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Won't You Be My Neighbor?: Kids' TV, Then And Now

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 10:06am

Meet the woman in charge of PBS Kids.

Report To Army Cites Concussion Risk Of Weapon's Blast To The Shooter

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 4:01am

Service members who fire certain weapons can get concussion-like symptoms from the blasts, an Army-commissioned report finds. It urges taking measures to cut the risk of lasting brain damage.

(Image credit: Sgt. Aaron Patterson/3rd Marine Division/DVIDS)

Probiotics For Babies and Kids? New Research Explores Good Bacteria

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 4:00am

Sales of probiotics are soaring. While some studies on this beneficial bacteria show it can treat specific health issues in children, scientists are exploring how it may help gut health more broadly.

(Image credit: Paige Vickers for NPR)

'A Silent Extinction': Finding Peace And Saving Giraffes On A Lake In Kenya

Sun, 04/29/2018 - 2:39pm

Nearly 40 percent of giraffes were wiped out in one generation. Now, Kenyan conservation efforts are helping to bring them back.

(Image credit: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images)

In Hunt For Golden State Killer, Investigators Uploaded His DNA To Genealogy Site

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 6:31pm

After failing to find a match within criminal databases, law enforcement uploaded the killer's DNA profile to a no-frills website used to trace ancestry. The tactic has spurred privacy concerns.

(Image credit: Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

This Is Your Brain On Ads: How Media Companies Hijack Your Attention

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 2:13pm

How many ads have you encountered today? On this week's radio show, we discuss the insidiousness of advertising in American media.

(Image credit: Phillip Waterman/Getty Images/Cultura RF)

EU To 'Completely Ban' Outdoor Use Of Pesticides Blamed For Devastating Bees

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 10:38am

Citing concerns for food production, the environment and biodiversity, the European Union moves to protect bees from a popular insecticide.

(Image credit: Jamal Saidi/Reuters)

NASA Mars Mission Faces Setback After Heat Shield Cracks Under Pressure

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 9:56am

The heat shield, made of material that's as light as balsa wood but can withstand temperatures of nearly 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit, broke during testing earlier this month.

(Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Family Caregivers Finally Get A Break — And Some Coaching

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 4:00am

Across the U.S., community groups, hospitals and government agencies are stepping up to support the estimated 42 million stressed and strained family caregivers, who are often untrained and unpaid.

(Image credit: Lynne Shallcross/KHN)

EPA Chief Pruitt Faces Tough Questions On Capitol Hill

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 4:00am

EPA chief Scott Pruitt could face tough questions on Capitol Hill Thursday. It's his first appearance before lawmakers since a string of ethics allegations prompted numerous investigations.

(Image credit: Andrew Harnik/AP)

DNA Analysis Of Ancient Excrement Reveals The Diets Of Centuries Past

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 5:24pm

Researchers are exhuming ancient dung from toilets of yore to reconstruct snapshots of food and lifestyle in bygone centuries. The parasites that show up in privies reveal a lot about what people ate.

(Image credit: The Pierpont Morgan Library)

EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Prepares For Questions On Ethics Allegations

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 3:33pm

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt appears on Capitol Hill Thursday for the first time since a string of ethics allegations. But what has he done at the agency and what are the questions he may face about his conduct there?

Tiny Lab-Grown 'Brains' Raise Big Ethical Questions

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 3:28pm

Scientists are growing increasingly large and sophisticated clusters of human brain cells. Ethicists are now wondering what to do if these minibrains start thinking.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Pasca lab/Stanford University)

Every Day, Tons Of Viruses Are Swept Into The Sky And Fall Back Down To Earth

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 2:39pm

For the first time, scientists measured the quantity of viruses that are swept into the Earth's atmosphere and then fall back down. The study explains why similar viruses are spread across the globe.

(Image credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

You Are Here: Scientists Unveil Precise Map Of More Than A Billion Stars

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 8:03am

The European Space Agency has released a chart of the exact positions of many stars in the Milky Way and neighboring galaxies. But the map only shows a small fraction of what's out there.

(Image credit: ESA/Gaia/DPAC)

Pruitt Proposes EPA Science Restrictions

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 3:54am

The EPA says it wants to only use research in which all data are publicly available. Scientists say this would hurt policy making on everything from air pollution to toxic waste and pesticides.

Pruitt Proposes New Rule Defining What Science Can Be Used By EPA

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 4:53pm

The EPA administrator wants to restrict the science used by the agency in its decision-making. Scientists are concerned it eliminates all good science in the process.

(Image credit: Jason Andrew/Getty Images)

Emma, Carrie, Vivian: How A Family Became A Test Case For Forced Sterilizations

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 8:00pm

The eugenicists were utopians, convinced that they were doing hard but necessary things. And that included making decisions about who gets to have children.

(Image credit: M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University at Albany, SUNY)

Flint Activist Wins Major Environmental Prize

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 11:00am

LeeAnne Walters demanded action from local officials, confronting them with bottles of discolored water. They dismissed her for months. She meticulously documented lead levels in Flint homes.

(Image credit: Michael Gleason/The Goldman Environmental Prize)

For 50 Years, Deep-Water Trawls Likely Caught More Fish Than Anyone Thought

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 7:00am

Using historical data and estimates from deep-sea trawls that drag nets along the ocean floor, researchers estimate that millions of tons of catch have gone unreported in the last 50 years.

(Image credit: Monty Rakusen/Getty Images/Cultura RF)

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