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The Trash Patch In The Pacific Is Many Times Bigger Than We Thought

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:41:42 -0400

In total, scientists say there are about 79,000 tons of plastic in this area, which is more than double the size of Texas.

For One Father And Son In Puerto Rico, A Storm Was Just The Latest Trial

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:46:00 -0400

The Martinez family has been waiting more than a year for a neurologist to diagnose the son's condition. He needs a diagnosis to be eligible for the health care he needs, but can't get an appointment.

New Zealand Eradicates Invasive Mice From Antipodes Islands

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 07:24:16 -0400

In 2013, the government began a program to get rid the rodents from the subantarctic island, which is a World Heritage Site that is home to dozens of unique and endangered species.

Research Misconduct Allegations Shadow New CDC Director

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 18:32:52 -0400

Critics say the Trump administration failed to properly vet Dr. Robert Redfield. Sen. Patty Murray says a past research controversy suggests a "pattern of ethically and morally questionable behavior."

WATCH: Robotic Fish Moves Like The Real Thing — So It Can Observe The Real Thing

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:25:00 -0400

MIT researchers unveiled a Soft Robotic Fish prototype in hopes of boosting aquatic observation. It can wiggle like a fish, dive to 18 meters, work autonomously — and hopefully avoid getting eaten.

Why An Imperfect HIV Vaccine Could Be Better Than None At All

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:22:55 -0400

Public health interventions and antiviral drugs have put HIV on the ropes in the U.S. But it's unlikely that infections can be wiped out without a vaccine.

Wrinkling Time To Heal A Family

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 11:30:11 -0400

Showing science's enchanting side has the almost magical effect of opening new portals to what is possible, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.

Have You Herd? Farmer Writes A Memoo Using Cows And Satellite Imagery

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:49:22 -0400

A Kansas farmer is becoming somewhat of a celebrity for making agriculture-themed pop-music parodies and calling his cattle by playing Lorde's "Royals" on the trombone. Now, he's making space cow art.

Forum: How Discrimination Damages Health In LGBTQ Communities

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:41:00 -0400

How do LGBTQ adults experience discrimination and how does it impact their health? Join us for a discussion with experts in a webcast from Harvard's Chan School of Public Health at noon ET Wednesday.

Autism, Haircuts And A Nursery Rhyme

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 05:11:00 -0400

Haircuts can be traumatic for autistic children. It took two years for Australian barber Lisa Ann McKenzie to give Jordie Rowland a cut. The breakthrough was singing a favorite nursery rhyme.

The Puzzle Of Quantum Reality

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 17:30:00 -0400

Despite the incredibly accurate predictions of quantum theory, there's a lot of disagreement over what it says about reality — or even whether it says anything at all about it, says guest Adam Becker.

Classroom Skeleton: Whose Bones Are These?

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 16:58:11 -0400

Remember that skeleton hanging in the front of your classroom? In some schools, those were actual human remains. We used science to figure out the story behind one of them.

Why Are Iguanas' Skulls Being Crushed In The Name Of Science?

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:30:00 -0400

A scientific project for killing invasive green iguanas in Florida has become the center of national attention. Anthropologist Barbara J. King looks at wildlife management and methods.

Robots Are Trying To Pick Strawberries. So Far, They're Not Very Good At It

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:27:00 -0400

Strawberry growers are so worried about the farmworker shortage that they're testing a strawberry-picking robot. But while picking strawberries is easy for humans, machines struggle with the task.

Taste Buds Dull As People Gain Weight. Now Scientists Think They Know Why

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:01:12 -0400

Doctors have known that as people pack on the pounds, their sense of taste diminishes. New research in mice helps explain what's going on: Inflammation brought on by obesity may be killing taste buds.