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Zika May Be In The U.S. To Stay

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:07:00 -0400

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now urges pregnant women to "consider postponing travel to all parts of Miami-Dade County." Zika is on the way to becoming an endemic disease in the U.S.

Settlement Deal Reached In 2014 West Virginia Chemical Spill

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:04:00 -0400

Residents affected by a leak of coal-washing chemical into the Elk River reached a deal with a chemical company. A class action suit against a water company was set to move forward in federal court.

Researchers Clear 'Patient Zero' From AIDS Origin Story

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:02:00 -0400

A Canadian flight attendant had been blamed by media for years for bringing HIV to the U.S. A new study proves that's impossible. The virus that took hold here came from Haiti in the early 1970s.

'Double Bind' Explains The Dearth Of Women In Top Leadership Positions

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 05:06:00 -0400

Women in power often have to choose between being seen as likeable but incompetent, or competent but cold. We explore what's known as "double bind" — assumptions about men, women and leadership.

Volkswagen Agrees To $14.7 Billion Settlement In Emissions Cheating Scandal

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:23:00 -0400

Nearly 500,000 dirty diesel vehicles could be taken off the roads under a settlement approved by a judge in the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal. VW has agreed to pay up to $14.7 billion to resolve claims from consumers and the U.S. government. Customers will be compensated under a VW buyback program, and the company will also pay to offset the pollution caused by the rigged diesel vehicles.

Applying A Silicon Valley Approach To Jump-Start Medical Research

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:14:00 -0400

Neuroscientist Cori Bargmann is leading the new Chan Zuckerberg Initiative's $3 billion effort to cure or prevent "all diseases" by the end of this century. She talks about that daunting task.

Dental Detectives: What Fossil Teeth Reveal About Ancestral Human Diets

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 12:00:00 -0400

From the thickness of tooth enamel to the molecular signatures on a tooth left behind by foods eaten by a human, fossil teeth hold many clues to the diets of our ancestors.

Antarctica's Ice Sheets Are Melting Faster — And From Beneath

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:01:00 -0400

Researchers say the ice is melting more quickly than they've ever seen. They think it's because warm water is circulating under the ice shelf, and that the melting process appears to be irreversible.

What's In It For The Corpse Flower To Smell Like Death?

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:00:00 -0400

The corpse flower is a botanical rock star — prized by botanic gardens around the globe. In a new video, NPR's Skunk Bear explores the biology of the stinky giant, which thrives by playing dead.

Pediatricians Release New Guidance For Preventing Sudden Infant Deaths

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:41:00 -0400

Infants should sleep in the same room as their parents for the first six months of their lives, and ideally, the entire first year. That's a key recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

How Small Fibs Lead To Big Lies

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:59:00 -0400

A new study finds evidence of "a gradual escalation of self-serving dishonesty," in which small lies pave the way for larger deceptions.

2,500 Years Ago, This Brew Was Buried With The Dead; A Brewery Has Revived It

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:14:00 -0400

In an ancient burial plot in what is now Germany, scientists uncovered a cauldron with remnants of an alcoholic beverage. They teamed up with a Milwaukee brewery to re-create the recipe.

Out Of This World: How Artists Imagine Planets Yet Unseen

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:38:00 -0400

When astronomers spot a new planet that's too far away to be seen in detail, they work with artists to depict it. Space artists say they have a lot of freedom, but have to be careful, too.

Why Does This Election Have Us So Down? Social Science May Have An Answer

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 17:43:00 -0400

U.S. politics have long been marked by disagreement and even rancor. But 2016 feels worse than usual. NPR's Hidden Brain podcast offers one explanation why, from deep in our psychological frameworks.

Gotcha: Space Station Grabs Onto NASA's 5,100-Pound Cargo Craft

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 09:24:00 -0400

It's been a busy weekend for the space station. On Friday, three astronauts — two Russians and one American — docked at the ISS.