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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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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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.
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Trump has sent mixed signals about how he regards climate science. Researchers are divided over whether to appeal him, or prepare for a fight.
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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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.
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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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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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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.
The last-minute regulation blocks state agencies from withholding federal funds from the family planning organization.
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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.
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.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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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