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If We All Ate Enough Fruits And Vegetables, There'd Be Big Shortages

By Allison Aubrey
Researchers project that by 2050, an estimated 1.5 billion more people will live in places with insufficient supply of fruits and vegetables to meet their daily intake recommendations – unless challenges such as food waste and improved productivity are solved.

There's already not enough produce for everyone in the world to get the daily recommended amount. Two new studies urge revamping the food system to feed the growing population and protect the planet.

(Image credit: Wanwisa Hernandez/EyeEm/Getty Images)

  • July 18th 2019 at 00:30

Scientists Desert USDA As Agency Relocates To Kansas City Area

By Merrit Kennedy
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, shown here on Capitol Hill in April, announced last month that most staff from two USDA research agencies were being relocated to the Kansas City region.

The mandatory move imposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on most of the workers at two vital research agencies has been criticized as a "blatant attack on science."

(Image credit: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

  • July 17th 2019 at 12:35

Scientists Desert USDA As Agency Relocates To Kansas City Area

By Merrit Kennedy
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, shown here on Capitol Hill in April, announced last month that most staff from two USDA research agencies were being relocated to the Kansas City region.

The mandatory move imposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on most of the workers at two vital research agencies has been criticized as a "blatant attack on science."

(Image credit: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

  • July 17th 2019 at 12:35

Hidden Brain: How People React To Election Interference By Foreign Countries

By Shankar Vedantam

Robert Mueller will testify soon before Congress about the Russia probe. New research finds that Americans have partisan reactions to foreign interference in elections.

  • July 15th 2019 at 11:01

Rippling Rainbow Map Shows How California Earthquakes Moved The Earth

By Merrit Kennedy
NASA

NASA has mapped changes in the ground's position caused by the recent earthquakes — and it happens to look like beautiful, psychedelic art.

(Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

  • July 12th 2019 at 21:58

Cutting Just 300 Calories Per Day May Keep Your Heart Healthy

By Susie Neilson
Just a modest reduction in daily caloric intake could have protective benefits for our hearts, new research shows.

That's the equivalent of about six standard Oreos. But this modest reduction in calories could have protective benefits for our hearts, a new study finds.

(Image credit: Sian Irvine/Getty Images/Dorling Kindersley)

  • July 12th 2019 at 00:49

Bet On The Bot: AI Beats The Professionals At 6-Player Texas Hold 'Em

By Merrit Kennedy
During one experiment, the poker bot Pluribus played against five professional players. It won.

Six-player Texas Hold 'em has been too tough for a machine to master — until now. A bot named Pluribus crushed some of the world's best poker players using brash and unorthodox strategies.

(Image credit: Facebook AI Research)

  • July 11th 2019 at 21:24

Could Mussels Teach Us How To Clean Up Oil Spills?

By Susie Neilson
Mussels bind to surfaces using byssus threads. Understanding how these threads work may help researchers address water contamination.

A review of "mussel-inspired chemistry" points to promising ways we can learn from mussels about how to clean up water.

(Image credit: Paul Kay/Getty Images)

  • July 11th 2019 at 17:30

How Best To Snag And Destroy Bedbugs?

By Gabriela Quirรณs
Bedbugs aren

Vigilance and heat are currently your best weapons against bedbugs, exterminators say. But scientists are working on a way to give the bugs the hook with a strategy inspired by a Balkan folk remedy.

(Image credit: Josh Cassidy/KQED)

  • July 9th 2019 at 13:40

ICE Uses Facial Recognition To Go Through Driver's Licenses, Researchers Say

NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to Jake Laperruque of the Project on Government Oversight about word that FBI and ICE agents used driver's license databases to scan millions of faces without consent.

  • July 9th 2019 at 11:05

13-Year-Old Scientist's Research Shows Hand Dryers Can Hurt Kids' Ears

By Erin Covey
Nora Keegan, then in the fifth grade, presents her research findings in 2016.

