President-elect Donald Trump hasn't said much about food and farm policy or named his choices for top food-related jobs. But the coming years will likely see profound battles over food and nutrition.
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Listeners of our NPR One app rated these 10 stories as the most liked, recommended and shared in 2016.
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Pangolins — raccoon-sized animals that resemble artichokes — are the most trafficked mammal in the world. Chinese state media say more than 3 tons of scales were recently seized in Shanghai.
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Scientist Vera Rubin made the theory of dark matter a reality and, many say, created modern astrophysics. NPR's Ari Shaprio discusses Rubin's passing with a fellow astrophysicist Risa Weschler.
Social science research suggests that boredom, or satiety, has a lot to do with the mind. When we imagine variety in the future, it turns out we can tolerate a lot more boredom in the present.
Researchers are studying families from the U.S. and Mexico for clues about how a form of Alzheimer's develops in young people. Insights might help with the more common form of the disease in old age.
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The astrophysicist's groundbreaking research on spiral galaxies provided evidence of invisible dark matter. She was a pioneer in an era when women were excluded from many astronomy programs.
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Gratitude is linked to better physical and mental health. But some people are wired in a way that that they place less value on it. And quickie exercises to boost gratefulness may not pay off.
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Dying in America doesn't always go the way we plan. One terminally ill man's hope to be disconnected from his respirator and donate his organs was almost thwarted, despite his best laid plans.
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Countries that used to be too cold to produce wine are now able to do so, in part due to global warming. Lee Hannah of Conservation International discusses how this could affect conservation efforts.
Molly Birnbaum and Dan Souza are the editors of Cook's Science magazine. Birnbaum has written an article called "Taste with Your Ears: How Sound Can Change the Way You Eat."
Despite the ubiquity of headphones these days, a new study indicates hearing loss among American is in decline. Our host speaks with the study's co-author, audiologist Gregory Flamme.
A new technique that enables scientists to edit DNA much more easily stirred big hopes this year for medical breakthroughs. But it also stirred fears.
In August historic floods damaged more than 60,000 homes in Louisiana. We check in with displaced families still living in a Baton Rouge hotel this holiday season — with no known move-out date.
There's a reason why certain songs get stuck in our brains, scientists say. They interrupt the musical patterns we expect with surprises that we can't help but notice.
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Scientists announced Thursday that they created a safe, effective vaccine to prevent Ebola. They don't know yet how long the protection will last, but it will bring outbreaks to a screeching halt.
Lori Dajose just started her career as a science writer. She believes that "a scientific understanding of the world around us — from microbes to galaxies — makes us better people."
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Many meat producers say that they are cutting back on their use of antibiotics. Yet the latest government statistics show that sales of these drugs for farm use continues to grow.
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Maya Shankar was on her way to being an accomplished concert violinist, but a twist of fate led her to the social sciences instead.
An amateur photographer in Algeria captured beautiful images of a rare phenomenon this week: the red and white swirl of snow dusting sand dunes in the Sahara.
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