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Sea Levels Rose Faster Last Century Than In Previous 2,700 Years, Study Finds

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 12:53pm

And researchers predict things are going to get worse — their findings suggest sea levels will rise between 1 to 4 feet by 2100.

Sanders Health Plan Renews Debate On Universal Coverage

Tue, 02/23/2016 - 3:34am

Left-leaning economists and Democratic analysts are sparring over Sanders' proposal of health care for all, paid for by the government. Some who like his aspiration say the numbers don't add up.

Stroke of Genius: How Derek Amato Became a Musical Savant

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 11:00pm

Derek Amato wasn't born a musical savant. He became one—almost instantly—after hitting his head on the bottom of a swimming pool.

Is The BP Oil Spill Settlement Money Being Well-Spent?

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 5:01pm

Gulf states are starting to spend the first of billions from BP's settlements and fines for the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history — but not all the money is being used for restoration.

Mysterious Ocean Buzz Traced To Daily Fish Migration

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 4:23pm

Scientists say the buzz picked up by hydrophones in the Pacific may be caused by "fish farts" — the emptying of air bladders that let clouds of fish rise and fall during daily hunts for food.

Snakes On An Island: Massachusetts Plans Colony To Save Endangered Species

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 3:24pm

It sounds like the plot for a terrible horror movie, but the plan to build a rattlesnake colony on an abandoned island in the Quabbin Reservoir in central Massachusetts is real. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Tom French of the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.

Why Zika-Spreading Mosquitoes Love Ankles

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 1:18pm

How do these buggers manage to find and feast on even the smallest cracks of exposed skin? Well to start, they're really good at sniffing out our B.O.

U.S. Navy Brings Back Navigation By The Stars For Officers

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 4:14am

A decade after phasing out celestial navigation from its academy courses, the U.S. Navy has restarted that formal training. The shift comes at a time of growing anxiety over possible threats to GPS.

Strokes On The Rise Among Younger Adults

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 2:50am

Fewer people are having strokes now than decades ago. But that improvement seems to be mostly among the elderly. Young people are actually having more strokes, partly because of the rise in obesity.

How Brainwaves Allow Paralyzed Musicians To Continue Playing

Sat, 02/20/2016 - 7:22am

Linda Wertheimer speaks with Eduardo Miranda and Elisa Bergersen about their project that enables paralyzed musicians to perform again through proxies.

They Brought Cookies: For A New Widow, Empathy Eases Death's Pain

Sat, 02/20/2016 - 6:00am

Her husband died. Then the neighbors started showing up. They brought soup. Cookies. Tea. But what they really brought was empathy. And that made the pain bearable.

Mosquitoes. What Are They Good For?

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 3:28pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Nora Besansky, a professor of biology specializing in mosquitoes, about what would happen if mosquitoes were eradicated.

Residents Return Home After Workers Cap Leaking Gas Well In Los Angeles

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 3:28pm

Residents are returning to the Los Angeles community of Porter Ranch now that the leaking natural gas well there has been capped.

Honey, Who Shrank The Alligators?

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 3:28pm

For many, the alligator is the face of the Florida Everglades. But the reptiles are shrinking in size and population, a signal that the watershed might not be doing as well as it should.

How Scientists Misread The Threat Of Zika Virus

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 3:00pm

Zika was ignored by infectious disease scientists for years. This happens ,more often than you might think, especially to diseases discovered in remote regions. A researcher says we can do better.

VIDEO: Taking Out The Trash At The Space Station

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 1:31pm

"The deorbit burn and re-entry of Cygnus will not air on NASA TV," NASA says, somewhat disappointingly. The craft was released over Bolivia Friday.

Once Parched, Florida's Everglades Finds Its Flow Again

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 4:00am

The Everglades lost half its ecosystem when the Tamiami Trail was built through the heart of the national park, cutting off water flow. Now, a plan to restore the ecosystem is finally going online.

WATCH: Incredible Tiny Snail Beats Its Watery Wings And 'Flies'

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 4:06pm

Scientists say Limacina Helicina, which moves much like a fruit fly, represents a "remarkable" evolutionary convergence. Its ancestors and those of flying insects diverged some 550 million years ago.

Leaking Natural Gas Well In California Is Permanently Sealed

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 1:26pm

After spewing methane into the atmosphere for months, a storage well near Porter Ranch, Los Angeles, has been permanently sealed and taken out of service, state officials and the gas utility say.

Is Organic More Nutritious? New Study Adds To The Evidence

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 11:27am

Organic dairy and meat contain significantly more omega-3s than their conventional counterparts, a huge new study finds. It's the latest research to show organic production can boost key nutrients.

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