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Nearly Dying In Childbirth: Why Preventable Complications Are Growing In U.S.

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 11:17am

The rate of life-threatening complications for new mothers in the U.S. has more than doubled in two decades as a result of pre-existing conditions, medical errors and unequal access to care.

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Siddhartha Mukherjee: Can We Reimagine Our Approach To Treating Disease?

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 6:00am

When it comes to medicine, one rule of thinking has generally prevailed: Have disease, take pill, kill something. But physician Siddhartha Mukherjee says treatment should take a broader approach.

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Climate Change Likely To Increase Volcanic Eruptions, Scientists Say

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 5:30am

A recent study in the journal Geology says glacial ice has an impact on the behavior of magma below the Earth's surface. It finds a correlation between a warmer climate and more volcanic activity.

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Trump's Busy Year On Energy And Environment

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 4:01am

President Trump and a trio of cabinet members have made headway in their campaign for American fossil fuel "energy dominance." This might slow renewable energy, but it won't bring back coal.

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How Humans Use 'Strategic Ignorance' When Facts Get In The Way

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 3:55am

Social science research explores how our minds push away information that gets in the way of our feelings and desires.

Fossil Fuel Industry Pushes For Clean Power Plan Replacement

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 3:55pm

The industry declared victory when the Trump administration reversed President Obama's signature climate plan. Now, fearing a legal challenge, they're in the odd position of pushing for a replacement.

Lions, Reindeer And Sheep, Oh My! Zoo Prepares To Evacuate As Fire Burns Close

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 3:18pm

As the massive Thomas Fire burs in California, the Santa Barbara Zoo's elaborate evacuation plan involves 150 species, tranquilizers and maybe even throwing a towel over an alligator's head.

(Image credit: Courtesy Santa Barbara Zoo)

Latest 'Star Wars' Teaches The Value Of Failure

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 10:16am

The Last Jedi highlights the need for failure to find success, as the ongoing dynamic of The Force — the tug-of-war between good and evil — aptly defines our humanity, says Marcelo Gleiser.

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Mistrial Declared In Bundy Ranch Standoff Case

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 9:07am

The government's case against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy accuses him of leading an armed standoff over control of U.S. public lands in 2014.

Why Some Cities Are Better Than Others At Avoiding Gridlock

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 4:03am

Just because a city is efficient at moving traffic around doesn't mean it's "traffic resilient." Scientists examined 40 cities and ranked them in terms of how they handle disruptions.

Scientists Use Gene Editing To Prevents A Form Of Deafness in Mice

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 4:23pm

Success with a new gene-editing technique in mice prone to deafness highlights the potential for using it to prevent a form of inherited hearing loss in humans. But it has many hurdles to overcome.

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WATCH: What Happens When Two Neutron Stars Collide

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 2:01pm

Turns out that Einstein was right about what happens when neutron stars collide. An international team of astronomers has confirmed his theory for the first time.

Beetle Penises May Hold Clues For Better Medical Devices

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 1:03pm

Male cassidine beetles have enormously long, hooked penises that are rigid in some parts and soft in others. Scientists hope studying the beetle penises could help people design better catheters.

(Image credit: Matsumura, Kovalev, Gorb, Sci. Adv. 2017;3: eaao5469)

How Racism May Cause Black Mothers To Suffer The Death Of Their Infants

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 4:01am

African-American women are more likely to lose a baby in the first year of life than women of any other race. Scientists think that stress from racism makes their bodies and babies more vulnerable.

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For Alaskan Coastal Village, Erosion Hits Home

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 4:00am

Melting permafrost and major storms are eating away at the coastal Alaskan village of Newtok. Residents are desperate to move, but the U.S. has no climate change policy that could help them.

(Image credit: Rachel Waldholz/Alaska's Energy Desk)

Sorry Folks, Climate Change Won't Make Chocolate Taste Better

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 12:39pm

Several news stories recently celebrated a new study suggesting global warming might enhance the taste of the beloved sweet. Sadly, that's not what it found at all, says the lead researcher.

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Facebook Expands Use Of Facial Recognition To ID Users In Photos

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 12:39pm

Currently, the site uses face recognition to prompt users to tag themselves or their friends in photos. Now users will get alerts when a photo is posted of their face, tag or no tag.

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No Eggnog, But Rescued Animals Enjoy Holiday Celebrations, Too

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 10:34am

If you involve your pets in holiday festivities, you'll immediately get why sanctuaries and nature centers fuss over their animals at this time of year, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.

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GOP Tax Bill Leaves Health Savings Accounts Untouched

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 9:47am

Republicans tried last summer to expand the use of these tax-advantaged accounts that are linked to high-deductible health plans. But their expansion proposal didn't make it into the tax bill.

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Being Different Helped A NASA Roboticist Achieve Her Dream

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 8:50am

Ayanna Howard was 27 when she headed her first team at NASA. She talks about feeling like an outsider, and discovering that diversity drives innovation.

(Image credit: Daniela Sherer for NPR)




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