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Landmark Deal Protects Over 9 Million Acres Of Canadian Rainforest

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 3:28pm

The agreement reached between aboriginal groups known as First Nations, environmental groups and logging companies designates 85 percent of the forest land as permanently protected from logging.

The Science Of Getting Kids Organized

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 6:00am

Can teaching kids impulse-control, self-evaluation and focus actually help them do better in school?

Phosphorus Starts With Pee In This Tale Of Scientific Serendipity

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 3:57am

German alchemist Hennig Brand started with about 1,500 gallons of urine in his 17th century hunt for gold. Discovering phosphorus was just a nice surprise. Know a modern tale of scientific luck?

Flint Begins The Long Process Of Fixing Its Water Problem

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 5:03pm

Experts are scrambling to define the scope of the water contamination disaster in the city of nearly 100,000 and determine how to replace corroded pipes, while making sure to keep the public informed.

British Scientists Gain Approval To Edit DNA In Human Embryos

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 3:34pm

British regulators are giving scientists the first government sanction to edit DNA in human embryos. Scientists want to do this to learn more about human development, but critics fear it will lead to designer babies.

Scientists Say The Moon Really Does Impact Rainfall On Earth

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 3:10pm

When the moon is overhead or "underfoot," the chance of rainfall diminishes ever so slightly, a new study concludes.

White House To Request $1 Billion For Cancer 'Moonshot'

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 2:25pm

President Obama plans to ask Congress for $755 million in cancer-research funding in his 2017 budget. That's in addition to $195 million already approved in 2016.

U.K. Regulator Gives Go-Ahead For Scientists To Edit Genes In Human Embryos

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 10:33am

The researchers want to study the first few days of an embryo's development. They must now seek approval from an ethics committee in the U.K.

How Scientists Are Working To Eradicate Zika Mosquitoes

Sat, 01/30/2016 - 7:08am

Can the spread of the Zika virus be curtailed by eliminating mosquitoes that carry it? Professor Anthony James of UC Irvine discusses the consequences of pesticides to our health and on the ecosystem.

Variations In A Gene Provide Clues About Schizophrenia

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 4:45pm

Scientists studied the genomes of more than 64,000 people and found that those with the debilitating psychiatric disease were much more likely to possess mutations of a particular gene.

Dog Flu Virus Spreading Across The United States

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 3:30pm

One strain of dog flu causing outbreaks in the U.S. appears to be especially contagious, making it likely more dogs than usual will get sick, veterinarians say. Still, 90 percent of cases are mild.

Scientists Use Genetic Engineering To Vanquish Disease-Carrying Insects

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 3:29pm

A city in Brazil is using a genetically modified mosquito to control the spread of diseases like Dengue fever and the Zika virus. NPR reports on whether the scheme is working.

Why Do Humans Have Chins? A Scientist Explains The 'Enduring Puzzle'

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 3:29pm

James Pampush devoted five years and his Ph.D. dissertation to one question: Why do homo sapiens have chins, when all of our evolutionary relatives don't? He tells NPR's Robert Siegel about "the enduring puzzle of the human chin."

We Sampled The Gastronomic Frontier Of Virtual Reality

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 3:24pm

Project Nourished uses a variety of tricks to fool the mind into thinking it's eating. The goal: to let us consume our favorite tastes without unwanted extras — like food allergens or just calories.

30 Years After Disaster, Challenger Engineer Still Blames Himself

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 5:25pm

Bob Ebeling, an anonymous source for NPR's 1986 report on the disaster, tells NPR that despite warning NASA of troubles before the launch, he believes God "shouldn't have picked me for that job."

Still Uninsured? Buy A Health Plan This Week To Avoid A Tax Penalty

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 3:00pm

Millions are still uninsured, even as the Jan. 31 deadline to sign up for a plan under the Affordable Care Act approaches. No deadline extensions this year, federal health officials warn.

NPR Contest: Send Us Your Stories Of Happy Accidents In Science

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 1:51pm

Scientists need curiosity, determination — and luck. We're especially interested in that last bit, so tell us your stories of mistakes and surprises that led to discoveries in the past few years.

Track Jupiter's Path Like An Ancient Babylonian

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 1:01pm

Clay tablets confirm that 14 centuries before Europeans first mapped the movement of planets, Babylonian astronomers were doing it. In a way, scientists say, their techniques were "very modern."

Shifting Colors Of An Octopus May Hint At A Rich, Nasty Social Life

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 11:02am

When the gloomy octopus of Australia turns dark and towers threateningly over his neighbor, he's likely signaling aggression, scientists now say. Neighbors get the message — they turn pale and flee.

A Big El Niño Was The Likely Instigator Of Last Week's Blizzard

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 5:09pm

The weather trail that led to a blizzard in the Mid-Atlantic likely started with a very warm Pacific, scientists suspect. Whether climate shifts will bring more strong El Niños is still uncertain.

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