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New advances in science, medicine, health, and technology.Stem cell research, drug research, and new treatments for disease.

Last Build Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:25:00 -0400

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This Doctor Is Trying To Stop Heart Attacks In Their Tracks

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:25:00 -0400

Harry Selker has spent his life trying to come up with better ways to keep people from dying of heart attacks. Now he's intent on figuring out if a simple, cheap medication could be a game changer.

Are We Reaching The End Of The Trend For Longer, Healthier Lives?

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 04:57:00 -0400

In the past 50 years, better medical care and healthier habits have greatly reduced the risk of dying young from heart disease. But the obesity epidemic threatens to reverse that happy trend.

Computer Scientists Solve Mystery Of The Ein Gedi Scroll By 'Virtual Unwrapping'

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:06:00 -0400

Researchers used a new kind of analysis to make a virtual image of a crumbling ancient scroll from Israel. Biblical scholars were able to read the re-created text, which is from Leviticus.

As a GMO Pillar Wobbles, Biotech Companies Promise New Insect-Killing Genes

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:50:00 -0400

Scientists have discovered a soil microbe with a gene that kills the corn rootworm, an insect that farmers spend $1 billion each year trying to control.

Can An Airline Affect The Direction Of Science?

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 05:07:00 -0400

Research collaborations often involve scientists from all over the world. A new study looks at plane ticket prices, and how they relate to the direction of science.

Breaking Taboo, Swedish Scientist Seeks To Edit DNA Of Healthy Human Embryos

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 05:07:00 -0400

A Swedish biologist wants to change the genes of healthy human embryos to find ways to treat infertility and other diseases. The experiments intensify ethical questions about genetic engineering.

We Really Do Get A Little More Santa-Like, Physically, During The Holidays

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:12:00 -0400

All that holiday grubbing does indeed pack on the pounds. How much? Researchers tracked the weights of 3,000 people in Germany, Japan and the U.S. and found a weight spike after every major holiday.

3,000-Year-Old Cooking Fail Found At A Danish Dig Site

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 07:00:00 -0400

Archaeologists have found the glassy remains of burnt cheese in an ancient pot. It seems trial and error is a timeless method to the madness of creating good food.

When Blind People Do Algebra, The Brain's Visual Areas Light Up

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 14:08:00 -0400

A study of 17 people who have been blind since birth found that areas of the brain usually devoted to visual information become active when a blind person is solving math problems.

Newly Found HMS Terror Could Provide Clues To Fateful 1848 Shipwreck

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 07:49:00 -0400

With the likely discovery of the HMS Terror in polar waters, NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with novelist Dan Simmons, author of The Terror a fictionalized account of the wreck of HMS Terror and Erebus.

Reinventing The Football Helmet: Is Improving The Technology The Answer?

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 07:49:00 -0400

The NFL announced last week it will invest $100 million to advance concussion research. Rachel Martin asks David Camarillo, who leads a Stanford University lab dedicated to inventing such equipment

Cancer Immunotherapy At A Crossroads

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0400

Doctors can now marshal patients' immune systems to fight some cancers. Yet many people don't respond to immunotherapy, and the costs of treatment can be astronomical.

HHS Issues New Rules To Open Up Data From Clinical Trials

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 12:11:00 -0400

The aim is to make clinical trial data available to volunteers and scientists, even if a drug or therapy being tested turns out to be a failure. That could help identify serious side effects.

Yes, People Really Are Driving While Playing Pokemon Go

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 11:14:00 -0400

People are playing Pokemon Go while behind the wheel — and then tweeting about it. And causing crashes. Immersive games like this can be even more dangerous than texting, researchers say.

How Risk Affects The Way People Think About Their Health

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 05:01:00 -0400

Researchers found by telling people the risk of HIV is lower than they thought, they get people to act in safer ways. But when people think the risk is very high, they sometimes act less responsibly.