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Assessing The Injuries After Iranian Missile Attack

Eleven U.S. service members have been sent to hospitals abroad after suffering injuries in Iran's missile strike in Iraq. Scott Simon speaks to neuropsychiatrist Stephen Xenakis about what that means.

  • January 18th 2020 at 13:55

Kids' Climate Case 'Reluctantly' Dismissed By Appeals Court

By Nathan Rott
Levi Draheim, 11, wears a dust mask as he participates in a demonstration in Miami in July 2019. A lawsuit filed by him and other young people urging action against climate change was thrown out by a federal appeals court Friday.

The court said the nearly two dozen young people who were trying to force action by the government on climate change did not have standing to sue. The judges said climate change is a political issue.

(Image credit: Wilfredo Lee/AP)

  • January 18th 2020 at 02:04

'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

Fetching With Wolves: What It Means That A Wolf Puppy Will Retrieve A Ball

By Nell Greenfieldboyce
Scientists put several litters of wolf puppies through a standard battery of tests. Many pups, such as this one named Flea, wouldn

Some wolf puppies will unexpectedly play "fetch," researchers say, showing that an urge to retrieve a ball might be an ancient wolf trait and not a result of dog domestication.

(Image credit: Christina Hansen Wheat)

  • January 16th 2020 at 17:04

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.

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  • January 15th 2020 at 22:18

2019 Was The 2nd-Hottest Year On Record, According To NASA And NOAA

By Rebecca Hersher
For decades, the Earth has steadily gotten hotter. The planet has already warmed about 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit (or almost 1 degree Celsius) compared with in the mid-20th century.

Last year's data collected by the agencies is the latest confirmation that the Earth is steadily getting hotter. The planet is now almost 1 degree Celsius warmer than it was in the mid-20th century.

(Image credit: David Goldman/AP)

  • January 15th 2020 at 21:21

Bushfire Smoke Causes Player To Forfeit Her Qualifying Match For Australian Open

By Brakkton Booker
Smoke from bushfires shrouds the Melbourne city skyline. Hazardous breathing conditions prompted Australian Open officials to suspend practice sessions on Tuesday.

Slovenia's Dalila Jakupovic was trying to make the first round of the tournament set to open next week. She had trouble breathing and later told reporters, "I was really scared that I would collapse."

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  • January 14th 2020 at 19:34

Calling The Shots In The Year Of The Nurse And Midwife

How do we honor some less-acknowledged medical professionals and clear up some misconceptions about what they do?

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  • January 14th 2020 at 16:06

How Puberty, Pregnancy And Perimenopause Impact Women's Mental Health

By Dalia Mortada
Colorful lights in the shape of a woman

NPR's Morning Edition explores the key reproductive shifts in women's lives — puberty, pregnancy and perimenopause — and how the changes during those times could impact mental and emotional health.

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  • January 14th 2020 at 11:00

Australia's Wildfires Are Releasing Vast Amounts Of Carbon

By Nathan Rott
Much of New South Wales, Australia, including the Sydney Opera House, lay under a shroud of smoke Thursday. The state remains under severe or very high fire danger warnings as more than 60 fires continue to burn within its borders.

The Australian bushfires are emitting huge amounts of climate warming carbon into the atmosphere. Normally, new vegetation that grows back would recapture it, but that may be changing.

(Image credit: Cassie Trotter/Getty Images)

  • January 12th 2020 at 13:00

With Their Land In Flames, Aboriginals Warn Fires Show Deep Problems In Australia

By Jason Beaubien
Firefighters conduct property protection patrols at the Dunn Road Fire on Friday in Mount Adrah, Australia. New South Wales is battling severe fire conditions, with high temperatures and strong winds forecast across the state.

As massive fires continue to consume Australia, aboriginal elders like Noel Butler say officials need to listen to natives about fire control.

(Image credit: Sam Mooy/Getty Images)

  • January 11th 2020 at 14:42

How Australian Wildfire Emissions May Impact Global Climate

By Nathan Rott

The Australian bushfires have released an enormous amount of climate-warming carbon dioxide emissions. But emissions from wildfires have a complicated effect on the broader global climate.

  • January 10th 2020 at 22:13

Growing Public Evidence Suggests Ukrainian Jetliner Was Hit By Missile

By Geoff Brumfiel

As investigators learn more about what happened to a Ukrainian International Airlines flight which crashed in Tehran, a growing body of online evidence suggests it was shot out of the sky.

  • January 10th 2020 at 22:13

Why Coyotes โ€” Up To 4,000 Of Them โ€” Are Turning Up In Chicago

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Stanley Gehrt of the Cook County Coyote Project about coyotes biting a 5-year-old boy and a man in Chicago. Cook County is home to 4,000 of the animals.

  • January 10th 2020 at 22:13

CDC To Screen For New Strain Of Coronavirus At 3 U.S. Airports

By Pien Huang
Three U.S. airports will screen passengers from Wuhan, China, for coronavirus symptoms: Los Angeles International Airport (pictured above), JFK in New York and SFO in San Francisco.

The strain, discovered in China, has been reported in the city of Wuhan and in two other countries. On Friday, the CDC announced plans to screen passengers at N.Y., L.A. and San Francisco airports.

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  • January 10th 2020 at 21:58

Sweeps Of Homeless Camps In California Aggravate Key Health Issues

By Anna Maria Barry-Jester
Norm Ciha says he lost his bedding, clothes and the medicine he

Cities have tasked police and sanitation workers with dismantling homeless camps that they say pose a risk to health and safety. But that's meant some displaced people are losing needed medications.

(Image credit: Anna Maria Barry-Jester/Kaiser Health News)

  • January 10th 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.

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  • 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

What Is Known About Iran's Nuclear Capabilities

By Geoff Brumfiel

How much time might it take for Iran to develop a nuclear weapon and a delivery system to launch it? Here are some scenarios for what could happen.

  • January 8th 2020 at 22:24
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