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'PigeonBot' Brings Robots Closer To Birdlike Flight

By Merrit Kennedy
A team of Stanford University researchers designed the PigeonBot.

Birds change the shape of their wings far more than planes. The complexities of bird flight have posed a major design challenge for scientists trying to translate the way birds fly into robots.

(Image credit: Lentink Lab/Stanford University)

  • January 16th 2020 at 20:58

Scientists Sent Mighty Mice To Space To Improve Treatments Back On Earth

By Jon Hamilton
The mouse on the right has been engineered to have four times the muscle mass of a normal lab mouse.

Forty mice spent more than a month in orbit to test two approaches to strengthening muscle and bone in microgravity conditions. The results could help people with muscle and bone diseases.

(Image credit: Se-Jin Lee/PLOS One)

  • January 16th 2020 at 11:06

Embryo Research To Reduce Need For In Vitro Fertilization Raises Ethical Concerns

By Rob Stein
A light micrograph of a primitive human embryo, composed of four cells, following the initial mitotic divisions that ultimately transform a single-cell organism into one composed of millions of cells.

Aiming to find a cheaper, easier way than IVF to ensure human embryos are healthy before implantation, researchers paid women to be inseminated, then flushed the embryos from their wombs for analysis.

(Image credit: Science Photo Libra/Getty Images)

  • January 15th 2020 at 22:18

Retired Pope Benedict's Book Addresses Priestly Celibacy

By Sylvia Poggioli

Pope Benedict promised to remain out of sight when he retired in 2013. Instead he has ignited a firestorm over the importance of priestly celibacy, an issue Pope Francis is currently weighing.

  • January 14th 2020 at 11:00

Tell Me A Story: What Narratives Reveal About The Mind

By Shankar Vedantam
Two boys are surprised in a movie theater.

We live in a world of stories. They're in movies, books, and plays. They're even in the things that we buy.

(Image credit: Jupiterimages/Getty Images)

  • January 9th 2020 at 23:00

Polly Share A Cracker? Parrots Can Practice Acts Of Kindness, Study Finds

By Nell Greenfieldboyce
Recent research has explored "helping" behavior in species ranging from nonhuman primates to rats and bats. To see whether intelligent birds might help out a feathered pal, scientists did an experiment using African grey parrots like these.

Researchers found that African grey parrots voluntarily helped a partner get a food reward by giving the other bird a valuable metal token that could be exchanged for a walnut.

(Image credit: Henry Lok/EyeEm/Getty Images)

  • January 9th 2020 at 17:12

Doulas Are Becoming Part Of The End-Of-Life Equation

By Hannah Hagemann

According to The New England Journal of Medicine, more people are choosing to die at home rather than in a hospital. It's a trend that's shifting how we think about care at the end of life.

  • January 3rd 2020 at 11:04

Effort To Control Opioids In An ER Leaves Some Sickle Cell Patients In Pain

By Sam Whitehead
from local story: "Sickle cell pain has a mind of its own," said Anesha Barnes, who

People with sickle cell disease aren't fueling the opioid crisis, research shows. Yet some ER doctors still treat patients seeking relief for agonizing sickle cell crises as potential addicts.

(Image credit: Johnathon Kelso)

  • January 2nd 2020 at 22:10

How Does The Way You Feel Shape The Way You Think About Your Life?

By Shankar Vedantam

A recent study found students may inadvertently choose their college major, in part, based on how tired they were in the subject's introductory course — especially if it was an early morning class.

  • January 2nd 2020 at 11:10

Researchers Have Found A Way To Improve TB Vaccine

By Pien Huang

The vaccine for tuberculosis has been around since the 1920s but it doesn't work very well. A new study shows that the vaccine could be far more effective if given at higher doses, intravenously.

  • January 2nd 2020 at 11:10

Start Fresh: 6 Tips For Emotional Well-Being In 2020

By Emily Vaughn
We all struggle with healthy habits — including experts. They just have science-tested tips to get them back on track.

Joy can be cultivated. Hostility often masks depression. As one year ends and another begins, these six insights and tips from psychologists offer hope for a good new year.

