Paul Gilding: How Do We Continue To Grow If The Earth Has Reached Its Limit?
Environmental activist Paul Gilding says the world has been growing too fast for too long. And now...the Earth is full. The only solution, he says, is to radically change the way we consume.(Image credit: James Duncan Davidson/TED) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NPR/TED Staff Source Type: news

What Exactly Is K2, The Synthetic Cannabinoid?
NPR's Audie Cornish speaks to Dr. Kathryn Hawk, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the Yale School of Medicine, about synthetic marijuana, also known as K2. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Babies Born Dependent On Opioids Need Touch, Not Tech
A pediatrician is working to make sure every hospital in Kansas can give babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome the soft start they need, ideally right next to their mothers.(Image credit: Alex Smith/KCUR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alex Smith Source Type: news

Researchers Figure Out How To Break Spaghetti Into Only 2 Pieces
It's almost impossible to break a piece of dry spaghetti into exactly two pieces. Mathematicians at MIT have figured out how to do it. And all it takes is a twist. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Hersher Source Type: news

A Grand Noodle Riddle, Cracked: Here's How To Snap Spaghetti Into Just 2 Pieces
Humankind has long been taunted by the puzzle. Well, we've got some breaking news, folks — or at any rate some big news about breaking: The answer involves one very big twist.(Image credit: Gregor Schuster/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Hersher Source Type: news

Scientists Race To Improve 'Living Drugs' To Fight Cancer
To outwit cancer, researchers are working on better ways to teach patients' immune system to root out and kill malignant cells. A promising approach involves cells that attack cancer two ways at once.(Image credit: Pearl Mak/NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rob Stein Source Type: news

By Creating Habitats For Monarch Butterflies In Cities, Scientists Hope To Save Them
As summer draws to a close, conservationists are getting ready for the annual Monarch butterfly migration. One scientist thinks the best way to help the migration is to create more Monarch habitats in big cities. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurel Wamsley Source Type: news

2018 Revealed Just How Ill-Prepared We Are For Climate Change
Somini Sengupta, international climate reporter for The New York Times, discusses the dire consequences of rising temperatures, such as drought, famine, disease, war and increased migration. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Terry Gross Source Type: news

Wisconsin Reservation Offers A Climate Success Story And A Warning
Climate change is causing more severe flooding around the country, and a disproportionate number of Native American communities are on the front lines.(Image credit: Joe Proudman/UC Davis) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Hersher Source Type: news

Florida's Gulf Coast Battles Deadly And Smelly Red Tide
A toxic algae bloom is killing fish, turtles and dolphins and scaring tourists away from Florida's Gulf Coast.(Image credit: Greg Allen/NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Greg Allen Source Type: news

Brigham Young University Geologists Discover Oldest Known Pterosaur Fossil
A pterosaur is not a dinosaur, but the oldest known powered flying vertebrates. Brigham Young University students and teachers have published the result of their findings of the oldest known fossil. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Watch This Native Pollinator Build Her Bee-Jeweled Nest
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Source: NPR Health and Science - August 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Gabriela Quir ós Source Type: news

Despite FDA Caution, Doctors Say Lasers May Help With Vaginal Pain And Dryness
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Source: NPR Health and Science - August 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sara Kiley Watson Source Type: news

French Theme Park Asks: Crows Can Pick Up Trash, Why Can't You?
A team of six trained birds — rooks, actually — is collecting paper and cigarette stubs at the Puy du Fou park in western France. They drop the trash into a container in exchange for food.(Image credit: Courtesy of Pou du Fuy theme park) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Camila Domonoske Source Type: news

Ambitious 'Human Cell Atlas' Aims To Catalog Every Type Of Cell In The Body
Already the project has revealed a previously unknown type of cell in the windpipe that might play a role in cystic fibrosis — and lead to a new treatment, scientists say.(Image credit: Casey Atkins/Broad Institute) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Karen Weintraub Source Type: news

After 17 Days And 1,000 Miles, A Mother Orca's 'Tour Of Grief' Is Over
After carrying her calf's corpse for an unusually long time, a "remarkably frisky" Tahlequah, or J-35, as the orca's known, was seen Saturday chasing a school of salmon with fellow members of her pod.(Image credit: AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jenny Gathright Source Type: news

