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Microplastics Are Turning Up Everywhere, Even In Human Excrement
10/22/2018 10:01 PM
A very small study shows that microplastics are in human waste in many parts of the world. While it's not entirely clear what that means for our health, it might be a sign that we need to pull back.
Antipsychotic Drugs Don't Ease ICU Delirium Or Dementia
10/22/2018 3:07 PM
Though widely prescribed in hospital intensive care units to treat hallucinations and other signs of delirium, Haldol and similar drugs are no better than a placebo for such patients, a study finds.
Want To Keep Your Brain Sharp? Take Care Of Your Eyes And Ears
10/22/2018 8:48 AM
Two large studies show that age-related memory loss can be slowed significantly when older people promptly address hearing and vision loss.
Transferring An Organ From An HIV-Positive Donor
10/20/2018 12:12 PM
Surgeons in South Africa transplanted part of a liver from an HIV-positive mother to her uninfected daughter ? a medical first. Scott Simon talks to Dr. Harriet Etheredge, a medical bioethicist.
A Climate Scientist On 'Slaying The Climate Dragon'
10/20/2018 12:12 PM
Kate Marvel, a climate scientist at Columbia University and NASA, talks to NPR's Scott Simon about her fairy tale on climate change and reads passages from the story.
A Slow Trip To A Hot Planet: Spacecraft Poised For Mission To Mercury
10/19/2018 6:57 PM
The European Space Agency's BepiColombo will take seven years to reach the innermost planet in our solar system, where temperatures at the surface can reach 800 degrees Fahrenheit.
Scientists Learn To Hear The 'Songs' Of Ice Shelves
10/18/2018 5:28 PM
Scientists have found a new way to analyze the structural integrity of ice shelves at the end of the world, through the songs the winds sing on top of them.
Grandma Was Right: Sunshine Helps Kill Germs Indoors
10/18/2018 2:51 PM
All kinds of bacteria live with us indoors, and some can make us sick. A new study shows that rooms exposed to light had about half the live bacteria found in rooms that were kept in darkness.
Bye-Bye, Beer? Brewers Say They've Got A Plan On Climate Change
10/18/2018 12:02 PM
A scientific paper published this week predicts climate change will send beer prices skyrocketing and drastically reduce the barley crop. It got tons of media attention. But is beer really doomed?
What Do You Get A Nobel Prize Winner? It's Hard To Find A Perfect Gift
10/18/2018 10:10 AM
The University of Missouri was deciding how to honor George Smith, who shared the 2018 Nobel in chemistry. Some schools designate parking spots but Smith bikes. He now has his own spot in a bike rack.
Geological Teams Try To Determine The Future Of Storm-Affected Communities
10/18/2018 9:03 AM
Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey are on the ground in Florida looking for the high water marks of Hurricane Michael. FEMA uses these maps to determine who is eligible for what kind of aid.
EPA Boasts Of Reduced Greenhouse Gases, Even As Trump Questions Climate Science
10/18/2018 9:00 AM
U.S. production of heat-trapping greenhouse gases fell 2.7 percent last year. But larger cuts will be needed to address climate change.
Not Just For Cows Anymore: New Cottonseed Is Safe For People To Eat
10/17/2018 8:38 PM
Cottonseed is full of protein but toxic to humans and most animals. The USDA has approved a genetically engineered cotton with edible seeds. They could eventually feed chickens, fish ? or even people.
Geologists Question 'Evidence Of Ancient Life' in 3.7 Billion-Year-Old Rocks
10/17/2018 5:01 PM
A new analysis of what were initially thought to be microbial fossils in Greenland suggests they might instead just be mineral structures created when ancient tectonic forces squeezed stone.
Distrust Of Health Care System May Keep Black Men Away From Prostate Cancer Research
10/17/2018 3:30 PM
Black men are hit hardest by prostate cancer, but they are underrepresented in research. Researchers held focus groups in three states to understand why.





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