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Big Zika Virus Outbreak Unlikely In The U.S., Officials Say

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 5:09pm

The spread of Zika is probably limited by window screens and other mosquito-control measures in common use in the U.S. Also, the primary mosquito that carries Zika has a somewhat limited range.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Gets Into A Rap Battle With B.o.B. Over Flat Earth Theory

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 4:51pm

The famed astrophysicist got into a Twitter spat with the rapper, which then turned into a bona fide rap battle.

New Jersey River Polluters Fund Toxic Fish Swap — But There's A Snag

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 4:00pm

Passaic River polluters are telling local fishermen to trade contaminated catch for healthy tilapia. But there's no disposal plan for the toxic fish, and residents don't want them to be incinerated.

Marvin Minsky, Who Pioneered Artificial Intelligence Research, Dies At 88

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 3:28pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks to Ray Kurzweil, the inventor and futurist, and founder of Kurzweil Technologies, Inc., about Marvin Minsky. Minsky, who was a founding father of artificial intelligence, has died at the age of 88.

Doomsday Clock Stays At 3 Minutes To Midnight

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 1:55pm

Despite the progress represented by the Iran nuclear deal, rising tensions between the U.S. and Russia, North Korea's nuclear tests and other conflicts mean the world is still close to catastrophe.

World's Oldest Tea Discovered In An Ancient Chinese Emperor's Tomb

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 1:14pm

Archaeologists found the 2,100-year-old tea leaves in the tomb of a Han dynasty emperor, suggesting tea was highly valued. But was the emperor drinking tea as we do, or using it as medicine?

A Judge's Guidance Makes Jurors Suspicious Of Any Eyewitness

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 4:04am

A 2012 New Jersey law was meant to help juries discern factors that make eyewitness testimony strong versus weak. But research suggests a judge's instructions make jurors discount all such testimony.

Journal Editors To Researchers: Show Everyone Your Clinical Data

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 2:59am

The world's leading medical journals have a proposal that could transform medical science: Researchers would have to publicly share their clinical data to get their studies published.

Fambul Tok: Forgiveness And 'Family Talk' In Sierra Leone

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 12:20am

Following 11 years of brutal civil war, perpetrators and victims are forging peace around bonfires across Sierra Leone.

Health Group Says Zika Virus Will Spread Through The Americas

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 3:07pm

WHO says the infection is moving fast because the mosquito carrying Zika is widespread in the hemisphere, and the population is not immune to the virus. Only Canada is likely to be spared.

Insurers Hire Social Workers To Tackle The Opioid Epidemic

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 1:02pm

Some health plans in Massachusetts are putting tighter limits on painkiller prescriptions. Others are hiring their own social workers to help customers who struggle with opioid abuse quit for good.

Massive Space Telescope Is Finally Coming Together

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 3:56am

In a NASA facility just outside of Washington, D.C., workers are building the largest space telescope ever.

When A Chicken Farm Moves Next Door, Odor May Not Be The Only Problem

Sun, 01/24/2016 - 4:01pm

Large-scale poultry production is ramping up in North Carolina and getting closer to residential areas. Neighbors say the smells and pollution from these farms can make it hard to breathe.

Sex And The Snowed-In Cities: Why This Blizzard Could Cause A Baby Bump

Sat, 01/23/2016 - 4:12pm

Often when big storms strike, so does an uptick in births — to the tune of a 2 percent increase nine months later. But be careful: With the most severe storms, births in the area actually decrease.

Dance Returns The 'Joy Of Movement' To People With Parkinson's

Sat, 01/23/2016 - 7:13am

Many struggle with tremors and balance much of the time, but when the music starts, these people dance. It gives them joy — body and soul. Scientists say dance might have lasting brain benefits, too.

Politicians Work To Remedy Flint Water Crisis

Sat, 01/23/2016 - 7:13am

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Harvey Hollins, the coordinator of Michigan's clean-up efforts, about how the state is going to address the myriad problems.

So You Want To Eat Snow. Is It Safe? We Asked Scientists

Sat, 01/23/2016 - 5:21am

As it falls, snow forms a sort of net for catching pollutants in the atmosphere. Pesticides and dirt from soil can also end up in there. Still, most researchers told us they'd eat it, with caveats.

EPA Faces Fallout From Flint, Mich., Water Crisis

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 3:11pm

A top EPA official resigned Thursday over the handling of the ongoing water contamination crisis in Flint, Mich. The role of the EPA and whether the federal agency should have done more has been a recurring theme in White House discussions this week.

#Blizzard2016 Blankets East Coast In An Avalanche Of Cliches

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 10:54am

Many of us are already sick of hearing about the white stuff — and we haven't even felt the wrath of Ol' Man Winter yet.

Danes Say Zoo Dissections Fit With Country's 'Very Honest' Parenting

Fri, 01/22/2016 - 6:21am

Last weekend at an event in Denmark called "Animals Inside Out," a college biology student publicly dissected a lion. Attendees — including young children — were given a close-up, gory view.

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