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Juno Spacecraft Reveals Spectacular Cyclones At Jupiter's Poles

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 1:35pm

The NASA has spotted enormous cyclones at the gas giant's north and south poles. The probe has also returned other data that have project scientists scratching their heads.

(Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Betsy Asher Hall/Gervasio Robles)

Many Adults Don't Think Exposure To Vaping Is Bad For Kids

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 1:09pm

Nicotine, heavy metals and tiny particles that can harm the lungs float around in the aerosol from e-cigarettes. But a survey finds many adults don't think secondhand vape is dangerous for children.

(Image credit: Mauro Grigollo/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

How Elections Influence Judges

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 4:12am

Social science research looks at the relationship between how judges rule and how they are influenced by election campaigns.

Eating Chocolate, A Little Each Week, May Lower The Risk Of A Heart Flutter

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 5:30pm

The latest evidence that a chocolate habit may lower your risk of heart disease: A study finds people who ate small amounts of chocolate several times a week had a lower risk of atrial fibrillation.

(Image credit: Daniel Fishel for NPR)

Fitness Trackers: Good at Measuring Heart Rate, Not So Good At Measuring Calories

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 1:33pm

A study of seven popular fitness trackers found they are generally good at measuring heart rate, but may mislead consumers about how many calories they have burned.

(Image credit: Paul Sakuma/Courtesy of Stanford University School of Medicine)

Miami's Zika Outbreak Began Months Before It Was First Detected

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 1:23pm

Travelers infected with the Zika virus in the Caribbean brought it to south Florida multiple times before officials realized it had reached the U.S., an analysis of virus genomes finds.

(Image credit: Gaston De Cardenas/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images)

Doctors Once Thought Bananas Cured Celiac Disease. They Saved Kids' Lives – At A Cost

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 12:43pm

In the early 20th century, kids with the disease faced severe malnutrition, even death. The banana-based diet doctors came up with seemed to cure them — but led kids back to foods that made them sick.

(Image credit: AP)

How The Biggest Animal On Earth Got So Big

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 6:02pm

Whales might be the largest animals on the planet, but they haven't always been so huge. Researchers say the ocean giants only became enormous fairly recently, and over a short period of time.

(Image credit: Silverback Films/BBC/Proceedings of the Royal Society B)

3.3 Million Year Old Fossil Sheds Light On How The Spine Evolved

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 5:17pm

It's hard evidence that the type of spinal segmentation and numbering found in modern humans emerged 3.3 million years ago, the scientists say. The remarkable fossil was discovered in Ethiopia.

(Image credit: Zeray Alemseged, University of Chicago)

Me, Myself, and IKEA: What Our Love For Swedish Furniture Says About Narcissism

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 8:01pm

In general, people show a subtle bias toward the self. This is why we love the IKEA furniture we've built, and gravitate toward others with the same name. But there are much larger implications, too.

(Image credit: Renee Klahr)

International Eel Smuggling Scheme Centers On Maine

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 3:35pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Bill Trotter, a fishery and environmental reporter for the Bangor Daily News, about the illegal eel fishing scheme in Maine.

At 94, Lithium-Ion Pioneer Eyes A New Longer-Lasting Battery

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 2:50pm

In 1980, John Goodenough's work led to the lithium-ion battery, now found in everything from phones to electric cars. He and fellow researchers say they've come up with a faster-charging alternative.

(Image credit: Gabriel Cristóver Pérez/KUT)

Pediatricians Advise No Fruit Juice Until Kids Are 1

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 11:02pm

Older kids should limit the amount of juice they drink too. Whole fruit is better than juice because it contains fiber, which slows the absorption of sugar and fills you up the way juice doesn't.

(Image credit: KathyDewar/Getty Images)

Cloud Eggs: The Latest Instagram Food Fad Is Actually Centuries Old

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 6:00am

The fanciful dish was meant to impress nearly 400 years ago, so don't roll your eyes at photos of these pretty edibles: They're actually a time-honored tradition tinged with a bit of kitchen science.

(Image credit: Maria Godoy/NPR)

Why Brain Scientists Are Still Obsessed With The Curious Case Of Phineas Gage

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 4:00am

In 1848, a railroad worker survived an accident that drove a 13-pound iron bar through his head. The injury changed his personality, and our understanding of the brain.

(Image credit: Wikimedia)

Scientists Sneak A Peek At How Ladybugs Fold Their Wings

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 8:00am

Ladybugs are famous for their spotted wing cases. But researchers in Japan were interested in what was happening under that colorful exterior: How delicate wings were folding origami-like into place.

(Image credit: University of Tokyo/PNAS)

We Have Always Been Bored — 'Yawn' Wonders Why

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 6:00am

Mary Mann's new book digs into a phenomenon as old as humanity: boredom. Why do we get bored? Is there a cure? Yawn is a thoughtful read, but its mix of autobiography and scholarship doesn't jell.

(Image credit: Raquel Zaldivar/NPR)

Scientists One Step Closer To 3-D-Printed Ovaries To Treat Infertility

Sat, 05/20/2017 - 5:00am

Researchers printed gelatin scaffolds into which they placed ovarian tissue, and then implanted the new organs in mice. Three out of seven female mice produced healthy offspring using the technology.

(Image credit: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)

Public To EPA On Cutting Regulations: 'No!'

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 3:38am

The Environmental Protection Agency asked for public input on "job-killing regulations" and has now received more than 28,000 comments, many of which urge the agency not to roll back protections.

(Image credit: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call,Inc.)

Energy Companies Urge Trump To Remain In Paris Climate Agreement

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 5:32pm

Shell CEO Ben van Beurden says he wants the U.S. to remain in the 2015 Paris climate accord. Energy companies like Exxon Mobil and BP have also urged President Trump to continue supporting the deal.

(Image credit: Peter Dejong/AP)

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