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Could Turkey Breeders Cure The Ailments Of Our Big-Breasted Birds?
11/27/2014 12:03 PM
The standard commercial American turkey is the product of decades of intense selective breeding. But breeding for efficiency and size has created new health problems scientists must grapple with.
Scientists Analyze Skeletal Remains From Vampire Graveyard
11/27/2014 9:42 AM
Lab scientists are trying to understand why some corpses buried in northwestern Poland were singled out for special anti-vampire treatments, such as putting a sickle around the neck.
Search For Political Common Ground Is Difficult, Research Shows
11/27/2014 9:42 AM
New research into the nature of intractable political conflicts might shed some light on how to address the perennial arguments that break out across Thanksgiving tables.
Colorectal Cancer Cases Are Dropping ? Except Among Young Adults
11/26/2014 9:53 PM
The number of Americans getting and dying from colorectal cancer has been dropping steadily except for one group ? younger adults.
Shrinking Sea Ice Could Put Polar Bears In Grave Peril By 2100
11/26/2014 9:53 PM
A new study looks at the future of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and finds that by the end of this century, the region might be ice-free for 2 to 5 months, something that puts bears in grave peril.
Lower Ozone Standard Would Raise The Compliance Bar For Business
11/26/2014 9:53 PM
Public health groups say lower levels will benefit people who suffer from asthma or other respiratory illnesses. Business groups say it's another expensive hoop to jump through.
Ebola Is Changing Course In Liberia. Will The U.S. Military Adapt?
11/25/2014 10:59 PM
The U.S. had planned to build 17 treatment units across Liberia, one in each county's major town. Now that more cases are appearing in remote areas, the Army may need to rethink its strategy.
How Can Vultures Eat Rotten Roadkill And Survive?
11/25/2014 4:24 PM
Vultures consume toxic bacteria that would sicken or kill humans. Stouter immune systems, colonies of helpful microbes and potent stomach acid may help the carrion eaters gorge with abandon.
New Bird Species Sings Sweetly In Sulawesi
11/25/2014 10:20 AM
Birds are one of the most widely studied forms of life on the planet. And, there are still new species out there to discover ? as one young researcher found recently in a forest in Indonesia.
As Ebola Ping-Pongs In Liberia, Cases Disappear Into The Jungle
11/25/2014 8:51 AM
A woman is thought to be spreading Ebola in a remote village. So health workers spend four hours trekking through the bush to track her down. By the time they make it, it's too late.
'Queen Of Carbon' Among Medal Of Freedom Honorees
11/24/2014 10:36 PM
Audie Cornish speaks with Mildred Dresselhaus about receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work in physics. The 84-year-old is a professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering at MIT.
Could Magnets Help Lessen The Impact Of Concussions In Football?
11/23/2014 10:10 PM
A researcher at Virginia Commonwealth University is experimenting with putting magnets in football helmets to dull the impact. NPR's Tess Vigeland speaks with neuroscientist Raymond Colello.
Why People Take Risks To Help Others: Altruism's Roots In The Brain
11/23/2014 12:14 PM
In the face of natural disasters and disease, there are always people who step forward to help. Their brains may tell why. This story originally aired on Sept. 22 on Morning Edition.
A Bus Isn't The Only Thing That Can Be Powered By Poop
11/23/2014 12:03 PM
Human waste can help things grow and even cook your dinner. It might sound gross, but don't worry, the odor has been removed. Plus: It's good for the environment!
What Microbes Lurked In The Last Public Restroom You Used?
11/23/2014 10:52 AM
A census of bacteria and viruses on the floors, toilets and soap dispensers of several bathrooms on a college campus turned up around 77,000 different types of organisms. Oh, joy.
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