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Why Are More Young Americans Getting Colon Cancer?

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 9:09am

Data suggests that the rate of colon cancer among people under 50 is on the rise, but there are lots of possible explanations for that. Scientists say teasing out the truth will be tricky.

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SpaceX Announces Plans To Send Two Customers To The Moon

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 5:13pm

It would be the first time humans have traveled beyond low-Earth orbit since the days of Apollo. The mission would be manned and financed by two private, anonymous customers.

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What's The Environmental Footprint Of A Loaf Of Bread? Now We Know

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 4:20pm

New research calculates the greenhouse gas emissions involved in making bread, from wheat field to bakery. The vast majority of emissions come from one step in the process: farming.

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What's The Leading Cause Of Wildfires In The U.S.? Humans

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 2:01pm

More than 8 in 10 fires are started by people. Researchers say humans are not only causing the vast majority of wildfires, they're extending the normal fire season around the U.S. by three months.

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Photographer Builds A 'Photo Ark' For 6,500 Animal Species And Counting

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 12:52pm

National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore is on a mission to document every captive animal species in the world. He talks about getting an arctic fox to hold still, and Photoshopping out poop.

(Image credit: Joel Sartore/National Geographic)

Your Name Might Shape Your Face, Researchers Say

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 10:42am

Do you look like a Joy? Genes and culture may make it more likely that names and faces align. But researchers say people also may adjust their expressions to match social expectations of their name.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology)

A Medicine That Blunts The Buzz Of Alcohol Can Help Drinkers Cut Back

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 3:59am

Naltrexone was approved to treat alcohol disorders more than 20 years ago. But many doctors still don't know that when combined with counseling it can help people resist the urge to drink too much.

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Fearing Climate Change Policy Under Trump, STEM Group Works To Get Scientists Elected

Sun, 02/26/2017 - 4:19pm

Scientists across the country are planning to go to Washington — and take office. Shaughnessy Naughton is the founder of 314 Action a non profit that helps scientists run for office.

Astronomers Find 7 Potentially Habitable Planets

Sun, 02/26/2017 - 7:12am

Astronomers have discovered a solar system full of potentially habitable planets. Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute, which searches for extraterrestrial intelligence.

Why It's Been So Warm On The East Coast

Sun, 02/26/2017 - 7:12am

The east coast saw record-breaking high temperatures this past week. Meteorologist Bob Henson talks with NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro about what's behind the early spring weather.

Dentists Work To Ease Patients' Pain With Fewer Opioids

Sun, 02/26/2017 - 5:37am

After minor surgeries, many dentists used to reflexively prescribe quick-acting opioids to relieve a patient's pain. Now they're learning to counsel patients about better, less addictive alternatives.

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Explaining The Sizzling Sound Of Meteors

Sat, 02/25/2017 - 7:28am

Scientists recently published a paper explaining why some meteors create strange sounds. NPR's Scott Simon talks with researcher Bill Sweatt about what creates this "sizzling" sound.

A Taste For Pork Helped A Deadly Virus Jump To Humans

Sat, 02/25/2017 - 7:28am

People were dropping dead in Malaysia, and no one could figure out why their brains were swelling. A young scientist solved the mystery. Then he had to get people to believe him.

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When You Love An Old Dog, Managing Care Can Be A Challenge

Sat, 02/25/2017 - 4:00am

Aging dogs often need extra medical care. But there comes a time to be realistic about what can and can't be done, veterinarians say. The pet's comfort is paramount.

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VX: The Nerve Agent Used To Kill Kim Jong Nam Is Rare And Deadly

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 2:34pm

A colorless, odorless liquid, similar in consistency to motor oil, VX kills in tiny quantities that can be absorbed through the skin. It is among the deadliest chemical weapons ever devised.

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Advice From Patients On A Study's Design Makes For Better Science

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 10:42am

Increasingly, advocates for patients are in the room when big medical studies are designed. They demand answers to big questions: "Will the results of this study actually help anybody?"

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Mildred Dresselhaus, 'Queen Of Carbon' And Nanoscience Trailblazer, Dies At 86

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 10:36am

The daughter of poor immigrants, Dresselhaus became science royalty for her work with carbon materials. Along the way she opened opportunities for female scientists that didn't exist when she started.

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Eric Haseltine: Can The Past Guide Us To Future Scientific Breakthroughs?

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 7:57am

Trained as a neuroscientist, Eric Haseltine always asks questions. He's identified four concepts that lead to scientific breakthrough. One of them: acknowledging we're not the center of the universe.

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Liz Coleman: How Do We Teach College Students To Ask Big Questions?

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 7:57am

Former Bennington College President Liz Coleman believes higher education is overly-specialized & complacent. She says we need to encourage students to ask bigger questions and take more risks.

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Kevin Jones: Can Embracing Uncertainty Lead To Better Medicine?

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 7:57am

Sometimes, doctors just don't have the answers. Surgeon Kevin Jones says having the humility to acknowledge this leads to better medicine.

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