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What Can Fruit Flies Tell Us About Human Emotions?

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 8:46am

Neurobiologist David Anderson explains why psychiatric drugs don't always work, and how researchers are working to find targeted forms of treatment — including his own experiments with fruit flies.

How Do Stereotypes Of Mental Health Affect Us?

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 8:46am

Twenty-three-year-old Alix Generous describes her years-long journey through misdiagnosis in the mental health system and how it affected her sense of confidence and self-worth.

Why Is It So Hard To Talk About Depression?

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 8:46am

Writer and psychologist Andrew Solomon describes how he hid from — and eventually confronted — his own serious depression.

Should Human Stem Cells Be Used To Make Partly Human Chimeras?

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 2:39am

The National Institutes of Health has issued a moratorium on funding work that puts human stem cells into nonhuman embryos. The concern is that hybrids might develop human brain cells, sperm or eggs.

N.Y. Attorney General Investigates Whether Exxon Mobil Lied On Climate Change

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 4:40pm

Investigators want to know if the company deceived investors and the public about risks associated with climate change. The company protests that it has included those risks in its reports for years.

New York Attorney General Launches Investigation Into ExxonMobil

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 4:39pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Neela Banerjee of Inside Climate News about the investigation into the allegations ExxonMobil knew more about climate change than it told investors and the public.

Oil Boom Means Sky Watchers Hoping for Starlight Just Get Stars, Lite

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 3:38pm

Light pollution has increased by 500 percent at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota, thanks to nearby oil fields. Stargazers and oilmen are working together to find a solution.

Researchers Reveal How Climate Change Killed Mars

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 3:06pm

Mars used to be much warmer and wetter than it is today. Scientists are unraveling the mystery of why it dried out.

Authors Retract Study That Says Sadness Affects Color Perception

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 2:50pm

It's the kind of oops no scientist wants to make. But the researchers who published a paper saying that watching sad movies makes it hard to perceive the color blue now say they erred.

Powerful 'Gene Drive' Can Quickly Change An Entire Species

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 4:06am

A genetic engineering technique raises hopes for eliminating diseases, such as malaria. But it is also sparking fears of unintended consequences if delicately balanced ecosystems are disrupted.

California Law Adds New Twist To Abortion, Religious Freedom Debate

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 6:11pm

A California law will soon require pregnancy centers that oppose abortion to provide notice to their clients of the availability of abortion services in the state. Clinics are crying foul — and suing.

The Brain's GPS May Also Help Us Map Our Memories

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 3:15pm

Brain cells that track our location also can track time and distance, a study finds. This could explain how the brain uses place and time to organize memories throughout our lives.

Physicists Probe Antimatter For Clues To How It All Began

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 3:06pm

Physicists don't know why there's more matter than antimatter in our universe. New research smashed together atoms of pure gold to look for clues.

California Tribe Puts A Gym In The Clinic To Fend Off Diabetes

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 9:30am

The tribal health clinic in Lakeport, Calif., includes a gym where patients of all ages with prediabetes get free fitness training, along with diet advice. The goal: Stop diabetes before it starts.

Nebraskan Farmer Voices Opposition To Keystone XL Pipeline

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 4:52pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Jenni Harrington, a fifth generation Nebraskan farmer, about the suspension of the permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run through her town.

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Why No Love For Twitter's Hearts?

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 4:43pm

Twitter changed its "favorite" icon from a yellow star to a red heart. Twitter users aren't loving it, but NPR's social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam predicts it's just a matter of time.

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Tropical Cyclone Chapala Batters War-Torn Yemen's Southern Coast

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 3:28pm

Thousands flee war-torn Yemen as tropical cyclone Chapala batters its southern coast. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with journalist Iona Craig for the latest on the storm.

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Keystone XL Pipeline Company Asks U.S. To Pause Review Of Application

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 3:28pm

TransCanada has asked the State Department to suspend its review of its permit to build the Keystone XL Pipeline Monday until Nebraska decides on its route.

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Scaring People Can Make Them Healthier, But It Can Backfire, Too

Mon, 11/02/2015 - 2:27pm

Fear campaigns can motivate people to quit smoking or eat less. But fear mongering can go too far. When is scaring for health's sake acceptable, and when is it distasteful?

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Move Over, Yellow 6. More Natural Colors From Plants Are Coming

Mon, 11/02/2015 - 12:19pm

From purple carrots and cabbage to grapes, the food industry is finding new ways to derive natural colors from plants. It's happening just as consumers are pushing Big Food to ditch artificial colors.

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