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Feeling Lonely? Too Much Time On Social Media May Be Why

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 5:21am

It's not clear whether spending a lot of time on Facebook, Snapchat or Instagram leads to social isolation, or whether the lonely seek solace in social media.

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Did You Get Bit By a Lyme-Infested Tick? Here's What To Do

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 4:01am

One scientist is predicting a risky year for tick-borne Lyme disease in the Northeast, and it's spreading. But don't panic. We've got tips.

(Image credit: Stephen Reiss for NPR)

Forbidding Forecast For Lyme Disease In The Northeast

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 4:00am

Lyme disease is spreading, and this summer is shaping up as a whopper. Why has the tick-borne illness gotten so bad? The answer traces back to something the colonists did more than 200 years ago.

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Thomas Starzl, Trailblazer In Organ Transplantation, Dies At 90

Sun, 03/05/2017 - 12:13pm

The doctor, who performed the world's first liver transplant surgery in 1963, eventually earned the moniker "father of transplantation."

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For The First Time In 146 Years Chicago Goes Without Snow During January And February

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 4:00pm

Tom Skilling, chief meteorologist for WGN-TV and The Chicago Tribune, talks about the Windy City's changing weather, specifically the record-breaking lack of snow this year.

Doctor Launches Vision Quest To Help Astronauts' Eyeballs

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 4:01am

Scientists are learning that some astronauts' eyes change shape after time in space, leading to vision problems. But a sleep sack being developed might offer relief.

(Image credit: Courtesy of David Ham)

A Dip In Global Prices Creates Cocoa Crisis For Ivory Coast's Farmers

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 3:50pm

Ivory coast is the world's largest cocoa producer. But a bumper crop combined with a fall in the global demand for chocolate and a dip in cocoa prices are hurting the country's cocoa farmers.

(Image credit: Alex Duval Smith for NPR)

Rick Perry Looks To Bring Texas Approach To Energy Department

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 3:30pm

On Thursday, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry was sworn in as the energy secretary for the Trump administration. NPR looks ahead to a series of upcoming pieces examining Perry's role in expanding wind energy production in Texas.

The Culprit In Rising Western U.S. Smog Levels: Asia

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 3:30pm

U.S. emissions of smog-forming pollutants have dropped, but smog levels in the western U.S. have increased each year. Now, researchers say, they've found out why — it's wafting from across the Pacific Ocean.

Do Showers Make Oranges Taste Better? NPR Investigates

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 3:30pm

The Internet is full of things, including a Reddit subgroup devoted to the act of eating an orange in the shower. We gave it a shot ourselves.

(Image credit: Claire Harbage/NPR)

Patients Demand The 'Right To Try' Experimental Drugs, But Costs Can Be Steep

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 1:17pm

Terminally ill patients want easier access to candidate medicines still in the earliest stages of testing. While 33 states have passed laws to enable that, ethicists also warn of big risks.

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Smog In Western U.S. Starts Out As Pollution In Asia, Researchers Say

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 9:21am

By tripling their emission of pollutants, Asian countries have contributed as much as 65 percent of a rise in ozone levels in the western U.S., scientists say.

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Rise Of The Robot Bees: Tiny Drones Turned Into Artificial Pollinators

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 7:00am

Honeybees are a critical part of agriculture, pollinating many of our favorite crops. But bee deaths are on the rise. In Japan, scientists are testing whether insect-sized drones can help do the job.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Dr. Eijiro Miyako)

First Clouded Leopard Cub Born Using Cryopreserved Semen

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 8:31pm

A statement from the Smithsonian National Zoo and the Nashville Zoo said Thursday that the accomplishment is "a giant step for global conservation efforts."

(Image credit: Amiee Stubbs/Nashville Zoo)

Rick Perry Sworn In As Energy Secretary

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 7:41pm

The former Texas governor was confirmed Thursday by a 62-37 vote in the Senate. While running for president in 2011, Perry pledged to eliminate the department, but he says he's changed his mind.

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Embryo Experiments On Human Development Raise Ethical Concerns

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 3:35pm

Embryo-like entities are being created in a New York lab using human embryonic stem cells. Scientists hope to learn more about the earliest stages of human development without using actual embryos.

Old Penicillin Mold Auctioned For More Than $14,000

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 3:35pm

An auction house in London has sold a dish containing a sample of the original mold that made Penicillin for over $14,000.

New Research Looks At Ways To Help Stop Airbnb Racial Discrimination

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 4:08am

Airbnb has come under fire in the last year following reports that hosts are less likely to rent to African-Americans compared to whites. New research looked at ways to address the discrimination.

Embryo Experiments Reveal Earliest Human Development, But Stir Ethical Debate

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 4:08am

Researchers who study developing human embryos have long limited their experimentation to lab embryos that are no more than 14 days into development. Some scientists are now pushing that boundary.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Gist Croft, Cecilia Pelligrini, Ali Brivanlou)

Sierra Snowpack Smacks California's Drought

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 7:57pm

Despite one of the wettest winters on record, California Gov. Jerry Brown hasn't declared the five-year drought over yet. But the water shortages may to be over.

(Image credit: Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

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