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Editing Embryo DNA Yields Clues About Early Human Development

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:16:00 -0400

Researchers disabled a gene that they think helps determine which human embryos will develop normally. The technique they used is controversial because it could be used to change babies' DNA.

Cassini's Spectacular Legacy — And Nod To The Future

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:10:00 -0400

Following on Cassini's discoveries, NASA aims to probe Jupiter's Europa for potential life. With every new world we discover, we should look back at our own planet with awe, says Marcelo Gleiser.

Bemoaning Budget Cuts, Health Care Navigators Say Feds Don't Get It

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:30:11 -0400

The federal government has sharply cut funding to groups that help people enroll in health plans. But the groups say federal officials don't understand how much help and follow-up some people need.

Once Teased For Her Love Of Bugs, 8-Year-Old Co-Authors Scientific Paper

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 23:29:00 -0400

Sophia Spencer was extremely fond of bugs, especially grasshoppers. Her peers didn't always appreciate her interest. Entomologists on Twitter, on the other hand, were huge fans of her passion.

A Girl's Love For Bugs Goes Viral

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:42:00 -0400

Canadian Sophia Spencer, 8, loves bugs. A tweet her mom sent out about that made headlines and led to a paper the girl co-authored in a science journal.

The Science And Art Of Mapping Animal Movements

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:32:00 -0400

Technology allows mapping of wildlife movements with new precision — and a fresh approach to conservation — as evidenced by Where the Animals Go, released Tuesday in the U.S., says Barbara J. King.

Guess What's Showing Up In Our Shellfish? One Word: Plastics

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

Scientists predict that plastic in the ocean will eventually outweigh the fish there. Where is it all coming from? And is it making our food unsafe? Researchers are trying to find the answers.

We Shouldn't Stick Our Heads In The Sand, But We Do It Anyway

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 21:00:31 -0400

Ignorance is bliss, but knowledge is power...right?

Fuel Shortages And The North Korean Economy, Explained

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:27:47 -0400

A recent tweet by President Trump about long gas lines in North Korea reopens questions about what's going on in the country's opaque economy after several rounds of economic sanctions.

Xanax Or Zoloft For Moms-To-Be: A New Study Assesses Safety

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 05:04:00 -0400

Is it OK to take antidepressants or anxiety medicine during pregnancy? Recent research suggests women who need treatment can take these drugs. Doctors recommend the lowest effective dose.

Scientists Work To Grow Food In Space

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 07:59:26 -0400

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Gene Giacomelli of the University of Arizona about working with NASA to develop a kind of greenhouse where astronauts can grow crops while in space.

Researchers Look To Improve Weather Forecasting After Irma

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 07:59:26 -0400

In coastal Georgia, Hurricane Irma caused far more flooding than expected. Researchers are looking at ways their mistakes there could improve future predictions elsewhere.

Museums Engage In Informative Twitter Debate

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 07:59:26 -0400

Two museums in the U.K. argued on Twitter about who has better exhibits in a very informative fashion.

Confusion Continues: The United States' Position On The Paris Climate Agreement

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 20:07:00 -0400

The White House has reaffirmed its position on the climate pact "unless we can re-enter on terms that are more favorable to our country," after reports from AFP and the WSJ that the U.S. would stay.

After Hurricane Katrina, Many People Found New Strength

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 17:22:00 -0400

A long-term study of people who survived Hurricane Katrina found that most were doing well, and some feel the experience transformed them. But others remain haunted by anxiety and depression.