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The Smoggy Seas: Cargo Ships Bring Pollution, Health Risks

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 11:29am

Eight of the 10 busiest ports are in East Asia. A new study shows how the growing number of cargo ships are polluting the air and threatening health.

Can Big Data Help Head Off Police Misconduct?

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 9:15am

An officer who's been under stress after responding to cases of domestic abuse or suicide may be at higher risk of a negative interaction with the public, a data scientist says.

WATCH: The Secret Buzz Only Bumblebees Know To Unlock Our Favorite Crops

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 8:00am

Some plants will only release their pollen to bees that buzz in just the right way. It's a risky strategy — and it's critical to human agriculture, from tomatoes to blueberries.

'Ban The Box' Laws,' Do They Help Job Applicants With Criminal Histories?

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 4:06am

To help ex-felons land jobs, many states have enacted a law that prevents employers from asking applicants to check a box to reveal criminal history. But these laws may not have the intended effect.

Twin Sisters Try To Get Pregnant With Ovaries They Froze In 2009

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 3:43am

Each twin had an ovary removed and frozen in 2009, when they were in their 30s, in hopes of buying more time to get pregnant and have babies. But will the thawed, reimplanted ovaries work?

Twin Sisters Try To Get Pregnant With Ovaries They Froze In 2012

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 3:43am

Each twin had an ovary removed and frozen in 2012, when they were in their 30s, in hopes of buying more time to get pregnant and have babies. But will the thawed, reimplanted ovaries work?

What Science Says About Taking A Great Vacation

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 11:30pm

Summer vacations often take time, energy and money to plan. Expectations can run unreasonably high. This week, we dive into what social science research says about how to have a better getaway.

Got Dense Breasts? That Can Depend On Who Is Reading The Mammogram

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 4:01pm

A big study suggests that radiologists vary widely in their assessment of density, a risk factor for breast cancer. And density is just one component of breast cancer risk, the researchers underscore.

A Case Of Zika Apparently Spread From A Patient To A Family Caregiver

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 3:14pm

Federal and Utah health officials are investigating a case that may be the first instance of Zika spreading from one person to another in ways other than via mosquito bites, sex, or the placenta.

SpaceX Rocket Sends A New Door To Space Station

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 6:37am

A new standardized docking port is bound for the International Space Station, in a mission that brought a sonic boom to Central Florida early Monday morning.

Wellness Programs Take Aim At Workplace Stress

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 3:48am

A recent poll shows stress tops the list for people concerned about the impact of their job on their health. Workplace wellness programs often address stress, but many employees don't sign up.

Cardiac Rehab Saves Lives. So Why Don't More Heart Patients Sign Up?

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 3:21am

Research shows exercise-based cardiac rehab programs help heart patients heal faster and live longer. But fewer than a third take part. Time and cost are the main barriers, doctors and patients say.

World AIDS Conference Returns To Durban, South Africa. How Has The Conversation Changed?

Sun, 07/17/2016 - 7:26am

The port city is hosting the International AIDS conference for a second time. NPR's Jason Beaubien tells NPR's Lynn Neary that much progress has been made in combating AIDS, but more needs to be done.

Despite The Headlines, Steven Pinker Says The World Is Becoming Less Violent

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 4:02pm

Psychologist Steven Pinker's book The Better Angels of Our Nature explains that the world is actually growing less violent, even though the media may give a different impression.

A Chemist Accidentally Creates A New Blue. Then What?

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 10:44am

In 2009, a chemist and his students stumbled across a blue pigment that had never before been seen. Now that it's been licensed for commercial use, you may start seeing it everywhere.

New Research Debunks The Dinosaur's Roar

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 7:28am

New studies prove that dinosaurs may not have roared in their days on the earth. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to paleontologist Julia Clarke about her new discovery — the cooing sounds of dinosaurs.

Don't Do What I Do: How Getting Out Of Sync Can Help Relationships

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 6:00am

When someone's angry we tend to get angry in return. But responding in an unexpected way is a valid tool in psychotherapy, and it can help make everyday relationships work better, too.

'Sheep View' Campaign Calls On Google To Photograph Roads In Faroe Islands

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 7:23pm

The Faroe Islands tourism board launched a campaign called Sheep View 360, shot by attaching cameras to some of the archipelago's many sheep.

Where Does Consciousness Come From?

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 9:00am

Philosopher John Searle argues that consciousness is what makes us human. He makes the case for studying consciousness and accepting it as a biological phenomenon.

How Do Nature And Nurture Combine To Make Us Who We Are?

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 9:00am

Psychologist Steven Pinker describes how far we've come in understanding how both nature and nurture make us ... us.

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