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Coastal Pacific Oxygen Levels Now Plummet Once A Year

Sun, 10/28/2018 - 7:17am

Scientists credit the crab and oyster industries with noticing a change in oxygen levels in coastal Pacific waters.

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Should Self-Driving Cars Have Ethics?

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 3:36pm

To design a "moral machine," researchers updated a classic thought experiment for the autonomous vehicle age. But do we really want artificial intelligence making decisions on who lives or dies?

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Scientists And Parents Band Together To Research Cures For Rare Childhood Cancer

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 11:37am

A research start-up is connecting parents with scientists in hopes of sparking new research on diseases whose survival rates and treatment options haven't budged in 30 years

(Image credit: Alex Walsh for NPR)

Methamphetamine Roils Rural Towns Again Across The U.S.

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 12:29pm

Meth is back "with a vengeance," police say. Now made mostly by superlabs in Mexico, it is stronger, cheaper and more prevalent, cutting across demographic barriers and sparking serious crime.

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5 Major Crops In The Crosshairs Of Climate Change

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 10:49am

The plants that nourish us won't disappear entirely. But they may have to move to higher, cooler latitudes. Some places may find it harder to grow anything at all, because there's not enough water.

(Image credit: Mary Mathis and Heather Kim/NPR)

There's Good News To Be Found — Just Look At A Grain Of Salt

Wed, 10/24/2018 - 3:47pm

Salt is to be admired for its atomic beauty and proof of order in the universe. Our astrophysicist friend Adam Frank says you can find some good news in something as simple as a single grain of salt.

Knocking On Doors To Get Opioid Overdose Survivors Into Treatment

Wed, 10/24/2018 - 6:02am

Within days of an OD from opioids or other drugs, users in Huntington, W.Va., are visited by a quick-response team at home, the hospital or in jail. Reversing an OD is just recovery's first step.

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'Oldest Intact Shipwreck Known To Mankind' Found In Depths Of Black Sea

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 4:28pm

The vessel dates back 2,400 years to the days of ancient Greece. "This will change our understanding of shipbuilding and seafaring in the ancient world," says archaeologist Jon Adams.

(Image credit: Black Sea MAP/EEF Expeditions)

What's Going On With That Bizarre Rectangular Iceberg?

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 4:25pm

It's getting a lot of attention because of its unexpected angles and straight lines. A sea ice specialist explains why it formed this way.

(Image credit: NASA ICE)

Microplastics Are Turning Up Everywhere, Even In Human Excrement

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 5:01pm

A very small study shows that microplastics are in human waste in many parts of the world. While it's not entirely clear what that means for our health, it might be a sign that we need to pull back.

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Antipsychotic Drugs Don't Ease ICU Delirium Or Dementia

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 10:07am

Though widely prescribed in hospital intensive care units to treat hallucinations and other signs of delirium, Haldol and similar drugs are no better than a placebo for such patients, a study finds.

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Want To Keep Your Brain Sharp? Take Care Of Your Eyes And Ears

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 3:48am

Two large studies show that age-related memory loss can be slowed significantly when older people promptly address hearing and vision loss.

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Transferring An Organ From An HIV-Positive Donor

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 7:12am

Surgeons in South Africa transplanted part of a liver from an HIV-positive mother to her uninfected daughter — a medical first. Scott Simon talks to Dr. Harriet Etheredge, a medical bioethicist.

A Climate Scientist On 'Slaying The Climate Dragon'

Sat, 10/20/2018 - 7:12am

Kate Marvel, a climate scientist at Columbia University and NASA, talks to NPR's Scott Simon about her fairy tale on climate change and reads passages from the story.

A Slow Trip To A Hot Planet: Spacecraft Poised For Mission To Mercury

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 1:57pm

The European Space Agency's BepiColombo will take seven years to reach the innermost planet in our solar system, where temperatures at the surface can reach 800 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Image credit: NASA, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington via AP)

Scientists Learn To Hear The 'Songs' Of Ice Shelves

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 12:28pm

Scientists have found a new way to analyze the structural integrity of ice shelves at the end of the world, through the songs the winds sing on top of them.

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Grandma Was Right: Sunshine Helps Kill Germs Indoors

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 9:51am

All kinds of bacteria live with us indoors, and some can make us sick. A new study shows that rooms exposed to light had about half the live bacteria found in rooms that were kept in darkness.

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Bye, Bye, Beer? Brewers Say They've Got A Plan On Climate Change

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 7:02am

A scientific paper published this week predicts climate change will send beer prices skyrocketing and drastically reduce the barley crop. It got tons of media attention. But is beer really doomed?

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What Do You Get A Nobel Prize Winner? It's Hard To Find A Perfect Gift

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 5:10am

The University of Missouri was deciding how to honor George Smith, who shared the 2018 Nobel in chemistry. Some schools designate parking spots but Smith bikes. He now has his own spot in a bike rack.

Geological Teams Try To Determine The Future Of Storm-Affected Communities

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 4:03am

Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey are on the ground in Florida looking for the high water marks of Hurricane Michael. FEMA uses these maps to determine who is eligible for what kind of aid.

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