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Froggy Went A-Courtin', But Lady Frogs Chose Second-Best Guy Instead
08/27/2015 9:01 PM
Given two choices of attractive mates, female frogs pick the top vocalist. But add a third, inferior male to the mix, and females go for No. 2. The "decoy effect" shapes some human choices, too.
A Message In A Bottle Makes Its Way Home ? More Than A Century Later
08/27/2015 8:38 PM
Guy Baker of England's Marine Biological Association tells the story of a postcard his group recently received. It was addressed to George Parker Bidder ? the MBA's esteemed former president, dead for more than 60 years ? and had been found in a bottle dropped in the North Sea more than a century earlier.
Help Wanted: Last Pediatrician On Mendocino Coast Retires
08/27/2015 5:23 PM
For 35 years, Dr. Bill Mahon has tended newborns and broken bones, given kids checkups and spinal taps. But luring new doctors with big debt and urban dreams to the redwoods is harder than it sounds.
Good Vibrations Key To Insect Communication
08/27/2015 9:05 AM
For some insects, sound waves or vibrations are the real social media ? high-speed rumbles sent through the air and along leaf stems to help the bugs claim territory, send warnings and find mates.
Ilicit Version Of Painkiller Fentanyl Makes Heroin Deadlier
08/26/2015 6:41 PM
U.S. drug officials have traced a sharp spike in the already climbing death toll from heroin overdoses to an additive ? acetyl fentanyl. The fentanyl is being cooked up in clandestine labs in Mexico.
In The Search For The Perfect Sugar Substitute, Another Candidate Emerges
08/25/2015 8:22 PM
There's a new contender in the century-old quest for perfect, guiltless sweetness: allulose. It's sugar ? but in a form that our bodies don't convert into calories. Perfect? Not quite.
Particles From The Edge Of Space Shine A Light On Fukushima
08/24/2015 4:47 PM
Researchers have been using muons to take a peek inside the nuclear reactors in Japan that melted down in 2011. The results could aid the continuing cleanup operations.
Katrina Shut Down Charity Hospital But Led To More Primary Care
08/24/2015 4:40 PM
More than 70 percent of New Orleans residents say some progress has been made in the availability of medical services since the storm. Still, most say care for the poor continues to lag.
Snooze Alert: A Sleep Disorder May Be Harming Your Body And Brain
08/24/2015 8:39 AM
A lack of sleep can increase the risk of traffic accidents, heart attacks, diabetes and maybe even Alzheimer's disease, research suggests. Yet most people with sleep disorders don't get treatment.
A Hot Bath Could Help Grocery-Store Tomatoes Keep Their Flavor
08/22/2015 11:29 AM
Scientists have found a new way to give some taste to those bland supermarket tomatoes. NPR's Scott Simon gives the details.
After A Divorce, What Happens To A Couple's Frozen Embryos?
08/22/2015 11:29 AM
Former spouses who disagree over whether their embryos can be destroyed have taken their case to court. In the process, one thing has become clear: how far the law lags behind reproductive technology.
Yes, The U.S. Is On A Historic Lucky Streak In Dodging Major Hurricanes
08/21/2015 7:49 PM
A major hurricane hasn't hit the U.S. since 2005. There hasn't been a lull that long since 1861 to 1868 ? when Abraham Lincoln was president.
NASA: Rumors Of Impending Doom Are Greatly Exaggerated
08/21/2015 3:08 PM
The space agency says "numerous recent blogs and web postings" that a giant asteroid will smash into Earth next month are just a hoax.
Food Waste And Beef Fat Will Be Making Airplanes Soar
08/20/2015 10:31 PM
Biofuel producers are teaming up with farms, meatpackers and waste management companies to tap the gassy waste on farms to make renewable jet fuel and diesel for vehicles.
Study Suggests Some Treatment For Early Breast Cancer Is Unnecessary
08/20/2015 8:32 PM
A new study renews questions about how aggressively doctors should treat a very early form of breast cancer or pre-cancer.
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