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I'm Fasting For Science: Will It Help Tame My Multiple Sclerosis?

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 5:00am

I like to eat, often and a lot. But when I heard about a medical study looking at whether fasting might tame the painful symptoms of MS, I was all in. Then I ate that 7 a.m. bagel.

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Students Zap Their Brains For a Boost, For Better Or Worse

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 8:01am

Stimulating the brain with electrical currents is exploratory technology. But people are making and buying devices that do that for use at home — and interest rises around exam time.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Robin Azzam)

Scientists Work To Bring Back Once-Thriving American Chestnut Tree

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 7:08am

The American chestnut tree used to make up a quarter of the forests in the eastern U.S., but disease decimated these trees in the last century. Now there's an effort to restore the American chestnut.

NASA Faces The Unknown In Preparing For Trump Administration

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 7:08am

President-elect Donald Trump has not provided many specifics about what he plans to do with NASA. But private companies are expected to take a bigger role in space travel in the coming years.

Would You Eat This Fish? A Shark Called Dogfish Makes A Tasty Taco

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 7:08am

About 90 percent of the fish Americans eat is imported, yet fish caught off our shores is often exported. New efforts are promoting locally caught fish, especially ones we've never appreciated before.

(Image credit: Ben de la Cruz/NPR)

They Never Told Her That Girls Could Become Scientists

Sat, 01/07/2017 - 6:00am

Now she knows they can. Mireille Kamariza, who grew up in Burundi, is a graduate student at Stanford, working on a promising new test to detect the TB bacteria.

(Image credit: Fred Tomlin/Courtesy of Mireille Kamariza)

A Really Big Crack In An Antarctic Ice Shelf Just Got Bigger

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 1:04pm

If the rift gets long enough, Antarctica will lose a chunk of ice the size of Delaware.

(Image credit: John Sonntag/NASA)

North Korea 'Very Far Along' In Developing New Ballistic Missile

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 10:14am

Many independent arms control experts suspect that North Korea will test a missile capable of reaching the continental U.S. later this year. There may not be much that the U.S. can do about it.

(Image credit: KCNA/Reuters)

Climate Scientist Pens Open Letter To President-Elect Trump

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 3:27pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Ben Santer, a climate scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, about his open letter to Donald Trump on climate change.

New Guidelines Recommend When To Introduce Peanuts To Babies

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 3:27pm

New guidelines recommend introducing babies to peanut containing foods in the first year of their lives. The recommendations are based on studies that show early introduction of peanuts to infants reduces their risk of developing a peanut allergy later in life.

Fishing Rule Aims To Do For All Marine Mammals What It Did For The Dolphin

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 2:49pm

Foreign fisheries exporting seafood to the U.S. will now have to meet the same standards for protecting whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals as American fisheries do.

(Image credit: Flip Nicklin/ Minden Pictures/Getty Images)

Mystery Radio Waves Are Coming From A (Dwarf) Galaxy Far, Far Away, Scientists Say

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 2:41pm

The discovery provides our first "glimmer of understanding" about the unexplained, strong waves. Scientists don't think they're from aliens, but they're puzzled by what could be causing them.

(Image credit: Patrick Semansky/AP)

Brain Area That Recognizes Faces Gets Bigger And Better In Young Adults

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 1:24pm

From birth through age 30 or so, our ability to recognize faces keeps improving, research shows. At first, kids discern adult faces better than other kids' mugs. Not so after adolescence.

(Image credit: Jesse Gomez and Kalanit Grill-Spector at the Vision and Perception Neuroscience Lab/Science)

New Guidelines Tell Parents When To Introduce Babies To Peanut Products

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 11:15am

The recommendations by a panel sponsored by the National Institutes of Health suggest introducing foods containing peanuts into the diets of children as young as 4 to 6 months.

(Image credit: Andrew M. Halpern/Flickr)

Northern Elephant Seals Gather Along California Coast

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 3:39pm

It's the time of year when northern elephant seals, some as big as a car and weighing 5,000 pounds, gather in colonies along the California coast. They fight each other in noisy battles for the right to mate.

Research Finds Evidence Of Coastal Buffer Preventing U.S. Hurricanes

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 3:39pm

There has been a hurricane "drought" along the U.S. coast in the past decade, with few powerful storms making landfall. New research suggests that a bipolar relationship between conditions in the Atlantic and those along the coastline may have a protective effect.

Dust To Dust: Scientists Find DNA Of Human Ancestors In Cave Floor Dirt

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 10:38am

Anthropologists in Germany say they may not need old bones to recover ancient DNA. They just analyze dust from the floor of caves where Neanderthals and other now-extinct human relatives once resided.

(Image credit: Bence Viola/Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology )

Some Bizarre Black Holes Put On Light Shows

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 10:26am

Black holes aren't all doom and gloom. Some of these incredibly dense matter-suckers fling powerful jets of light and charged particles — the space version of a fireworks show.

(Image credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser)

Some Bizarre Black Holes Put On Light Shows

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 10:25am

Black holes aren't all doom and gloom. Some of these incredibly dense matter-suckers fling powerful jets of light and charged particles — the space version of a fireworks show.

(Image credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser)

Do Anti-Snoring Gadgets Really Work?

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 4:00am

Your noisy roommate probably won't like paying cold cash to get electric shocks. And that may not stop the snoring, sleep doctors say. Fortunately, there are other ways to turn down the volume.

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