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Environmentalists, Coal Companies Rally Around Technology To Clean Up Coal

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 3:59am

The industry has been in decline for years, partly because burning coal creates CO2 and warms the atmosphere. But there's a way to capture it — which has drawn praise from traditional enemies.

(Image credit: Mark Humphrey/AP)

A Lazarus Patient And The Limits Of A Lifesaving Stroke Procedure

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 3:29am

About 800,000 people have strokes each year in the U.S. Most are caused by clots that block blood to the brain. In some cases, doctors can remove the clot using a device that looks like a fishing net.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Kurt Hinrichs)

Yo-Yo Dieting May Pose Serious Risks For Heart Patients

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 3:28am

People with heart disease should keep their weight down, but it can be hard to lose weight and keep it off. Now a study shows big fluctuations may increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.

(Image credit: John Holcroft/Ikon ImagesGetty Images)

Saturn: Cassini's Final Chapter

Sun, 04/30/2017 - 6:56am

After years, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will soon begin its final act — a plunge into Saturn. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Dr. Carolyn Porco, head of the imaging team, about the mission's legacy.

Alaska Guessing Game Provides Climate Change Record

Sun, 04/30/2017 - 5:44am

Months behind the rest of the country, spring is advancing across Alaska. And a contest that has residents guess the date of river ice breakup is showing a trend toward earlier and earlier melt.

(Image credit: Dan Bross/KUAC)

Being A Guinea Pig For Science Can Be A Long, Slow Slog

Sun, 04/30/2017 - 4:00am

Brandie Jefferson volunteered for a clinical trial to see if intermittent fasting can help treat multiple sclerosis. Five months in, she realizes that this study won't answer that question.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Brandie Jefferson)

Thousands Of Marchers Expected To Take On Trump's Climate Policies

Sat, 04/29/2017 - 11:15am

On the symbolic 100th day in office for President Trump, who has denied climate change, protesters are rallying in front of the White House to call for better environmental protections.

(Image credit: Windsor Johnston/NPR)

Florida Battles With Tricky Removal Of Costly Muck In Indian River Lagoon

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 3:20pm

In Florida, an effort is underway to remove more than million cubic feet of muck sullying the Indian River Lagoon, considered North America's most biologically diverse estuary. It's a mess.

California Is On Its Way To Having An Avocado Crop Year-Round

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 2:15pm

Americans ate 2 billion pounds of avocados last year; many came from Mexico. That's because avocados grow year-round in Mexico's climate, but not California's. Researchers are working to change that.

(Image credit: Ezra David Romero/Valley Public Radio)

Scientists Hunt Hard Evidence On How Cop Cameras Affect Behavior

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 12:03pm

Police departments in about 95 percent of cities nationally have put wearable cameras on officers, or soon plan to. But do these body cameras make neighborhoods safer? Scientists want to find out.

(Image credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Cassini Craft Beams Closest Images Ever Taken Of Saturn

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 8:28am

The spacecraft is "showing us new wonders and demonstrating where our curiosity can take us if we dare," NASA's planetary science director says.

(Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

The North Korean Electromagnetic Pulse Threat, Or Lack Thereof

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 4:10am

Can a nuclear weapon in space fired by North Korea knock off much of the world's electricity? Jeffrey Lewis, of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, says not really.

Instead Of Showing Off Wealth, Some Show Off Busy Schedules

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 4:09am

Instead of buying expensive things, people now use busyness to show their high status. New research finds that many celebrities use social media to boast about their lack of time, not their wealth.

Welcome To The Poison Garden: Medicine's Medieval Roots

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 4:00am

One corner of the garden of Alnwick Castle in northern England grows a hundred plants behind lock and key. Many of the toxic species there were used by medieval doctors — nasty plants adapted to heal.

(Image credit: Joanne Silberner for NPR)

Cassini Spacecraft Re-Establishes Contact After 'Dive' Between Saturn And Its Rings

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 3:17am

The Cassini probe has orbited Saturn for 13 years. This is the first time it entered the gap between the planet and its rings.

(Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

Overlooked Drug Could Save Thousands Of Moms After Childbirth

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 5:21pm

An inexpensive drug could dramatically reduce the number of deaths of mothers from bleeding after childbirth in low- and middle-income countries around the world.

(Image credit: Thomas Fredberg/Getty Images/Science Photo Library)

Swipe Right To Help Save The Northern White Rhino From Extinction

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 3:45pm

To fund in vitro fertilization research, Ol Pejeta Conservancy CEO Richard Vigne says researchers teamed up with the dating app Tinder to feature "Sudan" as the "Most Eligible Bachelor in the World."

'Minibrains' In A Dish Shed A Little Light On Autism And Epilepsy

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 1:20pm

Experiments with small clusters of networked brain cells are helping scientists see how real brains develop normally, and what goes awry when cells have trouble making connections.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Pasca lab/Stanford University)

New Evidence Suggests Humans Arrived In The Americas Far Earlier Than Thought

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:00pm

Until now, the earliest signs of humans in the Americas dated back about 15,000 years. But new research puts people in California 130,000 years ago. Experts are wondering whether to believe it.

(Image credit: Tom Demere/San Diego Natural History Museum)

Cassini Spacecraft Starts Weaving Between Saturn And Its Rings

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 8:13am

"Shields Up!" the Cassini craft's Twitter feed announced Wednesday. If all goes well, new images of the ringed planet will reach Earth early Thursday.

(Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

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