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How Cacti Can Clean Drinking Water

Sat, 04/02/2016 - 7:06am

NPR's Scott Simon asks engineering professor Norma Alcantar about how the innards of a cactus can filter water. She got the idea from her grandmother, who knew about its unique cleansing properties.

'Earthquake Lady' Says We Need Better Buildings

Sat, 04/02/2016 - 7:06am

Lucy Jones is ending her career as noted seismologist, but says her retirement won't be dormant. NPR's Scott Simon asks Jones about her career and what she plans to do next.

Fashionable Prosthetics Trade Realistic Color For Personal Pizzazz

Sat, 04/02/2016 - 4:20am

A firm in New York is making brightly colored, personalized covers for prosthetic legs that each wearer helps design — sort of like a tattoo.

Fashionable Prostheses Trade Realistic Color For Personal Pizazz

Sat, 04/02/2016 - 4:20am

A firm in New York is making brightly colored, personalized covers for prosthetic legs that each wearer helps design — sort of like a tattoo.

Study Finds More Adults Are Obese Than Underweight

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 3:22pm

NPR's Ari Shaprio speaks with James Bentham, a research associate at the Imperial College London. He's one of the authors of a report on global obesity published in the journal Lancet. He says the study shows there are now more obese people than underweight people worldwide.

Zika Is Linked To Microcephaly, Health Agencies Confirm

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 6:22pm

Scientists say research has establish a connection between Zika and microcephaly. More research is needed to establish how much danger a fetus is in if a pregnant woman becomes infected.

Health Agencies Confirm Zika Has Caused Microcephaly

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 6:22pm

The international scientific consensus is that Zika and microcephaly are linked. More research is needed to establish how much danger a fetus is in if a pregnant woman becomes infected.

Avoiding A Future Crisis, Madison Removed Lead Water Pipes 15 Years Ago

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 4:27pm

The water crisis in Flint, Mich., raised an alarm about the dangers of lead in our water supply, but it is not new knowledge. Madison, Wis., knew about it and removed all its lead pipes 15 years ago.

FDA Approves Experimental Zika Screening For Blood Donations

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 3:27pm

On Wednesday, the FDA approved an experimental test that screens blood donations for the Zika virus. It's a response to a blood donation shortage in Puerto Rico, where local donations were halted out of fear of spreading the virus.

The Secret, Social Lives Of Mountain Lions

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 3:27pm

Mountain lions are known to be scary lone hunters, but a biologist aims to prove us wrong with thousands of videos showing the big cats in their natural habitat.

Your Quinoa Habit Really Did Help Peru's Poor. But There's Trouble Ahead

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 2:02pm

Headlines once warned the global quinoa boom was putting the nutritious crop out of the reach of those who grow it. New studies put those fears to rest. But bad news may loom for Andean farmers.

Industrial Science Hunts For Nursing Home Fraud In New Mexico Case

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 1:42pm

New Mexico is using time-motion studies to sue a chain of nursing homes for fraud. State prosecutors say the facilities couldn't possibly have provided the care promised — and billed for.

What's Over The Horizon? Cartographer Traces 'Beyond The Sea'

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 12:54pm

From the beaches of New England, you could be looking toward Africa, Australia, Europe or South America. Andy Woodruff has illustrated the surprising paths we'd trace if we could follow our gaze.

Tundra Issue: How To Keep Oil Workers From Crossing Paths With Bears

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 4:14am

March is when oil equipment starts using ice roads on the Alaskan North Slope. It's also when polar bears and cubs emerge from dens. Ariel spotters find dens so roads and workers can bypass bears.

New Source Of Transplant Organs For Patients With HIV: Others With HIV

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 3:21am

The organ donor and both recipients in the procedure this month were all HIV-positive — a first in the U.S. Using HIV-positive organs for some patients could enable a thousand more transplants a year.

305 Million-Year-Old Fossil A Glimpse Into The Origins Of Spiders

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 5:53pm

The main point of distinction between this creature and true spiders: It very likely could produce silk but lacked the spinnerets used by true spiders to, well, spin it, scientists say.

Possible Heart Benefits Of Taking Estrogen Get Another Look

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 4:01pm

Evidence has ping-ponged over the decades on the effects of hormone therapy on a woman's arteries. The latest study suggests a brief stint of hormones might be helpful — if given at the right time.

California Officials Release New Rainfall Figures After El Nino

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 3:22pm

Officials in California offer new figures on rain and snowfall in the state. El Nino has filled reservoirs, but the drought is still ongoing.

Ready, Set, Freeze: Japan Prepares To Switch On Fukushima 'Ice Wall'

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 11:57am

Japanese regulators say an underground refrigeration system at the nuclear power plant can be activated. The facility was damaged five years ago, and the ice wall is a year behind schedule.

Mysterious Death Uncovers Risk In Federal Oil Field Rules

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 4:28am

Oil worker Dustin Bergsing, 21, was found dead on top of a North Dakota oil tank in 2012. A journalist and a doctor looking into the death found a pattern of similar fatal accidents.




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