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Many Well-Known Hospitals Fail To Score High In Medicare Rankings

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 3:51pm

Hospitals have been fighting to block the rankings, but Medicare released them Wednesday. Of the 102 hospitals that got a 5-star rating, few are among those generally praised for great care.

Team Of Researchers Dig Up New Compound In An Unlikely Spot: Our Noses

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 3:07pm

Scientists in Germany have found a potentially powerful antibiotic that can kill dangerous bacteria. Maybe the most impressive thing about the new compound is where scientists found it: the human nose.

'Nose-y' Bacteria Could Yield A New Way To Fight Infection

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 2:00pm

The search for lifesaving antibiotics is on. Scientists have turned up one promising candidate in an unlikely place — the human nose.

Police Use Fingertip Replicas To Unlock A Murder Victim's Phone

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 1:34pm

Michigan State University engineers tried 3-D-printed fingertips and special conductive replicas of the victim's fingerprints to crack the biometric lock on his Samsung Galaxy phone.

How Jupiter's Red Spot Makes Things High Above It Hot, Hot, Hot

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 12:03pm

Think summer's hot on Earth? Space physicists tracking weather on Jupiter say the roar of the raging storm we call the Great Red Spot heats the outer atmosphere above it by more than 1,000 degrees F.

Americans Are Shrinking, While Chinese And Koreans Sprout Up

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 11:56am

A massive study looks at how heights around the world have changed over the past century.

Mummified Egyptian Was Just As Sedentary And Carb-Hungry As Modern Men

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 3:40pm

A 2,200-year-old mummy going on display in Israel shows some of the same ailments modern people suffer from: osteoporosis, tooth decay, and other effects of an inactive, carbohydrate-rich lifestyle.

Solar-Powered Plane Completes Historic Circumnavigation

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 3:24pm

The Solar Impulse 2 landed in Abu Dhabi, where its journey began 17 flights ago in March 2015. Alternating with another pilot, Bertrand Piccard flew around the world with no fuel.

A Sniff Test For Alzheimer's Checks For The Ability To Identify Odors

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 12:57pm

New research suggests it may be possible to spot people in the early stages of Alzheimer's by testing their ability to recognize fragrances. The goal is a quick and inexpensive screening test.

'Clone Sisters' Of Dolly The Sheep Are Alive And Kicking

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 10:04am

Dolly, the first cloned mammal, had early arthritis and died young, raising concerns that clones age prematurely. But a study confirms the sheep's four sister clones are healthy and aging well.

Sun-Powered Airplane Completes Historic Trip Around The World

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 6:56am

"This is not only a first in the history of aviation; it's before all a first in the history of energy," Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard says. His plane flew more than 26,700 miles without using fuel.

Canadian Oil Spill Threatens Drinking Water

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 4:10pm

An oil slick has forced the city of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, to shut down its water treatment plant, after a pipeline dumped tens of thousands of gallons into the North Saskatchewan River.

California Fires Threaten Homes, Force Hundreds Of Evacuations

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 10:46am

The body of a man was found in an area burned by a 33,000 acre wildfire north of Los Angeles. The Sand Fire has destroyed more than a dozen homes and is one of 19 major fires burning in California.

#FoodPorn, Circa 1600s: Then And Now, It Was More About Status Than Appetite

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 10:32am

A new study of old masters finds that capturing and showing off decadent and expensive meals is a decidedly old-fashioned practice. Like today's Instagrammers, it was all about projecting an image.

The Uppermost Aristocracy of the Hoverfly Society

Sat, 07/23/2016 - 8:07am

Fredrik Sjöberg had been hunting for hoverflies for 30 years. But his collection wasn't complete without the rare and beautiful Callicera fly.

Helping Transgender People Find Their Voice

Sat, 07/23/2016 - 7:34am

Speech therapist Wendy Chase helps transgender people make their voices sound like their gender identity. She says how people communicate affects how they are perceived.

The HIV Trap: A Woman's Lack Of Control

Sat, 07/23/2016 - 4:41am

AIDS is the biggest killer of young women in southern Africa, where many are sexually abused. The CEO of a nonprofit is trying to tip the balance to women with an unlikely tool: a vaginal ring.

Cosplayers Use Costume To Unleash Their Superpowers

Sat, 07/23/2016 - 4:00am

A shy woman becomes a brave warrior princess. A man calls on Captain America to help him lose 45 pounds. In costume role play they become part of a community where they can transform themselves.

Making The Cloud Green: Tech Firms Push For Renewable Energy Sources

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 3:32pm

Few people can demand what kind of electricity they get. But Microsoft and Facebook, which operate huge, power-hungry data centers, are trying to green up the electricity grid with their buying power.

Invisibilia: The Unbearable Lightness Of Footwear

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 12:57pm

When we invented shoes, we slipped a surface between ourselves and the world. Ever wonder if this is the moment mankind fell from grace? No? Well, for better or worse, NPR's Colin Dwyer has.




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