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Scientists Get Down And Dirty With DNA To Track Wild Pigs

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:01am

Wild hogs inflict $1.5 billion in damage on U.S. property each year. But biologists can now track the elusive animals via tiny bits of DNA the swine leave behind in puddles and ponds.

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Chile's President Says Cataclysmic Wildfires Are Largely Under Control

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 12:26pm

States of emergency were lifted for some parts of the country as efforts turned to recovering from wildfires that killed at least 11 people and drew firefighting resources from at least 15 countries.

(Image credit: Esteban Felix/AP)

Are We Eating Our Fleece Jackets? Microfibers Are Migrating Into Field And Food

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 12:21pm

Fleece jackets and pullovers have transformed our experience of the outdoors. But the little, tiny synthetic fibers that fleece is made of could also be ending up in our diets.

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Carnivorous Plants Around The Globe Use Similar Deadly Tricks

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 10:03am

Pitcher plants have evolved independently on three different continents. But new research shows they use many of the same tools to catch and eat their prey.

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When Old Medicine Goes Bad

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 3:38am

With drug prices climbing, you may be tempted to keep unused pills and cough syrups past their expiration date. Don't do it, pharmacists warn. And get all medicine out of the bathroom cabinet now.

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Prion Test For Rare, Fatal Brain Disease Helps Families Cope

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 3:38am

Scientists now have a fairly noninvasive way to test for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a rare form of dementia. A similar test, they say, might offer earlier diagnoses of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.

(Image credit: Keith Negley for NPR)

Going Crazy From Annoying Sounds Is An Actual Medical Condition

Sun, 02/05/2017 - 7:10am

Ew, noisy chewing! Ack, clickety pens! If those sounds drive you crazy, you're not alone, and it turns out it's an actual medical condition called misophonia.

Travel Ban Keeps Scientists Out of the Lab

Sun, 02/05/2017 - 6:37am

The Trump administration's travel ban is preventing some researchers from returning to the U.S. Scientists fear this could negatively impact collaborations and international scientific meetings.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Colorado State University)

'Pretty Disgusting Snot-Like Spit' Lets Frogs Catch Their Prey

Sat, 02/04/2017 - 6:56am

Frog tongues are super soft and wrap around their prey while secreting a sticky spit that changes consistency. Alexis Noel of Georgia Tech tells NPR's Scott Simon how she studied the amphibians.

Chasing A Dream Built On Dairy, This Master Of Milk Came Home

Sat, 02/04/2017 - 4:44am

For one of the biggest and most successful dairymen in America, success was based in part on crossing cultural boundaries. Now, he has returned home to continue building his empire of milk.

(Image credit: Dan Charles/NPR)

'Bat Bot' Flying Robot Mimics 'Ridiculously Stupid' Complexity Of Bat Flight

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 3:17pm

Robotics experts at Caltech and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have created a robot that mimics the flight patterns of bats, including swerving and diving.

(Image credit: Caltech)

Mayans Have Farmed The Same Way For Millennia. Climate Change Means They Can't

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 11:00am

Climate change has brought erratic rainfall and poor harvests to Mexico's Yucatán peninsula, forcing local Mayan farmers to modernize their centuries-old farming practices.

(Image credit: Gabriel Popkin)

WATCH: In Hawaii, A 'Firehose' Of Lava Pours Into The Ocean

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 12:54pm

Researchers have captured dramatic footage of a tube of red-hot lava plummeting down a cliff into the ocean, sending fragments of lava and clouds of gray smoke into the sky.

(Image credit: USGS)

More Than 70 Arrests In North Dakota As Pipeline Detractors Weigh Legal Action

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 11:49am

Proponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline say final federal permission for the project is assured. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe says the Army must complete an environmental review already underway.

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Why Eating The Same Food Increases People's Trust And Cooperation

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 3:55am

All over the world, people say they make friends by "breaking bread together." Social science research explores why sitting down to eat together makes people feel closer.

CDC Seeks Controversial New Quarantine Powers To Stop Outbreaks

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 3:47am

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants more flexibility in deciding whom to quarantine and why. But critics say the changes the agency has proposed raise civil liberties questions.

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VIDEO: When Humans Got Cozy, Germs Got Deadly

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 11:26pm

Our first germs didn't do much damage, until we gave up our hunter-gatherer ways and started farming. Episode 1 of a three-part animated miniseries on the battle between humans and germs.

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World's Most Destructive Stone Marten Goes On Display In The Netherlands

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 4:27pm

The carcass of a marten that shut down the $7 billion Large Hadron Collider last year is the most recent addition to a Dutch exhibit of animals that have had notable interactions with humans.

(Image credit: Natural History Museum Rotterdam)

Moon Express Reaches Finals In Google Lunar Xprize Competition

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 3:27pm

The Silicon Valley company, Moon Express, is now a finalist in the $30 million Google Lunar Xprize competition. The company will attempt to place a spacecraft on the moon that could travel on its surface and transmit high definition images. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Naveen Jain, one of the founders of Moon Express, about the competition and the future of private space exploration and research.

With Concussion Risk In Soccer, Headers May Kick It Up A Notch

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 3:03pm

While a large number of the concussions in soccer come from players knocking skulls, heading the ball poses its own threat, a study finds.

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