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'You Are Getting Sleepy,' Said The Scientist To The Fruit Fly

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 11:45am

Research on sleep-deprived fruit flies identified specific brain cells that can trigger sleep. The finding of these sleep circuits in insects could help scientists better understand human insomnia.

For Wheelchair Users, A RoboDesk For Electronic Devices

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 6:01am

An Indiana inventor hopes his tray mount will help bridge gaps in education tech and eliminate some of the stigma associated with coming to class in a wheelchair.

In Search For Cures, Scientists Create Embryos That Are Both Animal And Human

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 1:09pm

Researchers experimenting with chimeric embryos say they could develop into adult pigs, sheep or cows with human organs that one day might be suitable for transplantation in people.

Can A Tiny Wasp Save The Citrus Industry?

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 12:56pm

Citrus greening, spread by a ravenous pest, has destroyed millions of acres of fruit and cost billions in damage. Fortunately, these pernicious peewees are prime prey for another parasitic predator.

Autism Can Be An Asset In The Workplace, Employers And Workers Find

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 11:39am

Roughly 40 percent of young adults with autism spectrum disorder aren't finding jobs. But some employers are now recruiting adults on the spectrum as an untapped talent pool of focused workers.

Salt-Resistant Rice Offers Hope For Farmers Clinging To Disappearing Islands

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 6:00am

Climate change is reshaping land and lives in India's Sundarbans region, where paddies are being overrun by saltwater. But resilient varieties of rice may let vulnerable families stay a while longer.

Rising Sea Levels Threaten Bengal Tigers, Climate Change Experts Say

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 4:02am

Deep in the world's largest mangrove forest, rangers go on patrol to protect the wild Bengal tiger in its natural habitat. Sometimes this leads to deadly encounters.

Girls And Older Adults Are Missing Out On Parks For Recreation

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 4:01am

A survey of parks in 25 major cities find that they're used mostly by young children and teenage boys. Walking loops and other options that would appeal to women are in short supply.

Top Scientists Say GMOs Are Safe, But Don't Always Deliver On Promises

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 3:57pm

A new report from the National Academy of Sciences knocked down some pro-GMO claims, such as that they've boosted crop yields, and urged federal agencies to change the way these foods are regulated.

Journey To The Sundarbans: The 'Beautiful Forest' Of Mangroves

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 3:26pm

Sundarbans literally means "beautiful forest," but as the novelist Amitav Ghosh writes, "There is no prettiness here to invite the stranger in."

Texas Oil Company Faces Criminal Charges Over Southern California Spill

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 3:26pm

The oil company responsible for a large spill along the Southern California coast a year ago has been indicted by a state grand jury on criminal charges stemming from the disaster.

Pipeline Company Indicted Over 2015 California Oil Spill

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 3:11pm

Plains All American Pipeline company is facing 46 criminal counts after one of its pipelines ruptured last year, spilling crude oil that fouled miles of coastline near Santa Barbara.

Rising Sea Levels Made This Republican Mayor A Climate Change Believer

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 11:03am

Already, expensive neighborhoods are flooding more often in Coral Gables, Fla. Mayor James Cason wants his city prepared for the economic fallout.

Hollywood Jet Gives Fearful Fliers The Courage To Soar

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 3:58am

A small group boards a 727 jet parked on a studio sound stage in Southern California. The airplane cabin is normally used for filming movies — but these "passengers" have real-world fears.

These Gloves Offer A Modern Twist On Sign Language

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 3:57am

Two college students developed SignAloud, gloves that connect to a computer and convert some sign language words and letters into speech and text. In the process, they've learned about deaf culture.

100,000 Orbits Later, International Space Station Still Going Strong

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 4:34pm

"One-hundred-thousand orbits, the journey continues," NASA astronaut Jeffrey Williams said in a video from space.

London Museum Hopes To Reboot Eric, Britain's First Robot

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 2:07pm

They have the technology. Now they need the money. The Science Museum has launched a Kickstarter campaign to rebuild Eric, who wowed audiences after he was created in 1928 — and then vanished.

The Power Of Genes, And The Line Between Biology And Destiny

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 12:45pm

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee says genetics play a significant role in identity, temperament, sexual orientation and disease risk — but that environment also matters. His new book is The Gene.

Breaking Down The Science Of Picky Eating

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 12:04pm

What makes us dislike certain foods? And why is everyone so concerned about what you're eating, anyway? Jane Kauer, an anthropologist who has studied the topic, helps answer our questions.

Rest Easy: New Study Doesn't Change What We Know About Safe Swaddling

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 6:48am

A new report on swaddling raised alarm for many new parents, but Joy Victory of HealthNewsReview.org tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer they needn't worry.

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