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Drugs That Work In Mice Often Fail When Tried In People

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 3:37am

Most potential new drugs don't work when tested in people. It's a major disappointment and it drives up the cost of developing new drugs. One big reason is the use animals in medical research.

(Image credit: Sam Rowe for NPR)

A Mountain Lion Kitten Is Found, Leading To Excitement And Concern

Sun, 04/09/2017 - 7:02am

A mountain lion kitten was found in the Santa Monica Mountains, just outside Los Angeles. Biologists are excited to see new kittens being born but are concerned about inbreeding.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the National Park Service)

It Sounds Like Science Fiction But ... It's A Cliché

Sun, 04/09/2017 - 6:51am

The Internet is full of science fiction becoming science fact. NPR Science Editor Geoff Brumfiel is ready to make a stand. Sort of.

(Image credit: Ronald Siemoneit/Sygma via Getty Images)

How Playing Tetris Tames The Trauma Of A Car Crash

Sun, 04/09/2017 - 4:00am

Researchers were able to dial down painful recollections of a car crash by having people play the video game Tetris while in the emergency room. The technique makes use of the malleability of memory.

(Image credit: Nicole Xu for NPR)

VIDEO: Despite The Risks, Morphine Can Offer Hope

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 6:00am

Morphine, like other opiates, is controversial. It poses risks. But for some patients, like a man in India who's profiled in a short documentary, the painkiller offers hope.

(Image credit: Screengrab from "Using Morphine To Stay Alive")

When Gluten Is The Villain, Could A Common Virus Be The Trigger?

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 6:00am

About 30 percent of Americans are predisposed to celiac disease, but only 1 percent get the disease. A new study finds that a common virus may play a role in determining who gets the disease.

(Image credit: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

A Baby With 3 Genetic Parents Seems Healthy, But Questions Remain

Sat, 04/08/2017 - 4:00am

A baby who was conceived through an experimental procedure designed to prevent a deadly disease appears to be healthy. But some potentially defective DNA remains. Will it affect his health long term?

(Image credit: JGI/Tom Grill/Getty Images/Blend Images)

Michigan's Tart Cherry Orchards Struggle To Cope With Erratic Spring Weather

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 3:31pm

An unpredictable spring this year unnerved tart cherry growers in Michigan, because these cherry trees are especially vulnerable to extreme weather shifts made more likely by climate change.

(Image credit: Peter Payette/Interlochen Public Radio)

Dalia Mogahed: How Does Speaking Up Change Minds?

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 7:59am

After 9/11, Dalia Mogahed saw an increase in negative perceptions of Muslims in the media, so she made it her job to speak up for her faith and fight prejudice with better understanding.

(Image credit: Bret Hartman/TED)

Adam Galinksy: What Drives Us To Speak Up?

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 7:59am

Social psychologist Adam Galinsky studies why it's so daunting to speak up — and what can help. He says the most powerful factor that compels us to take that risk is "moral conviction."

(Image credit: Dian Lofton/TEDxNewYork)

James Hansen: What Makes A Scientist Take A Stand?

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 7:59am

When James Hansen spoke up about climate change in the 1980s, he risked the loss of his job and reputation. But, he says, it was worth it — because he could not be silent about something so important.

(Image credit: James Duncan Davidson/TED)

Bison Or Brian? From A Calorie Perspective, Cannibalism Didn't Pay For Paleo Humans

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 3:52pm

Archaeological records show ancient humans sometimes ate each other. A new study suggests that hunting and eating other humans cost too much effort to be a regular thing. So why'd they do it?

(Image credit: Publiphoto/Science Source)

In Giant Virus Genes, Hints About Their Mysterious Origin

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 1:02pm

They're the Godzillas of the virus world, pushing the limit of what is considered alive. Researchers are trying to figure out where they came from. (And no, they aren't known to make people sick.)

(Image credit: Didier Raoult/Science Source)

How Flawed Science Is Undermining Good Medicine

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 4:08am

U.S. taxpayers pay $30 billion a year to fund biomedical research aimed at finding better treatments. But competition for scarce funding and tenure may be prompting some scientists to cut corners.

(Image credit: Mick Wiggins/Ikon Images/Getty Images)

Ex-Secretary Of State Advocates Causes Not Key On Modern Republic Agenda

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

James Baker--who served in two Republican White Houses--is writing about causes that don't figure prominently on the modern Republican agenda. He's advocating a global ban on the sale of ivory.

NASA's Cassini Begins Its Final Mission Before Self-Destruction

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

NASA's Cassini's spacecraft will begin the final stages of its 20-year mission to Saturn before diving into the planet and ending its lengthy stretch orbiting the planet.

Ex-Secretary Of State Advocates Causes Not Key In Modern Republican Agenda

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

James Baker, who served in two Republican White Houses, is writing about causes that don't figure prominently in the modern Republican agenda. He's advocating a global ban on the sale of ivory.

The Race To Fish Slows Down. Why That's Good For Fish, Fishermen And Diners

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 12:17pm

Catch shares allot fishermen a portion of the catch in advance, in hopes of keeping them from racing each other to sea, sometimes in risky climes. They're controversial. They also work, a study finds.

(Image credit: Courtesy of John Rae)

Experts Suspect Nerve Agent Was Used In Syrian Attack

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 11:47am

An attack on a rebel-held region of Syria on Tuesday has killed dozens of people. Video and eyewitness reports suggest powerful chemical weapons are responsible.

(Image credit: IHA via AP)

Do U.S. Troops Risk Brain Injury When They Fire Heavy Weapons?

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 5:02am

Some modern shoulder-fired weapons produce blast waves powerful enough to rattle the brain. A $30 million study aims to help the military figure out how much blast exposure, over time, is too much.

(Image credit: Spc. Justin Young/U.S. Department of Defense/DVIDS)

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