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Losing Hurts (In Surprising Ways)

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 11:05pm

With the Olympics in full swing, we look at the myriad ways losing a competition can wreak havoc on our physical and mental health.

A Study Takes The Globe's Blood Pressure And Finds A Dramatic Rise

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 4:27pm

According to the research, hypertension is now a more common disease in low- and middle-income countries than in wealthy nations.

Athletes Go For Gold With Red Spots Blazing

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 3:31pm

There's scant science to support the ancient Eastern therapy of cupping. But that hasn't stopped Olympians from trying it to ease pain and speed recovery.

Trading Cards: The Who's Who Of #NPRWormWeek

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 1:59pm

There are hundreds of thousands of species of worm wriggling around the world. We made trading cards about six of them.

How A Wave Is Unlike An Armadillo: One Reporter's Summer Puzzle

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 10:41am

"There's something about waves that can get you into kind of a mental funk," one philosopher says. For NPR's summer science series, Joe Palca tries to answer the big question: What is a wave?

When Pregnant Women Need Medicine, They Encounter A Void

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 3:34am

Women encounter a dilemma when they get pregnant: Should they continue taking medications that keep them healthy? That question can be scary, because drugs are rarely tested for safety in pregnancy.

The Chimera Quandary: Is It Ethical To Create Hybrid Embryos?

Sun, 08/07/2016 - 4:00pm

The National Institutes of Health proposed lifting its moratorium on funding for research on part-animal, part-human embryos — which raises a huge dilemma, says bioethicist Insoo Hyun.

Saving The Tricolored Blackbird

Sun, 08/07/2016 - 7:26am

The tricolored blackbird population in California has declined to a point that it's a candidate for the California Endangered Species List. But efforts are underway to keep the bird from disappearing.

Trans And Adopted: Exploring Teen Identity

Sun, 08/07/2016 - 5:09am

A Boston health clinic that treats transgender kids and teens finds that the percentage of its young patients who are adopted is higher than expected. These kids might need extra support, doctors say.

The App That Aims To Gamify Biology Has Amateurs Discovering New Species

Sat, 08/06/2016 - 7:38am

Not everyone outside staring into their phones is searching for Pokémon — some people are looking for actual wildlife. The app iNaturalist is bringing together urban biologists and curious citizens.

Zika-Fighting GMO Mosquito Gets FDA Approval For Testing

Sat, 08/06/2016 - 7:38am

The FDA has approved field trials of a genetically engineered mosquito designed to combat Zika and other diseases. But there's strong opposition in Florida where the GMO insects would be tested.

Cockroach Milk: Yes. You Read That Right

Sat, 08/06/2016 - 7:38am

Turns out, cockroach milk is among the most nutritious substances on Earth. But it may still be a while before you can scurry to health stores for roach-milk protein shakes.

For Vets, Caring For Sick Pets And Grieving Owners Takes A Toll

Sat, 08/06/2016 - 4:00am

Veterinarians have high rates of stress and suicide, so vet schools are trying to give them tools to deal with challenging tasks such as euthanasia — and with comforting with grieving pet owners.

The Mystery Of Why Sunflowers Turn To Follow The Sun — Solved

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 5:02pm

Scientists have answered a burning question central to the charm of sunflowers: Why do young flowers move their blooms to always face the sun over the course of a day?

Melting Ice In Greenland Could Expose Serious Pollutants From Buried Army Base

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 3:41pm

Camp Century was a research station and test site for deploying nuclear missiles before it was abandoned under the ice in the '60s. Scientists say pollutants left behind may spread as the ice melts.

X-Rays Reveal Hidden Portrait Under Painting By Edgar Degas

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 1:11pm

A team of researchers in Australia used a special mapping technique to expose a striking painting of another woman under the French Impressionist's Portrait of a Woman.

With No Insanity Defense, Seriously Ill People End Up In Prison

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 9:04am

Four states have no insanity defense. Advocates say that means seriously ill people can be executed where in other states they wouldn't be convicted at all, and it makes it harder to get treatment.

Florida Company Gets One Bureaucratic Step Closer To Landing On The Moon

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 9:31pm

A Florida company has been given the green light to send a robot off the planet, aiming for the moon. It's a milestone in the effort to privatize space exploration.

Florida Company Gets One Bureaucratic Step Closer To Landing On The Moon

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 9:27pm

A Florida company has been given the green light to send a robot off the planet, aiming for the moon. It's a milestone in the effort to privatize space exploration.

Medical Studies Involving Children Often Go Unpublished

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 2:51pm

An analysis of pediatric clinical trials found that the results of almost a third of studies that were finished weren't published in medical journals. The lapses raise scientific and ethical concerns.

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