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Legal Medical Abortions Are Up In Texas, But So Are DIY Pills From Mexico

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 3:47am

Women seeking an abortion in restrictive Texas now often pick the medical version, thanks to FDA rules making it easier. Others seek cheaper pills in Mexico, and aren't getting guidance from a doctor.

Fossils Suggest That Island Life Shrank Our 'Hobbit' Relatives

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 5:39pm

Scientists say tiny bones dating back 700,000 years on the Indonesian island of Flores shine new light on how these mysterious, 3-foot-tall creatures got that way.

Congress Passes Largest Chemical Safety Legislation In 40 Years

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 3:31pm

Congress has passed the biggest chemical safety legislation in 40 years. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Richard Denison of the Environmental Defense Fund about what this means for consumers.

An Army Buddy's Call For Help Sends A Scientist On A Brain Injury Quest

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 1:16pm

Harvard researcher Kit Parker built his academic career studying the heart. But Parker, also an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, switched his focus to figuring out how IED blasts damage the brain.

New Genetic Engineering Method Called Promising — And Perilous

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 11:52am

A technology known as a gene drive might be deployed to re-engineer species and stop diseases like malaria. But a scientific advisory panel says research and use should proceed with great caution.

How Student Debt Affects Personal Choices Of Young People

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 4:10am

Researchers examine the effects of student debt on the personal choices that young adults have to make. For example, decisions about whether to get married or when to have children.

This Is How Much Celebrities Get Paid To Endorse Soda And Unhealthy Food

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 4:57pm

Beyonce got $50 million to push Pepsi. Justin Timberlake: $6 million in a deal with McDonald's. A study describes the lucrative deals celebs popular with teens and young adults inked to sell food.

Why We're All Trapped In 3-D

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 3:39pm

We are all trapped in space — the space of three dimensions. NPR blogger and astrophysicist Adam Frank takes us to the next dimension.

A Student-Run Farm Cultivates Passion For Sustainable Agriculture

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 1:00pm

The Student Organic Farm at Iowa State sends out CSA boxes to the local community — and of course, it gives students a chance to enjoy the (fresh, organic) fruits of their own labor.

WATCH: Mosquitoes Use 6 Needles To Suck Your Blood

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 8:10am

Beyond pesky, mosquitoes kill hundreds of thousands of people worldwide each year. And the bites aren't random. A mouth packed with sensors, drills, spears and straws guides the bug to blood.

How Stories Told Of Brilliant Scientists Affect Kids' Interest In The Field

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 4:02am

Researchers found that students perform better in science where they read stories about how famous scientists struggled rather than when they read stories about what those scientists achieved.

Who's In Charge? Getting Western States To Agree On Sharing Renewable Energy

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 3:26pm

California has so much solar energy that some days, there's too much. One solution is to join forces across state borders. But in the West, that's sparking some not-so-neighborly opposition.

Seaweed On Your Dinner Plate: The Next Kale Could Be Kelp

Sun, 06/05/2016 - 4:27pm

Why are chefs adopting sea greens in their cuisine? They're tasty and nutritious and growing them is good for the planet. In Maine the budding seaweed business is boosting a declining coastal economy.

Sweeping Changes In Store For Curling After 'Broomgate'

Sun, 06/05/2016 - 7:11am

There's a controversy in the world of curling. New broom technology is changing the way the game is played — making it too easy, players like Brad Gushue say. So, researchers tried to find a solution.

Families Isolated By Rare Genetic Conditions Find New Ways To Reach Out

Sun, 06/05/2016 - 6:00am

A website that helps connect families of kids who have extremely rare genetic diseases with scientists — and with other families — is turning up new diagnoses, support and avenues of treatment.

An Army Buddy's Call For Help Sends A Scientist On Brain Injury Quest

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 10:15am

Harvard researcher Kit Parker built his academic career studying the heart. But Parker, also an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, switched his focus to figuring out how IED blasts damage the brain.

The Search For Tastier Supermarket Tomatoes: A Tale In Three Acts

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 3:58am

Supermarket tomatoes have a terrible reputation. But the industry is evolving. More than half of supermarket tomatoes now are grown in greenhouses or "shade-houses," and flavor is improving.

Korea's Air Is Dirty, But It's Not All Close-Neighbor China's Fault

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 3:45am

South Korea likes to point the finger at China for its pollution woes, but that's not the whole story. New research is examining how much Korean smog is caused by neighbors and how much is home-grown.

Army's Smart Earplug Damps Explosive Noise, But Can Enhance Whispers

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 3:42am

Many combatants return from the battlefield with hearing loss. The U.S. Army has begun deploying a "smart earplug" system that can protect hearing without blocking crucial sounds.

New U.S. Ban On Ivory Sales To Protect Elephants

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 6:05pm

New regulation will ban almost all sales of African elephant ivory in the U.S. The changes will allow sale and transport of musical instruments, guns and other items made with small amounts of ivory.

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