Health and Science News

Subscribe to Health and Science News feed Health and Science News
The latest health and science news. Updates on medicine, healthy living, nutrition, drugs, diet, and advances in science and technology. Subscribe to the Health & Science podcast.
Updated: 39 min 2 sec ago

Opioid Treatment Funds In Senate Bill Would Fall Far Short Of Needs

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 6:52am

A Senate proposal to repeal Obamacare includes $45 billion to treat opioid addiction. But it wouldn't make up for deep cuts to Medicaid in that same bill that has funded much of that treatment.

(Image credit: Leonard Lessin/Getty Images/Science Source)

Climate Scientist Says He Was Demoted For Speaking Out On Climate Change

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 10:13pm

Joel Clement, who was director of the Interior Department's Office of Policy Analysis during the Obama administration, says in a newspaper op-ed that he was reassigned to an "accounting office."

(Image credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Plastic Is Everywhere And Recycling Isn't The End Of It

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 4:30pm

A researcher tallied how much has been manufactured since plastic's invention: "Eight point three billion metric tons of plastics produced so far. That's just really a staggering amount."

(Image credit: Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images)

Getting Really Smart About Artificial Intelligence

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 10:06am

AI isn't on the way … it's already here.

(Image credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for TIME)

Viewing The Great American Eclipse

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 8:53am

There's something deeply moving about watching the sun become progressively covered by the moon — and you have a rare chance to see this in the U.S. on Aug. 21, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.

(Image credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Researchers Examine When People Are More Susceptible To Fake News

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 4:03am

Whether people consume news in a social setting or alone can affect how likely they are to fact-check. Research suggests people let their guard down when they're in groups and become less skeptical.

Students Compete In First-Ever International High School Robotics Competition

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 3:28pm

The first ever international high school robotics competition is happening in Washington, D.C., this week. Over 150 countries from six continents sent teams to compete.

New Research Suggests Why Mid-Sized Animals Are The Fastest

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 3:28pm

Why aren't the biggest animals with the longest limbs the fastest? New research suggests these animals run out of fuel for their fast-twitch muscles before they can reach the maximum speed their bodies could achieve. There's a golden mean for speed, and mid-sized animals like cheetahs have it.

New Research Suggests Why Mid-Sized Animals Are The Fastest

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 3:28pm

New research suggests the biggest animals run out of fuel for their fast-twitch muscles before they reach the maximum speed their bodies could achieve. Animals like cheetahs are born to run fast.

(Image credit: Thierry Falise/LightRocket via Getty Images)

In Massachusetts, Proposed Medicaid Cuts Put Kids' Health Care At Risk

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 3:16pm

Doctors, consumers and politicians say big federal cuts to Medicaid funding would jeopardize the treatment a lot of kids rely on. The state would either have to make up lost funding or cut benefits.

(Image credit: Jesse Costa/WBUR)

More Than Bread: Sourdough As a Window Into The Microbiome

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 2:47pm

Home bakers in the U.S., Europe and some other countries have volunteered their sourdough starters to a team of American scientists who want to unravel the microbial secrets of sourdough.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Benjamin Wolfe)

Elon Musk Warns Governors: Artificial Intelligence Poses 'Existential Risk'

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 9:39am

At a bipartisan governors conference in Rhode Island, the CEO of Tesla urged politicians to impose proactive regulations on AI development.

(Image credit: Stephan Savoia/AP)

Stress And Poverty May Explain High Rates Of Dementia In African-Americans

Sun, 07/16/2017 - 1:05am

New research finds that African-Americans who grow up in harsh environments and have many stressful experiences are much more likely to develop Alzheimer's or some other form of dementia.

(Image credit: Leland Bobbe/Getty Images)

Maryam Mirzakhani, Prize-Winning Mathemetician, Dies At 40

Sat, 07/15/2017 - 11:24am

Maryam Mirzakhani was the first woman ever to win the prestigious Fields Medal. She worked at Stanford University, which confirmed her death Saturday.

(Image credit: Stanford University)

NOAA Halts Whale Disentanglement Efforts After Rescuer Dies

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 1:39pm

Boat captain Joe Howlett died on Monday after freeing a right whale that was tangled in fishing gear in Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence.

(Image credit: International Fund for Animal Welfare/AP)

There's An Amazing New Drug For Multiple Sclerosis. Should I Try It?

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 7:25am

The innovative drug Ocrevus looks like it could be a game-changer for people with MS. But it's very, very expensive. And as with any new medication, the long-term safety risks are unknown.

(Image credit: Katherine Streeter for NPR)

Scientists Teleport A Photon Into Space

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 3:57am

Chinese scientists have reportedly teleported a photon more than 300 miles into space. But what does that actually mean? David Greene talks with physicist Brian Greene to help understand.

Ravens Surprise Scientists By Showing They Can Plan

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 4:54pm

As recently as 10 years ago, humans were thought to be the only species with the ability to plan. Turns out ravens can too, on a par with great apes.

(Image credit: Tom Koerner/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

If It Walks Like An Ant, You Probably Wouldn't Eat It — Or So These Spiders Hope

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 3:45pm

A scientist discovers how some spiders go undercover as a less delicious species to evade predators.

(Image credit: Ian Boyd/Flickr)

Scientists Discover Sneaky Spider That Fools Predators

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 3:35pm

It's a dog eat dog world out there in nature. One way not to get eaten is to look like something else that's not tasty. Now scientists have discovered a spider that fools predators by not only looking like a nasty ant, but actually walking like one.

Pages

©2017 WLRH PUBLIC RADIO

Address

WLRH Public Radio
UAH Campus
John Wright Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899

Get Directions

Phone

LOCAL:
(256) 895-9574

TOLL-FREE:
(800) 239-9574