Extremely premature babies, those born between 22 and 28 weeks of gestation, are more likely to survive now than they were 20 weeks ago. But the very youngest still have serious health problems.
Math anxiety is much like other fears, say scientists who scanned the brains of third-graders. One-on-one tutoring soothed the fear circuit in anxious kids' brains, and improved performance, too.
Ancient people in the American Southwest and Mexican Northwest were drinking cacao and tea-like yaupon in places where neither grew. That suggests an extensive trade network to deliver a caffeine fix.
Analysis finds women are less likely to be arrogant about mistakes and more likely to be humble about their achievements. Men are more likely to disregard market signals that their ideas are flawed.
Using divers to monitor whether life is returning to the 100 or so marine protected areas is pricey. Now, advances in DNA sequencing mean scientists just need a seawater sample to do a marine census.
Kids on club teams have an advantage in making the high school team. But many families are being priced out by the high cost of league fees, equipment, and travel that club sports require.
After the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, University of Cambridge researcher Peter Walsh has been developing an Ebola vaccine for wild apes, hoping to stop transmission of the deadly virus to humans.
Ah, the sweet taste of victory. And now there's scientific evidence to back that up. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to researcher Robin Dando at Cornell, who used hockey fans to test his theory.
Google made a name for itself with search technology, but it has dabbled in moonshot projects like self-driving cars. Now the company's life science unit is looking for better diabetes treatments.
The town of Naraha, which had 7,400 residents, was evacuated in the wake of a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011 that triggered the release of radiation at the power plant.
The federal government is preparing to auction off Plum Island, a mostly undeveloped spot near some exceptionally pricy real estate. The catch? It was once used as a disease research lab.
Three spacefarers heading to the International Space Station this week had to take a detour in order to avoid space debris. Researchers have yet to solve the problem of orbiting junk.
A new experimental drug is designed to slow down Alzheimer's by protecting brain cells from toxins associated with the disease. That's a different approach from other Alzheimer's drugs, which have tried to eliminate those toxins.
The rise of legal marijuana seems to be fueling a spike in the number of pets that become unhappily high off of pilfered treats. The dose is rarely fatal, but it can be a buzzkill.
More than a quarter of parents in a recent poll say they hope their teens who play high school sports will become professional athletes. But sky-high parental expectations can have a dark side.
Scientists have found a fern whose parents are separated by some 60 million years of evolution. This story originally aired on February 24, 2015 on Morning Edition.
Officials say the collision between two tow boats near Paducah, Kentucky, occurred last night. One of them is discharging oil into the river.
It can take more than just a keen ear to figure out what animals are saying. Sometimes, scientists are learning, you have to talk back to map the rich networks of conversation in a forest.
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner partially vetoed the Heroin Crisis Act, which would have cleared the way for Medicaid to fund addiction treatments.
Earth is home to more than 3 trillion trees, a new map of forest density shows. That's more than anyone realized. But the total is also down about 46 percent since the first humans arrived.