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NIH Lifts Ban On Research That Could Make Deadly Viruses Even Worse

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 8:33am

After an unusual three-year moratorium, the federal government says it will once again allow research on deadly viruses that could spark pandemics. The work has sparked concerns about bioterrorism.

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Could A Zap To The Brain Derail Destructive Impulses?

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 2:19pm

A brain implant already used to treat severe epilepsy might also help fend off impulses to abuse drugs or overeat before they happen, researchers say. But so far it's been tested mostly in mice.

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Food And Drug Administration Plans Crackdown On Risky Homeopathic Remedies

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 1:26pm

FDA says homeopathy has grown into a $3 billion industry with treatments being sold for conditions ranging from the common cold to cancer. The agency will prioritize action against unsafe products.

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Kids Start To Test Surprising Claims By Early Elementary School

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 12:49pm

As many families prepare for a visit from Santa, and some face questions about the jolly old man in the red suit, a new study looks at how children react to surprising claims, says Tania Lombrozo.

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Older Adults' Forgetfulness Tied To Faulty Brain Rhythms In Sleep

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 3:47am

As people get older, brain waves that occur during deep sleep become less synchronized. This appears to disrupt a system that saves new memories.

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How To Survive Climate Change? Clues Are Buried In The Arctic

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 5:36pm

Climate change isn't new. Scientists are studying an ancient civilization in the Arctic to figure out how they survived climate change. The clues are buried in a secret, seaside neighborhood.

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Astronaut Trio Heads For Space Station To Continue Scientific Research

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 10:45am

The astronauts from the U.S., Russia and Japan blasted off early Sunday and are scheduled to arrive on Tuesday.

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Secret Pentagon Program Spent Millions To Research UFOs

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 8:29am

A Pentagon program spent $22 million researching "unidentified aerial phenomena," according to multiple reports. It was backed by former Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada.

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Researching How To Fight Climate Change With Geoengineering

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 7:05am

NPR's Lulu Garcia Navarro talks with Rep. Jerry McNerney, Democrat of California, about his new bill to research the effects and risks of "geoengineering" the planet as a way to fight climate change.

Hi, Robot: Adults, Children And The Uncanny Valley

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 2:05pm

Guest bloggers Henry Wellman and Kimberly Brink reflect on their new study shedding light on how adults, older children and young children perceive human-like robots — and what the future might hold.

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Insights Into The Extinction Of The Passenger Pigeon

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 6:48am

Scientists have been searching through passenger pigeon DNA to try to explain how such a huge, abundant population of birds could go extinct so quickly.

The Future Of Polar Bears

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 6:48am

NPR's Scott Simon asks Polar Bears International chief scientist Steven Amstrup if the animals can survive if sea ice continues to melt.

The Mystery Of The 'Oumuamua' Asteroid

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 6:48am

NPR's Scott Simon asks the SETI Institute's Seth Shostak about what scientists have learned so far about a recently detected interstellar object.

Harvey Dumped Up To 127 Billion Tons Of Water On Texas

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 6:48am

Scientists say they know the amount of rain that fell on Houston during Harvey through the pressure all that water put on the Earth's crust.

Black Farmers Are Sowing The Seeds Of Health And Empowerment

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 6:48am

More than nine of 10 farm owners in the U.S. are white. A movement to change that is selling farming to people of color as a healthy lifestyle — and a way to fight discrimination.

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VIDEO: For LSD, What A Long Strange Trip It's Been

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 6:00am

It's been reviled and revered, criminalized and exploited by the CIA. And now and other psychedelic drugs are being tested as legitimate medical treatments. NPR's original animation tells the tale.

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PHOTOS: Animals That Could Disappear Because Of Us

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 6:00am

And the well-being of humans could suffer if the species go extinct. The images are from a new book, 'Endangered,' by Tim Flach.

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Scientists Say Japanese Monkeys Are Having 'Sexual Interactions' With Deer

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 4:22pm

Researchers witnessed adolescent female Japanese macaques mounting sika deer in ways that were "sexual in nature." They have several theories for why, but say more research is necessary.

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What If Life On Earth Didn't Start On Earth?

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 11:58am

Oumuamua marks the first time humans have seen a visitor pass through our corner of the universe — renewing discussions of the origins of life, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.

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Reinventing The Cheese Wheel: From Farmhouse To Factory And Back Again

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 10:00am

A new book traces the transatlantic cheese wars that led to the rise of factory cheeses and loss of traditional varietals, and looks at the farmhouse cheesemakers working to restore that lost legacy.

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