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To Help Newborns Dependent On Opioids, Hospitals Rethink Mom's Role

Sat, 03/26/2016 - 1:00pm

When a woman addicted to opioids gives birth, she is too often dismissed as an obstacle to her infant's health. A Connecticut hospital is challenging that attitude — and the culture of care.

Scientists Build A Live, No-Frills Cell That Could Have A Big Future

Sat, 03/26/2016 - 6:54am

A group of synthetic biologists report they've created an organism with a minimum number of genes required to survive and reproduce.

Glitch In Your Golf Swing? Listen To It Sing

Sat, 03/26/2016 - 6:54am

Stanford professor Jonathan Berger turns golf stroke data into sound. A nice sound means it's a good swing, a sour sound means something's not right. He tells Scott Simon how that helps people learn.

Using DNA Matching To Crack Down On Dog Droppings

Sat, 03/26/2016 - 6:54am

An apartment building in Chicago wants to fine dog poop pickup scofflaws by using DNA to track down the offending canines and their masters.

Gov. Snyder's Sweeping Plan For Flint Water Crisis Gets A Reality Check

Sat, 03/26/2016 - 6:24am

Just days after Gov. Rick Snyder outlined a plan to target Flint's short-term, intermediate- and long-term needs, a task force that he appointed blamed his administration for much of the problem.

Peer Pressure May Not Work The Way We Think It Does

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 4:04am

A new research study finds that students exposed to their very best peers became discouraged about their own abilities and performance — and were more likely to drop out.

Tiny Opioid Patients Need Help Easing Into Life

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 4:00am

More babies are being born dependent on opioids. The good news is they can safely be weaned from the drug. But there is little research on which medical treatment is best, or on the long-term effects.

Scientists Reveal New Evidence Of Possible Zika Spread Beyond South America

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 3:30pm

Scientists now have evidence the Zika virus was spreading in South America long before health officials detected it. The findings suggest Zika could be hiding out in other corners of the world, and Southeast Asia may be the next region to see a big outbreak.

Scientists Build Live, No-Frills Cell That Could Have A Big Future

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 3:21pm

In engineering the cell, researchers paired away nearly all genes that weren't essential to life. It might eventually serve as a basic framework for different sorts of cellular factories, they say.

Fry And Fry Again: The Science Secrets To The Double Fry

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 12:38pm

You might have heard that double-frying food gives you a thicker, crunchier, more soul-completing crust. Here's why it works.

Tighter, Controversial Silica Rules Aimed At Saving Workers' Lungs

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 4:01am

Long known as a workplace hazard, silica dust can cause irreversible lung scarring and cancer. The Department of Labor expects its new limit to save about 600 lives a year. But industry is balking.

Study Finds Climate Change Could Be Leading To Better Wine

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 3:24pm

A new study in the journal Nature Climate Change finds weather plays a role in determining the quality of wine produced.

With Bees In Trouble, Almond Farmers Try Trees That Don't Need 'Em

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 11:42am

A relatively new variety of almond tree called Independence has some beekeepers nervous. These trees are self-fertile — meaning they technically don't need bees to pollinate their flowers.

What Happens When You Empathize With The Enemy

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 11:00pm

This week on Hidden Brain, the stories of two men who showed empathy for the other side and found themselves labeled "enemy" by their own people.

Studies Suggest Multilingual Exposure Boosts Children's Communication Skills

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 3:28pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Katherine Kinzler, associate professor of psychology and human development at Cornell University, about her research into the social skills developed by children raised in multilingual environments versus monolingual environments.

Baltimore Struggles To Protect Children From Lead Paint

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 3:23pm

Despite the attention to lead in water, the biggest health risk to children is still from lead paint. The city of Baltimore banned lead paint way back in 1950, but children continue to be poisoned.

Meet The U.K.'s Cutting-Edge Research Vessel ... Boaty McBoatface?

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 3:04pm

In an online poll created to help Britain's Natural Environment Research Council name its new research ship, one entrant has racked up the most votes. The final decision, however, rests with the NERC.

LOOK: Map Of Mars' Gravity Illuminates Planet's Interior

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 2:46pm

The map released by NASA was made by tracking subtle variations in the planet's gravitational pull on orbiting spacecraft.

Houston Prepares Now For Zika's Potential Arrival This Summer

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 1:28pm

When summer brings heat, humidity and mosquitoes, cities along the Gulf Coast may become gateways for Zika into the U.S. Impoverished areas are likely to bear the brunt, health officials say.

An Upside To Climate Change? Better French Wine

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 11:21am

Global warming has made conditions historically associated with great wines more frequent in Bordeaux and Burgundy, a study finds. But things look less bright for California vineyards.

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