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Virus Profilers Race To Figure Out What Makes Zika Tick

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 4:17pm

Though Zika was discovered in 1947, few scientists since had studied the virus. Now, while some check its genes, others turn to placental cells for clues to any link between Zika and birth defects.

Chinese Taste For Fish Bladder Threatens Tiny Porpoise In Mexico

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 4:15pm

The nets that ensnare the giant totoaba fish also trap and kill the world's smallest and rarest mammal: a porpoise called the vaquita.

Why You'll Never Buy the Perfect Ring (and Other Valentine's Day Stories)

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 11:03pm

It's almost Valentine's Day, but this week we're not talking about love. Instead, we explore the other forces that drive our romantic relationships.

Sorry, Bogie, A Sigh Is Not Just A Sigh

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 6:46pm

Sighs aren't just signs of resignation, relief or the blues. Involuntary sighs are vital to lung health, say scientists who think they have figured out the brain circuitry that controls the reflex.

Gulf Of Mexico Open For Fish-Farming Business

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 4:08pm

For the first time, companies can apply to set up fish farms in U.S. federal waters. The government says the move will help reduce American dependence on foreign seafood and improve security.

Families Near The Huge Gas Leak Wonder: Is Home A Safe Place To Be?

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 6:21pm

Most health officials say the small amounts of benzene and other components of the natural gas still leaking in Southern California are probably not a health threat. Still, some parents worry.

OK, Google. Where Did I Put My Thinking Cap?

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 1:52pm

It can be too easy for students to Google an assignment before they stop to think about it. Some researchers say we're losing our critical thinking and memory skills by relying on the search bar.

Two Grad Students Use Science To Bust The Dinner Hoax Of The Century

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 1:22pm

In 1951, members of the scientific Explorers Club thought they'd dined on prehistoric meat dug out of the Alaskan tundra. The meal became legend. Now two Yale students have unraveled the deception.

Is It Time To Stop Using Race In Medical Research?

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 11:20am

Medical researchers often use race to define health risks. But a geneticist and a sociologist say racial categories don't accurately reflect who people are, and that science has to change.

Florida Governor Ramps Up Mosquito Fight To Stay Ahead Of Zika

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 5:42pm

It's only a matter of time, Gov. Rick Scott figures, before the Zika virus shows up in Florida mosquitoes. He's called for increased spraying and other moves to keep Zika and other diseases in check.

'This Is Your Brain On Sports' Gets Inside Minds Of Players, Coaches And Fans

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 3:20pm

The new book, This is Your Brain on Sports, gets inside the minds of the players on the field, the fans in the stands, and the coaches on the sidelines. NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Tufts psychologist Sam Sommers and Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated about what sports tell us about how we think.

Morocco Unveils A Massive Solar Power Plant In The Sahara

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 2:07pm

The Noor I solar thermal power plant is the first phase of a project that's projected to provide more than a million Moroccans with electricity — even once the sun has gone down.

In Baby's 'First Bite,' A Chance To Shape A Child's Taste

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 11:56am

Bee Wilson's new book, First Bite, examines how genetics, culture, memory and early feeding patterns influence the palate. She says babies are most open to new flavors between ages 4 and 7 months.

Making Science Teaching More Than 'A Backup Plan'

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 8:00am

The Learning Assistant Program at the University of Colorado Boulder is producing better science learning from kindergarten through college.

Research Explores Consequences Of Revealing Embarrassing Details

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 4:11am

Revealing embarrassing information is often better than withholding it. Research finds that people distrust withholders of details more than they dislike revealers of unsavory information.

Boosting Life Span By Clearing Out Cellular Clutter

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 2:45pm

So-called senescent cells no longer divide, but they secrete a mixture of chemicals that can trigger inflammation, which is involved in many age-related disorders. What if the cells were removed?

What We Know So Far About Sexual Transmission Of Zika Virus

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 9:07am

The CDC reported the first case of sexually transmitted Zika virus in the U.S. related to the current outbreak. It's happened before. Here's what we know about how the virus could move between people.

U.S. Quake Warning System Could Save Lives When Seconds Count

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 4:59pm

Before it does damage, an earthquake sends out a "P wave" that scientists use to find location and size. The U.S. quake warning system under development on the West Coast is built around the P wave.

Landmark Deal Protects Over 9 Million Acres Of Canadian Rainforest

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 3:28pm

The agreement reached between aboriginal groups known as First Nations, environmental groups and logging companies designates 85 percent of the forest land as permanently protected from logging.

The Science Of Getting Kids Organized

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 6:00am

Can teaching kids impulse-control, self-evaluation and focus actually help them do better in school?

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