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Offshore Wind May Help The Planet โ€” But Will It Hurt Whales?

By Fred Mogul
A humpback whale feeds on a school of fish off Long Island, New York. Migrating whales have increased dramatically in this region in recent decades — but they

New York has awarded two contracts for large offshore wind farms, with more anticipated. Researchers are surveying whales in the area to craft strategies to mitigate dangers to them and their habitat.

(Image credit: David 'Dee' Delgado/WCS/Ocean Giants/Image taken under NMFS MMPA/ESA Permit no. 18786-04)

  • December 5th 2019 at 21:53

Research Raises Concerns About Safety Of Hair Dyes, Chemical Straighteners

Researchers have found that women who use permanent hair dye and chemical hair straighteners have a higher risk of developing breast cancer than women who don't use these products.

  • December 4th 2019 at 13:24

For HIV-Positive Babies, New Evidence Favors Starting Drug Treatment Just After Birth

By Pien Huang
Babies in their cribs at Lambano Sanctuary, a hospice for orphaned children with HIV in Gauteng, South Africa.

Doctors used to worry that antiretroviral drugs were too powerful for HIV-positive newborns. More evidence is emerging that, in fact, early treatment can be safe and effective.

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  • December 4th 2019 at 11:23

The Psychology Behind When Emotions Turn Us Into Different People

By Shankar Vedantam

In a fit of anger or in the grip of fear, many of us make decisions that we never would have anticipated. Researchers say it is very hard to understand how we'll act in certain situations.

  • December 4th 2019 at 11:02

Life Expectancy Study Jolts Assumptions Made About Life In America

NPR's David Greene talks to Dr. Steven Woolf, lead author of a study that finds U.S. life expectancy is declining, and is not keeping pace with other wealthy countries.

  • December 3rd 2019 at 11:05

Raiders Of The Lost Crops: Scientists Race Against Time To Save Genetic Diversity

By Maria Godoy
Members of the Crop Wild Relatives project from the Crop Trust joined their research partners in Nepal on an expedition to collect wild relatives of rice, okra and eggplant in October 2017. Hannes Dempewolf of the Crop Trust says the elephants kept the researchers high enough off the ground that they didn

Elephants, snakes and crocodiles? Researchers around the globe faced risky situations to gather wild relatives of key foods. That genetic pool could be vital to helping crops adapt to climate change.

(Image credit: L.M. Salazar/Crop Trust)

  • December 3rd 2019 at 11:05

'Cosmic Crisp': Researchers Develop A New Apple

There's a new apple called the Cosmic Crisp. Kate Evans is one of the Washington State University researchers who helped develop it.

  • December 1st 2019 at 23:03

To Help Coral Reefs Come Back, Fake It (With Sound) 'Til Fish Make It

By Lulu Garcia-Navarro

Researchers have found that by playing the sounds of healthy reefs in places where coral has died, fish are more readily attracted back, and help speed the reef's recovery.

  • December 1st 2019 at 14:00

Study: For HIV-Infected Babies, Treatment Should Start At Birth

By Pien Huang

Every day, as many as 500 babies in sub-Saharan Africa are born with HIV. A study out of Botswana finds that if newborns are given treatment right away, the virus becomes almost undetectable.

  • November 28th 2019 at 13:17

A Single Dose Of Ketamine Might Help Heavy Drinkers, Study Finds

By Merrit Kennedy
A newly published study from University College London suggests that a single dose of ketamine could help dramatically reduce the alcohol intake of heavy drinkers.

Participants in the U.K. experimental study dramatically reduced their average alcohol intake for months after the initial dose. Ketamine has also been used to treat severe depression.

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  • November 26th 2019 at 18:53

Why Cash Aid Distributions Have A Beneficial Ripple Effect

By Nurith Aizenman

Research suggests the most effective way to help poor people can be to give them no strings attached cash. A new study finds even neighbors who don't get the aid benefit from a big ripple effect.

  • November 25th 2019 at 11:11

Young Researchers Feel Excitement And Sadness To See Arctic Ice That May Disappear

By Ravenna Koenig

Young Arctic researchers get their first glimpse of sea ice — and reflect on how the ice caps may melt away over the course of their careers.

  • November 24th 2019 at 23:23

Excess Weight Can Weaken The Flu Shot

By Richard Harris
Being overweight or obese can diminish the effectiveness of a flu shot, researchers say.

Scientists have come to realize that flu vaccines are less effective for people who are overweight or obese. Now researchers are trying to figure out why and hope to develop better vaccines.

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  • November 24th 2019 at 13:00

Helen Fisher: How Does Love Affect The Brain?

By NPR/TED Staff
Helen Fisher on the TED stage.

Helen Fisher says love is a biological drive and a survival mechanism. She discusses the science of love and how much control we have over who we love, how we love, and whether that love lasts.

(Image credit: Bret Hartman/TED)

  • November 22nd 2019 at 15:37

The Loudness Of Vowels Helps The Brain Break Down Speech Into Syl-La-Bles

By Jon Hamilton
The brain analyzes changes in sound volume to detect syllables and make sense of speech.

Syllables are the building blocks of spoken language. And now a study of brain activity hints at how we extract them from a stream of speech.

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  • November 20th 2019 at 22:09

Molecular Scissors Could Help Keep Some Viral Illnesses At Bay

By Joe Palca
A stylized illustration representing how CRISPR targets the ability of a virus to replicate.

A new technique uses the CRISPR molecule to snip away at the part of RNA viruses that allows them to spread infection by making copies of themselves.

(Image credit: Susanna M. Hamilton/Broad Communications)

  • November 13th 2019 at 17:03

Silver-Backed Chevrotain, With Fangs And Hooves, Photographed In Wild For First Time

By Bill Chappell
Nearly 30 years after its last documented sighting, a silver-backed chevrotain was spotted by a camera set up in the forest of southern Vietnam.

Scientists say their goal was to rediscover a type of chevrotain that had been "lost to science" for nearly 30 years. Chevrotains are the world's smallest hoofed mammal, or ungulate.

(Image credit: Southern Institute of Ecology/Global Wildlife Conservation/Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research/NCNP)

  • November 11th 2019 at 22:47

Meditation Reduced The Opioid Dose She Needs To Ease Chronic Pain By 75%

By Allison Aubrey
To deal with chronic pain, Pamela Bobb

For some patients in pain, opioids are still part of the long-term solution, doctors say. But by adding meditation, hypnosis or other treatments, the opioid dose can be reduced.

(Image credit: Jessica Tezak for NPR)

  • November 11th 2019 at 11:05

You Can Get A Master's In Medical Cannabis In Maryland

By Martin Austermuhle
Maryland now offers the country

The University of Maryland, Baltimore, now has a master's program dedicated to the science and therapeutics of medical weed because of a growing number of students looking for expertise in the field.

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  • November 9th 2019 at 22:57

Stress Over Mass Shootings, Health Care Access High Among Latinos, Survey Finds

By Patti Neighmond
Mourners hold candles as they gather for a vigil at a memorial outside Cielo Vista Walmart in El Paso, Texas, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019.

A national survey by psychologists shows a significant rise in U.S. stress in 2019. Mass shootings, the election campaign and concerns about health care costs and access top the list of stressors.

(Image credit: Luke E. Montavon/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

  • November 9th 2019 at 11:00
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