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Federal Program That Helps Patients Navigate Medicare May Be Cut

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 8:32am

Counselors nationwide have helped 7 million people choose Medicare plans, challenge coverage denials and get subsidies. But some senators just voted to spend the money on other causes.

Invisibilia: How Learning To Be Vulnerable Can Make Life Safer

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 2:00am

Tommy Chreene saw a man die while working on a Gulf oil rig — and went right back to work. Then the oil company decided that for the workplace be safer, the roughnecks needed to share their feelings.

Study Finds 15 'Bright Spots' Where Coral Reefs Aren't Dying As Fast As Expected

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 1:24pm

Around the world, warm oceans and human interference are still causing massive reef "bleaching." A newly released study looks at what's different about these healthier-than-expected reefs.

Russia Launches World's Biggest, Most Powerful Icebreaker

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 6:48am

The 568-foot-long Arktika is powered by two nuclear reactors and capable of breaking through ice 13 feet deep. Russia's interest in the Arctic is rising along with global temperatures.

Summer Camps Say They're Not Sweating Over Zika Risk

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 4:00am

Mosquitoes are part of the summer camp experience, and camp directors say they'd be hard pressed to deploy CDC guidelines for avoiding Zika virus. But it may not be an issue this summer.

Zika Infection Late In Pregnancy Carries Little Risk of Microcephaly

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 5:54pm

Scientists tracked nearly 600 pregnant women in Colombia, who were reportedly infected with Zika during their third trimester. None of these women gave birth to a baby with apparent problems.

Scientists Say They've Unearthed A Completely New Kind Of Meteorite

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 4:07pm

Scientists say that in a Swedish quarry, they've uncovered a meteorite unique among the 50,000 known on Earth today. They say it could hold clues about the history of the solar system.

Ex-Wife Reveals Orlando Gunman's History Of Domestic Violence

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 3:28pm

The ex-wife of Omar Mateen — who attacked an Orlando, Fla., nightclub killing at least 49 people — has described suffering physical and psychological abuse from Mateen during their marriage. NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks to Deborah Epstein of Georgetown University about the possible connections between domestic violence and mass shootings.

Psychologist Urges Caution In Speculation About Orlando Gunman's Sexuality

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 3:28pm

Investigators in Orlando are pursuing reports the shooter at Pulse nightclub used gay dating apps and was seen at the club several times before. There's speculation that the shooter could have been motivated by self-hatred as a closeted gay man. But Gregory Herek, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, urges caution.

Gravitational Waves From Colliding Black Holes Shake Scientists' Detectors Again

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 12:18pm

For the second time in recent months, scientists say they have picked up distortions in space and time. The find suggests smaller-sized black holes may be more numerous than many scientists thought.

Research Explores Ways To Overcome STEM Fields' Gender Gap

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 4:06am

Why do so few women sign up for careers in science, technology, engineering and math? Research suggests having few women in college in these fields and in technology companies creates a vicious cycle.

Despite Overdose Epidemic, Georgia Caps The Number Of Opioid Treatment Clinics

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 3:34am

Georgia has stopped licensing new clinics that provide medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction. Some call the state's move irresponsible. Others say the clinics aren't regulated enough.

What Does It Take To Get A Drug Banned For Enhancing Athletes' Performance?

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 12:39pm

The World Anti-Doping Agency considers whether a drug can unfairly improve athletes' chances of winning and also whether it could harm them when deciding to blackball a drug.

The Psychology Of Modern Terrorism: What Drives Radicalization At Home

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 11:10pm

What draws people to terrorism? What propels them to commit mass murder? This week, we explore why some young people are attracted to terrorism.

Here's Really Where Zika Mosquitoes Are Likely In The U.S.

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 3:14pm

A few months ago, health officials published a map that made it look like a big part of the U.S. was at high risk for Zika. Now they've released a new map that paints a very different picture.

A Map Of Where Your Food Originated May Surprise You

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 1:25pm

A new study reveals the full extent of globalization in our food supply. More than two-thirds of the crops that underpin national diets originally came from somewhere else — often far away.

Millennials May Be Losing Their Grip

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 12:07pm

Less manual labor may be why today's young adults have weaker grips than their counterparts did 30 years ago. The change augurs limper handshakes and fewer opened jars for 20-somethings.

Celery: Why?

Mon, 06/13/2016 - 10:36am

Considering humans' millennia-long struggle with famine, it's surprising anyone spent time or resources cultivating low-calorie celery. But the vegetable's original use had nothing to do with food.

Scientist Stephon Alexander: 'Infinite Possibilities' Unite Jazz And Physics

Sat, 06/11/2016 - 4:18pm

Stephon Alexander once downplayed the connections he saw between jazz and physics, concerned that — as "the only black person" in his professional circle — his credibility would be questioned.

Safety Regulator Looks At Alleged Tesla Suspension Flaw

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 8:45pm

The celebrated electric car company denies allegations of a safety problem with its suspension and says claims that it told customers not to report the problem "preposterous."

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