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Beyond Slurpees: Many Japanese Mini-Marts Now Cater To Elders

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 3:32am

Convenience is in the eye of the generation. Increasingly, corner markets in Japan target the 27 percent of residents over 65 — offering nursing care advice and home delivery of meals and groceries.

You vs. Future You; Or Why We're Bad At Predicting Our Own Happiness

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 11:01pm

Researcher Dan Gilbert says that human beings are the only animals that think about the future. But we don't always do the best job at predicting what will make us happy — or even who we will be.

Flooding In Louisiana Raises Questions About Timing, Urgency Of Warnings

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 6:31pm

More than a dozen people have died and tens of thousands of homes have been damaged by floodwaters. Local authorities and residents wonder if something more could have been done to lessen the toll.

How Big, Really, Is The Zika Outbreak In Florida?

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 6:15pm

So far, health officials know of 37 confirmed cases of people who contracted Zika from mosquitoes in Miami. But computer models suggest the underlying outbreak in Miami is bigger — and spreading.

Louisiana Ignored Dire Forecasts And Flash Flood Warnings

Sun, 08/21/2016 - 8:24am

Tens of thousands in Louisiana were surprised by floods last week. In a changing climate, what more can be done to warn communities that the weather can do things they aren't used to?

What It's Really Like To 'Walk' In Space

Sun, 08/21/2016 - 8:23am

The International Space Station conducted a spacewalk this week to mark 15 years in space. Three people who've walked in space share their miraculous — and miserable — experiences.

In Drought-Stricken California, There's No Longer A Fire "Season"

Sun, 08/21/2016 - 8:17am

The state now sees wildfires that are on average bigger than ever and that burn through more of the year. Cal Fire's Southern Region information officer Michael Mohler speaks to Rachel Martin.

'Googly-Eyed' Stubby Squid Captures Internet's Attention

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 9:06am

Researchers from the Nautilus exploration vessel came upon the bright purple creature with giant eyes. It may look like a cartoon character, but it's real. It's also pretty tough, a researcher says.

'Googly-Eyed' Stubby Squid Captures Internet's Attention

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 9:06am

The crew of the exploration vehicle Nautilius came upon one ocean creature that tickled their respective fancy.

After IVF, Some Struggle With What To Do With Leftover Embryos

Sat, 08/20/2016 - 6:00am

Nearly a million embryos are in frozen storage in the U.S. Some couples feel ambivalent, even after their family is complete, so put off deciding what to do with what some call their 'maybe babies.'

Montana Officials Close Yellowstone River To Fight Fish-Killing Parasite

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 4:32pm

An extraordinary effort to limit a widespread fish kill comes a week before the centennial celebration of the National Park Service.

As July's Record Heat Builds Through August, Arctic Ice Keeps Melting

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 4:13pm

July 2016 was Earth's hottest month on record. And Arctic ice has shrunk this year almost as much as it did in 2012 — the most severe melt to date.

Sting's Brain Scan Reveals Clues About How The Musical Mind Works

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 3:26pm

When Dr. Daniel J. Levitin, a McGill University cognitive neuroscientist, mapped the brain of musician Sting in 2007, he found that a musically trained mind will make deep connections to different types of music.

300 Miles Above Us, Astronauts Give The Space Station A New Door

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 1:05pm

Two American astronauts are installing a new docking port that will allow astronauts traveling with private companies to enter the International Space Station.

Artisanal Food Waste: Can You Turn Scraps Into Premium Products?

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 6:00am

Entrepreneurs hope that, instead of paying bottom dollar for produce that might otherwise have ended up in the landfill, customers will pony up for high-end foods made from rescued ingredients.

Research Examines If Surgery Delays Affect Patients' Health Outcome

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 4:06am

Researchers find that long waiting times for surgery are not associated with worse health outcomes for patients. The study involved patients waiting for surgery in England.

Threatened By Rising Seas, Alaska Village Decides To Relocate

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 6:49pm

Rising sea levels have eroded Shishmaref for many years. Now, the Inupiat Eskimo village has voted to move. One resident told NPR that it's a matter of protecting their unique community.

Alaskan Village Votes To Relocate Amid Climate Change Fears

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 3:28pm

Residents of Shishmaref, Alaska, voted this week to relocate their village to escape rising sea levels. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Esau Sinnok, a Sishmaref native and an Arctic Youth ambassador, about the decision to move.

For Pete's Sake, Don't Sleep or Swim in Your Contact Lenses

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 2:07pm

Contact lenses seem safe and easy, but a CDC analysis shows people can get serious eye infections from them. The usual culprits: Wearing them too long, and failing to be meticulous about cleaning.

Eating Yogurt Is Not Enough: Rebalancing The Ecosystem Of 'The Microbes Within Us'

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 12:11pm

Ed Yong, author of I Contain Multitudes, says someday we might be able to improve our health by taking probiotics, but "we are still in the very early stages of working out how to do this."

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