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Dolls With Disabilities Escape The Toy Hospital, Go Mainstream

Sun, 12/18/2016 - 7:21am

Longtime toymakers are broadening their horizons — offering dolls and other figures with hearing aids, wheelchairs and insulin pumps in city scenes, not just hospitals. That's a start, activists say.

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'Hidden Figures,' 'The Glass Universe,' And Why Science Needs History

Sun, 12/18/2016 - 5:59am

Women's contributions to scientific progress are often ignored — but two new books, Dava Sobel's The Glass Universe and Margot Lee Shetterly's Hidden Figures are out to remedy that oversight.

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Please, Baby, Please: Some Couples Turn To Crowdfunding For IVF

Sun, 12/18/2016 - 5:51am

Infertility is often a private struggle. But some couples are going public — via crowdfunding sites — to help subsidize in vitro fertilization treatments that can cost as much as $20,000 each time.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Brian Fancher Photography)

Tectonic Shifts In Climate Politics: Researchers Confused On Trump Era Consequences

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 8:14am

Trump has sent mixed signals about how he regards climate science. Researchers are divided over whether to appeal him, or prepare for a fight.

The Seahorse In Your Brain: Where Body Parts Got Their Names

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 12:55pm

What are those dog ears doing on my heart? Ancient anatomists named body parts after things they resembled in real life. So you've got a rooster comb in your skull and a flute in your leg.

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Big Diamonds Bring Scientists A Message From Superdeep Earth

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 4:02pm

When scientists got their hands on a collection of the world's biggest gem diamonds, they found something surprising inside — clues about what sits hundreds of miles beneath our feet.

(Image credit: Evan Smith/Gemological Institute of America)

U.K. Fertility Clinics Can Now Apply For Licenses To Create 3-Parent Babies

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 3:02pm

Last year, lawmakers legalized a medical procedure that combines DNA from three people. Now, fertility clinics can apply for a license to practice the technique "in certain, specific cases."

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A Gang Killed A Guy With Ebola. Will They Agree To Be Quarantined?

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 4:05am

In 2015, health workers in Liberia faced a challenge. They had to figure out how to quarantine a street gang that could be spreading Ebola at the height of the epidemic.

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To Stop Ebola, An Epidemic Of Fear Had To Be Stopped

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 4:05am

In 2015, health workers in Liberia faced a challenge. They had to figure out how to stop a street gang that could be spreading Ebola in the capital city of Monrovia at the height of the epidemic.

Obama Administration Moves To Protect Planned Parenthood's Federal Funding

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 4:51pm

The last-minute regulation blocks state agencies from withholding federal funds from the family planning organization.

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Scientists Race To Preserve Climate Change Data Before Trump Takes Office

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 3:30pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with meteorologist Eric Holthaus about the race to preserve U.S. climate data before the Trump administration, and the fear that the new administration will erase the work of climate change researchers.

Environmentalists Brace For Scott Pruitt To Take Over EPA

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 3:30pm

What will an anti-regulation, climate skeptic do as head of the Environmental Protection Agency? Environmentalists are bracing. But Scott Pruitt will also face limits if he tries to strip the agency of its power.

To Fight Malaria, Scientists Try Genetic Engineering To Wipe Out Mosquitoes

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 3:20pm

A powerful genetic engineering technique holds promise for wiping out diseases and improving agriculture. But the species-altering approach stirs anxiety about unintended consequences.

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We Unravel The Science Mysteries Of Asparagus Pee

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 6:00am

From Ben Franklin on, many have noted the distinctive smell asparagus gives urine. But most of us lack the ability to sniff out this malodorous effect, and not everyone may produce it.

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Curiosity Rover Encounters Technical Difficulties On Martian Mountain

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 6:53pm

NASA engineers are trying to figure out why the rover's robotic arm keeps stalling just as it's about to drill into Martian rock.

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Reports: Trump Taps Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke To Lead Interior Department

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 6:12pm

The first-term GOP congressman is a strong defender of public access to federal lands and has even broken with his party on the issue. But he also supports increased oil and gas exploration.

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Beautiful Huntresses: Scientists Explain Why Mantises Evolved To Resemble Orchids

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 4:55pm

Typically, when insect females evolve to become larger than males, it's in order to produce more offspring. But female orchid mantises evolved to look like flowers for a sinister reason: to hunt prey.

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Department Of Energy Defies Trump, Won't Name Climate Change Workers

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 4:21pm

A DOE statement Tuesday said questions about who has worked on climate science had "unsettled" staffers and contractors alike. Many saw the questionnaire as a precursor to a purge.

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Columbia Journalism Report Criticizes Exxon CEO's Position On Climate Change

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 3:30pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Susanne Rust, senior reporter and director of the Energy and Environment Reporting Project at Columbia University, about Exxon Mobil's climate change policies under the leadership of CEO Rex Tillerson, who is President-elect Donald Trump's pick for secretary of state.

Scientists Report The Arctic Is Melting Even More Rapidly

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 3:30pm

Government scientists meeting in San Francisco have issued their 2016 report card for the Arctic. Temperatures continue to soar, and sea ice is melting at record rates.

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