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What If Life On Earth Didn't Start On Earth?
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Source: NPR Health and Science - December 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Adam Frank Source Type: news

Reinventing The Cheese Wheel: From Farmhouse To Factory And Back Again
A new book traces the transatlantic cheese wars that led to the rise of factory cheeses and loss of traditional varietals, and looks at the farmhouse cheesemakers working to restore that lost legacy.(Image credit: Bronwen Percival ) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jim Clarke Source Type: news

Avocado Hand Injuries Are Real. Is A Seedless Fruit The Answer?
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Source: NPR Health and Science - December 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Maanvi Singh Source Type: news

Science Speed-Dating Aims To Boost Accuracy In TV And Film
When was the last time you got really excited by good science depicted in a movie? Anthropologist Barbara J. King joined scientists last week in helping producers make more accurate TV and movies.(Image credit: bestdesigns/Getty Images/iStockphoto) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Barbara J. King Source Type: news

Here Come The Penitent Penguins: The Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards Are Back
Penitent penguins. A seal aghast. A turbocharged wigeon, a vain gnu and a kickboxing kangaroo. We have the photos. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Hersher Source Type: news

3 Reasons Why California's Fire Risk Won't Dampen Anytime Soon
The Thomas Fire, the fifth largest wildfire in California history, is a harbinger of things to come in the West.(Image credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kirk Siegler Source Type: news

Winemakers Worry Wildfires Will Leave Whiff Of Ashtray In Their Wine
Grapes exposed to smoke from wildfires can absorb compounds that carry over into wine and ruin the flavor. The problem is only expected to grow as extreme weather events become more frequent.(Image credit: George Rose/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Danielle Beurteaux Source Type: news

Without The U.S. Government, The World Unites To Fight Climate Change
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Source: NPR Health and Science - December 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marcelo Gleiser Source Type: news

Giant Prehistoric Penguins Once Swam Off The Coast Of New Zealand
Scientists have uncovered the fossil of an ancestral penguin off the east coast of New Zealand. It was one of the earliest known species of penguin and also one of the largest.(Image credit: Gerald Mayr) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rhitu Chatterjee Source Type: news

Astronomers Want To Know: Does This Interstellar Visitor Have A Message For Us?
'Oumuamua is the first of its kind: an object from outside our solar system, observed by astronomers. Now, a group of researchers is trying to find out if it is transmitting any signs of life.(Image credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Colin Dwyer Source Type: news

How Scientists Are Growing Mini Brains In Petri Dishes For Experiments
All week, All Things Considered is offering Highly Specific Superlatives in honor of the year that was. On Tuesday, we look at the weirdest leap forward in brain science. Researchers can now grow mini brains in a petri dish and then experiment on them. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Hamilton Source Type: news

An Asteroid Gets Its Close-Up As Gemenids Light Up The Sky
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Source: NPR Health and Science - December 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurel Wamsley Source Type: news

An Asteroid Gets Its Close-Up As Geminids Light Up The Sky
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Source: NPR Health and Science - December 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurel Wamsley Source Type: news

Firefighters Struggle To Contain Southern California's Thomas Fire
Firefighters made some progress controlling the Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, which is the fifth-largest in the state's history. Other fires in the area are mostly contained.(Image credit: Kenneth Song/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Samantha Raphelson Source Type: news

Waste Not, Want Not: Drink Beer To Feed Fish And Help Save The Planet
Industry trailblazers are trying to lessen the energy and resource costs of aquaculture. Possible solutions include using brewery waste, algae, insects or even carbon dioxide to feed the fish we eat.(Image credit: Julio Etchart/ullstein bild via Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alastair Bland Source Type: news

Arctic's Temperature Continues To Run Hot, Latest 'Report Card' Shows
The extreme warming trend continues, and scientists fear that floating sea ice will be gone by mid-century. That will have extraordinary effects closer to home.(Image credit: Nathan Kurtz/NASA) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christopher Joyce Source Type: news

Amber-Trapped Tick Suggests Ancient Bloodsuckers Feasted On Feathered Dinosaurs
The tick was with a feather from a dinosaur that lived in the Cretaceous Period. Modern ticks love to bite mammals, and scientists have long wondered what the tiny vampires ate millions of years ago.(Image credit: Peñalver et al/Nature Communications) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Hersher Source Type: news

Lack Of Genetic Diversity May Have Doomed Tasmanian Tiger, Scientists Say
Although humans are blamed for the extinction of the dog-like Australian marsupial some 80 years ago, researchers say its problems may have started more than 70,000 years ago.(Image credit: Windmill Books/UIG via Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Scott Neuman Source Type: news

Macron Awards U.S. Climate Scientists Grants To 'Make Our Planet Great Again'
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Source: NPR Health and Science - December 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Richard Gonzales Source Type: news

How Labels Can Affect People's Personalities And Potential
What is it that makes you...you? How much of a person's personality and potential are based on the expectations of others? NPR's Shankar Vedantam explores new research that suggests the labels we use to categorize people affect not just who they are now, but who they'll become in the future. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Shankar Vedantam Source Type: news

