a full seven hours or more.

Opponents Celebrate Decision To Halt Construction Of Dakota Access Pipeline

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 3:37pm

Pipeline opponents are celebrating Sunday's decision by the Army Corps of Engineers to not approve a key part of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Protesters fear the decision will be reversed by the incoming Trump administration.

Standing Rock Leader Asks Those Who Are Not Sioux To Leave Pipeline Protest Area

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 3:26pm

A day after the Army Corps of Engineers blocked the proposed route for the Dakota Access Pipeline, the tribal leader said the "nothing will happen" until the Trump administration begins.

Scientists Battle In Court Over Lucrative Patents For Gene-Editing Tool

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 2:41pm

A gene-editing technology called CRISPR-cas9 could be a goldmine for its inventors. But it's not clear who owns the idea. U.S. patent judges will soon hear oral arguments to decide the issue.

Why Is Brown Rice Sushi So Awful? Here's The Science

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 12:00pm

Sure, brown rice is better for you than refined white rice. But if you cringe when you see it on sushi, there's good reason behind that, and it's rooted in flavor science and biochemistry.

If You're Looking For Alien Life, How Will You Know If You've Found it?

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 4:03am

Searching for alien life is harder than you might think, because whatever is out there might be really odd. So leading astrobiologists are meeting to advise NASA on how to go about looking for it.

Nestle Says It's Found A Way To Reduce Sugar In Chocolate By 40 Percent

Sun, 12/04/2016 - 7:41am

Nestles announces a scientific breakthrough that will allow it to greatly cut the amount of sugar in its chocolate without affecting the taste.

What It's Like To Handle The Nastiest Pathogens As Your Day Job

Sun, 12/04/2016 - 6:00am

To research mysterious and deadly diseases, a scientist puts on a plastic bodysuit and steps into a lab sealed off from the outside world.

After A Sour Decade, Florida Citrus May Be Near A Comeback

Sun, 12/04/2016 - 4:50am

Recent scientific advances have offered some hopes of recovery to Florida's citrus industry, which has been declining over two decades due to a horrible bacterial disease called citrus greening.

Dyslexia: The Learning Disability That Must Not Be Named

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 4:05pm

Many parents and teachers report that schools won't use the word dyslexia. Why might this be? And what is the Department of Education doing about it?

'B' And 'D' Learning Process Debunks Dyslexia Jumbled-Letters Myth

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 7:39am

Many believe dyslexia is about jumbled letters, but experts say that's not quite right. This story explores what's happening in the brain that causes those backward letters.

The Electric Blue Polar Cloud Season Came Early This Year

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 4:05pm

Noctilucent clouds, high-altitude clouds that appear to glow in the sky at night, usually show up in the Southern Hemisphere summer. Satellite images showed them covering Antarctica in early November.

Americans Don't Trust Scientists' Take On Food, Politicians' Even Less

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 4:02pm

A new survey finds strong public support for organic food, and suspicion of GMOs — regardless of whether people vote Republican or Democratic. Also, people don't trust scientists much at all.

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