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An Alternative To Foster Care For Babies Born To Opioid-Addicted Moms

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 4:09am

Infants do better with their parents, studies find, as long as parents have support to get and stay sober. This program starts during pregnancy, to rally and train a strong family support network.

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As Carbon Dioxide Levels Rise, Major Crops Are Losing Nutrients

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 4:02am

As the level of carbon dioxide in the air rises because of climate change, scientists are trying to pin down how plants are impacted. There's evidence that it's changing many important plants we eat.

(Image credit: Toshihiro Jasegawa, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization of Japan)

Summer Melt: Why Aren't Students Showing Up For College?

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 8:00pm

As many as 40 percent of students who intend to go to college don't show up in the fall. Education researchers call this phenomenon "summer melt," and it has long been a puzzling problem.

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The Science Behind South Korea's Race-Based World Cup Strategy

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 4:17pm

South Korea's men's soccer team tried to confuse scouts from Sweden's team by swapping jerseys so their opponent couldn't tell the players apart. But could a strategy like that actually work?

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Trump Calls For 'Space Force' To Defend U.S. Interests Among The Stars

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 4:13pm

The president wants a "separate but equal branch" of the military to watch over the final frontier, but only Congress can make it happen.

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'Cutting-Edge' Program For Children With Autism And ADHD Rests On Razor-Thin Evidence

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 9:11am

With 113 locations in the U.S., Brain Balance says its drug-free approach has helped tens of thousands of children. But experts say there's insufficient proof for its effectiveness.

(Image credit: Hokyoung Kim for NPR)

Stay-At-Home Dads Still Struggle With Diapers, Drool, Stigma And Isolation

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 4:37pm

It's hard to find other stay-at-home dads to hang out with, and working men worry you'll hit on their stay-at-home wives. Meanwhile, bosses still expect new fathers to work full-time. What's changed?

(Image credit: Martín Elfman for NPR)

A Dust-Up Over Moon Dust

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 7:10am

A woman in Tennessee is suing NASA to keep the vial of moon dust she claims Neil Armstrong gave to her when she was 10 years old.

Embattled EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Faces Anger In Farm Country Over Policy

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 3:49pm

The EPA administrator met with farmers in midwestern states this week to address frustrations over the renewable fuel standard.

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Fear And Frustration Over EPA Move To Kill Chemical-Disaster Protections

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 2:34pm

The EPA intends to block rules to prevent and respond to leaks, explosions and other disasters at chemical facilities and refineries around the U.S. That scares many people who live and work nearby.

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Credibility Concerns Lead NIH To End Study Of Alcohol's Health Effects

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 1:03pm

Scientists and National Institutes of Health officials met with alcohol company executives and appeared to solicit money from them in violation of government policy. The NIH canceled the study.

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As Nuclear Struggles, A New Generation Of Engineers Is Motivated By Climate Change

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 4:01am

The number of people graduating with nuclear engineering degrees has more than tripled since 2001. Many say they are motivated by climate change.

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Stephen Hawking's Voice Will Be Broadcast Into Space

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 1:35am

The late scientist's voice will be "beamed toward the nearest black hole," his daughter tells the British press. Hawking is being interred at Westminster Abbey on Friday.

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Looking Back: Reflecting On The Past To Understand The Present

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 8:00pm

So often we get stuck in the past, rehashing what we should have done, and what we no longer have. But researchers say our obsession with the past can tell us something important about our future.

Does Vitamin D Really Protect Against Colorectal Cancer?

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 12:31pm

The jury's been out on whether low vitamin D blood levels increase the risk of colorectal cancer. Researchers say a new review involving more than 12,000 people strongly suggests the answer is yes.

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Looking To History To Combat Wildfires

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 4:00am

After decades of modern fire prevention some forests are much thicker than they've been historically. New research offers a guide to thinning that could keep wildfires smaller and shorter.

(Image credit: Denver Water Department archives and Paula Fornwalt/U.S. Forest Service)

U.S. Suicides Rates Are Rising Faster Among Women Than Men

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 11:01pm

You can help prevent suicide, researchers say, by knowing the signs and reaching out. More boys and men in the U.S. take their own lives than women and girls, but that difference has narrowed.

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Errors Trigger Retraction Of Study On Mediterranean Diet's Heart Benefits

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 4:03pm

An anesthesiologist who taught himself statistics identified flaws in an influential study that claimed to prove the Mediterranean diet has cardiovascular benefits. The 2013 paper is being retracted.

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Giant Dust Storm On Mars Threatening To End NASA's Opportunity Rover

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 3:48pm

The rover has shut itself down because the solar panels aren't getting enough sunlight to charge the batteries. If the storm persists, the rover mission may be over, ending a 14-year run.

Antarctica Has Lost More Than 3 Trillion Tons Of Ice In 25 Years

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 1:52pm

Antarctica's ice is melting faster than was thought, say scientists who recently completed the most exhaustive assessment of the ice sheet to date.

(Image credit: Ian Joughin, University of Washington )

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