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Once Nearly Extinct California Island Foxes No Longer Endangered

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 8:16pm

Thanks to an aggressive recovery effort, a species of tiny foxes endemic to California recovers in what researchers say is record time.

Bald Eagle's Comeback Means Bad News For Other Rare Birds

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 3:33pm

The recovery of the bald eagle is bad news for herons, loons and other rare birds. Their numbers are being decimated by eagles who prey upon them.

Talk About An Ancient Mariner! Greenland Shark Is At Least 272 Years Old

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 1:01pm

This Arctic species can live longer than any other known animal advanced enough to have a backbone, scientists say — maybe more than 500 years. Their muscles might hold clues that could help humans.

Robot-Like Machines Helped People With Spinal Injuries Regain Function

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 8:00am

Eight people with serious spinal injuries who practiced hours of interaction with wearable machines for months regained lost feeling and some ability to move.

Astronomers Predict Incredible Show As Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 3:28pm

The popular annual Perseid meteor shower peaks Thursday night. If astronomical predictions hold true, it could be the best show in years.

This Year's Perseid Meteor Shower Is Going To Be Quite A Show — Here's How To Watch

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 2:03pm

Stargazers, get ready for something spectacular on Thursday. The annual Perseid meteor shower, already one of the most reliably impressive celestial events, promises to be especially good this year.

Puerto Rico's Efforts To Stop Zika Are Hampered By Mistrust

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 4:03am

Puerto Rico has more reported cases of Zika than many other places in the region, and the number of cases continues to rise. Unfortunately, Zika is just one of the island's many problems.

Olympic Athletes Still Use Some Rx Drugs As A Path To 'Legal Doping'

Wed, 08/10/2016 - 3:42am

Hundreds of elite endurance athletes were taking the prescription heart drug meldonium until it was banned in January. But a similar heart drug, telmisartan, is still allowed.

Federal Data Shows Firefighting Chemicals In U.S. Drinking Water Sources

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 4:14pm

The study finds, in many cases, amounts barely higher than government guidelines allow, but significant levels in 66 water supplies. The chemicals are very persistent once in the environment.

Short Answers To Big Questions: Exploring Atoms In Space

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 3:36pm

You've got science questions — we've got answers! Or our astrophysicist, Adam Frank, does. So ask your big questions, and we'll give you short answers. Today he explores atoms in space.

Young Inventors Work On Secret Proteins To Thwart Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 2:37pm

Many of the most powerful antibiotics have lost their punch. Some Stanford students think they've found a different way to attack bacteria that the germs can't overcome.

Hospital Units Tailored To Older Patients Can Help Prevent Decline

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 1:11pm

Elderly hospital patients often arrive sick and leave worse off. But some hospitals are preventing these sharp declines by treating the elderly in units that minimize bedrest and spur mobility.

How the Microbes Inside Us Went From Enemies To Purported Superhealers

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 10:22am

Science writer Ed Yong talks about his new book, which looks at diet and the microbiome and whether poop transplants and probiotics are all they're cracked up to be.

WATCH: Lessons In Wound Healing From Our Favorite Fly

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 8:01am

You may know the caddis fly as a fishing lure. But bioengineers hunting a better way to seal wounds and set bones say the larvae of these insects have a few tricks we should try to mimic.

Researchers Study Effects Of Social Media On Young Minds

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 4:00am

Teens showed an image that was deemed to have lots of "likes" tended to also like the image. Seeing popular pictures also produced greater activation in the reward centers of the brain.

Losing Hurts (In Surprising Ways)

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 11:05pm

With the Olympics in full swing, we look at the myriad ways losing a competition can wreak havoc on our physical and mental health.

A Study Takes The Globe's Blood Pressure And Finds A Dramatic Rise

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 4:27pm

According to the research, hypertension is now a more common disease in low- and middle-income countries than in wealthy nations.

Athletes Go For Gold With Red Spots Blazing

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 3:31pm

There's scant science to support the ancient Eastern therapy of cupping. But that hasn't stopped Olympians from trying it to ease pain and speed recovery.

Trading Cards: The Who's Who Of #NPRWormWeek

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 1:59pm

There are hundreds of thousands of species of worm wriggling around the world. We made trading cards about six of them.

How A Wave Is Unlike An Armadillo: One Reporter's Summer Puzzle

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 10:41am

"There's something about waves that can get you into kind of a mental funk," one philosopher says. For NPR's summer science series, Joe Palca tries to answer the big question: What is a wave?

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