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Painful Endometriosis Could Hold Clues To Tissue Regeneration, Scientist Says
05/13/2021 6:16 PM
MIT bioengineer Linda Griffith spent years in debilitating pain before she was diagnosed with a condition often neglected in research. Her focus on the basic biology could lead to better treatments.
Freshly-Made Plutonium From Outer Space Found On Ocean Floor
05/13/2021 6:00 PM
Something went boom in outer space and sent radioactive stardust our way, and it's just been found at the bottom of the ocean.
Man Who Is Paralyzed Communicates By Imagining Handwriting
05/12/2021 4:03 PM
By decoding the brain signals involved in handwriting, researchers have allowed a man who is paralyzed to transform his thoughts into words on a computer screen.
FAQ: What You Need To Know About Pfizer's COVID Vaccine And Adolescents
05/11/2021 12:47 AM
Adolescents age 12 and older are now eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19, the FDA says. Buy when and where, and what about younger kids? You have questions. We have answers.
Cats Take 'If I Fits I Sits' Seriously, Even If The Space Is Just An Illusion
05/10/2021 3:46 PM
If you've spent any time around cats, you've seen them curl up in cozy spaces. A new study on feline cognition shows that they also like to sit in snug squares created by a kind of optical illusion.
News Brief: COVID-19 Vaccine, Clashes In Jerusalem, Gene-Editing Experiment
05/10/2021 9:09 AM
The FDA is expected to authorize the Pfizer vaccine for 12 to 15-year-olds. Security ramped up for Jerusalem Day parade. Experiment could restore vision for some patients with genetic disorders.
Blind Patients Hope Landmark Gene-Editing Experiment Will Restore Their Vision
05/10/2021 9:00 AM
The unprecedented study involves using the gene-editing technique CRISPR to edit a gene while it's still inside a patient's body. In exclusive interviews, NPR talks with two of the first participants.
Uncovering The Neuston, A Mysterious Living Island Of Sea Creatures
05/09/2021 11:53 AM
NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with a researcher at the University of North Carolina Asheville, Rebecca Helm, about mysterious islands made of sea creatures floating on the ocean's surface.
Will My Sense Of Smell Ever Return? Olfactory Insights From COVID And Beyond
05/08/2021 11:00 AM
COVID-19 has renewed interest in a key way humans perceive the world. A reporter who hasn't been able to tell the scent of a rose from a sweaty gym shoe for decades takes heart in the latest science.
Is The Variant From India The Most Contagious Coronavirus Mutant On The Planet?
05/07/2021 7:24 PM
An evolutionary biologist in Belgium found that the variant from the U.K. "had a transmission advantage." When Tom Wenseleers looks at early data on the variant in India, he has a feeling of deja vu.
Vaccination Against COVID 'Does Not Mean Immunity' For People With Organ Transplants
05/07/2021 9:00 AM
For most people, COVID-19 vaccines promise a return to something akin to normal life. But for the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have a transplanted organ, it's a different story.
New Study Estimates More Than 900,000 People Have Died Of COVID-19 In U.S.
05/06/2021 4:58 PM
The total, estimated by researchers at the University of Washington, is 57% higher than the official death toll. Worldwide, they said, COVID-19 deaths are nearing 7 million, twice the official total.
A Fancy Bottle Of Wine That Went To Space Can Be Yours For Perhaps A Million Dollars
05/05/2021 9:06 PM
The bottle of P�trus 2000, a luxury wine that would normally cost about $6,500, spent 14 months on the International Space Station. Now, via Christie's, it can be yours.
Trees Talk To Each Other. 'Mother Tree' Ecologist Hears Lessons For People, Too
05/04/2021 6:39 PM
Ecologist Suzanne Simard says trees are "social creatures" that communicate with each other in remarkable ways ? including warning each other of danger and sharing nutrients at critical times.
A Giant Organic Farm Faces Criticism That It's Harming The Environment
05/03/2021 8:04 PM
A huge organic farm that's backed by General Mills is facing accusations that it's doing more environmental harm than good. The project shows the difficulties of delivering on green promises.





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