NASA Launches Spacecraft Toward The Sun
This morning, NASA launched the Parker Solar Probe. The probe will attempt to get closer to the sun than any other human-made object. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Study Sheds Light On Depression In Teens And Parents
There is a new study on the effect treating teens for depression has on their parents. It suggests just treating teens has benefits for parents. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rhitu Chatterjee Source Type: news

The Sound Of The Golf Swing
Manufacturers work to perfect the sound drivers make when the ball is hit just right. Scott Simon talks with Tom Mase, who teaches mechanical engineering at California Polytechnic State University. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Understanding Horizontal Gene Transfer In 'The Tangled Tree'
NPR's Scott Simon asks science writer David Quammen about horizontal gene transfer and how it changes how we think about humankind's place in the world. Quammen's new book is The Tangled Tree. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

In Parts Of California Blanketed With Wildfire Smoke, Breathing Is 'A Chore'
As fires continue to rage in California, smoke is causing health problems for some residents. Public health officials warn against breathing polluted air.(Image credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Anna Gorman Source Type: news

Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend — Just Look Up
The shower will peak late Sunday night and early Monday morning, but you can also catch a good number of meteors in the middle of the night on Saturday. Find a dark spot and let your eyes adjust.(Image credit: Cesar Manso/AFP/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Camila Domonoske Source Type: news

Are You Listening? Hear What Uninterrupted Silence Sounds Like
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Source: NPR Health and Science - August 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Samir S. Patel Source Type: news

From A Million Eggs, Putting Together Clues About Science's Past And Future
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Source: NPR Health and Science - August 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Samir S. Patel Source Type: news

Families Choose Empathy Over 'Tough Love' To Rescue Loved Ones From Opioids
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Source: NPR Health and Science - August 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Martha Bebinger Source Type: news

The Arid West Moves East, With Big Implications For Agriculture
An imaginary map line dividing East and West illustrates a climate boundary that has influenced how and where people live and work. Its eastward shift could predict changes in farming and ranching.(Image credit: Joe Wertz/StateImpact Oklahoma) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joe Wertz Source Type: news

Cal Fire Chief Discusses How Firefighters Are Battling California Blazes
The Mendocino Complex Fire in California is now the state's largest wildfire ever recorded. NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Trump Claims California Is Wasting Water That Could Be Used To Fight Wildfires
The president blamed the intensity of the fires on state environmental policies, incorrectly claiming water that could be used to fight the fires is being pumped into the Pacific Ocean. (Image credit: Noah Berger/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Samantha Raphelson Source Type: news

NASA Braves The Heat to Get Up Close and Personal With Our Sun
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Source: NPR Health and Science - August 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

VP Pence Unveils Plans For New Military Branch In Outer Space
Vice President Pence unveiled the Pentagon's plans for a branch of the military that could fight in space on Thursday. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Geoff Brumfiel Source Type: news

White House Describes Military 'Space Force,' Aims To Create It By 2020
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Source: NPR Health and Science - August 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Camila Domonoske Source Type: news

Sending Letters About Their Patients' Overdoses Changes Doctors' Prescribing Habits
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Source: NPR Health and Science - August 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sara Kiley Watson Source Type: news

Scientists Discover The Secret Weapon Of Stomach Viruses
New research finds that stomach infections, like norovirus and rotavirus, have a special way to get to us hard — and fast. That knowledge could lead to new, more effective treatments.(Image credit: Dr. Gopal Murti/Science Source) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Melody Schreiber Source Type: news

Beloved Baby Eaglet In D.C. Euthanized After Suffering West Nile Disease
Valor was one of two young eaglets in a nest at the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. The tree is monitored 24/7 by a popular webcam. He fell from the nest late last month and died on Tuesday.(Image credit: American Eagle Foundation, EAGLES.ORG; Screenshot by Flickr user heights.18145) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Camila Domonoske Source Type: news

Boxers Or Briefs? Experts Disagree Over Tight Underwear's Effect On Male Fertility
The jury's still out on whether underwear preference matters to male fertility, but men who wear briefs, or other tight options, were found to have slightly lower sperm counts in a new study. (Image credit: Michael Cogliantry/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paul Chisholm Source Type: news

