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VIDEO: Badger Burying A Cow Surprises Scientists

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 3:33pm

The researchers say it's the first time an American badger has been documented burying an animal larger than itself. It worked for five days and nights to accomplish the unexpected feat.

(Image credit: Courtesy Evan Buechley)

Sound Matters: Sex And Death In The Rain Forest

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 1:08pm

Scientists eavesdropping in trees have decoded a high stakes game of hide and seek. Katydids rely on ultrasound to find mates and listen for bats, which use ultrasound to find the bugs, and eat them.

(Image credit: Christian Ziegler/ Minden Pictures/Getty Images)

Taking Shortcuts In Drug Testing Can Put Patients At Risk

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 11:42am

Researchers use intermediate endpoints like how a drug lowers cholesterol to get a quick sense of whether the drug might improve health. But those shortcuts often don't show true benefits and harms.

(Image credit: Jamel Akib/Ikon Images/Getty Images)

Trump Team Urges Skimpier Health Plans To Lure More People To Buy Insurance

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 4:00am

A rule proposed by the Trump administration would likely raise the deductibles and copays of new policies sold on the exchanges, starting next fall. Monthly premiums would likely be cheaper.

(Image credit: John Holcroft/Ikon Images/Getty Images)

Inside The Hole: What Happens To The Mind In Isolation?

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 8:00pm

The use of solitary confinement in prisons has grown since the 1970s. Criminologist Keramet Reiter talks with us about the psychological effects that long-term isolation has on our minds.

(Image credit: Mark Boster/LA Times via Getty Images)

The Taste Of Wine Isn't All In Your Head, But Your Brain Sure Helps

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 2:13pm

Savoring the flavor of wine activates more gray matter than solving a complex math problem, according to neuroscientist Gordon Shepherd. His new book, Neurenology, explores your brain on wine.

(Image credit: Alex Reynolds/NPR)

China Poised To Fill Leadership Void On Climate Policy – With Economic Incentives

Sun, 04/02/2017 - 4:58pm

Trump signed an executive order this week that will begin to roll back some of Obama's signature climate change policies. Georgetown University's Varum Sivaram explains what that could mean for China.

Artist's Exhibit Borrows Human Tech To Solve Nature's Manmade Problems

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 7:51pm

Artist and philosopher Jonathon Keats didn't need to create anything new to show the absurdity of human problem-solving. All he had to do was give human technology to animals.

(Image credit: Jonathon Keats)

A Tiny Fish With Fearsome Fangs Uses An Opioid-Like Venom To Escape Enemies

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 12:38pm

New research shows the 2-inch fangblenny bites bigger fish and releases an opioid-based venom. The larger fish becomes disoriented, and the little guy gets away.

(Image credit: Anthony Romilio/University of Queensland)

Forcing People At Vending Machines To Wait Nudges Them To Buy Healthier Snacks

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 11:46am

Buy an unhealthy snack and these vending machines take away 25 seconds of your life you'll never get back. Healthy fare drops instantly. Research suggests this "time tax" helps us make better choices.

(Image credit: M. Spencer Green/AP)

Why The Newly Proposed Sepsis Treatment Needs More Study

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 3:48pm

The bodywide inflammation known as sepsis kills about 300,000 people in U.S. hospitals each year. Promising treatments have come and gone, warn skeptical doctors, who call for rigorous research.

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Australian Researchers Plan Investigation Into Tasmanian Tiger Sightings

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 3:31pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro interviews James Cook University researcher Sandra Abell, who is leading a search for the Tasmanian Tiger, believed to be extinct until recent sightings surfaced.

Back From The Dead? Reported Sightings Fuel Hope For Return Of Tasmanian Tigers

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 3:31pm

The last known Tasmanian tiger died more than eight decades ago. It has become the stuff of textbook sketches and yellowing photographs. But now, researchers are launching a new search.

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A Tiny Spot In Mouse Brains May Explain How Breathing Calms The Mind

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 1:16pm

A cluster of neurons connects breathing and emotion centers in mouse brains, researchers say. If this turns out to be true in humans, it could explain how controlled breathing calms the mind.

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A Forgotten Shipwreck Imperils Washington's Oysters

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 10:53am

The sunken Hero, an Antarctic research vessel from the 1960s, is leaking oil into Willapa Bay, where more than half of the state's oysters are grown. And no one knows how to remove it.

(Image credit: Molly Solomon/Oregon Public Broadcasting)

A Surprising Explanation For Why Some Immigrants Excel In Science

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 5:00am

It has to do with language learning, according to a new study from Duke University.

(Image credit: Chris Ayers/Society for Science & the Public)

EPA Says It Will Allow Continued Sale Of Controversial Pesticide

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 4:14am

The EPA is not going ahead with a proposed ban on a pesticide called chlorpyrifos, saying there's still scientific uncertainty over its safety. Environmental groups say it can harm young children.

Fewer Zika-Linked Birth Defects Than Expected

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 4:14am

Scientists expected a surge of severe birth defects in Brazil because of the Zika outbreak. But that didn't happen last year. Researchers are re-examining the link between Zika and birth defects.

Where Levees Fail In California, Nature Can Step In To Nurture Rivers

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 4:20pm

After devastating floods, California is looking to spend billions on dams and levees. Some are calling for a new approach to flood control, one that mimics nature instead of trying to contain it.

(Image credit: Lauren Sommer/KQED)

Launch, Land, Launch — SpaceX Tries Reusing Its Rocket

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 3:48pm

Thursday the private company SpaceX plans on launching a satellite using a rocket that it has launched once before. Reusing equipment could make it cheaper to do business in deep space.

(Image credit: SpaceX)

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