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Mexico City Doomed By Its Geology To More Earthquakes

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 3:54pm

The problem is that just to the west, a huge slab of the Earth's crust called the Cocos Plate is grinding relentlessly toward North America. And it's running under another slab to the north.

(Image credit: Miguel Tovar/AP)

Editing Embryo DNA Yields Clues About Early Human Development

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 12:16pm

Researchers disabled a gene that they think helps determine which human embryos will develop normally. The technique they used is controversial because it could be used to change babies' DNA.

(Image credit: Courtesy of The Francis Crick Institute)

Cassini's Spectacular Legacy — And Nod To The Future

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 8:11am

Following on Cassini's discoveries, NASA aims to probe Jupiter's Europa for potential life. With every new world we discover, we should look back at our own planet with awe, says Marcelo Gleiser.

(Image credit: NASA)

Bemoaning Budget Cuts, Health Care Navigators Say Feds Don't Get It

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 6:30am

The federal government has sharply cut funding to groups that help people enroll in health plans. But the groups say federal officials don't understand how much help and follow-up some people need.

(Image credit: Eric Gay/AP)

Once Teased For Her Love Of Bugs, 8-Year-Old Co-Authors Scientific Paper

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 10:29pm

Sophia Spencer was extremely fond of bugs, especially grasshoppers. Her peers didn't always appreciate her interest. Entomologists on Twitter, on the other hand, were huge fans of her passion.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Nicole Spencer)

A Girl's Love For Bugs Goes Viral

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 4:42pm

Canadian Sophia Spencer, 8, loves bugs. A tweet her mom sent out about that made headlines and led to a paper the girl co-authored in a science journal.

The Science And Art Of Mapping Animal Movements

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 9:32am

Technology allows mapping of wildlife movements with new precision — and a fresh approach to conservation — as evidenced by Where the Animal Go, released Tuesday in the U.S., says Barbara J. King.

(Image credit: Margaret Crofoot, University of California, Davis; Damien Farine, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology /Courtesy of Oliver Uberti)

Guess What's Showing Up In Our Shellfish? One Word: Plastics

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 6:00am

Scientists predict that plastic in the ocean will eventually outweigh the fish there. Where is it all coming from? And is it making our food unsafe? Researchers are trying to find the answers.

(Image credit: Ken Christensen/KCTS Television)

We Shouldn't Stick Our Heads In The Sand, But We Do It Anyway

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 8:00pm

Ignorance is bliss, but knowledge is power...right?

(Image credit: Renee Klahr)

Fuel Shortages And The North Korean Economy, Explained

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 9:27am

A recent tweet by President Trump about long gas lines in North Korea reopens questions about what's going on in the country's opaque economy after several rounds of economic sanctions.

(Image credit: Wong Maye-E/AP)

Xanax Or Zoloft For Moms-To-Be: A New Study Assesses Safety

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 4:04am

Is it OK to take antidepressants or anxiety medicine during pregnancy? Recent research suggests women who need treatment can take these drugs. Doctors recommend the lowest effective dose.

(Image credit: Hanna Barczyk for NPR)

Scientists Work To Grow Food In Space

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 6:59am

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Gene Giacomelli of the University of Arizona about working with NASA to develop a kind of greenhouse where astronauts can grow crops while in space.

Researchers Look To Improve Weather Forecasting After Irma

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 6:59am

In coastal Georgia, Hurricane Irma caused far more flooding than expected. Researchers are looking at ways their mistakes there could improve future predictions elsewhere.

Museums Engage In Informative Twitter Debate

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 6:59am

Two museums in the U.K. argued on Twitter about who has better exhibits in a very informative fashion.

U.S. Still Out of Paris Climate Agreement, Despite Conflicting Reports

Sat, 09/16/2017 - 7:07pm

The White House has reaffirmed its position on the climate pact "unless we can re-enter on terms that are more favorable to our country," after reports from AFP and the WSJ that the U.S. would stay.

After Hurricane Katrina, Many People Found New Strength

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 4:22pm

A long-term study of people who survived Hurricane Katrina found that most were doing well, and some feel the experience transformed them. But others remain haunted by anxiety and depression.

(Image credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Cassini Spacecraft Burns Up Like A Meteor In Dramatic End To Saturn Mission

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 3:35pm

The Cassini spacecraft, which launched almost 20 years ago, ended its mission early Friday morning when it dove directly into Saturn's atmosphere, burning up like a meteor.

Ig Nobels Awarded For Research Into Big Ears, Feline Fluidity

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 11:55am

The annual awards for research "that makes you laugh, then think" also singled out scientists who determined that having contact with a crocodile influences a person's willingness to gamble.

(Image credit: Michael Dwyer/AP)

Paul Knoepfler: What Are The Unintended Consequences Of Human Gene Editing?

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 8:52am

New gene editing tools hold a great deal of promise, but biologist Paul Knoepfler says we should be cautious. He warns altering DNA can have dire consequences, including a new form of eugenics.

(Image credit: TED)

Juan Enriquez: What Can Happen If Humans Control The Future Of Evolution?

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 8:52am

From genetically modified animals and crops, we can already manipulate DNA. But futurist Juan Enriquez argues soon we can take full control of human evolution to create a better life for all of us.

(Image credit: Ryan Lash/Ryan Lash/TED)

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