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Why Do Some Lizards Have Green Blood?

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 1:00pm

Scientists are trying to figure out how green-blooded lizards might benefit from the unusual pigment. The answer could provide new insights into human illnesses like jaundice and malaria.

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As '13 Reasons Why' Returns, Schools Try To Help Students Who Are Thinking Of Suicide

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 5:00am

About 1 in 5 teens may have contemplated suicide. But new research suggests that schools as a whole can make a difference.

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Hospitals See Growing Numbers Of Kids And Teens At Risk For Suicide

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 11:01pm

The number of children and teens who visited the hospital for suicidal thoughts or attempts doubled from 2008 to 2015. Rates were highest during the school year.

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Asteroid Will Pass Between The Earth And The Moon Tuesday (Don't Panic)

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 11:50am

First spotted in 2010, a space rock is zooming toward Earth, making a close pass on Tuesday that will see it fly safely by — about halfway between our planet and the moon.

(Image credit: NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

Battered By Bleaching, Florida's Coral Reefs Now Face Mysterious Disease

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 11:15am

Florida's coral reefs are being decimated by a mysterious disease. It comes after years of warming waters have bleached coral reefs around the world, leaving them weakened.

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Kids Are Taking Fewer Antibiotics, More ADHD Meds

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 10:03am

Doctors are prescribing fewer drugs to children, especially antibiotics. But use of certain drugs, including ADHD medications, has increased.

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Louisiana Wants To Use The Muddy Mississippi To Build Up Its Coast

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 4:05am

Louisiana has big plans to redirect parts of the Mississippi River to build up its shrinking coast. New research suggests it won't help nearly enough.

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On East Coast Oyster Farms, 'Women Are Rising Up From The Bay In A Big Way'

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 10:35am

More women are joining their male peers among the ranks of oyster farmers. This could be because of growing marine science programs — and a desire to have a hands-on connection with the food system.

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The Push To Reverse America's Rising Maternal Mortality Rates

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 10:06am

Most maternal deaths in the U.S. are preventable. So why are American moms at such a high risk?

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Icy Moon Of Jupiter Spews Water Plumes Into Space

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 10:01am

Researchers have evidence supporting the existence of plumes of water shooting up from the interior of Jupiter's icy moon Europa.

(Image credit: NASA, ESA, and K. Retherford)

Scientific Debate Centers On Giant Crack In Africa's Rift Valley

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 4:02am

A deep, wide gash has slashed across the Great Rift Valley floor in a geologically hot part of Kenya. Some wonder if East Africa will eventually separate from the continent.

Trump's 'Energy Dominance' Gets Slow Start On Federal Land

Sun, 05/13/2018 - 7:04am

Despite President Trump's pledge to boost oil and gas drilling on federal land, some statistics show there was more activity during the Obama administration.

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New Orleans Pressured To Reconsider Permit For Power Plant Backed By Paid Actors

Sat, 05/12/2018 - 5:00pm

In New Orleans, activists who spoke in favor of a proposed gas plant turned out to be paid actors. Environmentalists are calling on the city council to reconsider its approval of a plant permit.

Doctor Behind Asperger's Syndrome Subject To Name Change

Sat, 05/12/2018 - 5:00pm

In the book "Asperger's Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna," Edith Sheffer writes about the doctor who first diagnosed Asperger's Syndrome. Sheffer tells NPR's Michel Martin how Hans Asperger's Nazi ties were hidden for years.

Tardis Optional: Time Travelers Invited To Stephen Hawking Service

Sat, 05/12/2018 - 2:47pm

Applications to attend a memorial service for the famous scientist are open to the public. Anyone born between 1918 and 2038 can apply.

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Researchers Tackle Gun Violence Despite Lack of Federal Funding

Sat, 05/12/2018 - 10:19am

Despite a federal ban on funding the study of gun violence, researchers have published hundreds of studies in recent years exploring risk factors and solutions to the problem.

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The $1 Fentanyl Drug Test

Sat, 05/12/2018 - 7:07am

Public health experts are encouraging drug users to test their drugs for fentanyl with a $1 strip. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Traci Green of Brown University about the technology.

Eruption Of Hawaii Volcano Could Cause Smog, Acid Rain And Ballistic Projectiles

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 5:04pm

Since Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupted on last week, dozens of structures have been destroyed, and thousands have been evacuated. Now, scientists say it could cause volcanic smog, acid rain and ballistic projectiles.

Earth's 'Bigger, Older Cousin' Maybe Doesn't Even Exist

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 11:44am

In 2015, to great fanfare, NASA announced a planet discovery considered a milestone in the hunt for another Earth. But now some researchers say it's not clear that this planet actually exists.

From Collards to Maple Syrup, How Your Identity Impacts The Food You Like

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 7:00am

When people are reminded of their cultural roots, the food representing that culture tastes better. Scientists could harness that food and identity association to help people eat more healthfully.

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