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Korea's Air Is Dirty, But It's Not All Close-Neighbor China's Fault

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 3:45am

South Korea likes to point the finger at China for its pollution woes, but that's not the whole story. New research is examining how much Korean smog is caused by neighbors and how much is home-grown.

Army's Smart Earplug Damps Explosive Noise, But Can Enhance Whispers

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 3:42am

Many combatants return from the battlefield with hearing loss. The U.S. Army has begun deploying a "smart earplug" system that can protect hearing without blocking crucial sounds.

New U.S. Ban On Ivory Sales To Protect Elephants

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 6:05pm

New regulation will ban almost all sales of African elephant ivory in the U.S. The changes will allow sale and transport of musical instruments, guns and other items made with small amounts of ivory.

Scientists Say They Hope To Create A Human Genome In The Lab

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 3:51pm

A synthetic version of the human genetic blueprint might used for a wide range of medical research, scientists say. But it's far from reality, and comes with big ethical and safety questions.

Study Finds Dogs Were Domesticated Twice In Different Parts Of The World

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 3:28pm

A new study says dogs were domesticated in not one, but two places. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with one of the study's authors, Greger Larson, an archaeology professor at Oxford University.

Women Held To Higher Ethical Standard Than Men, Study Shows

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 3:28pm

In a new study on gender and ethics, researchers found women receive harsher punishments than men for ethical violations at work.

Insect Named For Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is Step Toward Equality Of The 6-Legged Sexes

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 1:07pm

A newly identified praying mantis species, Ilomantis ginsburgae, is named for the Supreme Court justice. The species is also — unusually — identified by traits specific to the female, not the male.

Solved: The Mystery Of The Bearded Chickens

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 1:06pm

Hip humans aren't the only ones growing outrageous facial hair. Some chickens do, too. And now, geneticists in China have discovered the cause.

Bats In The Bedroom Can Spread Rabies Without An Obvious Bite

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 12:01pm

When a Wyoming woman fell ill, no one suspected that she could have rabies from a bat in her bedroom. Health officials say sleeping in a room with a bat is a rabies risk because bites are hard to see.

Bad Day? An Astrophysicist Explains Why 'It Just Doesn't Matter'

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 3:32pm

One of the things that being an astrophysicist has given Adam Frank is real perspective. You think your day is bad? Your smallness should make you realize it just doesn't matter, since we're such a small speck in the universe.

She's A Man-Eater, And That's OK With Male Orb-Weaving Spiders

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 2:27pm

Usually in nature, it's the females who choose the males they mate with. But researchers say a type of male orb-weaving spider selects the female — which will cannibalize them afterward.

Digging Up The Roots Of Modern Waste In Victorian-Era Rubbish

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 1:48pm

Some archaeologists excavate Roman ruins. Others dig up garbage. In England, a project is underway to study what people threw out in Victorian times, to learn about the start of the consumer era.

Study: Judges Treat Juveniles Of The Same Race As Themselves More Harshly

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 4:07am

Researchers studying racial bias examined juvenile court cases between 1996 and 2012 and found judges are more likely to send juveniles of their own race to jail and for longer sentences.

Details On Death Certificates Offer Layers Of Clues To Opioid Epidemic

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 3:41am

Deaths from opioid overdoses are on the rise, and we know that because of data on death certificates. States determine who fills them out and what information they record. And that can vary widely.

Weather Technology Falters Amid Communication Breakdown

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 3:28pm

Springtime is severe weather time in many parts of the United States. Strong storms and tornadoes can be a daily occurrence. Technology has improved to warn people days in advance, but effectively communicating severe weather remains elusive.

Doctor Outlines Plan To Battle Antibiotic Resistance In 'The Washington Post'

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 3:28pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Ezekiel Emanuel, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, about his opinion piece in the Washington Post that argues the cheap price of antibiotics has led to their overuse and has also discouraged drug companies from developing new antibiotics.

From Medical Maggots To Stench Soup, 'Grunt' Explores The Science Of Warfare

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 1:10pm

When it comes to curiosity, science writer Mary Roach describes herself as someone who is "very out there." Her new book, Grunt, looks at some scientific developments that help keep soldiers safe.

Can Planting More Milkweed Save Monarch Butterflies? It's Complicated

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 11:56am

Conservationists have long blamed farmers' use of pesticides for decimating the milkweed that monarch caterpillars like to eat. But scientists say simply planting more milkweed isn't the answer.

Food For Thought: The Subtle Forces That Affect Your Appetite

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 11:10pm

What do large tables, large breakfasts, and large servers have in common? They all affect how much you eat. This week on Hidden Brain, we look at the hidden forces that drive our diets.

Turns Out You Do Need A Weatherman To Know Which Way The Wind Blew

Mon, 05/30/2016 - 3:28pm

Rwanda is missing 15 years of weather data. Getting it back would be a boon for farmers. But can it be done?




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