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Federal Report Calls For $275 Million To Stop Asian Carp

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 6:59pm

The invasive species have been caught mere miles from Lake Michigan. Scientists fear if they invade the lake, they could spread throughout the Great Lakes.

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Syrian Refugee And German Scientist Make An Unlikely Team

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 3:40pm

In Leipzig, Germany, two scientists from very different backgrounds are working on a unique research project.

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'A Beautiful Spectacle': Geographer Makes Case To Witness Solar Eclipse

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 3:16pm

A total solar eclipse is the most beautiful natural spectacle Michael Zeiler has ever seen. The geographer tells NPR's Ari Shapiro that once one witnesses a total eclipse, they'll be hooked for life.

Coddled Puppies Make Poor Guide Dogs, Study Suggests

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 2:44pm

New research suggests that when puppies have more attentive, active mothers, they're more likely to fail guide-dog training.

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Scientists Prepare For 'The Most Beautiful Thing You Can See In The Sky'

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 2:13pm

You'd think that after hundreds of years of watching total solar eclipses, scientists would know all they'd need to about that particular phenomenon. You'd be wrong.

(Image credit: Kelly Gorham/Montana State University)

Can Buddhist Practices Help Us Overcome The Biological Pull Of Dissatisfaction?

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 12:49pm

Science journalist and author Robert Wright says that Buddhist enlightenment might help counteract our natural tendency towards unhappiness. His new book is Why Buddhism is True.

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What Bloodied This Teen's Feet? Tiny Marine Flesh Eaters Had Scientists Stumped

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 12:25pm

After a 30-minute soak, Sam Kanizay left the water bleeding profusely. Exactly what attacked him puzzled experts, though — that is, until his father tracked down some of the little creatures.

(Image credit: Jarrod Kanizay via AP)

Issues Threatening Seabirds Could Extend To The Lobster Industry

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 4:01am

Researchers off the coast of New Hampshire are spending the summer studying baby seabirds called terns. They say the chicks are in trouble and it's an indication local lobstermen could be too.

Flattening The 'Mummy Tummy' With 1 Exercise, 10 Minutes A Day

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 3:50am

The technical term is diastasis recti and it affects many new moms. The growing fetus pushes apart the abdominal muscles and the separation often stays open. But science suggests this fix can work.

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10-Year-Old Spots Museum Error

Sun, 08/06/2017 - 6:51am

Ten-year-old Charlie Edwards got a jump start on his paleontology career when he noted a mistaken label at the Natural History Museum in London.

What Changes In Birthing Mean For Evolution

Sun, 08/06/2017 - 6:51am

Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with biological anthropologist Julienne Rutherford about the long term evolutionary changes possible from a shift in birth practices in the U.S.

The Call-In: Genetic Engineering

Sun, 08/06/2017 - 6:51am

Last week, a new study was released confirming that scientists had successfully modified human embryos to eliminate a genetic defect. We asked you for your questions.

NASA's Voyager Program Turns 40

Sun, 08/06/2017 - 6:51am

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Ed Stone, a chief scientist at NASA, about the Voyager program as it approaches its 40th anniversary. He's 81 years old and has spent half his life on the project.

Erratic Weather Threatens Livelihood Of Rice Farmers In Madagascar

Sun, 08/06/2017 - 6:51am

Climate change is complicating the lives of subsistence rice farmers in Madagascar. For years, the wet and dry seasons arrived predictably. No more. To survive, farmers are looking to diversify.

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How The Dream Of America's 'Nuclear Renaissance' Fizzled

Sun, 08/06/2017 - 6:19am

Construction of new, modern reactors seemed to herald a new era of nuclear power expansion in the U.S. Now all but one of those projects have been canceled.

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New Human Embryo Editing Research Reignites Ethical Debate

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 3:31pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Dr. George Daley, the dean of Harvard Medical School, about the ethical discussions surrounding editing the DNA of human embryos and what the future of the technology might look like.

Brush Yourself Off And Try Again: An Invention Story

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 2:28pm

Inventing even the simplest product is a fraught process. Mike Davidson and Mike Smith have learned that lesson the hard way as they seek to change the way teeth get cleaned.

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Your Zip Code Might Be As Important To Health As Your Genetic Code

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 12:27pm

Health care forms increasingly ask about more than just medical history. That's because doctors are beginning to understand that a patient's stress, and how and where they live, influence health, too.

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South Texas Fights Tuberculosis One Blood Test At A Time

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 12:21pm

Texas has one of the highest rates of TB among U.S. states. A sweeping effort is underway, largely funded by Medicaid, to diagnose and treat people who don't know they harbor the lung infection.

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Technology Gets Under The Skin

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 6:43am

Last week, a Wisconsin company offered its employs the option to have a chip inserted into their bodies in an effort to help them navigate the workplace. Alva Noë asks: What's the big deal?

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