(Image credit: Michael Driver for NPR)

  • December 31st 2019 at 16:26

A Young Mississippi Woman's Journey Through A Pioneering Gene-Editing Experiment

By Rob Stein
Victoria Gray, who has sickle cell disease, volunteered for one of the most anticipated medical experiments in decades: the first attempt to use the gene-editing technique CRISPR to treat a genetic disorder in the United States.

NPR tells the exclusive, behind-the-scenes story of the first person with a genetic disorder to be treated in the United States with the revolutionary gene-editing technique CRISPR.

(Image credit: Meredith Rizzo/NPR)

  • December 25th 2019 at 13:00

A Christmas Tree Thrives On Farms, Struggles In The Wild

By Irina Zhorov
Joey Clawson at one of his Christmas tree stands on the first day of harvest. He grows about 95,000 firs on his operation.

The Fraser fir is found in a lot of homes around Christmas. But its wild cousins have been in decline for almost a century because of a small invasive pest.

(Image credit: Irina Zhorov for WHYY)

  • December 24th 2019 at 22:27

Why Certain Poor Shepherds In Nativity Scenes Have Huge, Misshapen Throats

By Nell Greenfieldboyce
A horn player (left) in this detail from a 1694 altar carving by Francesco Antonio d

In some historical Nativity scenes, the shepherds have grossly enlarged thyroid glands — also known today as goiter. It's an apparent symbol of their poverty and iodine-deficient diet.

(Image credit: Renzo Dionigi)

  • December 24th 2019 at 13:00

4 Out Of 5 Smokers Are Male But Research Shows That Number Is Dropping

By Pien Huang

The number of men who use tobacco has declined for the first time since the World Health Organization started tracking it. The shift is significant because 80 percent of smokers are men.

  • December 24th 2019 at 11:05

Steam On, Steamboat: The World's Tallest Active Geyser Has Another Record Year

By Nell Greenfieldboyce
Steamboat Geyser at Yellowstone National Park erupts on Sept. 17, 2018.

The world's tallest active geyser is Steamboat Geyser, in Yellowstone National Park. It's been on a real eruption streak lately and 2019 saw the most recorded eruptions in a calendar year.

(Image credit: Jacob W. Frank/NPS)

  • December 24th 2019 at 11:05

CDC Confirms A THC Additive, Vitamin E Acetate, Is The Culprit In Most Vaping Deaths

By Richard Harris
The CDC is still trying to understand the mechanism by which Vitamin E acetate, an additive in some vapes, injures lung tissue. It may interfere with a natural fluid in the lung called surfactant, which helps make lung tissue stretchy. Or a byproduct may be a toxic chemical.

The spate of more than 2,500 acute vaping-related lung injuries tracked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is on the decline, epidemiologists say, and the number of deaths has slowed.

(Image credit: Jelacic Valentina/EyeEm/Getty Images)

  • December 20th 2019 at 20:58

How Online Grocery Delivery Could Help Alleviate Food Deserts

By Isabella Gomez Sarmiento
A new study suggests that one service already in place in many food deserts could help make it easier to access fresh, healthy food: online grocery delivery. The finding lends support to expanding a pilot program that lets people use food stamp benefits to pay for those groceries.

Delivery service could make it easier to access fresh, healthy food in these areas, a study finds. It lends support to a pilot program that lets people pay for these groceries with food stamps.

(Image credit: svetikd/Getty Images)

  • December 19th 2019 at 13:00

Where A Child Grows Up Plays A Major Role In Future Opportunities

NPR got an early look at data showing vastly different opportunities for children of different races across the U.S. living just neighborhoods apart. Albany, N.Y., has some of the biggest inequities.

  • December 18th 2019 at 11:04

Archaeologists Discover Ancient Greek Royal Tombs Dating Back 3,500 Years

By Richard Gonzales
This golden pendant of the Egyptian goddess Hathor was found in one of two 3,500-year-old tombs.

Among the findings are a gold pendant with the image of an Egyptian goddess, suggesting wider interaction between ancient Greece and Egypt than previously known.

(Image credit: Greek Culture Ministry/AP)

  • December 18th 2019 at 01:42
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