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What's Your Sign? Look Again, Says NASA

Sun, 09/25/2016 - 7:35am

If you rely on an insight from your daily horoscopes, you may have been looking at the wrong sign this whole time.

Glassblowing Program Trains Students To Craft Tools For Science

Sun, 09/25/2016 - 7:31am

There is only one school in the U.S. where glassblowers can graduate with a degree in making lab equipment. Students learn how to make customized glassware used in cutting-edge scientific experiments.

Legalizing Marijuana: It Changes Policing, But May Leave Racial Disparities

Sat, 09/24/2016 - 4:30pm

California is among five states this year where marijuana legalization is on the ballot. But there's concern about if legalizing it will reduce the number of marijuana arrests among African-Americans.

Fill It With Regular: AAA Finds Millions Of Drivers Waste Money On Premium Gas

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 7:57pm

A study by AAA found 16.5 million Americans buy premium gas when their cars don't need it. Director of Automotive Engineering Greg Brannon says drivers waste money when they unnecessarily use premium.

Presidential Candidates Hold Starkly Different Views On Energy

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 3:42pm

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have starkly different views on energy policies. We hear from the people who are advising the candidates on everything from clean energy to fracking.

This Doctor Is Trying To Stop Heart Attacks In Their Tracks

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 12:22pm

Harry Selker has spent his life trying to come up with better ways to keep people from dying of heart attacks. Now he's intent on figuring out if a simple, cheap medication could be a game changer.

Are We Reaching The End Of The Trend For Longer, Healthier Lives?

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 3:57am

In the past 50 years, better medical care and healthier habits have greatly reduced the risk of dying young from heart disease. But the obesity epidemic threatens to reverse that happy trend.

Computer Scientists Solve Mystery Of The En-Gedi Scroll By 'Virtual Unwrapping'

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 4:10pm

Researchers used a new kind of analysis to make a virtual image of a crumbling ancient scroll from Israel. Biblical scholars were able to read the recreated text, which is from Leviticus.

Computer Scientists Solve Mystery Of The Ein Gedi Scroll By 'Virtual Unwrapping'

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 4:06pm

Researchers used a new kind of analysis to make a virtual image of a crumbling ancient scroll from Israel. Biblical scholars were able to read the re-created text, which is from Leviticus.

As a GMO Pillar Wobbles, Biotech Companies Promise New Insect-Killing Genes

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 3:50pm

Scientists have discovered a soil microbe with a gene that kills the corn rootworm, an insect that farmers spend $1 billion each year trying to control.

Stanford Biologist Invents Ultra Low Cost Scientific Tools

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 3:33pm

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Manu Prakash, a physical biologist and inventor at Stanford University, about being awarded a MacArthur fellowship this year. He talks about his work using bioengineering, not just for basic research, but to invent ultra low cost scientific tools, such as microscopes kids can use anywhere in the world.

Swedish Scientist Starts DNA Experiments On Healthy Human Embryos

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 3:33pm

A scientist in Sweden has started experiments on healthy human embryos in which DNA is altered. The aim is to determine the causes of infertility. It's the first known use of so-called "gene-editing" tools on healthy human embryos, and critics say it could potentially lead society down a very dangerous path.

Breaking Taboo, Swedish Scientist Seeks To Edit DNA Of Healthy Human Embryos

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 4:07am

A Swedish biologist wants to change the genes of healthy human embryos to find ways to treat infertility and perhaps other diseases. The experiments intensify ethical questions genetic engineering.

If You Think Eating Is A Political Act, Say Thanks To Frances Moore Lappe

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 4:07am

When Frances Moore Lappe wrote the best-selling Diet For A Small Planet back in 1971, she helped start a conversation about the social and environmental impacts of the foods we choose.

'70's Food Movement Promoted Benefits Of Plant-Based Diet

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 4:07am

Frances Moore Lappe wrote the book, Diet for a Small Planet, which advocates a vegetarian diet. The book started a conversation about the political, economic and health implications of food choices.

'Genius Grant' Winner Is A Genius At Inspiring Students

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 4:07am

Engineering professor Rebecca Richards-Kortum wins a MacArthur Fellowship for inspiring her students to invent medical devices for the developing world.

Bioengineering Professor Who Encourages Creativity Wins Genius Grant

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 4:07am

The annual MacArthur Fellowships, also known as the MacArthur genius grants have been unveiled. One of the 23 winners is a ground breaking global health engineer.

Can An Airline Affect The Direction Of Science?

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 4:07am

Research collaborations often involve scientists from all over the world. A new study looks at plane ticket prices, and how they relate to the direction of science.

We Really Do Get A Little More Santa-Like, Physically, During The Holidays

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 4:12pm

All that holiday grubbing does indeed pack on the pounds. How much? Researchers tracked the weights of 3,000 people in Germany, Japan and the U.S. and found a weight spike after every major holiday.

How A 'Sixth Sense' Helps Simone Biles Fly, And The Rest Of Us Walk

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 4:01pm

Scientists are finally beginning to understand proprioception, a sense that tells us where our body is in space. Much of what they've learned comes from two girls with a rare genetic disorder.

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