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Decades Old Chemicals, New Angst Over Drinking Water

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 10:14am

Around the country, communities are learning their drinking water is polluted with a potentially harmful group of chemicals. The Trump Administration is working on a plan to manage them.

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Scientists From U.S., Canada, France Split Nobel Prize In Physics For Laser Work

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 5:08am

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences says American Arthur Ashkin has won half the prize, while Gérard Mourou of France and Donna Strickland of Canada share the remainder.

Nobel Prize In Physics To Be Announced In Stockholm

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 4:01am

Last year's physics prize went to three Americans who used abstruse theory and ingenious equipment design to detect the faint ripples in the universe called gravitational waves.

Why More Men Don't Get Into The Field Of Nursing

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 4:01am

Only about 10 percent of nurses in the U.S. are men. Research indicates that ideas of masculinity prevent men from pursuing a career in nursing.

Supreme Court Turns Away Billionaire Who Wanted To Turn People Away From Calif. Beach

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 2:05pm

The lengthy case pit surfers against a venture capitalist. On Monday, advocates for public access are hailing the court's decision to decline the case as a victory.

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Ted Turner Opens Up About Having Lewy Body Dementia

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 9:12am

On Sunday morning, CBS aired an interview with the CNN founder, who told Ted Koppel about his struggle with a disease he could describe, but wryly struggled to name.

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Scientists Who Sparked Revolution In Cancer Treatment Share Nobel Prize In Medicine

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 5:13am

James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo were cited for their work in harnessing the immune system to arrest the development of cancer.

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Scientists From U.S. And Japan Share 2018 Nobel Prize In Physiology Or Medicine

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 5:13am

James P. Allsion and Tasuku Honjo were cited for their work in harnessing the immune system to arrest the development of cancer.

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James P. Allison, Tasuku Honjo Win 2018 Nobel Prize In Physiology Or Medicine

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 5:12am

The pair of immunologists won for their discovery of cancer therapy that works by harnessing the body's own immune system.

First Nobel Winner For 2018 To Be Announced

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 4:01am

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine is announced Monday in Stockholm. The physics prize is to be announced Tuesday, followed by chemistry. The Nobel Peace Prize winner will be named Friday.

Perspective: A Heart Device Can Save Lives, But Doctors Need To Explain The Downsides

Sun, 09/30/2018 - 10:07am

A mechanical pump can be life-saving for heart failure patients or it can cause dangerous complications. Doctors can do a better job at explaining the reasons some patients may want to opt out.

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Holly Ridings On Breaking A Glass Ceiling At NASA

Sun, 09/30/2018 - 7:23am

Holly Ridings, NASA's first-ever female chief flight director, weighs in on being a woman in the field with NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro.

The Flight Of The Condors, And Their Audience

Sun, 09/30/2018 - 7:23am

Hundreds of condor groupies flocked to a spot on the Utah-Arizona border to witness the annual release of young condors into the wild.

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EPA To Dissolve Office Of Science Advisor

Sat, 09/29/2018 - 4:51pm

As part of a broader reorganization, the EPA will eliminate the science advisor role created to counsel acting EPA Administrator, Andrew Wheeler. Critics fear the move is a further demotion of scientific research.

Boys And Masculinity In America

Sat, 09/29/2018 - 7:00am

NPR's Scott Simon talks with author and psychologist Michael Thompson about masculinity and boys' emotions after emotional hearings this week.

WATCH: 'Extremely Rare' 2-Headed Snake Stuns Social Media, Charms Scientists

Sat, 09/29/2018 - 6:47am

A Virginia state herpetologist says finding the mutated copperhead in a resident's yard earlier this month is an "extraordinarily rare" occurrence. Even more stunning, he says, is that it's alive.

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How Trauma Affects Memory: Scientists Weigh In On The Kavanaugh Hearing

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 2:24pm

In Thursday's testimony, Christine Blasey Ford said that she was 100 percent certain that Judge Kavanaugh assaulted her in 1982. How can she be sure? What does science say about memory and trauma?

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Why Did An Octopus-Wielding Sea Lion Slap A Kayaker In The Face?

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 12:35pm

A sea lion in a viral video was probably just messing around with its food. Researchers say sea lions don't care enough about humans to want to slap one of us with an octopus.

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The Effects Of Sexual Assault On The Brain

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 6:40am

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Jim Hopper, a teaching associate at Harvard Medical School, about sexual assault and its effects on the brain.

Memory And Trauma

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 3:58am

Thursday's testimony put a spotlight on trauma and memory. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Tracey Shors, a professor of neuroscience and psychology, who focuses on stress, sexual trauma and memory.




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