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To Make A Wild Comeback, Cranes Need More Than Flying Lessons

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 10:35am

The 15-year project wasn't a flight of fancy. Biologists used a plane to successfully teach many young, captive-bred whooping cranes to migrate cross-country. But the birds aren't reproducing well.

In An Unusual Move, The EPA Tries To Pull Pesticide From Market

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 4:36pm

The pesticide got "conditional" approval just eight years ago, but the EPA now says it could poison fish. The move is raising hope among activists who want the EPA to regulate pesticides more tightly.

How Does Gender Affect One's Willingness To Compete?

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 3:20pm

New research looks at how gender shapes competitions. Multiple strands of social science research suggest highly competitive settings are likely to dissuade qualified women from tossing their hats in the ring. NPR explores the consequences, the implications and also the causes for this disparity in the willingness to compete.

This Gene Could Turn Your Hair Gray

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 2:15pm

Is stress turning your hair gray? Your ancestors may have something to do with it, too. Scientists say they've found the first genetic variant associated with going gray.

Is Nutritious Food In Peril, Along With Pollinators?

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 12:52pm

A U.N.-sponsored report warns that disappearing pollinators, such as bees, could cut production of healthful foods like fruits and nuts. But the degree of damage is mostly a matter of speculation.

Why This German City Has Banned Coffee Pods In Government Buildings

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 10:30am

Hamburg officials say single-use pods waste resources and aren't always recyclable. The city is believed to be the world's first to oust the capsules from schools, offices and other institutions.

Scott Kelly Reflects On His Year Off The Planet

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 7:22am

During his 340 days aboard the International Space Station, the astronaut documented his time there with hundreds of photos. Kelly says the perspective makes him feel "more like an environmentalist."

Scott Kelly Reflects On His Year Off The Planet

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 7:22am

During his 340 days aboard the International Space Station, the astronaut documented his time there with hundreds of photos. Kelly says the perspective makes him feel "more like an environmentalist."

Golden Mole Award Winner Announced

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 4:20am

We received 300 nominations for the award for accidental brilliance. It's a contest from NPR's Skunk Bear blog that celebrates scientific insights gained from surprises, coincidences and mistakes.

Boston's Heroin Users Will Soon Get A Safer Place To Be High

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 3:50am

Set to open within a few weeks, the room will not be a place to inject drugs or get high, say health providers. Instead, a nurse will monitor heroin users as they come down from the drug's effects.

Originals: How To Spot One, How To Be One

Mon, 02/29/2016 - 11:01pm

Adam Grant, author of Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, tells us what makes an original, how parents can nurture originality in their children, and its potential downside.

Puerto Rico Races To Stop Zika's Mosquitoes Before Rains Begin

Mon, 02/29/2016 - 3:53am

The Aedes aegypti mosquito is an old foe, spreading yellow fever and dengue on the islands long before Zika gained a foothold. How do you stop an insect that can breed in a teaspoonful of stale water?

What It's Like To Freefall From 20 Miles Above The Earth

Sat, 02/27/2016 - 8:35am

Early Air Force experiments helped pave the way for the space program. Joseph Kittinger, who jumped from a balloon 103,000 feet up, talks about his experience.

Cleveland Clinic Performs First Successful Uterus Transplant In The U.S.

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 4:21pm

It could be another path to parenthood besides surrogacy or adoption for U.S. women who do not have a uterus, or who have a uterus that does not function.

With CDC Help, Puerto Rico Aims To Get Ahead Of Zika

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 1:50pm

So far, the U.S. territory has reported 117 Zika cases, including five pregnant women. But health officials say the real test will come when April and May rains bring more mosquitoes.

The Stethoscope: Timeless Tool Or Outdated Relic?

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 12:52pm

Why is a 200-year-old icon of the medical field still in wide use in the digital age? Some say modern tools are more informative and worth the extra cost, but the stethoscope has staunch defenders.

Report: More Pollinators Species In Jeopardy, Threatening World Food Supply

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 11:13am

About 40 percent of invertebrate pollinator species such as bees and butterflies are facing extinction, according to the global assessment.

Why Scientists Hope To Inject Some People With Zika Virus

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 2:53pm

There's no vaccine yet, but Zika researchers are racing to find a good candidate. After testing it in animals, checking for effectiveness in humans might include injecting Zika into healthy people.

Beam Me Up, Scotty? Turns Out Your Brain Is Ready For Teleportation

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 1:10pm

The brain usually relies on our senses to navigate. But researchers found that when people experienced virtual teleportation, their brains still managed to keep them on course.

Why Your Hamburger Might Be Leading To Nitrogen Pollution

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 1:09pm

Many farmers who grow corn and soybeans to feed livestock use too much nitrogen fertilizer, which can cause a host of environmental problems. To fix them, scientists say we should eat less meat.

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