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Few Young Doctors Are Training To Care For U.S. Elderly

Sun, 07/03/2016 - 4:02pm

Only about half of geriatric fellowships for medical residents in the U.S. are filled each year. Some students blame overwhelming medical school debt, which grows with every extra year of training.

Great White Shark Caught On Camera Napping For The First Time

Sun, 07/03/2016 - 7:04am

Scientists think they've finally caught on film a shark getting some rest. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Greg Skomal, a marine fisheries biologist, who was part of the team that collected the footage.

Biden Sees 'Significant Breakthroughs' On The Horizon For Cancer Initiative

Sun, 07/03/2016 - 7:04am

For Vice President Joe Biden, the cancer "moonshot" is personal. He lost his son Beau to brain cancer. He says progress is being made on preventing, researching and treating cancer.

'Star Trackers' Help Juno Find Its Way

Sun, 07/03/2016 - 7:04am

Space navigation is tricky. There's no up or down, no left or right, and no road signs. This device uses stars to help determine if a spacecraft is off course. It takes nifty pictures, too.

As Chinese, Iranian and Indonesian As Apple Pie

Sun, 07/03/2016 - 6:00am

The flavorful fruits originated in Central Asia; the wheat, in the Mideast. The lard? Courtesy of the Spanish. Spices came via the Banda Islands. Put them altogether for an all-American treat.

Juno Space Probe Is Set To Enter Jupiter's Orbit On Monday

Sun, 07/03/2016 - 6:00am

The craft is designed to glean data from Jupiter that could also help us learn how Earth formed. But first, Juno has to get into orbit — determined by a crucial half-hour of firing by its main engine.

Why Are Diamonds Worth So Much?

Sat, 07/02/2016 - 7:38am

Someone bid $61 million for an uncut diamond this week. NPR's Scott Simon asks Rachelle Bergstein, author of "Brilliance and Fire: the Biography of Diamonds," what makes a rock worth so much money?

The Dark Side To The Firefly's Flare

Sat, 07/02/2016 - 7:38am

Entomologist Sara Lewis talks about Photuris, a species of firefly that lures males of other species in and eats them.

Paris Bans Old Cars From Streets To Fight Pollution

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 3:29pm

The city administration banned pre-1997 cars from the streets of Paris in daylight hours during the week, to fight pollution — a move opposed by advocates for the poor and vintage autos.

To Fight Pollution, Paris Imposes Weekday Ban On Old Cars

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 3:29pm

The city is banning pre-1997 cars and pre-2000 motorcycles from the streets in daylight hours during the week — a move opposed by some advocates for the poor and vintage car collectors.

Louisiana Medicaid Expansion Brings Insurance To Many New Orleans Musicians

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 3:28pm

The state this week became the 31st in the nation to expand Medicaid to the working poor. It's also the first state in the Deep South to embrace the Obamacare program.

Archaeologists Discover Tunnel Dug By Jews To Escape Nazis In Lithuania

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 3:25pm

Archaeologists have discovered a tunnel dug by Jews to escape the Nazis in Lithuania — a sign of resistance in a land where 90 percent of the Jewish population perished during the Holocaust.

Nonstop Flight: How The Frigatebird Can Soar For Weeks Without Stopping

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 1:25pm

Scientists have been attaching transmitters on the huge seagoing birds and are astonished by their ability to stay aloft.

1 In 10 People May Face Malnutrition As Fish Catches Decline

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 11:40am

Many people around the world rely on fish not just for protein but for critical micronutrients like iron and zinc. So declining fisheries pose major risks for global health, scientists warn.

Personality Can Change Over A Lifetime, And Usually For The Better

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 10:01am

Psychologists have been arguing for decades over whether personality traits are real or a myth. More recent research shows that traits are real, a scientist says, and have big effect on behavior.

Researchers Examine Family Income And Children's Non-Cognitive Skills

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 4:03am

Barbara Wolfe and Jason Fletcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison found children from lower income families have lower non-cognitive skills than children from richer families.

Heat On White House To Scrap Redo Of Human Research Rules

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 3:32pm

The Obama administration's controversial proposal to revise human research rules is flawed and should be scrapped, says a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Brexit's Impact Stretches From Deep Space To Nuclear Fusion

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 11:36am

Scientists are worried about how Britain's departure from the European Union would hurt the continent's mega-projects and its researchers. Scientific collaboration "should know no borders," says one.

Should Pacific Bluefin Tuna Be Listed As An Endangered Species?

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 10:42am

Environmental groups have asked the U.S. to give the prized fish protection under the Endangered Species Act. Some scientists and activists say the chances are slim but the action is long overdue.

Virtual Reality Aimed At The Elderly Finds New Fans

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 6:30am

Some doctors are finding that virtual travel — to Venice, a Hawaiian beach or Africa — can open new worlds to people confined by low mobility, dementia, or depression.

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