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German Scientists Photograph Formation Of A Planet

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 3:20pm

A German team has managed to photograph a planet forming in a distant solar system.

For Women Over 30, There May Be A Better Choice Than The Pap Smear

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 1:48pm

A new study adds weight to the evidence that an HPV test can more accurately test for cervical cancer risk than a Pap smear.

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Surf And Turf: To Reduce Gas Emissions From Cows, Scientists Look To The Ocean

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 1:48pm

When cows burp, they emit the potent greenhouse gas methane into the atmosphere. But by adding seaweed to the cows' diets, researchers are noticing a dramatic reduction in methane production.

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Scientists Capture First Birth Of A Planet

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 5:16pm

Photographs of a young planet orbiting a star provide useful information about how planets form and grow.

(Image credit: ESO/A. Muller et al.)

Coffee Drinkers Are More Likely To Live Longer. Decaf May Do The Trick, Too

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 11:26am

The latest study to link coffee and longevity adds to a growing body of evidence that, far from a vice, the brew can be protective of good health.

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Many Common Sunscreens May Harm Coral. Here's What To Use Instead

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 4:04am

Hawaii is about to ban the sale of sunscreens containing certain chemicals which have been shown to harm coral reefs. Environmentalists urge a switch to mineral-based products.

(Image credit: Photo illustration by Eslah Attar/NPR)

Conflicting Ideas On Modern Feminism

Sun, 07/01/2018 - 4:25pm

Michel Martin talks about feminism with Mona Charen, author of Sex Matters: How Modern Feminism Lost Touch With Science, Love and Common Sense and Hanna Rosin, author of The End of Men: And The Rise of Women.

The Scientists Who Explore Human Hormones In 'Aroused'

Sun, 07/01/2018 - 7:03am

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Dr. Randi Hutter Epstein about her new book Aroused, which tells the story of the scientific quest to understand human hormones.

Microbial Magic Could Help Slash Your Dinner's Carbon Footprint

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 9:00am

In one year, fertilizer production in the U.S. emitted as much carbon dioxide as two million cars. What if we could help plants make their own nitrogen so they wouldn't need man-made chemicals?

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Hobby Lobby's Illegal Antiquities Shed Light On A Lost, Looted Ancient City In Iraq

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 10:22am

About 3,800 objects purchased by Hobby Lobby were returned to Iraq in May. Some come from an ancient Sumerian city, Irisagrig, and indicate that life there was "pretty good," an archaeologist says.

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Nestlé Offered Permit To Continue Taking Water From California Stream

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 2:32am

The company's U.S. bottled water unit had been found to be operating under a long-expired permit, taking tens of millions of gallons a year from a watershed in the San Bernardino National Forest.

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Tropical Forests Suffered Second-Worst Loss Of Trees On Record Last Year

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 7:20pm

In 2017, 39 million acres of tree cover disappeared, an area as big as Bangladesh. "The report is telling a bleak picture," researcher Mikaela Weisse said. "What we are doing right now isn't enough."

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Japan's Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Arrives At Its Asteroid Destination

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 10:56am

The mission includes a plan to bring a sample back to Earth. It's the first time humans have been able to study a C-type asteroid at such a close range for an extended period.

(Image credit: JAXA, University of Tokyo and collaborators)

What Can Cancer Specialists Learn From Patients Who Beat All The Odds?

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 8:38am

A Harvard Medical School project aims to become the first national registry for exceedingly rare cancer patients who respond mysteriously well to treatments that failed to help others.

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Atul Gawande's Aim For Health Care: 'Make It Simpler To Do The Right Thing'

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 12:06pm

The doctor and health care critic hopes to design a better system for more than a million workers at Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase. Data-driven solutions can improve outcomes, he says.

(Image credit: Dan Bayer /The Aspen Institute via Flickr)

Girls Who Code: Is There A Wave Coming?

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 10:06am

Ten large tech companies did not employ a single black woman in 2016, according to a new report from The Center for Investigative Reporting.

How To Find The Summer Constellations (360° Video)

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 4:00am

Have you ever wanted to casually point out Cygnus, Leo and Cassiopeia? Just in time for summer, this panoramic video shows you some tricks to help you navigate the night sky.

(Image credit: Adam Cole/NPR's Skunk Bear)

Fake News: An Origin Story

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 8:00pm

Fake news in the U.S. is as old as American journalism itself. We explore the trade-offs journalists have long faced between elitism and populism, and integrity and profit.

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Red Meat Allergies Caused By Tick Bites Are On The Rise

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 4:01am

If you are bitten by a Lone Star tick, you could develop an unusual allergy to red meat. And as this tick's territory spreads beyond the Southeast, the allergy seems to be spreading with it.

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Pregnant Women: Avoid Soft Cheeses, But Do Get These Shots

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 4:01am

Doctors want to remind moms to get certain vaccines while pregnant. Whooping cough in particular can be deadly for newborns, but only about 50 percent of pregnant women get the vaccine.

(Image credit: Nicole Xu for NPR)

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