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Yesterday β€” January 16th 2019NPR Science

Daily Movement β€” Even Household Chores β€” May Boost Brain Health In Elderly

By Patti Neighmond
Even something as simple as chopping up food on a regular basis can be enough exercise to help protect older people from showing signs of dementia, a new study suggests.

Whether it's exercise or housework, older Americans who move their bodies regularly may preserve more of their memory and thinking skills, even if they have brain lesions and other signs of dementia.

(Image credit: BSIP/UIG/Getty Images)

  • January 16th 2019 at 22:17

Bacteria In Worms Make A Mosquito Repellent That Might Beat DEET

By Jonathan Lambert
An image, from a scanning electron micrograph, of Heterorhabditis megidis nematode worms (colored blue). These parasitic worms harbor a bacteria that repels mosquitoes.

An insect-killing bacteria that lives inside a parasitic worm might hold the key to developing a powerful new repellent.

(Image credit: Steve Gschmeissner/Science Source)

  • January 16th 2019 at 20:00

Watch: Massive, Moving Ice Disk Takes Center Stage, Mesmerizing Maine

By Amy Held
The ice disk is seen spinning on the Presumpscot River in drone video image provided by the city of Westbrook, Maine.

Whether reminiscent of the moon's surface or "a big duck-go-round," a circle of ice entrances as it bobs and spins on a river in Maine.

(Image credit: Tina Radel/AP)

  • January 16th 2019 at 18:22
Before yesterdayNPR Science

Cotton Seed Sprouts In China's Lunar Lander

By Sasha Ingber
The China National Space Administration

A mini biosphere was sent up in China's Chang'e-4, which landed on the far side of the moon in early January. Photos show the small, green shoot of a cotton plant in a container aboard the spacecraft.

(Image credit: China National Space Administration/Xinhua News Agency/AP)

  • January 15th 2019 at 21:14

Preparing For β€œThe Big One”

A devastating earthquake is allegedly overdue.

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  • January 14th 2019 at 17:06

A Surgeon Reflects On Death, Life And The 'Incredible Gift' Of Organ Transplant

By Dave Davies
Surgeons performed more than 21,000 kidney transplants and 8,000 liver transplants in 2018, according the United Network for Organ Sharing.

Joshua Mezrich has performed hundreds of kidney, liver and pancreas transplants. He shares stories from the operating room in his book, When Death Becomes Life.

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  • January 14th 2019 at 19:07

Report: Americans Are Now More Likely To Die Of An Opioid Overdose Than On The Road

By Ian Stewart
Americans now have a 1 in 96 chance of dying from an opioid overdose, according to new analysis from the National Safety Council.

Americans now have a 1 in 96 chance of dying from an opioid overdose, according to new analysis from the National Safety Council.

(Image credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • January 14th 2019 at 06:01

SpaceX To Lay Off 10 Percent Of Its Workforce

By Richard Gonzales
Space-X

A spokesman said the reduction would not be necessary except for "extraordinarily difficult challenges ahead."

(Image credit: Matt Hartman/AP)

  • January 12th 2019 at 02:06

Shutdown Puts Work On Hold For Researchers Collaborating With Government Scientists

By Rebecca Hersher

The shutdown means government scientists aren't working, and their academic collaborators are spinning their wheels. A plant geneticist in Iowa speaks of frustration and loneliness during the shutdown.

  • January 10th 2019 at 23:16

With Key Government Agencies Shut Down, Science Sputters

By Gisele Grayson
Marine biologist Ari Friedlaender tags whales as part of his research on humpback whales in the Antarctic.

Government, academic and industry researchers often depend on each others' work and funding. The partial shutdown is getting in the way of some of that collaboration and research.

(Image credit: Alison Stimpert/NMFS PERMIT 808-1735)

  • January 10th 2019 at 19:51

Should Hyping Edible Bugs Focus On The Experience Instead Of The Environment?

By Berly McCoy
People were more likely to try mealworms — such as these mealworm chocolate truffles sprinkled with coconut — when the ad focused on taste and experience, a study showed.

A new study shows that when ads made hedonistic marketing claims, such as "exotic" or "delicious," rather than targeting environmental interests, more people were willing to try eating insects.

(Image credit: Oliver Brachat/for NPR)

  • January 10th 2019 at 17:49

Government Shutdown Causes Slowdown In Scientific Research

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Keith Seitter, executive director of the American Meteorological Society, about the absence of federal scientists slows down life-saving research.

  • January 9th 2019 at 23:44

A Blue Clue In Medieval Teeth May Bespeak A Woman's Artistry Circa A.D. 1000

By Nell Greenfieldboyce
A bit of lapis lazuli — a rich blue pigment — is trapped within a central tooth

Analysis of fossilized dental tartar of a medieval woman buried in a German monastery reveals specks of blue to be lapis lazuli — a luxurious pigment used to create gorgeous illuminated manuscripts.

(Image credit: Christina Warinner/Science Advances)

  • January 9th 2019 at 20:05

Indian Science Congress Speakers Say Newton Was Wrong, Ancient Demon-King Had Planes

By Kamala Thiagarajan
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (center) attends the opening of the 106th Indian Science Congress at Lovely Professional University on last week in Jalandhar, India.

The remarks, which also included a claim that a Hindu god created the dinosaurs, sparked an uproar among scientists and congress organizers and on Twitter.

(Image credit: Pardeep Pandit/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

  • January 9th 2019 at 18:56

U.S. Carbon Dioxide Emissions Are Once Again On The Rise

By Geoff Brumfiel
As the economy boomed, emissions rose sharply in 2018. Shipping was one source of the increase.

A newly released report shows that the United States' CO2 emissions spiked last year. A booming economy and busy transportation sector are to blame.

(Image credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • January 8th 2019 at 22:30

Using Genetic Genealogy To Identify Unknown Crime Victims, Sometimes Decades Later

By Barbara Anguiano
A bag to collect forensic evidence is seen as the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner hosts a demonstration of technology that allows them to test degraded DNA samples.

DNA combined with the study of family history has been used to solve high-profile cold cases such as the Golden State Killer. Now, volunteers are using the technique to identify crime victims.

(Image credit: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images)

  • January 8th 2019 at 21:54

Hello, Ultima Thule

What do we know about the furthest object we’ve ever observed from space?

(Image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute via Getty Images))

  • January 8th 2019 at 16:18

Meet The Granary Weevil, The Pantry Monster Of Our Own Creation

By Lindsay Patterson
This granary weevil has set up shop inside a kernel. Even without wings, these stealthy stowaways — with the help of humans — have managed to infest grains all over the world for thousands of years.

Granary weevils are different from similar species: They can't fly. That's because they figured out how to use humans to get around the globe, and we are getting tired of this clingy relationship.

(Image credit: Biophoto Associates/Getty Images/Science Source)

  • January 8th 2019 at 14:02

Why Consumers Systematically Give Inflated Grades For Poor Service

By Shankar Vedantam

A study shows that rating systems for online marketplaces are prone to inflation, because raters feel pressured to leave high scores.

(Image credit: Kiyoshi Hijiki/Getty Images)

  • January 8th 2019 at 10:58

George, Reclusive Hawaiian Snail And Last Of His Kind, Dies At 14

By Laurel Wamsley
George, the last known Achatinella apexfulva, a Hawaiian land snail, died on New Year

While he was but one very lonely Achatinella apexfulva, his death takes place amid a crisis for Hawaii's native snails, whose populations have been decimated by invasive species.

(Image credit: David Sischo/Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources)

  • January 8th 2019 at 00:36
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