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Sugar Vs. Sugar: Which Crop Is More Environmentally Friendly?

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 3:31pm

Sugar is sugar, but it comes from very different crops. Half of the U.S. supply comes from sugar cane in the tropics and half from sugar beets, which grow where it's cold. NPR explores whether one version is better for the environment than the other.

Risk Of Opioid Overdose Climbs At Middle Age

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 2:51pm

Most of the millions taking prescription painkillers are older than 45, research shows, and there's been a recent increase in drug overdose deaths among people over 55. Drug mixing is partly to blame.

A Long, Complicated Battle Over 9,000-Year-Old Bones Is Finally Over

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 10:48am

The 1996 discovery of Kennewick Man, one of the oldest North American human skeletons ever found, erupted in an unprecedented fight between scientists and Native American beliefs.

After Moore's Law: Predicting The Future Beyond Silicon Chips

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 10:29am

Scientists are preparing for the day when powerful computing can no longer rely on chips getting smaller and faster. One of them offers a sneak peek at some of the new/old ideas that may save the day.

California Raises Age Of Tobacco Purchase To 21 And Tightens Vaping Rules

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 9:58am

A package of tobacco bills signed into state law this week aims to cut the use of tobacco and e-cigarettes by adolescents and young adults, proponents say. Military personnel can still buy at age 18.

Ex-Chemist In Massachusetts Was High On Drugs At Work For 8 Years

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 4:40pm

Documents released Tuesday say Sonja Farak was under the influence of methamphetamines, ketamine, cocaine, LSD and other drugs nearly every day between 2005 and 2013.

After A Long Day At The Computer Do You Have A Medical Problem?

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 1:34pm

You're not alone if you feel a sting in your eyes and have blurry vision and neck pain after sitting in front of your computer for hours. But is there a name for your ailment?

How A Cheese Factory Is Transforming The Landscape Of Northern Colorado

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 1:03pm

Leprino's is the largest mozzarella manufacturer in the world. Now that the company is expanding, Colorado dairy farmers are beefing up their operations. The changes don't come without costs.

Advance In Human Embryo Research Rekindles Ethical Debate

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 12:04pm

Scientists have been able to keep human embryos alive twice as long as before. The technique is reopening a debate over a rule limiting research on human embryos to 14 days.

Scientists Look To Insects To Diagnose The Health Of A National Park

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 4:06am

Put on your waders and foam-soled boots — we're about to adventure into a shallow creek in Great Smoky Mountains National Park which straddles the border of North Carolina and Tennessee.

Getting High From This Drug For Diarrhea Can Be Fatal

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 3:09pm

An increasing number of opioid abusers are taking huge doses of Imodium to ease withdrawal symptoms or get high. But at those high doses, toxicologists warn, the normally safe drug can stop the heart.

Solar Airplane Lands In Phoenix After Flight From Silicon Valley

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 6:22am

The 745-mile trip took nearly 16 hours — less time than expected, largely due to powerful tailwinds.

The Health Benefits Of Dancing Go Beyond Exercise And Stress Reducer

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 4:15am

What are the health implications of dancing? New social science research shows that dancing in synchrony with others increases people's threshold for dealing with pain.

Cyclist Teaches Kids To Use Fun To Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 4:00am

Jaime Rangel was 14 when he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Bike rides helped him get in shape and defeat the illness. Today he's 26 and showing other kids from low-income families how to do it.

The Unintended Consequences Of Trying To Fix Traffic

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 11:10pm

Everyone hates traffic. Unfortunately, our best efforts to curb it usually make it worse.

'Biggest Loser' Lessons: Why The Body Makes It Hard To Keep Pounds Off

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 3:26pm

New research into the lives of past Biggest Loser contestants found many regain much of the weight they lost in the show --sometimes 100 pounds or more — because their biology works against them.

3 Strange Worlds Circling A Cool Star Might Be Prime Spots To Support Life

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 10:11am

Scientists say each of these planets has one searingly hot side that's always facing the star and one frigidly cold side that's always facing away. But the regions in between might be cozy.

Can An Online Game Help Create A Better Test For TB?

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 10:01am

In a vote of confidence for citizen science, researchers who created an online RNA-folding game launched the project's first challenge aimed at a disease — creating a better tuberculosis test.

Ringling Bros. Circus Holds Final Shows Featuring Elephants

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 9:09am

In the world of animal rights, one activist compares it to the fall of the Berlin Wall. The original plan called for phasing out elephants' role in the circus by 2018.

What's Good For The Heart Is Good For The Brain

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 2:45am

Choosing a heart-healthy lifestyle can help protect your brain as you age, research suggests. And it's not just memory skills that benefit. Problem solving abilities and judgement are preserved, too.

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