Last Build Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:28:51 -0500Copyright: Copyright 2017 NPR - For Personal Use Only
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:28:51 -0500Scientists 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.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:42:00 -0500Increasingly, 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?"
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:57:00 -0500Sometimes, doctors just don't have the answers. Surgeon Kevin Jones says having the humility to acknowledge this leads to better medicine.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:57:00 -0500In 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.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:37:00 -0500Scientists found that bumblebees are nimble learners, especially when there's a sugary reward at the end. No wonder they're such good pollinators.
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:43:00 -0500It'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.
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 04:35:00 -0500A "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.
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:21:00 -0500Low 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.
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 04:59:00 -0500Social 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.
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:20 -0500We hear a lot about senseless violence: people who lose their lives or their freedom over a stolen backpack, or perceived slight. Two researchers think social science might help prevent these crimes.
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:03:00 -0500Scientific evidence showing health benefits from engaging in the arts is still weak. But Los Angeles students in their 80s say their poetry class gives them joy, solace, community and a voice.
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:57:00 -0500Skin lesions are often misdiagnosed as a brown recluse spider bite when they're actually a tick bite or MRSA or even skin cancer. Here's how to tell the difference.
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500Bees have been dying in unprecedented numbers. A new study has found that fungi-destroying chemicals may make it harder for bees to metabolize their food. And if they can't get energy, they can't fly.
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 04:59:00 -0500Cars are less likely to stop when people of color step into intersections, a study says. That may partly explain why there are higher levels of pedestrian deaths among racial minority communities.
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 04:56:00 -0500The musician and multimedia artist has co-created an immersive experience designed to make people aware of their implicit biases. It's called "The Institute Presents: Neurosociety."