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Spider Scientists Find 50 New Species

Sun, 04/16/2017 - 7:12am

A team of arachnologists discovered over 50 new species of spider in Cape York, Australia. Dr. Robert Raven is one of them. He tells Lulu Garcia-Navarro about the expedition and their findings.

Artist Sets Futuristic Dinner Party In World Reshaped By Rising Seas

Sun, 04/16/2017 - 6:00am

How will our diets shift as climate change causes sea-level rise and coastal flooding? Photographer Allie Wist attempts to answer that with pictures of an imagined "post-sea-level-rise dinner party."

(Image credit: Courtesy of Allie Wist)

As A Boy, He Learned About Science By Rubbing Calves' Ears

Sun, 04/16/2017 - 6:00am

Dr. Thumbi Mwangi had a eureka moment when he began researching a cattle disease in the U.S. The treatment was the same thing his dad the farmer had him do when he was growing up in Kenya.

(Image credit: Akash Ghai/for NPR)

The Poetic Intimacy Of Administering Anesthesia

Sun, 04/16/2017 - 4:00am

An anesthesiologist and poet says her medical work is well-suited to poetry, as patients move in and out of consciousness under the doctor's watch.

(Image credit: Sara Wong for NPR)

U.S. Health Care Wrestles With The 'Pre-Existing Condition'

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 7:04am

Insurers and politicians struggle constantly to thread the needle between making sure people have good health insurance and figuring out who should pay, especially for those who need a lot of care.

(Image credit: Elana Gordon/WHYY)

Researchers Find A New Way To Make Water From Thin Air

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 1:06pm

The device isn't the first technology that can turn water vapor into drinkable liquid water. But its creators say it uses less power and works in drier conditions — the key is something called a MOF.

(Image credit: Courtesy Evelyn Yang, MIT)

How A Budget Squeeze Can Lead To Sloppy Science And Even Cheating

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 12:37pm

The hypercompetitive world of biomedical research occasionally drives scientists to cheat. More often, scientists make decisions that undercut their results. That can lead colleagues astray.

Signs Of Hospitality To Life Found On Saturn's Moon Enceladus

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 4:16pm

"This is the closest we've come, so far, to identifying a place with some of the ingredients needed for a habitable environment," NASA says. There are signs of a promising reaction under the surface.

(Image credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute)

A New Approach To Helping Men Of Color Heal After A Violent Incident

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 4:12pm

To figure out the best ways to help young black and Latino men heal, a nonprofit will train young men in New York City to conduct interviews with other young men of color.

(Image credit: JDawnInk/iStock/Getty Images)

Eels May Use 'Magnetic Maps' As They Slither Across The Ocean

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 1:08pm

Eels sometimes swim thousands of miles from their birthplace in the Atlantic to rivers and lakes where they live. Researchers say the creatures might use the Earth's magnetic field to find their way.

(Image credit: Philippe Garguil/Science Source)

How Can The Colorado River Continue To Support 36 Million People In 7 States?

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 12:24pm

New Yorker staff writer David Owen says that convoluted legal agreements and a patchwork of infrastructure determine how water from the Colorado is allocated. His new book is Where The Water Goes.

What Doesn't Kill You Can Maim: Unexpected Injuries From Opioids

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 12:19pm

Emergency room doctors are just beginning to study a new kind of casualty in the opioid epidemic — patients who survive an overdose, but walk away with brain damage, kidney failure or dead muscle.

(Image credit: Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

There Are 60,000+ Species Of Tree Worldwide, Scientists Say

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 3:53pm

More than half of those species are only found in a single country, and many of them face extinction. The scientists hope that this database will be an important tool for conservationists.

(Image credit: AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

No Ant Left Behind: Warrior Ants Carry Injured Comrades Home

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 1:01pm

Don't call it empathy, scientists say. These termite-eating ants only retrieve injured comrades on the way home from a hunt, not before. But the hurt ants do recover better at home — to fight again.

(Image credit: Frank et al./Science Advances)

A Forgotten Piece Of African-American History On The Great Plains

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 9:00am

Nearly a century ago, Dearfield, Colo., was a thriving African-American farm community, admired by many of its white neighbors. There were even early signs of integration. Then came the Dust Bowl.

(Image credit: Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media)

Fungal Pesticides Offer A Growing Alternative To Traditional Chemicals

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 6:00am

The rise of organic produce has sparked a new interest in using biopesticides like fungi to kill insects, instead of traditional synthetic ones. But they are still just a tiny segment of the market.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Brian Lovett/University of Maryland Entomology)

How To Get Low-Income Students Into Selective Colleges

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 4:15am

New social science research looks at how to get more low-income students into college.

Cash-Strapped State Environmental Agencies Brace For Budget Cuts

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 3:31pm

Proposed budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency could leave state environmental agencies doing more with less money. But many say they are already strapped.

Top Scientists Revamp Standards To Foster Integrity In Research

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 3:21pm

The National Academy of Sciences has toughened up its guidelines to call cutting corners, dubious statistics and not fully sharing research methods "detrimental" to science.

(Image credit: Robert Essel NYC/Getty Images)

Asbestos Deaths Remain A Public Health Concern, CDC Finds

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 12:56pm

Exposure to the tiny fibers in asbestos can lead people who work around the material to develop mesothelioma, a cancer of the thin membranes that line the chest and abdomen.

(Image credit: DEA Picture Library/Getty Images/DeAgostini)




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