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12/10/2017 06:46 AM
How 311 Helped Understand Air Pollution After Harvey
NPR has obtained recordings of calls made by Houston residents fearful about putrid odors in the hours and days after Hurricane Harvey started flooding the city's petrochemical infrastructure.

12/10/2017 04:00 AM
Biologists With Drones And Peanut Butter Pellets Are On A Mission To Help Ferrets
To increase populations of the endangered black-footed ferret, scientists aim to save prairie dogs, a main food source. The biologists use drones and medicated peanut butter-flavored pellets to do it.

12/09/2017 07:00 AM
Recycling Chaos In U.S. As China Bans 'Foreign Waste'
The U.S. ships a big chunk of its recycled goods to China. But China doesn't want them anymore, and that's leaving the recycling industry in turmoil.

12/08/2017 03:32 PM
In The U.S., Flu Season Could Be Unusually Harsh This Year
Health officials fear the U.S. may have a nasty flu season because the main flu virus circulating this year tends to hit people hard and the flu vaccine may be weaker than normal.

12/08/2017 10:00 AM
Scientists Discover Grass Species With Intriguing 'Salt And Vinegar' Chip Flavor
Alas, you wouldn't want to eat this native of Western Australia — Spinifex grasses are often so hard and spiky that scientists say collecting samples can be painful.

12/08/2017 07:00 AM
Can Your Ceramic Cookware Give You Lead Poisoning?
Mass-produced crockpots and other ceramic food containers are probably safe, but handmade earthenware might merit a home test.

12/08/2017 04:00 AM
Adults Can Get Type 1 Diabetes, Too
It used to be called juvenile diabetes because it was thought to often start in childhood. But adults are just as likely to be diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Not knowing that can delay treatment.

12/07/2017 06:51 PM
Black Mothers Keep Dying After Giving Birth. Shalon Irving's Story Explains Why
Black women are three times more likely to die from complications of childbirth than white women in the U.S. Racism, and the stress it causes, can play a leading role in that disparity.

12/07/2017 06:11 PM
WATCH: N.J. Dashcam Captures Brilliant Nighttime Streak
A police officer on patrol in the pre-dawn hours saw a meteor and managed to record it, which has lit up social media.

12/07/2017 05:13 PM
Is The Tide Of Antibiotic Use On Farms Now Turning?
For the first time, government statistics show America's pigs, cattle, and poultry are getting fewer antibiotic drugs. Public health advocates call the new figures encouraging.

12/07/2017 02:49 PM
Why Your Brain Has Trouble Bailing Out Of A Bad Plan
Researchers say it takes a lot of brainpower to stop an action, once it's underway. A study found that when people have to change a planned movement, 11 different brain areas have to get involved.

12/07/2017 02:22 PM
Stressed-Out Narwhals Don't Know Whether To Freeze Or Flee, Scientists Find
After being caught in a net, narwhals appear to get confused about what to do. Researchers say the whales' befuddlement could provide clues about how they will adapt to a changing Arctic.

12/07/2017 01:01 PM
Researchers Look For Gun Violence Clues In Google Searches And Background Checks
After the 2012 mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., there was a spike in gun sales. A study examined the spike and links increased gun exposure to more accidental firearm deaths.

12/07/2017 12:10 PM
Strange Parallels: Alternative Histories In Physics And Culture
Ideas of parallel universes and alternative histories, once confined to mere rumination about lost opportunities and fictional scenarios, are now a part of science, says guest writer Paul Halpern.

12/06/2017 05:41 PM
Even Low-Dose Contraceptives Slightly Increase Breast Cancer Risk
The absolute risk is very low. But low-dose formulations of birth control pills and other hormone-releasing contraceptives pose about the same risk to breasts as older formulations, a big study finds.