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Leaking Natural Gas Well In California Is Permanently Sealed

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 1:26pm

After spewing methane into the atmosphere for months, a storage well near Porter Ranch, Los Angeles, has been permanently sealed and taken out of service, state officials and the gas utility say.

Is Organic More Nutritious? New Study Adds To The Evidence

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 11:27am

Organic dairy and meat contain significantly more omega-3s than their conventional counterparts, a huge new study finds. It's the latest research to show organic production can boost key nutrients.

Space Archaeologist Wants Your Help To Find Ancient Sites

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 5:54pm

Sarah Parcak uses satellite imagery to identify hidden sites. The winner of the 2016 TED Prize now plans to invite everyone to help her locate historical treasures.

Study Shows Extra Testosterone Might Help Some Older Men

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 5:08pm

A man's testosterone level drops as he ages, but boosting it with supplements has been controversial. The first year of data from a big study now suggests a modest boost in libido for some men.

War May Not Have Led To Easter Island's Ancient Collapse

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 4:34pm

The question of what caused Easter Island's demise is a matter of hot debate. War is often blamed, but new research suggests that obsidian blades on the island were used for farming — not fighting.

Teen Health Van Delivers More Than Medical Care To Homeless Youth

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 5:00am

The number of homeless Californians under age 24 keeps rising, and many aren't getting the physical and mental health care they need, teen advocates say. Mobile clinics are trying to fill the gaps.

Is There A Connection Between College Football Games And Risks For Rape?

Wed, 02/17/2016 - 4:15am

Analysis explores the relationship among college football, binge drinking and sexual violence on campus. It suggests that reports of rape increase 41 percent on college football home games.

New Study Links Widening Income Gap With Life Expectancy

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 3:26pm

You might have heard about the widening income gap. You might not know there's a life expectancy gap as well. The rich are outliving the poor by a wider margin than ever before, according to a new study by the Brookings Institution. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with co-author Gary Burtless about the study.

With Special Tax Suspended, Medical Device Firms Reap Big Savings

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 3:26pm

The medical device industry is enjoying a two-year moratorium on a tax that was created to support the Affordable Care Act. Are firms using their savings to create more jobs, as many claim?

Remembering Anarcha, Lucy, and Betsey: The Mothers of Modern Gynecology

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 11:08am

J. Marion Sims is remembered as the father of modern gynecology. Forgotten are the mothers—the enslaved women whose bodies were sacrificed for the advancement of his research.

Study: Program To Protect Fish Is Saving Fishermen's Lives, Too

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 6:00am

Catch share programs — where fishermen are allotted a set quota of the catch --reduce the notoriously risky behavior fishermen are known for, like sailing in stormy weather, a new study finds.

Standards, Grades, And Tests Are Wildly Outdated, Argues 'End Of Average'

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 4:00am

A Harvard faculty member argues in his new book that averages tell us nothing useful about individuals. And that has big implications for schools.

A Cluttered Kitchen Can Nudge Us To Overeat, Study Finds

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 3:29am

Earlier research found that people in a messy work area were less likely to choose healthy snacks. Now a study hints that a cluttered kitchen might make those who feel out of control eat more sweets.

How To Clean Up All That Plastic In The Oceans

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 4:52pm

By 2050, it's estimated the oceans will contain more plastic than fish, by weight. One entrepreneur says he's developing a tool to remove much of that plastic.

WATCH: Massive Gas Leak At Porter Ranch Slows To A Stop

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 9:22am

The California Air Resources Board was recording with an infrared camera as the methane leak on the outskirts of LA was finally controlled Thursday. The leak still needs to be permanently capped.

Einstein Saw Space Move, Long Before We Could Hear It

Sat, 02/13/2016 - 6:22am

With all the excitement over the discovery of gravitational waves, NPR's Linda Wertheimer takes a moment to remember the man who first imagined a universe we couldn't yet see: Albert Einstein.

Massive Gas Leak In Los Angeles Temporarily Plugged After Nearly 4 Months

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 3:35pm

Crews are working to permanently plug the methane gas leak that has forced hundreds from their homes in the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles. Southern California Gas Company says the leak was temporarily fixed Thursday, after nearly four months of spewing methane into the air.

Ready, Set, Watch: The Great Backyard Bird Count Starts Today

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 2:59pm

The annual event invites bird watchers of all levels to count the birds in their backyard, and submit the data to researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society.

Einstein, A Hunch And Decades Of Work: How Scientists Found Gravitational Waves

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 1:55pm

Behind the headlines and news conferences announcing the discovery were decades of hard work, hundreds of scientists and more than a billion dollars in taxpayer funds.

History-Making Philae Lander Faces 'Eternal Hibernation' On Comet

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 9:43am

A tweet issued by the European Space Agency includes a cartoon showing the Rosetta orbiter thinking about its little lander taking a nap on the comet's cold surface.

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