President Trump Is Sending NASA Back To The Moon
"Space Policy Directive 1," which Trump signed Monday, sees Mars as the ultimate destination. But analysts wonder whether money will follow to support the plan.(Image credit: NASA) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

How The Food Industry Uses Cavitation, The Ocean's Most Powerful Punch
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Source: NPR Health and Science - December 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ian Graber-Stiehl Source Type: news

Science's Journey From Data To Truth
There's more to the scientific method than what you learn in high school: Scientists argue with each other, too, and the participation of nature, whose say is absolute, is key, says Adam Frank.(Image credit: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Adam Frank Source Type: news

Could Probiotics Protect Kids From A Downside Of Antibiotics?
Many marketing claims about the potential benefits of probiotics have raced ahead of the science, say researchers who are now trying to catch up. One NIH study is investigating kids' gut microbes.(Image credit: Rob Stein/NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rob Stein Source Type: news

Scientists Work To Stop Violence After Losing Their Child In Newtown
After losing their child in the Newtown shooting five years ago, two scientists are working to identify the neurological roots of violence and antisocial behavior. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tovia Smith Source Type: news

Evaluating Personality Tests
A drive to better understand ourselves and the people around us has led to the creation of a thriving industry built around personality testing. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Shankar Vedantam Source Type: news

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. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Hersher Source Type: news

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.(Image credit: Kathryn Scott Osler/Denver Post via Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nate Hegyi Source Type: news

Recycling Chaos In U.S. As China Bans 'Foreign Waste'
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Source: NPR Health and Science - December 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Cassandra Profita Source Type: news

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.(Image credit: PASCAL POCHARD-CASABIANCA/AFP/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rob Stein Source Type: news

Scientists Discover Grass Species With Intriguing 'Salt And Vinegar' Chip Flavor
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Source: NPR Health and Science - December 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Angus Chen Source Type: news

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.(Image credit: Joy Ho for NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Natalie Jacewicz Source Type: news

Adults Can Get Type 1 Diabetes, Too
It used to be caused juvenile diabetes because the thought was it only started in childhood. But adults are as likely to be diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. No knowing that can delay treatment.(Image credit: Courtesy of David Lazarus) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Miriam E. Tucker Source Type: news

Black Mothers Keep Dying After Giving Birth. Shalon Irving's Story Explains Why
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Source: NPR Health and Science - December 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nina Martin Source Type: news

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. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Held Source Type: news

Is The Tide Of Antibiotic Use On Farms Now Turning?
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Source: NPR Health and Science - December 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Charles Source Type: news

Why Your Brain Has Trouble Bailing Out Of A Bad Plan
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Source: NPR Health and Science - December 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Hamilton Source Type: news

Stressed-Out Narwhals Don't Know Whether to Freeze or Flee, Scientists Find
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Source: NPR Health and Science - December 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

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.(Image credit: Julie Dermansky/Corbis via Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Hersher Source Type: news

Strange Parallels: Alternative Histories In Physics And Culture
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Source: NPR Health and Science - December 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paul Halpern Source Type: news

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.(Image credit: Katherine Streeter for NPR) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Patti Neighmond Source Type: news

Senior Volkswagen Executive Sentenced In Diesel-Emissions Scandal
Oliver Schmidt admitted to conspiring to defraud the United States by misleading federal regulators about the emissions of diesel cars and violating clean air laws.(Image credit: AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Richard Gonzales Source Type: news

Dozens Of Mayors Sign Pact To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Mayors from across the country also agreed to meet goals similar to those in the Paris climate accord, which President Trump announced earlier this year the U.S. would withdraw from.(Image credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: David Schaper Source Type: news

50+ Mayors Sign Pact To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Mayors from across the country say a lack of leadership in Washington on climate change is prompting them to take action themselves. (Image credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: David Schaper Source Type: news

Can Science Teach Us Something About How To Live?
In science, and in life, there is an artful balance between being cautious and adventurous; to find the balance takes experimentation, tolerance for mistakes, and humility, says Marcelo Gleiser.(Image credit: Imgorthand/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marcelo Gleiser Source Type: news

Massive Black Hole Reveals When The First Stars Blinked On
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Source: NPR Health and Science - December 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

Evaluating Smoking Bans
A new study indicates that smoking bans, which were designed to affect adults' behavior, in fact improve children's health. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Shankar Vedantam Source Type: news

First Baby Born To U.S. Uterus Transplant Patient Raises Ethics Questions
A woman who received a uterus transplant recently delivered a healthy baby boy. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with the doctors working on the experiment about its ethics, risk, and cost implications.(Image credit: AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Greta Jochem Source Type: news

What Would Enrico Fermi Think Of Science Today?
More than 60 years after the physicist won the Nobel Prize, author David N. Schwartz considers how Fermi would react to today's science of black holes, genetic engineering and climate change.(Image credit: AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: David N. Schwartz Source Type: news

Ask The FCC
What do you want to ask an FCC commissioner?(Image credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news