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While Others Saw Refugees, This German Professor Saw Human Potential

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 11:01am

Carmen Bachmann, a professor in Leipzig, is building an online network to help political refugees who are scientists or social scientists connect with professional peers in Germany — their new home.

(Image credit: Thomas Victor for NPR)

When Man's Best Friend Is The Worst At Truffle Hunting

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 6:14am

Truffles are a culinary delicacy that sell for big bucks — and some dogs have long been bred specifically to sniff them out. But could any old dog be trained to pick up this lucrative new trick?

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How Biases Affect Stock Analyst Predictions

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 4:13am

Research shows that financial analysts have biases in things like gender and names when it comes to evaluating companies.

Video: From Measles To Syphilis, How We Created The Golden Age Of Germs

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 11:01pm

Ten thousand years ago, many of our deadly human diseases didn't exist. What happened?

Crab Teases Anemone, Anemone Splits In Two, Crab And Anemone Live On

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 4:05pm

Researchers have found the first known case of one animal, a boxer crab, stimulating another animal, a sea anemone, to reproduce asexually.

(Image credit: Yisrael Schnytzer)

Newly Discovered Gecko's Giant Breakaway Scales Help It Flee Predators

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:55pm

This species is a master escape artist. It's extremely fast. It can lose its tail and grow a new one. And most unusually, it can shed its huge scales to get out of sticky situations.

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An All-You-Can-Eat Buffet: Bald Eagles Prey On Farmer's Chickens

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:21pm

Picture an organic farm, with thousands of free-range chickens roaming wide-open land. Now picture it from above, from the vantage of a soaring bald eagle. It's an all-you-can-eat buffet.

'It's Just A Mess.' New Orleans Residents Clean Up After Tornadoes

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 10:53am

Tornadoes injured dozens of people as they moved through southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday. In New Orleans East, the National Guard was helping clear streets of debris and downed electrical wires.

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'Edutainer' Hans Rosling, Who Taught Us About The World, Has Died

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 10:50am

With facts, toys and good humor, the Swedish doctor and statistician helped people understand what numbers tell us about the world.

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Army Corps Of Engineers Grants Easement For Dakota Access Pipeline

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 3:29pm

The Army Corps of Engineers has granted the final easement needed to finish the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, according to a court filing Tuesday.

Army Approves Dakota Access Pipeline Route, Paving Way For The Project's Completion

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 3:25pm

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will allow the pipeline to cross under the Missouri River, cutting short an environmental impact assessment and removing the final barrier to construction.

(Image credit: James MacPherson/AP)

MAP: Find Out What New Viruses Are Emerging In Your Backyard

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 2:41pm

Over the past 60 years, the number of new diseases cropping up in a decade has almost quadrupled. "We're in a hyperinfectious world," says one scientist.

(Image credit: Michaeleen Doucleff, Brittany Mayes and Katie Park/NPR)

After Tornadoes Hit In And Around New Orleans, Wall Of Storms Moves East

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 1:54pm

The National Weather Service says multiple tornadoes touched down in southern Louisiana on Tuesday, and severe weather moving east threatened other Southern states.

Women With Breast Cancer Miss Out On Recommended Genetic Testing

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 11:03am

Most women with breast cancer say they want testing to know if they carry BRCA gene mutations that increase cancer risk, but only around half of women at high risk actually get tested.

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The A1C Blood Sugar Test May Be Less Accurate In African-Americans

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 10:03am

People with sickle cell trait, which includes about 10 percent of African-Americans, can get higher readings on a common blood glucose test. That could lead to diabetes treatment they don't need.

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Scientists Get Down And Dirty With DNA To Track Wild Pigs

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:01am

Wild hogs inflict $1.5 billion in damage on U.S. property each year. But biologists can now track the elusive animals via tiny bits of DNA the swine leave behind in puddles and ponds.

(Image credit: Rae Ellen Bichell/NPR)

Chile's President Says Cataclysmic Wildfires Are Largely Under Control

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 12:26pm

States of emergency were lifted for some parts of the country as efforts turned to recovering from wildfires that killed at least 11 people and drew firefighting resources from at least 15 countries.

(Image credit: Esteban Felix/AP)

Are We Eating Our Fleece Jackets? Microfibers Are Migrating Into Field And Food

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 12:21pm

Fleece jackets and pullovers have transformed our experience of the outdoors. But the little, tiny synthetic fibers that fleece is made of could also be ending up in our diets.

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Carnivorous Plants Around The Globe Use Similar Deadly Tricks

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 10:03am

Pitcher plants have evolved independently on three different continents. But new research shows they use many of the same tools to catch and eat their prey.

(Image credit: Natalie McNear/Flickr)

When Old Medicine Goes Bad

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 3:38am

With drug prices climbing, you may be tempted to keep unused pills and cough syrups past their expiration date. Don't do it, pharmacists warn. And get all medicine out of the bathroom cabinet now.

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