Is There A Better Way To Fight Massive Wildfires?
Massive wildfires in Western states are rapidly depleting funds set aside to fight fires. At the same time, many experts argue our priorities are wrong — we should be spending more on prescribed burns, and less on fighting fires in unpopulated areas. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nathan Rott Source Type: news

Explore One Of The World's Largest Collections Of Bird Eggs And Nests
The Western Foundation for Vertebrate Zoology in Camarillo, Calif., houses one of the largest collections of birds eggs and nests in the world. As part of our summer road trip collaboration with Atlas Obscura, we explore the collection and meet the scientists who run the foundation. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dylan Thuras Source Type: news

Explore 1 Of The World's Largest Collections Of Bird Eggs And Nests
The Western Foundation for Vertebrate Zoology in Camarillo, Calif., houses one of the largest collections of birds eggs and nests in the world. As part of our summer road trip collaboration with Atlas Obscura, we explore the collection and meet the scientists who run the foundation. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dylan Thuras Source Type: news

Pregnancy Debate Revisited: To Induce Labor, Or Not?
Young women with simple pregnancies can safely ask a doctor to induce labor, a study finds. It doesn't increase their risk of needing a C-section after all, and can even offer potential benefits.(Image credit: LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Richard Harris Source Type: news

California Company Reaches $119.5 Million Settlement Over Massive Gas Leak
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Source: NPR Health and Science - August 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Camila Domonoske Source Type: news

For Berlin, Invasive Crustaceans Are A Tough Catch And A Tough Sell
Louisiana crawfish have invaded waterways in Germany's capital. Wildlife officials licensed a fisherman to catch them for chefs, hoping a taste for "Berlin Lobster" might control the invasive species.(Image credit: Carsten Koall/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Daniella Cheslow Source Type: news

Hawaii Volcano Quiets After Months-Long Eruption
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Source: NPR Health and Science - August 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nathan Rott Source Type: news

What Effects Tree Thinning Has On Wildfires
NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Matthew Hurteau, a forest ecologist at University of New Mexico, about the effectiveness of tree clearing and thinning in preventing wildfires or mitigating their intensity. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Babies Who Seem Fine At Birth May Have Zika-Related Problems Later, Study Finds
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Source: NPR Health and Science - August 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rob Stein Source Type: news

Sea Levels Rise On A Community Not Convinced Of Climate Change
America's first full casualty of climate change could be Tangier Island, a tiny sliver of land in the Chesapeake Bay.(Image credit: Kaycie Goral/1A) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Genetic Tests Can Hurt Your Chances Of Getting Some Types Of Insurance
Federal law keeps insurers from using genetic test results when pricing and issuing health insurance. But the tests might keep you from being able to get life insurance or a long-term-care policy.(Image credit: Science Photo Library RF/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Michelle Andrews Source Type: news

SpaceX Falcon 9 Lifts Off In Florida, Places Indonesian Satellite In Orbit
The launch marks the first reuse of an improved Falcon 9 "Block 5," which includes several upgrades designed to allow SpaceX to quickly refurbish and re-launch the rocket.(Image credit: John Raoux/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Scott Neuman Source Type: news

'Dear Doctor' Letters Use Peer Pressure, Government Warning To Stop Overprescribing
Researchers found that a simple letter to doctors, focusing on their high prescribing rates, reduced their tendency to give risky antipsychotic drugs to their patients, including some with dementia.(Image credit: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ina Jaffe Source Type: news

Climate Change Threatens Midwest's Wild Rice, A Staple For Native Americans
When harvests are bad, Native Americans in the region may go without rice for the year. And there have been a lot of bad years lately, as climate change causes more frequent and severe rainstorms.(Image credit: Joe Proudman/Courtesy of University of California Davis) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Hersher Source Type: news

Wildfires Continue To Burn Through California
Multiple wildfires are burning throughout California. The largest are the Carr Fire near Redding and the Mendocino County Complex Fire just north of Sonoma, Caif. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - August 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeremy I Siegel Source Type: news