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A San Diego Zoo penguin struggled with bumblefoot, but his new boots help him thrive
09/06/2022 4:37 PM
Pain medication, physical therapy and even acupuncture had all failed to help Lucas, a 4-year-old African penguin. But a fancy new set of boots has helped give him a new lease on life.
Whatever happened to the Botswana scientist who identified omicron? He caught it!
09/02/2022 7:31 PM
Sikhulile Moyo led the team that first identified omicron ? and was dismayed by the world's reaction ? blaming and blacklisting African nations. He's now a bit more optimistic.
Whatever happened to the new no-patent COVID vaccine touted as a global game changer?
08/31/2022 7:36 PM
The inventors of Corbevax said it was cheap, easy to make, effective and safe. They hoped it could bring vaccine equity to countries that can't access costlier shots. Has it lived up to its promise?
An astronomer thinks alien tech could be on the ocean floor. Not everyone agrees
08/31/2022 10:16 AM
Harvard astronomer Avi Loeb thinks alien technology could be on the ocean floor. And if he finds anything with buttons on it, he would very much like to press those buttons.
NASA is launching its most powerful rocket ever to the moon, with sights on Mars
08/29/2022 9:00 AM
The space agency's long-awaited Artemis I mission is set for liftoff Monday. It is the first of three missions set to culminate with landing astronauts on the lunar south pole as early as 2025.
NASA'S pricey new moon rocket ? is it worth the cost?
08/28/2022 9:21 PM
NASA plans to test launch its newest rocket ? one it hopes will eventually take astronauts back to the moon. But the rocket's big price tag has some critics skeptical about its future.
NASA is set to return to the moon. Here are 4 reasons to go back
08/28/2022 11:01 AM
NASA's Apollo missions already sent astronauts to the moon from 1969 to 1972. But scientists say there's still lots of good science to do there. The moon also could be an ideal stepping stone to Mars.
NASA is set to return to the moon. Here are 4 reasons to go back
08/28/2022 11:01 AM
NASA's Apollo missions already sent astronauts to the moon from 1969 to 1972. But scientists say there's still lots of good science to do there. The moon also could be an ideal stepping stone to Mars.
An ice-age bison was discovered! Then soon eaten ? once the foul taste was smothered
08/26/2022 9:30 AM
Shortly after researchers unearthed the mummified body of a 55,000-year-old Steppe bison in the Alaskan tundra, they sliced off a piece of its neck. To eat!
Why stinky sweat is good for you
08/25/2022 9:03 PM
So sweat doesn't really smell bad at all. But when bacteria eat the sweat ? nostrils, look out! Only it turns out that these sweat-eating critters are responsible for a big health benefit.
When did human bodies evolve to sweat? We don't know exactly when
08/25/2022 9:07 AM
All summer, NPR's Science Desk has been looking at sweat. Humans are covered with millions of sweat glands, but it wasn't always that way. When did humans start to sweat?
NASA's James Webb telescope has taken new images of Jupiter's moons, rings and more
08/23/2022 9:27 AM
The telescope uses a camera with filters that can make a color map out of infrared light, which is invisible to the human eye.
Spiders show signs of REM-like activity, raising the question: Do they dream?
08/23/2022 9:01 AM
A team of researchers filmed jumping spiders overnight and observed behaviors that mirror rapid eye movement sleep in other species. It helps that baby jumping spiders have translucent exoskeletons.
Mosquitoes surprise researcher with their 'weird' sense of smell
08/18/2022 3:13 PM
That's how neuroscientist Meg Younger describes her team's findings about how skeeters hone in on human aromas. And that could lead to better ways to keep us bite-free.
What's behind the FDA's controversial strategy for evaluating new COVID boosters
08/18/2022 9:04 AM
Some scientists are alarmed that the agency plans to evaluate the next generation of boosters by reviewing mouse studies alone. Others say there's no time to waste waiting for human trials.





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