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USDA Unveils Prototypes For GMO Food Labels, And They're ... Confusing

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 6:55am

The labels use the letters BE, for bioengineered, not GMO, which critics say could baffle consumers. One design features a smiling sun that a skeptic calls "essentially propaganda for the industry."

(Image credit: Department of Agriculture )

Report: Most Former Research Chimps Should Move To Retirement Sanctuaries

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 8:36am

A working group convened by the National Institutes of Health looked at where chimps that had been used in research should live now. Unless relocating chimps would endanger them, a sanctuary is best.

(Image credit: Brandon Wade/AP Images for The Humane Society)

Officials In Hawaii Hand Out Thousands Of Masks As Kilauea Spews More Ash

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 5:24am

County officials have distributed about 2,000 N95 masks as they warn that ash fallout is the biggest health concern for residents.

(Image credit: Caleb Jones/AP)

A Pregnant Rhino In California Could Save A Related Subspecies

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 5:19pm

Researchers announced Thursday that they impregnated "Victoria" through artificial insemination. It is a step toward saving the critically endangered northern white rhino.

(Image credit: Julie Watson/AP)

Army 'Leans In' To Protect A Shooter's Brain From Blast Injury

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 4:32pm

The Army tells NPR of plans to monitor blast exposure across a military career, to enforce limits on firing certain weapons, and to even look into whether special helmets could help stop blast waves.

(Image credit: Lance Cpl. Matthew Bragg/U.S. Marines/DVIDS)

California To Require All New Homes To Have Solar Panels Starting In 2020

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 4:21pm

There will be intended and unintended consequences: lower emissions statewide, lower energy bills and more solar jobs. But the requirement means more expensive homes and may not have as big of an impact as desired.

Starbucks Training Focuses On The Evolving Study Of Unconscious Bias

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 2:30pm

Scientists and leadership trainers says it's nearly impossible to train people out of their biases, but organizations can develop ways of mitigating the effects of it. Often, it involves teamwork.

(Image credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Banned, Ozone-Depleting Chemical Is Still Being Produced Somewhere, Scientists Say

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 2:01pm

Trichlorofluoromethane, or CFC-11, hurts the ozone layer and was phased out of production by 2010. Supposedly. But a NOAA study says CFC-11 emissions began to rise after 2012.

(Image credit: NOAA via AP)

Warming Waters Push Fish To Cooler Climes, Out Of Some Fishermen's Reach

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 3:32am

From bass to lobster, hundreds of species that live along U.S. coastlines are projected to migrate north over the next 80 years, making them harder to catch and manage. It's already happening.

(Image credit: Portland Press Herald/Press Herald via Getty Images)

'Ballistic Blocks' Shooting From Kilauea's Crater, USGS Says

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 3:26am

Volcanic rocks 2-feet in diameter have been found in a parking lot a few hundred yards from the volcano's Halemaumau crater, the U.S. Geological Survey reports.

(Image credit: AP)

'Yanny' or 'Laurel'? Why People Hear Different Things In That Viral Clip

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 4:30pm

We consulted experts in how human brains perceive sound. The poor quality of the audio file can be blamed for the different ways our brains perceive it. What we expect to hear also matters.

Test of Herceptin Finds Briefer Treatment Can Work, With Fewer Side Effects

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 4:05pm

An aggressive type of breast cancer — HER2-positive tumors — often shrinks with Herceptin treatment, but side effects can be tough. Researchers say a shorter course of the drug may be a good option.

(Image credit: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Why Do Some Lizards Have Green Blood?

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 1:00pm

Scientists are trying to figure out how green-blooded lizards might benefit from the unusual pigment. The answer could provide new insights into human illnesses like jaundice and malaria.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Christopher C. Austin/LSU)

As '13 Reasons Why' Returns, Schools Try To Help Students Who Are Thinking Of Suicide

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 5:00am

About 1 in 5 teens may have contemplated suicide. But new research suggests that schools as a whole can make a difference.

(Image credit: Fahmida Azim for NPR)

Hospitals See Growing Numbers Of Kids And Teens At Risk For Suicide

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 11:01pm

The number of children and teens who visited the hospital for suicidal thoughts or attempts doubled from 2008 to 2015. Rates were highest during the school year.

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Asteroid Will Pass Between The Earth And The Moon Tuesday (Don't Panic)

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 11:50am

First spotted in 2010, a space rock is zooming toward Earth, making a close pass on Tuesday that will see it fly safely by — about halfway between our planet and the moon.

(Image credit: NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

Battered By Bleaching, Florida's Coral Reefs Now Face Mysterious Disease

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 11:15am

Florida's coral reefs are being decimated by a mysterious disease. It comes after years of warming waters have bleached coral reefs around the world, leaving them weakened.

(Image credit: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)

Kids Are Taking Fewer Antibiotics, More ADHD Meds

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 10:03am

Doctors are prescribing fewer drugs to children, especially antibiotics. But use of certain drugs, including ADHD medications, has increased.

(Image credit: Towfiqu Photography/Getty Images)

Louisiana Wants To Use The Muddy Mississippi To Build Up Its Coast

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 4:05am

Louisiana has big plans to redirect parts of the Mississippi River to build up its shrinking coast. New research suggests it won't help nearly enough.

(Image credit: Travis Lux/WWNO)

On East Coast Oyster Farms, 'Women Are Rising Up From The Bay In A Big Way'

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 10:35am

More women are joining their male peers among the ranks of oyster farmers. This could be because of growing marine science programs — and a desire to have a hands-on connection with the food system.

(Image credit: Jenn Hall/NPR)

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