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New Maps Reveal Global Fishing's 'Vast Scope Of Exploitation Of The Ocean'

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 4:57pm

Researchers have used radio transmissions to track the movement of fishing vessels and create stunning maps of fishing activity. The maps show that fishing covers most of the globe's oceans.

(Image credit: Global Fishing Watch)

Why The Last 'Wild' Horses Really Aren't

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 1:01pm

A story from the journal Science suggests that the only "wild" horses in existence aren't actually wild at all, but rather are the feral descendants of an early domestication.

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SpaceX Completes Successful Launch, Narrowly Misses Catching $6 Million Nose Cone

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 1:00pm

As part of his "rocket reusability" ethos, Elon Musk had hoped to use a giant net on a boat to catch the rocket's protective covering. It turns out it's hard to catch stuff falling from space.

(Image credit: Michael Peterson/AP)

Keeping A Close Eye: Dogs, Social Referencing, And Evolution

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 12:40pm

Does your dog watch you closely? A new experiment shows how dogs may match our movements and, in some breeds more than others, gaze at us for information, writes anthropologist Barbara J. King.

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Synergy Between Nurses And Automation Could Be Key To Finding Sepsis Early

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 11:40am

A bedside computer loaded with software that tracks vital signs in the ICU can pick up early warning patterns, specialists say. But it takes a human care provider to sort the signal from the noise.

(Image credit: Ian C. Bates for NPR)

A New Survey Finds 80 Percent Of Women Have Experienced Sexual Harassment

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 6:43pm

A nationwide survey found that most women have experienced some form of sexual harassment, many since their teenage years. The results illustrate why the #MeToo movement was so successful.

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Did An IV Cocktail Of Vitamins And Drugs Save This Lumberjack From Sepsis?

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:40am

A 51-year-old man nearly died from septic shock, when a crushing injury led to overwhelming infection. After getting an experimental treatment, he's recovering well, but some doctors want more proof.

(Image credit: Ian C. Bates for NPR)

Arizona's Tepary Beans Preserve A Native Past, Hold Promise For The Future

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:47am

Local Native Americans grew teparies for centuries, but the beans began to sink into obscurity. Now, thanks to seed preservation and farmers who want to preserve the past, they're making a comeback.

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Can We Change The Past?

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 8:12am

Putting humans and consciousness aside, at the level of quantum particles Wheeler's Delayed-Choice experiments show that actions in the present can influence the past, says physicist Marcelo Gleiser.

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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.

(Image credit: Karen Brown/New England Public Radio)

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.

(Image credit: Martin M. Rotker/Science Source)

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.

(Image credit: Chris Bjornberg/Science Source)

'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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