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Scientists Get Down And Dirty With DNA To Track Wild Pigs

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 4:01am

Wild hogs inflict $1.5 billion in damage on U.S. property each year. But biologists can now track the elusive animals via tiny bits of DNA the swine leave behind in puddles and ponds.

(Image credit: Rae Ellen Bichell/NPR)

Chile's President Says Cataclysmic Wildfires Are Largely Under Control

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 12:26pm

States of emergency were lifted for some parts of the country as efforts turned to recovering from wildfires that killed at least 11 people and drew firefighting resources from at least 15 countries.

(Image credit: Esteban Felix/AP)

Are We Eating Our Fleece Jackets? Microfibers Are Migrating Into Field And Food

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 12:21pm

Fleece jackets and pullovers have transformed our experience of the outdoors. But the little, tiny synthetic fibers that fleece is made of could also be ending up in our diets.

(Image credit: emholk/iStockphoto/Getty Images)

Carnivorous Plants Around The Globe Use Similar Deadly Tricks

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 10:03am

Pitcher plants have evolved independently on three different continents. But new research shows they use many of the same tools to catch and eat their prey.

(Image credit: Natalie McNear/Flickr)

When Old Medicine Goes Bad

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 3:38am

With drug prices climbing, you may be tempted to keep unused pills and cough syrups past their expiration date. Don't do it, pharmacists warn. And get all medicine out of the bathroom cabinet now.

(Image credit: Angela Cappetta/Getty Images)

Prion Test For Rare, Fatal Brain Disease Helps Families Cope

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 3:38am

Scientists now have a fairly noninvasive way to test for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a rare form of dementia. A similar test, they say, might offer earlier diagnoses of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.

(Image credit: Keith Negley for NPR)

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