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Doctors In China Lead Race To Treat Cancer By Editing Genes

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 4:00am

More than a third of patients with cancer of the esophagus responded to experimental treatment in China with the gene-editing technique CRISPR. Several CRISPR studies are underway there.

(Image credit: Yuhan Xu/NPR)

Like Lemons? Quinoa? Thank This Food Explorer For Bringing Them To Your Plate

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 4:24pm

In the early 20th century, botanist David Fairchild traveled the world and brought plants back to the U.S. that we now see as thoroughly American. NPR talks with the author of a book on Fairchild.

Michio Kaku Predicts "The Future of Humanity"

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 10:18am

The futurist and physicist talks about mankind's next giant leap.

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Hidden Brain: A Study Of Airline Delays

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 4:01am

Flight delays and late arrivals have gone down since 1990. At the same time, airlines have increased scheduled flight times because flights are taking longer, and more time is spent taxiing.

Seismic Surveys Planned Off U.S. Coast Pose Risk To Marine Life

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 9:00am

The Trump administration could give companies permission to set off sonic explosions to explore for oil and gas deposits. Scientists say this could seriously harm marine life.

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Scientists Develop A Way To Use A Smartphone To Prevent Food Poisoning

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 6:00am

A microscope that clips on to your phone's camera can detect bacteria, such as salmonella or E. coli, even in tiny amounts. But the technology can't yet distinguish between good and bad bacteria.

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She Survived Breast Cancer, But Says A Treatment Side Effect 'Almost Killed' Her

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 3:50am

When many lymph nodes are removed along with a tumor, some patients develop painful and debilitating swelling — lymphedema. More doctors should recognize and help prevent the problem, surgeons say.

(Image credit: Luke Sharrett for NPR)

This Vaccine Can Prevent Cancer, But Many Teenagers Still Don't Get It

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 3:49am

The HPV vaccine can prevent cervical cancer in women and some cancers in men. It's most effective when given early in adolescence. But a new analysis finds only 29 percent of teens get it by age 13.

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Scientists Explore Ties Between Alzheimer's And Brain's Ancient Immune System

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 4:00am

Their first epiphanies came during musings over beer, and evolved into a decade of teamwork. Two Harvard researchers explain why they think Alzheimer's disease may be traced to an immunity glitch.

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Did Pox Virus Research Put Potential Profits Ahead of Public Safety?

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 7:08am

Privately funded scientists made a virus related to smallpox from scratch, hoping their version might lead to a better smallpox vaccine. But critics question the need — and worry about repercussions.

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'Strong' Black Woman? 'Smart' Asian Man? The Downside To Positive Stereotypes

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 5:07am

It's not hard to spin a positive stereotype as a compliment. But making any generalization about a group is a slippery slope.

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'Black Panther': Science, Heroes — And How Comics Changed The World

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 2:15pm

Hidden in the narratives of 1970s comics like the Black Panther was an idea that grew like a seed in the imagination of kids like me: Science and heroism were indelibly linked, says Adam Frank.

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As An American Tragedy Unfolds, Russian Agents Sow Discord Online

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 9:13am

On Twitter, Russian trolls, bots, and influencers are seeking to deepen divides after the latest school shooting.

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Young Kids Are Getting The Best Protection From Current Flu Vaccine

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 12:01pm

Overall, this season's vaccine is about 36 percent effective in blunting or preventing flu, health officials say. That's better than earlier predictions, and good enough to prevent flu in thousands.

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Borneo Has Lost 100,000 Orangutans Since 1999

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 11:03am

That's more than the number of the critically endangered species remaining. The orangutans have been hit hard by deforestation and hunting. The animals are native to the island.

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A Scientific Search For A Ghost (Particle)

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 9:06am

Scientists put a lot of effort into uncovering the history of these tiny bits of matter, in the hopes that it will tells us something about the universe, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.

(Image credit: Space Telescope Science Institute/NASA, ESA and Y.-H. Chu (Academia Sinica, Taipei))

$40 Million Later, A Pioneering Plan To Boost Wild Fish Stocks Shows Little Success

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 7:00am

A California program begun 35 years ago to boost waning white seabass populations became a model for other states. Now the first scientific review finds the program had a stunningly low success rate.

(Image credit: Mike Shane/Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute )

WATCH: Penguins Carrying Valentines Will Melt Your Heart

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 6:22pm

Biologists at the California Academy of Sciences handed out red felt hearts to African penguin couples in the aquarium. The birds use the romantic treats to woo and court one another.

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WATCH: Ants Act As Medics, Treat Wounds Of Injured Nest-Mates

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 2:11pm

A new study, published on Wednesday in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, describes how specific individuals in Matabele ant colonies will clean the wounds of injured ants.

(Image credit: Erik T. Frank/Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg )

Top EPA Science Adviser Has History Of Questioning Pollution Research

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 12:55pm

Michael Honeycutt, the top toxicologist for Texas, is the latest chair of the EPA's science advisory board. But some scientists warn his views align more with industry than with scientific consensus.

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