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Yesterday โ€” November 16th 2019NPR Science

Eat Like The Ancient Babylonians: Researchers Cook Up Nearly 4,000-Year-Old Recipes

By Scott Simon
The Yale Babylonian Collection houses four unique tablets that contain various recipes for stews, soups and pies. Three of these tablets date back to the Old Babylonian period, no later than 1730 B.C.

Written on four tablets, three of which date back no later than 1730 B.C., the recipes are considered to be the oldest known. And they taste pretty good, says a scholar who re-created them.

(Image credit: Klaus Wagensonner/Yale Babylonian Collection)

  • November 16th 2019 at 14:02
Before yesterdayNPR Science

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

A New Way To Stop Viruses

By Joe Palca

Scientists in Massachusetts think they may be onto a new approach for treating viral infections, using CRISPR to quickly target the part of the virus that replicates it.

  • November 13th 2019 at 11:05

How Best To Use The Few New Drugs To Treat Antibiotic-Resistant Germs?

By Richard Harris
Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria — rod-shaped bacteria in this tinted, scanning electron microscope image — are found in soil, water and as normal flora in the human intestine. But they can cause serious wound, lung, skin and urinary tract infections, and many pseudomonas strains are drug-resistant.

Infectious disease specialists debate whether it's better to give the strongest antibiotics all at once for drug-resistant germs or save the most innovative medicines for use as a last resort.

(Image credit: Science Photo Library/Science Source)

  • November 13th 2019 at 11:05

Opioid Addiction In Jails: An Anthropologist's Perspective

By Emily Vaughn
A new book by anthropologist and physician Kimberly Sue tells the stories of women navigating opioid addiction during and after incarceration.

In Getting Wrecked: Women, Incarceration, and the American Opioid Crisis, a Rikers Island doctor says drug treatment in U.S. jails and prisons is often shaped by societal prejudice, not science.

(Image credit: Catie Dull/NPR)

  • November 12th 2019 at 11:00

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

A Myth Of Masculinity: The Truth About Testosterone

You really don't know as much about the hormone as you think.

(Image credit: Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

  • November 11th 2019 at 16:06

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

Skywatchers In North America Hope For Clear Skies To See Transit Of Mercury

By Scott Neuman
The planet Mercury is seen in silhouette (lower left) as it transits across the face of the sun on May 9, 2016. Another transit of Mercury — the last one for 30 years — will take place Monday.

Monday morning, the solar system's innermost planet will begin a 5.5-hour march across the disk of the sun. All you need to see it are clear skies and access to a telescope with a sun filter.

(Image credit: Bill Ingalls/AP)

  • November 10th 2019 at 13:00

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.

(Image credit: Bloomberg via Getty Images)

  • November 9th 2019 at 22:57

Privacy And DNA Tests

NPR's Scott Simon speaks to New York University law professor Erin Murphy about privacy issues surrounding popular DNA and ancestry tests.

  • November 9th 2019 at 14:12

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

New Study Challenges The Assumption That Math Is Harder For Girls

By Jon Hamilton

Research shows that when boys and girls as old as 10 do math, their patterns of brain activity are indistinguishable. The finding is the latest challenge to the idea that math is harder for girls.

  • November 8th 2019 at 22:53

The News Roundup - International

Over 11,000 scientists support a new study that warns of a climate emergency.

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  • November 8th 2019 at 17:06

Math Looks The Same In The Brains Of Boys And Girls, Study Finds

By Jon Hamilton
Two fourth-graders rock side to side while doing math equations at Charles Pinckney Elementary School

Brain scans of 104 boys and girls doing basic math tasks found no gender differences. The finding adds to the evidence that boys and girls start out with equal ability in math.

(Image credit: John McDonnell/The Washington Post/Getty Images)

  • November 8th 2019 at 11:01

Western Individualism May Have Roots In The Medieval Church's Obsession With Incest

By Rhitu Chatterjee
Augustine of Hippo was among those in the Catholic Church who championed its eventual rejection of intrafamily marriages, which researchers say may have paved the way for a breakdown of extended family networks in Western Europe.

Researchers combed Vatican archives to find records of how ancient church policies restricting whom one could marry shaped Western values and family structures today.

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  • November 7th 2019 at 21:20

There's A Promising New Vaccine For One Of The World's Top Health Threats

By Jason Beaubien
Indonesians independently carry out fumigation in their neighborhood to eradicate the larvae of mosquitoes that cause dengue fever. A new vaccine to prevent dengue may be on the horizon.

Dengue afflicts nearly 400 million people worldwide every year, but a vaccine has remained elusive. New research offers a path forward.

(Image credit: Aditya Irawan/NurPhoto/Getty Images)

  • November 7th 2019 at 16:07

Lithium-Ion Batteries Help Power Civilizations, But How Can They Be Recycled?

By Dan Charles

Researchers are worried that the lithium ion batteries powering our phones, and soon our cars, will turn into a big waste problem. They're trying to figure out how to recycle them.

  • November 6th 2019 at 23:57

How The World Has Changed! Science During The 40 Years Of 'Morning Edition'

By Joe Palca
Cards representing AIDS victims are held aloft during a 1983 interdenominational service in New York

When NPR's morning show debuted in 1979, AIDS was an unknown acronym, computers were specialized tools of scientists and engineers, and climate change was a bipartisan issue.

(Image credit: Charles Ruppmann/NY Daily News / Getty Images)

  • November 6th 2019 at 19:10

Scrubbing Your House Of Bacteria Could Clear The Way For Fungus

By Pien Huang
Malassezia is a genus of fungi naturally found on the skin surfaces of many animals, including humans. The researchers found it in urban apartments, although some strains have been known to cause infections in hospitals.

A new study in Brazil finds that urban apartments have more diverse fungi — some healthy, some potentially not — than villages in the Amazon rainforest.

(Image credit: Science Source)

  • November 6th 2019 at 17:45
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