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Dangerous Rescue Mission Underway In The South Pole

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 3:39pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Jerry Macala, who previously managed the South Pole station, about what it's like during winter at the South Pole and the obstacles facing the mission to rescue a sick worker.

Risky South Pole Rescue Succeeds As 2 Patients Are Airlifted Out

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 3:06pm

Two individuals have been flown out of the South Pole in the dead of Antarctic Wwinter. It's only the third such evacuation ever conducted.

The Science Of Why Onions Make Us Cry

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 6:00am

Sure, their beautiful, multi-layered complexity has moved poets to weep. But the real answer is more practical: a bulb's gotta keep the baddies away. We get the lowdown from a chemist.

California's Last Nuclear Power Plant To Be Shut Down

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 7:14pm

Diablo Canyon's reactors are close to earthquake fault lines. Public concerns are split between the dangers of quake damage and of carbon dioxide gas released by the burning of fossil fuels.

Record-Breaking Heat Wave Hits The Southwest

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 3:30pm

Meteorologist Iris Hermosillo describes the extreme heat residents of Phoenix are experiencing.

California To Close State's Last Nuclear Power Plant

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 3:30pm

California's last nuclear power plant will close by 2025 under a proposal announced Tuesday. Safety concerns are the main reason, but the Diablo Canyon plant produces enough power for 1.7 million homes. There's now a plan to replace the energy with renewables.

U.S. Mounts Daring Rescue Mission At The South Pole

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 3:01pm

A sick worker at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station must be evacuated by plane at the height of the Antarctic winter. The current temperature is -70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Can Doctors Learn To Perform Abortions Without Doing One?

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 2:41pm

Accredited medical residency programs have to teach doctors how to perform abortions. But interpretation of the requirement varies, especially in a state like Texas where training options are scarce.

Silicon Valley's Bloody Plant Burger Smells, Tastes And Sizzles Like Meat

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 6:00am

Impossible Foods took a high-tech approach to creating a meat-free burger that replicates the real thing. It's all designed to tempt carnivores to eat less meat. And it's set to hit restaurants soon.

Silicon Valley's Bloody Plant Burger Smells, Tastes And Sizzles Like Meat

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 6:00am

Impossible Foods took a high-tech approach to creating a meat-free burger that replicates the real thing. It's all designed to tempt carnivores to eat less meat. And it's set to hit restaurants soon.

Researchers Study Consequences Of Work-Based Friendships

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 4:11am

A new study looks at friendships in the workplace. Researchers found friendships do improve workers' job performance reviews but they also detract from performance — leading to emotional exhaustion.

Zika And Children: What Parents Need To Know

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 11:56am

So far, data suggest that Zika doesn't pose the same risk of neurological defects babies and children as it does to fetuses in the womb. But doctors don't know the long-term effects of the virus.

Fish Have Feelings, Too: The Inner Lives Of Our 'Underwater Cousins'

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 11:27am

Jonathan Balcombe, author of What A Fish Knows, says that fish have a conscious awareness — or "sentience" — that allows them to experience pain, recognize individual humans and have memory.

A Trans-Atlantic Flight Without Fuel: Solar Impulse Leaves New York On Ambitious Trip

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 9:20am

The Solar Impulse 2 plane is being flown across the Atlantic Ocean on a four-day trip to Spain. The solar-powered craft took off from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport early Monday.

Baby Boomers With Hemophilia Didn't Expect To Grow Old

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 3:38am

A generation that survived life-threatening bleeds, the HIV epidemic and Hepatitis C now nears retirement with an illness that can mostly be safely managed at home — for about $250,000 a year.

Pediatricians Call For More Testing And Tighter Rules On Lead Exposure

Sun, 06/19/2016 - 11:02pm

Citing growing evidence that no amount of lead exposure is safe for kids, the American Academy of Pediatrics has called for tighter regulations on the amount of lead in house dust, water and soil.

Vermont Insurers Must Now Cover Vasectomies

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 7:19am

State legislatures around the U.S. are debating which birth control benefits insurers must cover. Vermont is one of several states going beyond a focus on female contraception to include vasectomies.

Is It OK For Boys To Cry?

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 6:00am

We may be more accepting of boys who cry, but only if they cry in the right way, Hanna Rosin suggests. The norm for male behavior may be stuck in a place that isn't doing boys much good.

Demystifying Terroir: Maybe Its The Microbes Making Magic In Your Wine

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 1:51pm

Part of what makes a wine-growing region special may be its microbes. A study finds that the collection of bacteria and fungi on pressed grapes can help predict the flavor profile of a finished wine.

Tourette Tics Are A Challenge, But Misunderstanding Of Tics Can Be Worse

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 9:44am

One British performance artist does live shows about living with a constant compulsion to say the word "biscuit." Onstage and online, people with Tourette syndrome are reaching out to clear the air.

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