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What We Know About Russian Spies And Nerve Agents

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 4:11am

British authorities say that a former Russian spy and his daughter were poisoned by a nerve agent in England this week. Steve Inskeep speaks with Alastair Hay, a toxicologist at Leeds University.

America's Oil Boom Is Fueled By A Tech Boom

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 4:00am

The U.S. is on track to become the world's biggest oil producer. Technology advances and automation mean this can happen with fewer workers than during the last boom.

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A Look At Just How Invasive The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Is

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 3:20pm

The brown marmorated stink bug first showed up in the United States about 20 years ago, and has been terrorizing homeowners and farmers ever since. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Kathryn Schulz, who writes about the invasive insect in the latest issue of The New Yorker.

Sorry, Adults, No New Neurons For Your Aging Brains

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 1:37pm

The brains of birds and mice continue to produce new nerve cells in the hippocampus throughout life. But research now suggests the human brain stops doing this around adolescence.

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FDA Approved At-Home Test For Breast Cancer Gene Now Available

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 10:06am

But there are warnings to heed.

Life Hacking Life: The Scary Premise Of 'Annihilation'

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 9:59am

As with Ex Machina, says Marcelo Gleiser, director Alex Garland is sending a warning: We are now hacking life itself and will continue to do so with growing efficiency. Are we creating our own doom?

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21 Tech Companies Band Together Against Wildlife Trafficking

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 9:03am

The effort involves tech leaders such as Alibaba, Baidu, eBay, Facebook and Instagram who have pledged to try to reduce trafficking across their platforms by 80 percent by 2020.

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A 'Floating Fillet': Rice Farmers Grow Bugs To Replenish California's Salmon

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 7:00am

Insect-rich floodplain water once supported the threatened fish, but it has been diverted. The project's end goal is to improve the likelihood that Chinook survive the trek to the ocean and back.

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Patients Like Hospital Care At Home, But Some Insurers Are Skeptical

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 4:00am

Some health systems are encouraging selected emergency room patients who are sick but stable and don't need intensive, round-the-clock care to opt for hospital-level care at home, instead.

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What You Might Not Realize About The Benefits Of Hand-Washing

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 6:03pm

Norovirus is that awful ailment that can make you barf and suffer from diarrhea. A new study tries to figure out the best way to stop it.

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After Decades Of Air Pollution, A Louisiana Town Rebels Against A Chemical Giant

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 2:23pm

Neighborhoods around a Louisiana chemical plant have the highest cancer risk in the U.S. Residents felt powerless, until the Environmental Protection Agency released data on what they were breathing.

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Florida's Long-Lost Wild Flamingos Were Hiding In Plain Sight

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 9:24am

Scientists thought Florida's native flamingo population had been hunted out of existence by the 19th century plume trade. A new study suggests the birds have been there all along.

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Mysteries of the Moo-crobiome: Could Tweaking Cow Gut Bugs Improve Beef?

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 7:00am

Microbe-free bovine life would be rough. Cows rely on single-cell accomplices for their digestion, so scientists are looking for ways to use these bugs to improve cows' eating and burping habits.

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Hidden Brain: Relationship Between Having Babies And The Economy

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 4:02am

Americans tend to have more children in a strong economy. Research suggests that conceptions might be a leading economic indicator — meaning declines in conceptions can predict the next downturn.

Tough Talk As Oklahoma's Wind Industry Becomes A Political Target

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 4:01am

Though the wind industry was once a political darling in the state, some say Oklahoma can no longer afford the tax breaks that helped it thrive.

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New Report Predicts Rising Tides, More Flooding

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 3:12pm

The report, obtained by NPR, shows that so-called "sunny-day flooding" may be a regular occurrence in some areas.

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Grass Is Back In The Chesapeake, And Crabs Will Follow

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 2:01pm

In the Chesapeake Bay, underwater seagrass beds are growing, sheltering crabs and fish. The long-awaited recovery depends on efforts by farmers to prevent nutrients from polluting the giant estuary.

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Why Won't The Old Caveman Stereotypes For Neanderthals Die?

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 6:33am

New evidence suggests Neanderthals made cave art — and they may also have created religious rituals. It's time to let go of Neanderthal-human "border policing," says anthropologist Barbara J. King.

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This Chef Lost 50 Pounds And Reversed Pre-Diabetes With A Digital Program

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 4:01am

People with pre-diabetes like a Washington state chef reversed the diagnosis using a digital program that harnesses the power of wearable devices, data, education, e-coaching and peer support.

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Like It Or Not, Personal Health Technology Is Getting Smarter

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 4:00am

Tech evangelists say consumer electronics that sense, stream and interpret vital signs will lead to better health and lower costs. But skeptics say reliability and privacy issues still loom.

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