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Hello, Nihonium. Scientists Name 4 New Elements On The Periodic Table

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 2:32pm

The new superheavy, radioactive elements were added to the periodic table last year but given temporary and unremarkable names: ununtrium, ununpentium, ununseptium and ununoctoium.

Legal Medical Abortions Are Up In Texas, But So Are DIY Pills From Mexico

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 3:47am

Women seeking an abortion in restrictive Texas now often pick the medical version, thanks to FDA rules making it easier. Others seek cheaper pills in Mexico, and aren't getting guidance from a doctor.

Fossils Suggest That Island Life Shrank Our 'Hobbit' Relatives

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 5:39pm

Scientists say tiny bones dating back 700,000 years on the Indonesian island of Flores shine new light on how these mysterious, 3-foot-tall creatures got that way.

Congress Passes Largest Chemical Safety Legislation In 40 Years

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 3:31pm

Congress has passed the biggest chemical safety legislation in 40 years. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Richard Denison of the Environmental Defense Fund about what this means for consumers.

An Army Buddy's Call For Help Sends A Scientist On A Brain Injury Quest

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 1:16pm

Harvard researcher Kit Parker built his academic career studying the heart. But Parker, also an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, switched his focus to figuring out how IED blasts damage the brain.

New Genetic Engineering Method Called Promising — And Perilous

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 11:52am

A technology known as a gene drive might be deployed to re-engineer species and stop diseases like malaria. But a scientific advisory panel says research and use should proceed with great caution.

How Student Debt Affects Personal Choices Of Young People

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 4:10am

Researchers examine the effects of student debt on the personal choices that young adults have to make. For example, decisions about whether to get married or when to have children.

This Is How Much Celebrities Get Paid To Endorse Soda And Unhealthy Food

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 4:57pm

Beyonce got $50 million to push Pepsi. Justin Timberlake: $6 million in a deal with McDonald's. A study describes the lucrative deals celebs popular with teens and young adults inked to sell food.

Why We're All Trapped In 3-D

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 3:39pm

We are all trapped in space — the space of three dimensions. NPR blogger and astrophysicist Adam Frank takes us to the next dimension.

A Student-Run Farm Cultivates Passion For Sustainable Agriculture

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 1:00pm

The Student Organic Farm at Iowa State sends out CSA boxes to the local community — and of course, it gives students a chance to enjoy the (fresh, organic) fruits of their own labor.

WATCH: Mosquitoes Use 6 Needles To Suck Your Blood

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 8:10am

Beyond pesky, mosquitoes kill hundreds of thousands of people worldwide each year. And the bites aren't random. A mouth packed with sensors, drills, spears and straws guides the bug to blood.

How Stories Told Of Brilliant Scientists Affect Kids' Interest In The Field

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 4:02am

Researchers found that students perform better in science where they read stories about how famous scientists struggled rather than when they read stories about what those scientists achieved.

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