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Don't Touch! A Scientist's Advice For Spotting Poison Ivy Before It Ruins Your Summer

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 10:36am

The best way to treat poison ivy is to avoid touching it in the first place. But that's tricky, given the many faces the rash-inducing plant can have.

(Image credit: Courtesy of John Jelesko)

Man Kills Snake; Snake Tries To Kill Him Back

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 5:18pm

Trying to save his wife from a diamondback rattler, Jeremy Sutcliffe decapitated the snake with a shovel. But when he went to pick up the head, it bit him — delivering a near deadly dose of venom.

(Image credit: LM Otero/AP)

NASA's Curiosity Rover Finds Chemical Building Blocks For Life On Mars

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 4:05pm

Scientists can't say whether there is, or ever was, life on the Red Planet. But two Martian rock samples contained organic molecules — which contain carbon, the chemical element central to life.

(Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

Math Bee: Honeybees Seem To Understand The Notion Of Zero

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 1:11pm

Research shows that bees possess a mathematical ability once thought to exist only in dolphins, primates, birds and humans who are beyond the preschool years.

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He Started Vaping As A Teen And Now Says Habit Is 'Impossible To Let Go'

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 9:30am

Public health officials worry vaping is an emerging disaster that could reverse years of decline in smoking by young people. What's the latest evidence that e-cigarettes are a gateway to tobacco?

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Hurricanes Are Moving More Slowly, Which Means More Damage

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 12:18pm

Hurricanes are moving more slowly than they used to. That means storms are dumping more rain and doing more damage when they make landfall, as Hurricane Harvey did when it lingered over Houston.

(Image credit: Katie Hayes Luke for NPR)

In Thailand, 17 Pounds Of Plastic Kills Whale, Highlighting Ocean Pollution

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 9:15am

Last week, dozens of plastic bags were pulled from the stomach of a whale that researchers found washed ashore in Thailand.

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News Brief: Primary Results, Facebook In China, '3-Parent Babies'

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 4:11am

We look at results after eight states had primary elections Tuesday. Also, Facebook gave data access to Chinese companies, and a look inside a controversial Ukrainian clinic making embryos.

Inside The Ukrainian Clinic Making '3-Parent Babies' For Women Who Are Infertile

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 4:11am

A clinic in Kiev, Ukraine, stirs controversy by making babies with DNA from three different people to help women who are infertile bear children. It's the only clinic known to be doing this right now.

(Image credit: Rob Stein/NPR)

Space Station For Sale: NASA Administrator Is In Talks With International Companies

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 8:37pm

NASA's Jim Bridenstine says he is interested in private corporations taking over management of the International Space Station consortium.

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Lava Claims 'Hundreds' More Homes on Hawaii's Big Island, Officials Say

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 7:20pm

Lava from the Kilauea volcano has filled Kapoho Bay and inundated a section of coastline that was once covered with lush forest and dotted by homes.

(Image credit: U.S. Geological Survey via AP)

Can't Stand The Heat? Tell Us How You're Coping With Rising Temperatures

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 10:51am

Have hotter days (and nights) changed your daily routines or long-term plans? Has your business had to adapt to higher temperatures?

(Image credit: Matt York/AP)

Rethinking Chemotherapy In Some Breast Cancer Cases

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 9:06am

A new study released Sunday says that many women with early-stage breast cancer may not necessarily need chemotherapy as part of their treatment.

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Parents, Schools Step Up Efforts To Combat Food-Allergy Bullying

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 7:00am

Up to 32 percent of kids with food allergies have been taunted with foods that make them sick. Schools are moving beyond allergy awareness and "nut-free zones" to address this dangerous behavior.

(Image credit: Janice Chang for NPR)

Physicists Say They Have Evidence For A New Fundamental Particle

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 4:13am

Physicists' understanding of the nature of the universe has taken a blow. An experiment with neutrinos has produced a result that breaks the rules scientists think govern the subatomic world.

When Everything Clicks: The Power Of Judgment-Free Learning

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 8:00pm

There can be a lot of psychological noise involved in learning. And mental chit chat can make learning hard. One solution, silence it with a click.

(Image credit: Angela Hsieh/NPR)

Therapy Made From Patient's Immune System Shows Promise For Advanced Breast Cancer

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 10:02am

An experimental therapy seems to have eradicated cancer in a patient with metastatic breast cancer who had failed every other treatment. The goal is to reliably repeat that success in more people.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Judy Perkins)

Canadian Government To Buy Oil Pipeline

Sun, 06/03/2018 - 7:14am

The Canadian government is planning to buy an embattled pipeline expansion project. Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with the CBC's Vassy Kapelos.

Swimming From Japan To San Francisco

Sun, 06/03/2018 - 7:14am

Ben Lecomte is the first person to try to swim across the Pacific Ocean. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to him from Choshi, Japan before he departs to attempt the journey.

For Some Breast Cancer Patients, The Chemo Decision Just Got Easier

Sun, 06/03/2018 - 6:34am

Thousands of breast cancer patients could now safely avoid chemotherapy thanks to a major study of women with moderate risk of recurrence.

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