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Schiaparelli Mars Lander May Have Exploded On Impact, European Agency Says

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:55:00 -0400

Instead of drifting gently onto Mars' surface, the Schiaparelli Mars lander hit the planet hard — and possibly exploded, the European Space Agency says.

Can A Place Still Be Home Even After Becoming Toxic?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:09:43 -0400

Even thirty years after the devastating nuclear accident in Chernobyl, there are still people who call the place home. Filmmaker Holly Morris tells the stories of the mostly elderly women who stayed.

How Does Our Brain Get Rid Of Toxins?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:09:43 -0400

Neuroscientist Jeff Iliff talks about his research, which explores how the brain naturally flushes out toxins during sleep.

How Can Your Home Make You Sick?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:09:43 -0400

When Dr. Rishi Manchanda worked in a clinic in South Central Los Angeles, he saw that patients were getting sick because of toxic living conditions — so he tried a unique treatment approach.

How Do Toxins From Plastics Find Their Way Into Our Food?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:09:43 -0400

Ocean advocate Emily Penn has seen first hand how much plastic ends up in the oceans. She explains how the toxins from plastic makes their way into our food chain and how we might be able to stop it.

How Do Common Chemicals Affect Frogs, Rats — And Maybe Us?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:09:43 -0400

Biologist Tyrone Hayes talks about the concerning effects of the herbicide atrazine, which is part of a group of chemicals that are found in everyday food and household products.

What Can We Learn From One of the World's Most Toxic Accidents?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:09:43 -0400

Filmmaker Holly Morris talks about her time with the "Babushkas of Chernobyl" — the elderly women who decided to stay in Chernobyl, Ukraine, after the worst nuclear accident in history.

American Academy Of Pediatrics Lifts 'No Screens Under 2' Rule

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:05:00 -0400

A new policy statement says kids as young as 15 months can learn from media when a caregiver is present and involved.

No Snapchat In The Bedroom? An Online Tool To Manage Kids' Media Use

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:03:00 -0400

The American Academy of Pediatrics has launched more liberal guidelines on children's media use. They're offering parents an online tool to help manage the what, where and when of family screen time.

'Last Gasp' To Save The Florida Grasshopper Sparrow From Extinction

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:19:00 -0400

A tiny bird called the Florida grasshopper sparrow is on the brink of extinction. Fewer than 150 are believed to remain in the wild.

Dinosaurs Down Under May Help Explain Prehistoric Migrations

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:59:00 -0400

The remains of two titanosaur species discovered in Australia provide clues about how ancient plant-eaters proliferated.

Mars Lander May Be Missing, But A Second Spacecraft Is Still Humming Along

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:24:00 -0400

As scientists try to figure out what happened to the Schiaparelli lander, which may have crash-landed, a craft known as the Trace Gas Orbiter is orbiting the red planet in search of signs of life.

How Snakes Lost Their Legs

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:45:00 -0400

Scientists in Florida say they've pinpointed a genetic process that caused snakes to lose their legs and have found that embryonic pythons still form "cryptic leg skeletons," millions of years later.

Breathing Less Oxygen Reduces Jet Lag, At Least In Mice

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:38:00 -0400

Jet lag and shift work impose painful changes on the body's circadian rhythms. Adjusting oxygen consumption might help, researchers say. But don't hold your breath; it's only been tested in mice.

Bye-Bye, Bao Bao: Popular Giant Panda Heads To China This Winter

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:37:00 -0400

The National Zoo's giant pandas are on loan from China, and the agreement requires that any pandas born in D.C. be sent to China before they turn 4. It'll soon be time for Bao Bao to make the journey.