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'The Dialogues' Takes On Physics And Reality In Words And Pictures

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:21:51 -0500

Commentator Adam Frank interviews physicist Clifford Johnson, who has taken a new approach to the exploration of questions about the nature of the universe — the graphic novel.

These 10 ERs Sharply Reduced Opioid Use And Still Eased Pain

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:12:00 -0500

Collaboration was key for the 10 emergency rooms that cut opioid prescriptions by 36 percent. Doctors say they now use less addictive medicines to manage pain and have shifted patients' expectations.

Coal Jobs Have Gone Up Under Trump, But Not Because Of His Policies

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 05:00:52 -0500

The number of U.S. coal jobs rose slightly during the president's first year in office. But energy analysts credit short-term market forces and say they won't stop long-term decline.

New Maps Reveal Global Fishing's 'Vast Scope Of Exploitation Of The Ocean'

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:57:00 -0500

Researchers have used radio transmissions to track the movement of fishing vessels and create stunning maps of fishing activity. The maps show that fishing covers most of the globe's oceans.

Why The Last 'Wild' Horses Really Aren't

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:01:00 -0500

A story from the journal Science suggests that the only "wild" horses in existence aren't actually wild at all but rather are the feral descendants of an early domestication.

SpaceX Completes Successful Launch, Narrowly Misses Catching $6 Million Nose Cone

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:00:00 -0500

As part of his "rocket reusability" ethos, Elon Musk had hoped to use a giant net on a boat to catch the rocket's protective covering. It turns out it's hard to catch stuff falling from space.

Keeping A Close Eye: Dogs, Social Referencing, And Evolution

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:40:32 -0500

Does your dog watch you closely? A new experiment shows how dogs may match our movements and, in some breeds more than others, gaze at us for information, writes anthropologist Barbara J. King.

Synergy Between Nurses And Automation Could Be Key To Finding Sepsis Early

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:40:00 -0500

A bedside computer loaded with software that tracks vital signs in the ICU can pick up early warning patterns, specialists say. But it takes a human care provider to sort the signal from the noise.

A New Survey Finds 81 Percent Of Women Have Experienced Sexual Harassment

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:43:00 -0500

A nationwide survey found that most women have experienced some form of sexual harassment, many since their teenage years. The results illustrate why the #MeToo movement was so successful.

Did An IV Cocktail Of Vitamins And Drugs Save This Lumberjack From Sepsis?

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:40:00 -0500

A 51-year-old man nearly died from septic shock, when a crushing injury led to overwhelming infection. After getting an experimental treatment, he's recovering well, but some doctors want more proof.

Arizona's Tepary Beans Preserve A Native Past, Hold Promise For The Future

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:47:00 -0500

Local Native Americans grew teparies for centuries, but the beans began to sink into obscurity. Now, thanks to seed preservation and farmers who want to preserve the past, they're making a comeback.

Can We Change The Past?

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:12:00 -0500

Putting humans and consciousness aside, at the level of quantum particles, Wheeler's delayed-choice experiments show that actions in the present can influence the past, says physicist Marcelo Gleiser.

Doctors In China Lead Race To Treat Cancer By Editing Genes

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 05:00:00 -0500

More than a third of patients with cancer of the esophagus responded to experimental treatment in China with the gene-editing technique CRISPR. Several CRISPR studies are underway there.

Like Lemons? Quinoa? Thank This Food Explorer For Bringing Them To Your Plate

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:24:00 -0500

In the early 20th century, botanist David Fairchild traveled the world and brought plants back to the U.S. that we now see as thoroughly American. NPR talks with the author of a book on Fairchild.

Michio Kaku Predicts "The Future of Humanity"

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:18:30 -0500

The futurist and physicist talks about mankind's next giant leap.