Research finds many hand dryers operate at noise levels that are harmful to children. Nora Keegan is the 13-year-old student who did the study in the Canadian journal Paediatrics & Child Health.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the Keegan family)

  • July 9th 2019 at 11:05

New Markers For Alzheimer's Disease Could Aid Diagnosis And Speed Up Drug Development

By Jon Hamilton
The squiggly blue lines visible in the neurons are an Alzheimer

Researchers are using brain scans, blood and spinal fluid to detect early signs of Alzheimer's disease. These "biomarkers" may also offer a quicker way to test new Alzheimer's drugs.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health)

  • July 4th 2019 at 11:18

California's 1st Surgeon General Spotlights Health Risks Of Childhood Adversity

By Erika Stallings
Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris was founder and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness in San Francisco before becoming California

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris has spent much of her career alerting the medical community to health damage that adverse childhood experiences can wreak. Now she aims to protect and heal California's kids.

(Image credit: California Surgeon General's Office)

  • July 2nd 2019 at 11:00

Fair Trade Helps Farmers, But Not Their Hired Workers

By Dan Charles
Cocoa producers of the Yakasse-Attobrou Agricultural Cooperative gather cocoa pods in a certified Fair Trade-label cocoa plantation in Adzope, Ivory Coast.

According to a new study of cocoa-producing cooperatives, Fair Trade certification boosts the income of small farmers, but those benefits aren't shared with their hired workers.

(Image credit: Sia Kambou/AFP/Getty Images)

  • July 1st 2019 at 18:23

Scientists Make Model Embryos From Stem Cells To Study Key Steps In Human Development

By Rob Stein
Using embryonic stem cells, researchers created a structure that mimics the earliest stages of human development in the womb. This image shows the structure breaking the symmetry of the sphere, which starts the development of more complex structures that eventually develop into a fetus.

Researchers hope these "embryoids" could provide crucial new insights into how to treat infertility and prevent miscarriages, birth defects and many diseases. But they stir ethical concerns.

(Image credit: Mijo Simunovic, Ph.D., Simons Junior Fellow, The Rockefeller University)

  • July 1st 2019 at 17:01

There's More Evidence That Too Much Sitting Can Be Very Unhealthy

By Patti Neighmond

A study from Columbia University finds that sitting for long periods in front of the television is more dangerous than sitting at work.

  • July 1st 2019 at 11:00

How Private Prisons Affect Sentencing

By Shankar Vedantam

In many states, convicted criminals are being housed in private prisons. New research finds that when a private prison opens, the length of criminal sentences modestly increases.

  • June 28th 2019 at 11:01

Veggie Surprise: Teeth Of Ancient Crocs Reveal That Some Very Likely Ate Plants

By Merrit Kennedy
An artist has reconstructed what ancient crocodile ancestors looked like, including some that very likely ate plants.

What do you imagine an ancient croc snacking on? Maybe a fish or a bird? For some relatives of modern crocodiles, a safer guess would be a big bunch of flowers.

(Image credit: Jorge Gonzalez)

  • June 28th 2019 at 00:14

A New Hope: Seal Learns To Sing Star Wars Theme

By Daniella Cheslow
Researchers trained Zola the seal to "sing" the Star Wars theme song.

Researchers say teaching seals to copy melodies might help inform speech therapy for humans.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Amanda Stansbury)

  • June 23rd 2019 at 23:11

Breaking The Booze Habit, Even Briefly, Has Its Benefits

By April Fulton
Chris Marshall has organized pop-up Sans Bars in New York, Washington, D.C., and Anchorage, Alaska. And he has expanded into permanent spaces in Kansas City, Mo., and western Massachusetts.

Tens of thousands of Instagram followers can't be wrong: Curiosity about the sober life is trending. Scientists say cutting out alcohol can improve your sleep and blood pressure, and help your liver.

(Image credit: Julia Robinson for NPR)

  • June 23rd 2019 at 13:00
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