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NASA Has A Spacesuit Shortage

Sun, 05/07/2017 - 7:16am

NASA has only 11 spacesuits in use, and they were designed decades ago. Spacesuit designer Pablo de Leon tells Lulu Garcia-Navarro about how the shortage affects operations in space.

Crayola Gives The People What They Want: A New Blue Crayon

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 11:23am

After Crayola announced it was retiring the yellow crayon Dandelion, the company said its replacement would be blue, but would it be a true blue? No, it's actually an accidental blue.

(Image credit: Patrick Shuck/Crayola)

Why Taste Buds Dull As We Age

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 6:00am

You're born with roughly 9,000 taste buds, and they're very good at regenerating — which is why you can recover the ability to taste just days after burning your tongue. But that changes as we age.

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Denmark Now Has A Wild Wolf Pack Again — For The First Time In 200 Years

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 5:28pm

Citing CCTV footage and DNA samples, two researchers say a female has migrated more than 340 miles from Germany to join a small group of wolves in the Jutland peninsula.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Natural History Museum Aarhus)

5 Things To Watch As GOP Health Bill Moves To The Senate

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 3:42pm

Just three "no" votes by Senate Republicans would likely be enough to sink the GOP health bill. Democrats who lost the battle in the House are still convinced they can win the political war.

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Citizen Scientist Challenges Math Behind Red Light Camera Tickets

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 3:33pm

A man in Oregon is challenging the math behind red light camera tickets. Mats Järlström calculates that drivers who end up in an intersection when the light goes yellow can be trapped in a no-win dilemma, particularly if they are making a turn. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Aarian Marshall, who wrote about the case for Wired magazine.

America's Protected Natural Areas Are Polluted, By Noise

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 1:32pm

A new survey shows that cars, planes and other forms of noise pollution are rampant across the American wilderness. In many cases, human-made noise is drowning out the background sounds.

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To Bring Down Stubbornly High Blood Pressure, It Helps To Have A Team

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 9:56am

A quick prescription and annual lecture from a doctor often aren't enough to help people control hypertension. So some clinics now mobilize teams of health pros to motivate and support patients.

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Autism Fears Are Fueling Minnesota's Measles Outbreak

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 3:24pm

State health officials are struggling to contain a measles outbreak that has sickened mostly Somali-American children. The vaccination rate is low in this tight community that's worried about autism.

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Understanding The History Behind Communities' Vaccine Fears

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 2:43pm

A measles outbreak in Minnesota's Somali-American community is the latest example of the challenges public health officials face in addressing deeply ingrained concerns about vaccine safety.

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Urgent Care Services For Cancer Patients Offer A Gentler ER Alternative

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 10:42am

Some hospitals and oncology practices are setting up urgent care sites tailored to the needs of cancer patients, to help keep them out of the emergency room when complications or side effects arise.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Johns Hopkins Medicine)

Microscopic Cars Square Off In Big Race

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 5:13pm

This car race involved years of training, feats of engineering, high-profile sponsorships, competitors from around the world and a racetrack made of gold. And it's invisible to the naked eye.

(Image credit: CNRS)

Why Social Media Isn't Always Very Social

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 4:10am

Studies show that people who spend more time on social media sites feel more socially isolated than those who don't. This might be because of a disconnect between our online lives and our real ones.

A New Generation Overthrows Gender

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 4:00am

Parents, schools and elected officials are working to catch up and adapt to the needs of children and teens who don't fit into familiar gender categories.

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Environmentalists, Coal Companies Rally Around Technology To Clean Up Coal

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 3:59am

The industry has been in decline for years, partly because burning coal creates CO2 and warms the atmosphere. But there's a way to capture it — which has drawn praise from traditional enemies.

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A Lazarus Patient And The Limits Of A Lifesaving Stroke Procedure

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 3:29am

About 800,000 people have strokes each year in the U.S. Most are caused by clots that block blood to the brain. In some cases, doctors can remove the clot using a device that looks like a fishing net.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Kurt Hinrichs)

Yo-Yo Dieting May Pose Serious Risks For Heart Patients

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 3:28am

People with heart disease should keep their weight down, but it can be hard to lose weight and keep it off. Now a study shows big fluctuations may increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.

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