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New advances in science, medicine, health, and technology.Stem cell research, drug research, and new treatments for disease.

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Why Are More Young Americans Getting Colon Cancer?

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 10:09:00 -0500

Data suggests that the rate of colon cancer among people under 50 is on the rise, but there are lots of possible explanations for that. Scientists say teasing out the truth will be tricky.

SpaceX Announces Plans To Send Two Customers To The Moon

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:13:00 -0500

It would be the first time humans have traveled beyond low Earth orbit since the days of Apollo. The mission would be manned and financed by two private, anonymous customers.

What's The Environmental Footprint Of A Loaf Of Bread? Now We Know

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:20:00 -0500

New research calculates the greenhouse gas emissions involved in making bread, from wheat field to bakery. The vast majority of emissions come from one step in the process: farming.

To Keep Teens Safe Online, They Need To Learn To Manage Risk

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:38:00 -0500

Teens should be included in efforts to mitigate their online risks, researchers say, but apps focus more on parents controlling access by monitoring and blocking sites.

Your Name Might Shape Your Face, Researchers Say

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:42:00 -0500

Do you look like a Joy? Genes and culture may make it more likely that names and faces align. But researchers say people also may adjust their expressions to match social expectations of their name.

A Medicine That Blunts The Buzz Of Alcohol Can Help Drinkers Cut Back

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 04:59:00 -0500

Naltrexone was approved to treat alcohol disorders more than 20 years ago. But many doctors still don't know that when combined with counseling it can help people resist the urge to drink too much.

Explaining The Sizzling Sound Of Meteors

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:28:51 -0500

Scientists recently published a paper explaining why some meteors create strange sounds. NPR's Scott Simon talks with researcher Bill Sweatt about what creates this "sizzling" sound.

Advice From Patients On A Study's Design Makes For Better Science

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:42:00 -0500

Increasingly, advocates for patients are in the room when big medical studies are designed. They demand answers to big questions: "Will the results of this study actually help anybody?"

Kevin Jones: Can Embracing Uncertainty Lead To Better Medicine?

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:57:00 -0500

Sometimes, doctors just don't have the answers. Surgeon Kevin Jones says having the humility to acknowledge this leads to better medicine.

Naomi Oreskes: Why Should We Believe In Science?

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:57:00 -0500

In school, we're taught we should trust science because the scientific method leads to measurable results and hard facts. But Naomi Oreskes says the process of inquiry doesn't end there.

Could A Bumblebee Learn To Play Fetch? Probably

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:37:00 -0500

Scientists found that bumblebees are nimble learners, especially when there's a sugary reward at the end. No wonder they're such good pollinators.

To Test Zika Vaccines, Scientists Need A New Outbreak

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:43:00 -0500

It's a bit of a paradox, but researchers say they need Zika virus to re-emerge this year so they can test vaccines designed to defeat it.

Should Scientists March? U.S. Researchers Still Debating Pros And Cons

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 04:35:00 -0500

A "March for Science" is set for April 22 in Washington, D.C., to show support for evidence-based public policy. But some worry the march will be seen as partisan, and may even undermine sound policy.

Researchers Failed To Tell Testosterone Trial Patients They Were Anemic

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:21:00 -0500

Low levels of iron in the blood may indicate a serious but treatable medical condition if caught early, but patients in a testosterone trial were not informed, a bioethicist finds.

Does Studying Economics Make You Selfish?

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 04:59:00 -0500

Social science research finds that students who are taught classical economics about how humans act in their rational self-interest, become more likely to act selfishly after learning those lessons.