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Children Who Survive Congenital Heart Defects Can Face New Problems As Adults

Sun, 01/28/2018 - 5:00am

It was a medical miracle: Surgery that made it possible for babies born with heart defects to live to adulthood. But for some, those mended hearts start to falter decades later.

(Image credit: Benny Tsabba/Wendy Wolfson for NPR)

Honeybees Help Farmers, But They Don't Help The Environment

Sat, 01/27/2018 - 7:21am

Maybe honeybees get too much attention. They are agricultural animals, like sheep or cattle, and they sometimes make life harder for wild bees. In fact, the bees in true peril are the wild ones.

(Image credit: Dan Charles/NPR)

One Of The World's Rarest Fish Is A Little Less Rare Than We Thought

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 10:55am

The red handfish, named for hand-shaped fins on the sides of its body, doesn't really swim — it walks slowly along the sea floor. A new population of the striking creature has been found off Tasmania.

(Image credit: Antonia Cooper)

Viral Video From A Somali Comic Conquers The Internet

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 10:49am

Millions are watching Barbar, a music video from Somali-born comedian Oomaar. Fans are making their own versions. What's it all about?

(Image credit: Liibaan Jama/Screenshot by NPR (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOk6YvTZT3Y))

'The Marvelous Ms. Maisel': Science, Comedy And Genius

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 8:42am

In addition to its beautiful costumes and sweet homage to the New York City of the 1950s, the show offers an opportunity to reflect on the nature of genius, says commentator Adam Frank.

(Image credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

An Uncle's Overdose Spurs Medicaid Official To Change Course

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 4:00am

Dr. Andrey Ostrovsky, until recently chief medical officer for Medicaid, quit his job to more directly fight the stigma of addiction — a stigma that made his beloved uncle afraid to ask for help.

(Image credit: Gary Waters/Getty Images )

New Fossil Found In Israel Suggests A Much Earlier Human Migration Out of Africa

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 5:24pm

Scientists have discovered a part of a fossilized human skull that's around 180,000 years old. It is now the oldest human fossil outside of Africa.

(Image credit: Gerhard Weber/University of Vienna/Science)

Rebellious Cow Finds Winter Home Among Polish Bison

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 3:57pm

She has been spotted twice on the outskirts of Poland's Bialowieza Forest. She appears to be healthy, but she'll need to be removed from the herd before mating season.

(Image credit: Rafal Kowalczyk/AP)

How To Teach Mosquitoes To Leave You Alone

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 3:37pm

Mosquitoes find some people way more delicious than others. Now scientists have found a way to make you less attractive, no chemicals needed.

(Image credit: Tyler Stableford / Aurora Outdoo/Getty Images/Aurora Creative)

This Mummified Woman Now Has A Name — And A Famous Relative: Boris Johnson

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 2:59pm

Meet Anna Catharina Bischoff, an 18th century syphilitic woman found in 1975. Researchers announced her name Thursday. And the U.K. foreign secretary says he's "very proud" to have the new family tie.

(Image credit: Gregor Brändli/Courtesy of Naturhistorisches Museum Basel)

Listen And Guess: Can You Tell A Lullaby From A Dance Song?

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 1:13pm

To see if music really is a universal language, researchers gave people 14 second samples of songs from around the world and asked them to say what kind of song it is.

(Image credit: Klubovy/Getty Images )

Plastic Pollution Is Killing Coral Reefs, 4-Year Study Finds

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 1:01pm

A study in the Pacific Ocean finds that bags and bottles are sickening and killing reefs from Thailand to Australia. Coral reefs already are susceptible to disease due to unusually warm water.

(Image credit: Michael O'Neill/Science Source)

Helping Farmed Animals: High-Impact Rescue

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 11:32am

Following the example of an elephant caught on video who apparently thanked human rescuers, anthropologist Barbara King gives a grateful shout-out to some cool new campaigns that help farmed animals.

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Grumpy Cat Awarded $710,000 In Copyright Infringement Suit

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 7:45am

A jury said that Grenade Beverages illegally used the social media star's likeness on a line of coffee grounds and T-shirts promoting its "Grumppuccino" brand iced coffee.

(Image credit: Richard Vogel/AP)

Hidden Brain: Researchers Delve Into Improving Concentration

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 4:02am

Can we improve concentration when our attention is constantly being diverted? Researchers found running electrical current through someone's head helps — but it isn't the most practical solution.

Will State Voters Continue To Pour Money Into Stem Cell Research?

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 4:00am

California alone has spent billions in state funds over the last 14 years to support stem cell research. Scientists want another round of cash. So, what exactly did voters get for their money so far?

(Image credit: Courtesy of Alysia Padilla-Vaccaro )

Are There Zombie Viruses In The Thawing Permafrost?

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 4:19pm

There's a new fear from climate change: Bacteria and viruses buried in frozen ground coming back to life as the Arctic warms up. We went digging in permafrost to find out how worried we should be.

(Image credit: Varham Muradyan for NPR)

Flu Virus Increases Risk Of Heart Attack

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 4:02pm

The rate of hospitalizations due to influenza is continuing to rise. Now, a study finds the risk of having a heart attack also spikes in the days after a confirmed diagnosis of flu.

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Chinese Scientists Clone Monkeys Using Method That Created Dolly The Sheep

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 11:02am

A team of researchers has produced two macaque monkey clones using a technique called somatic cell nuclear transfer. It's a first for primates. The advance could hasten research into human diseases.

(Image credit: Qiang Sun and Mu-ming Poo/Chinese Academy of Sciences/Cell Press)

Google's Space Race To The Moon Ends, And Nobody Wins Lunar X Prize

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 7:53am

When it was announced in 2007, the prize's organizers said they expected it to be claimed before the original deadline of Dec. 31, 2014. One team raised more than $90 million.

(Image credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Arizona State University)

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