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Senators Reach Deal On National GMO Labeling Bill

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 5:39pm

The new bill would require companies to disclose genetically modified ingredients in food products. But critics dislike that this information does not have to appear directly on the food label.

This Startup Wants You To Have Your Disposable Spoon And Eat It, Too

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 3:39pm

An Indian startup sells edible spoons that taste just like crackers, made out of millet, rice and wheat. The company's founder says it's a fun way to encourage people to reduce their plastic waste.

Can You Psych Yourself Into Running A 4-Minute Mile?

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 3:21pm

NPR's Lulu Miller tells the story of one runner who always believed he could break the four-minute mile. Then a terrible accident made him question if he would ever be the same runner.

How Native American Tribes Saved A Giant, Ancient Squash From Oblivion

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 1:55pm

Native Americans in the Great Lakes region have cultivated the giant squash for centuries. Now tribes are sharing the seeds with each other and with small farmers to bring the plant back.

A Protein That Moves From Muscle To Brain May Tie Exercise To Memory

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 12:33pm

In mice, monkeys and people, exercise releases a protein called cathepsin B. And as blood and brain levels of this protein rise, memory gets better. But the protein has a dark side, too.

The Challenge Of Taking Health Apps Beyond The Well-Heeled

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 7:58am

A nutrition app may not be the top priority for someone who struggles to pay for groceries. But cellphones have the potential to improve the health of people with low incomes, if they can get them.

Dangerous Rescue Mission Underway In The South Pole

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 3:39pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Jerry Macala, who previously managed the South Pole station, about what it's like during winter at the South Pole and the obstacles facing the mission to rescue a sick worker.

Risky South Pole Rescue Succeeds As 2 Patients Are Airlifted Out

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 3:06pm

Two individuals have been flown out of the South Pole in the dead of Antarctic Wwinter. It's only the third such evacuation ever conducted.

The Science Of Why Onions Make Us Cry

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 6:00am

Sure, their beautiful, multi-layered complexity has moved poets to weep. But the real answer is more practical: a bulb's gotta keep the baddies away. We get the lowdown from a chemist.

California's Last Nuclear Power Plant To Be Shut Down

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 7:14pm

Diablo Canyon's reactors are close to earthquake fault lines. Public concerns are split between the dangers of quake damage and of carbon dioxide gas released by the burning of fossil fuels.

Record-Breaking Heat Wave Hits The Southwest

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 3:30pm

Meteorologist Iris Hermosillo describes the extreme heat residents of Phoenix are experiencing.

California To Close State's Last Nuclear Power Plant

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 3:30pm

California's last nuclear power plant will close by 2025 under a proposal announced Tuesday. Safety concerns are the main reason, but the Diablo Canyon plant produces enough power for 1.7 million homes. There's now a plan to replace the energy with renewables.

U.S. Mounts Daring Rescue Mission At The South Pole

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 3:01pm

A sick worker at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station must be evacuated by plane at the height of the Antarctic winter. The current temperature is -70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Can Doctors Learn To Perform Abortions Without Doing One?

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 2:41pm

Accredited medical residency programs have to teach doctors how to perform abortions. But interpretation of the requirement varies, especially in a state like Texas where training options are scarce.

Silicon Valley's Bloody Plant Burger Smells, Tastes And Sizzles Like Meat

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 6:00am

Impossible Foods took a high-tech approach to creating a meat-free burger that replicates the real thing. It's all designed to tempt carnivores to eat less meat. And it's set to hit restaurants soon.

Silicon Valley's Bloody Plant Burger Smells, Tastes And Sizzles Like Meat

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 6:00am

Impossible Foods took a high-tech approach to creating a meat-free burger that replicates the real thing. It's all designed to tempt carnivores to eat less meat. And it's set to hit restaurants soon.

Researchers Study Consequences Of Work-Based Friendships

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 4:11am

A new study looks at friendships in the workplace. Researchers found friendships do improve workers' job performance reviews but they also detract from performance — leading to emotional exhaustion.

Zika And Children: What Parents Need To Know

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 11:56am

So far, data suggest that Zika doesn't pose the same risk of neurological defects babies and children as it does to fetuses in the womb. But doctors don't know the long-term effects of the virus.

Fish Have Feelings, Too: The Inner Lives Of Our 'Underwater Cousins'

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 11:27am

Jonathan Balcombe, author of What A Fish Knows, says that fish have a conscious awareness — or "sentience" — that allows them to experience pain, recognize individual humans and have memory.

A Trans-Atlantic Flight Without Fuel: Solar Impulse Leaves New York On Ambitious Trip

Mon, 06/20/2016 - 9:20am

The Solar Impulse 2 plane is being flown across the Atlantic Ocean on a four-day trip to Spain. The solar-powered craft took off from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport early Monday.

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